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Moving On To Secondary School

NEWS (26.3.20): Transfer to Secondary School for September 2020
An update from Wandsworth Borough Council (WBC): For secondary transfer, as far as possible, WBC will continue to process applications, administer waiting lists and make further offers in the normal way. Communication with parents with parents will largely be by email rather than standard post. WBC will continue to send updates to schools by email and Swaffield will pass this to parents.

Year 6

Applications for a Wandsworth Secondary School place for September 2020

Apply online at www.eadmissions.org.uk between 1st September 2019 and the final deadline of 31st October 2019.

Please ensure all applications are completed before the deadlines. Wandsworth Council advises parents to submit their application by Friday 18th October as this is the last day before the half term holiday. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered in the first wave of offers.

Please note that applications for specialist places need to be made before your main application. Check the "Choose A Wandswirth Secondary School Brochure below for the individual schools' deadlines.

Information about Wandsworth Secondary Schools 

  • On Wednesday 12th June at 5.30pm we held a meeting for parents of children in Years 5, 4, and 3 to outline the process for applications for a secondary school place in September 2020. 
  • This leaflet explains the process and also gives details of the open events that Wandsworth Secondary Schools held in June, July, September, and October 2019.
    A copy was given to all children in Year 5 in June 2019. 
  • Year 6 children were given a copy of the Choose A Wandsworth Secondary School brochure in the first few days of the Autumn Term in September. 
    You can read it online here just click on the box:

     Choose A Wandsworth Secondary School Brochure 

  • You can find out more about Wandsworth Secondary Schools on the Wandsworth Council website or by visiting each school's website using the links in the list below.
  • Wandsworth Council posted this information on how places were offered 1st March 2018. We will post information about offers made in March 2019 when they are available from Wandsworth Council. 
  • Please visit as many schools as possible. Your child may accompany you on daytime visits, which are authorised and do not affect your child's attendance record.
  • Please note that the deadline for applications for Specialist Places at some of the schools is earlier than the main application. Please check below for details.

How to Apply 

Wandsworth Council require you to apply online via their website.

  • Applications for a place in September 2020 open on 1st September 2019 and close on 31st October 2019.
  • Visit the website: www.eadmissions.org.uk
  • Or you can also use the link from Wandsworth Council's website: www.wandsworth.gov.uk/admissions
  • If you do not have access to the Internet, you can request a paper copy from Wandsworth Council.
  • Wandsworth Council will notify you of the outcome of your application on 2nd March 2020.
    If you apply online you will receive the outcome by email during the evening of 2nd March. 

Specialist Places 

If you wish to be considered for a specialist place at the schools that offer them you must obtain a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) from the school, complete it and return it to the school by the deadline shown on the form. 

Testing will take place in September and parents will be advised of the test results before the closing date for the submission of online applications or the receipt of the Common Application Form. 

Please note that these deadlines are all in early September and are before the main application deadline. Please double check these dates on the particular school's website. 

Please also note the dates of aptitude tests.

Ashcroft Technology Academy - 24 specialist places in Technology
Return the SIF: by 13th September 2019
Date of test: 30th September 2019

Chestnut Grove Academy - up to 30 specialist places each in Art & Design and Modern Foreign Languages
Return the SIF: by 6th September 2019
Date of tests: 14th September 2019

St Cecilia's Church of England School - 8 foundation and 7 open specialist places in Music
Return the SIF: by 13th September 2019
Date of test: preliminary assessment 20th September 2019 and final assessment 27th September 2019

Wandsworth Year 6 Test 

Our Year 6 children will take the Wandsworth Year 6 Test at school on 19th September 2019.
You can find out more about the test on the Wandsworth Council website here. 

Open Days and Evenings at Wandsworth Secondary Schools 

The 'Choose a Wandsworth Secondary School' book lists these dates.

Secondary schools have open mornings and evenings in the Summer Term and the Autumn Term.

Please check each school's website for details by clicking on their logo.

Applications for Grammar Schools 

The timetable for these schools starts much sooner and varies from school to school; open days for some are in June and July. 

There are no state funded grammar schools in Wandsworth. The nearest ones are in Surrey and they are all single sex.

The schools for girls are:

  • Tiffin Girls School (Kingston)
  • Nonsuch High School for girls (Cheam)
  • Wallington High School for Girls (Wallington)

The boys’ schools are:

  • Tiffin School (Kingston)
  • Sutton Grammar School (Sutton)
  • Wallington County Grammar School (Wallington)
  • Wilsons (Sutton)

Each school has its own entry requirements.

They all require the children to sit at least one test. You have to register in advance to take the test - different schools have different closing dates for registration, but they are usually between June and the very beginning of September.

The tests themselves usually take place in September and October. Each school has a different type of test. Some will be verbal and non-verbal reasoning; others will include an essay question and a maths test. Once your child has taken the test, you will be told if they have passed. If they have passed, you can put the school down as one of your choices on the Wandsworth schools application form.

Passing the test does not guarantee a place at the school.

If you are thinking about applying for a grammar school, it is really important that you find out the entry requirements and closing dates for each individual school early.

Applications for Independent Schools

Independent schools are not funded by the council.

There are a variety of Independent Schools in Wandsworth or within easy reach of the borough.

Copies of the brochure  published by Wandsworth Council are available from the start of the autumn term and can be downloaded from their website. 

A paper copy can be ordered from Wandsworth Council Pupil Services

Email: admissions@wandsworth.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 8871 7316

It is advisable to start looking at least a year in advance, as places can be filled up to six months in advance. Most schools have Open Days in October.  Schools usually interview prospective students and will ask for a report from your child's current school. The children that they are considering will need to sit an entrance exam, testing their levels of Literacy, Numeracy and reasoning.


We are proud at Swaffield that we prepare our children so well for their transition to secondary school.

We hold meetings at the end of Year 5 for parents to help them make an informed decision, with their child, about the right school for them. The whole process can be very stressful but we are always here to help.

Our Year 6 children have moved on to or had offers from the following schools in the past few years:

  • Ark Putney Academy
  • Ashcroft Technology Academy
  • Bolingbroke Academy
  • Burntwood School
  • Carshalton Boys’ Sports College
  • Carshalton High School for Girls
  • Chestnut Grove Academy
  • Emanuel School
  • Ernest Bevin College
  • Fulham Boys’ School
  • Fulham Cross Girls’ School
  • Graveney School
  • Grey Court School
  • Harris Academy Battersea
  • Lady Margaret School
  • Old Palace of John Whitgift (girls)
  • Raynes Park High School
  • Ricards Lodge High School
  • Southfields Academy
  • St Cecilia Church of England School
  • Streatham & Clapham High School
  • Ursuline High School
  • Wallington Grammar
  • Whitgift School (boys)
  • Wimbledon College