Moving on to Secondary School

Applications for a Wandsworth Secondary School place for September 2018 must be made by 31st October 2017.

Please ensure all applications are completed before the deadlines. Applications received after these dates will not be considered in the first wave of offers.

Wandsworth Council posted this information on how places were offered 1st March 2017.


National Offers Day

This is what Wandsworth Council say about offers day on 1st March 2018:

National Offer Day: If you apply online you will be emailed the outcome of your application on the evening of 1 March 2018. If you apply on a paper form you will be sent an outcome letters by first class mail on 1 March 2018.

You will also be sent a notification letter if it has not been possible to offer your first preference school. The notification letter will provided detailed information about the outcome of your application and what do next.

Information about Wandsworth Secondary Schools

  • Year 6 children were given this Choose a Wandsworth Secondary School  booklet in the first few days of term in September.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wandsworth Council had meetings at the Town Hall about this year’s applications on:
    Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th September.
    You can see the Wandsworth Borough Council Secondary School Transfer presentation here.
  • Please note that the deadline for applications for Specialist Places is earlier than the main application:


How to Apply

Wandsworth Council require you to apply online via their website.

Selective Places

If you wish to be considered for a specialist place at the schools that offer them you must complete the supplementary information form (SIF) and return it to the relevant school by the deadline given in the Choose A Wandsworth Secondary School booklet.
Please note that these deadlines are all in early September and are before the main application deadline. Please also note the dates of aptitude tests.

Open Days and Evenings at Wandsworth Secondary Schools

The ‘Choose a Wandsworth Secondary School‘ book lists these dates. However, please do check each school’s website in case there are any changes; you can go to each school’s website by clicking on their logo.

This list of open events is correct at 8th June 2017 but please check with each school before going on a visit.

Ark Putney Academy



Ashcroft Technology Academy



Bolingbroke Academy






Burntwood School




Chestnut Grove Academy



Ernest Bevin College




Graveney School



Harris Academy Battersea




Saint Cecilia’s Church of England School



St. John Bosco College*




Southfields Academy







Additional information about Grammar Schools

The timetable for these schools starts much sooner and varies from school to school; open days for some are in July.  There are no state funded grammar schools in Wandsworth. The nearest ones are in Surrey. 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 July 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 (Fee paying 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 “Choosing an Independent School” 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: 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 and advise.

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

Applications for secondary school places are handled by Wandsworth Council if you live in the borough of Wandsworth. You can visit their website for further information here.