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Starting secondary school from September 2024

Find out the how the application process works for your child's application to secondary school from September 2024.

Primary to secondary transfer

All applicants will receive the outcome of their application via email. If you have been offered a school you must accept or decline your offer within 2 weeks.

How places were offered in Westminster, and Kensington and Chelsea:

Schools with vacancies or short waiting lists:

List of potential secondary vacancies, 2024

Waiting lists and appeals

If your child was not offered their first preference school, they will be retained on the waiting list for any schools listed higher than the one they were offered. Waiting list positions for the following schools will be available from 28 March onwards from the Admissions Team:

  • Grey Coat Hospital
  • Harris Academy St John’s Wood
  • Paddington Academy
  • Pimlico Academy
  • Westminster Academy

For other schools you are advised to contact the school directly, or the borough in which they are located, for further advice about the waiting list process. 

There is a right to an independent appeal for any school that has been unable to offer a place. Please consult your formal outcome letter for more information about this process.

Late applications

The eAdmissions website is open until the middle of August for late applications. If you require a paper form, please contact the Admissions Team using the details at the bottom of this page.


In order for you to be fully informed of the applications process, and how to find out more about the schools you may be interested in applying to, a handy Hints and Tips leaflet is available. A more detailed online brochure includes further information about individual schools and how they offer places.

This leaflet answers the most frequently asked questions and includes:

  • all the visiting dates and open evenings for Westminster secondary schools
  • dates for ability banding and aptitude tests which some schools run
Secondary school admissions brochure 2024

This brochure includes:

  • the process of applying for schools and what happens after
  • oversubscription criteria for all Westminster secondary schools
  • how places were offered in the previous year
  • useful information to assist in the transition from primary to secondary school

Contact us

If your need a paper application form, or require some further guidance on the process, please call 020 7745 6433 (weekdays, 9am to 2pm) or email [email protected]

Published: 11 January 2021

Last updated: 1 March 2024