Secondary Transfer

Children born between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012 will transfer to a secondary school in September 2023.

Parents should apply for six schools, which can be within Lewisham or any authority outside the borough. Schools must be ranked in order of preference (you should have previously checked your chosen schools admission criteria).  Applications can be made from 1st September 2022 to 31st October 2022.

When applying online you will receive an automated email confirming receipt of your application and a reference number. You will also be able to make any changes to your application up until 31st October 2022.

Although applications can be made from 1st September 2022 to 31st October 2022, we recommend applications are made by the 21st October 2022. This means that the school can offer you assistance if required before the half-term break.

National offer day is 1st March 2023. Online applicants will get the result by email during the evening of 1st March 2023.

If a child qualifies for a place at more than one school, parents will receive ONE offer, which will be the highest possible offer on their preference list.

Offers should be accepted online. You will need to log into your account to do this so it is important to keep a record of your user name and password.  Deadline for accepting your offer is 15th March 2023.

Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Most children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities can get the support they need at local mainstream schools.

If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan, you need to follow a different process when applying for a secondary school place. For more information about applying to start secondary school, please use the link below:

School Admissions For Children with Special Educational Needs
Further Information

For more information and advice on applying to start secondary school:

  • visit the Lewisham Council Website:
  • speak to a member the Admissions and Appeals team on 0208 314 8282 (lines are open Tuesday-Thursday, 9am - 1pm)
  • email the Admissions and Appeasls Team:

For independant advice you can contact ACE Education Advice on 0300 0115 142 (lines are open Monday - Wednesday, 10am - 1pm) or visit their website: