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Apply for a secondary school place for September 2021

Important dates

  • Secondary school applications open on 1 September 2020
  • Secondary school applications close on 31 October 2020
  • Secondary National offer day is 1 March 2021

If your child is born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010, they are due to start secondary school in September 2021.

Apply for a school place

You should read our ‘Transferring to a Havering secondary school’ brochure and our terms and conditions before submitting your application.

Apply online for a secondary school place

Important information

If you provide false or deliberately misleading information whilst completing an application the application will become invalid and it may be a criminal offence.

This will result in the withdrawal of a school place and may lead to prosecution as there may be a financial loss to Havering Council due to the expense of funding a school place you child.

Presentations about the secondary school transfer process for 2021

Please find below a video presentation that has been created by the school admissions team to guide you through the application process.

Secondary school open events for the September 2021 intake

Due to the current government restrictions on social distancing it is anticipated that it will not be possible for secondary school open events to take place.

The below link will be updated regularly with information regarding how schools are planning on addressing this, and what alternatives are being implemented.

Secondary school open events

Grammar schools and schools that reserve a percentage of their intake for aptitude testing

In response to a range of Covid 19 related issues which make early autumn admissions testing undesirable and impractical.

Many schools which test for a child’s ability or aptitude have decided to postpone admission tests until later in the autumn term. 

The schools affected in Havering are:

  • Abbs Cross Academy (aptitude places for performing arts)
  • Emerson Park Academy (aptitude places for music and sport)
  • Redden Court School (aptitude places for sport)
  • The Coopers Company and Coborn School (aptitude places for music and sport)

Revised dates will be confirmed early in the autumn term by the school(s) directly. 

Despite these changes, parents should still register their child for tests by published deadlines and submit their common application form by the national closing date, 31 October 2020.

The above schools all require you to complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF), this should also still be completed and returned to the school by their own published deadline. 

If you have questions about test arrangements, please check the relevant school websites, or contact the school(s) directly. 

If you are a Havering resident

Once you receive the results of the test, you may make changes to your application preferences (such as to add or remove a grammar school or a school who reserve a percentage of their intake for aptitude testing) providing you notify by 10 December 2020.

Changes to preference after this date will only be considered after places are offered on 1 March 2021.

We will similarly accommodate changes to preference relating to late test results for selective schools in other local authority areas. 

If you are not a Havering resident

Please contact your home local authority for their policy on making changes to a school admission application.

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