Transition to Secondary School

Transition to Secondary School

Our Year 6 children go on from Burdett-Coutts to a wide range of secondary schools, in Westminster and beyond.

Transferring to secondary school can be a time of mixed emotions and there is a great deal to take in, all at once. For many, the selection of the right secondary school is one of the most important decisions to take and in recognition of this, the school supports both parents and carers as well as the children through this process.

If your child is due to start Year 6 in September 2019, you will need to be thinking now about which secondary schools you would like to apply to for your child to start their secondary education from September 2020.

Admissions are made through The Pan London eAdmissions systems, which links all 33 London boroughs, together with eight councils bordering the capital, to co-ordinate admissions to their secondary schools. Under this system, parents list the schools that they want to apply for online, ranking them in order of preference.

The recommended way to apply is online and you can do this from 1st September 2019. The closing date for applications is 31 October 2019 and the national offer day is 1 March 2020.

The Hints And Tips leaflet published by Westminster City Council provides some basic information and will point you in the right direction to access further information. The leaflet also includes all open days and test dates for schools in Westminster.

For schools in Westminster, please read the Westminster: Your choice for secondary education brochure to assist you with your school choices.

Presentations for North Westminster and South Westminster are also available to inform you about the Secondary Transfer process. Where distance from home to school is used to allocate places, have a look at the cut-off distance maps to see the requirements.

Kindly note: the information, links and dates below relate to 2019/2020 secondary admissions and have already passed. They will be updated once information for 2020/2021 secondary admissions have been published.

Westminster City Council Secondary Schools Open Days & Test Dates (for secondary admission in September 2019)

The Grey Coat Hospital

  • To visit the school, parents must first book an appointment via the website.

  • Tuesday 25th September @ 1.45 – 3.20pm
  • Tuesday 2nd October @ 1.45 – 3.20pm
  • Thursday 4th October @ one session at 5pm and one session at 6pm
  • Monday 8th October @ one session at 5pm and one session at 6pm
  • Thursday 11th October @ 1.45 – 3.20pm
  • Language Aptitude Test: Tuesday 9th October (outcome of test notified by the end of October)
  • Banding Test: Tuesday 4th December

Tel: 020 7969 1998

Important forms:

Harris Academy St John's Wood (Previously known as Quintin Kynaston Community Academy)

  • Open Evening: Wednesday 10th October @ 5.00 – 7.00pm
  • Open Morning: Tuesday 16th October @ 9.00 – 10.30am
  • Open Morning: Thursday 18th October @ 9.00 – 10.30am
  • Open Morning: Thursday 19th October @ 9.00 – 10.00am

Tel: 020 7722 8141

King Solomon Academy

  • King Solomon Academy is an all-through school with no places available for external applicants for secondary transfer

Tel: 020 7563 6900

Marylebone Boys' School

  • Wednesday 26th September @ 5.30 – 7.30pm
  • Thursday 4th October @ 9.30 – 10.30am
  • Tuesday 9th October @ 9.00 – 10.30am
  • Banding Test: Saturday 29th September, Monday 1st October, Wednesday 10th October & Friday 12th October. The school will contact you with further details.

Tel: 020 79321179

Paddington Academy

  • Thursday 4th October @ 5 – 7pm
  • Friday 5th October @ 11am – 12 midday
  • Thursday 11th October @ 9 – 10am

Tel: 020 7479 3900

Pimlico Academy

  • Tuesday 18th September @ 9.00am
  • Wednesday 19th September @ 9.00am
  • Thursday 20th September @ 5.30 – 7pm

Tel: 020 7828 0881

St. Augustine's C.E. High School

  • Tuesday 18th September @ 5.00 – 6.30pm
  • Tuesday 25th September to Thursday 27th September @ 9.15 – 10am
  • Banding test: Saturday 1st December @ 9am

Tel: 020 7328 3434

St George's Catholic School

  • Tuesday 2nd October @ 9.30 – 11.30am and @ 5.30 – 7.30pm

Tel: 020 7328 0904

The St. Marylebone C.E. School

  • Banding test: Saturday 10th November @ 9am, 10am and 11am
Performing Arts Open Days:
  • Performing Arts application deadline: Thursday 20th September 2018.
  • Music & Choral 1st round Aptitude test: Tuesday 27th September @ 4.30pm
  • Music & Choral 2nd round Aptitude test: Saturday 6th October
  • Dance & Drama Aptitude: Saturday 6th October
Open days/evenings:
  • Tuesday 11th of September @ 8.45 – 10am
  • Wednesday 12th of September @ 5 – 7pm
  • Friday 14th of September @ 8.45 – 10am
  • Tuesday 18th of September @ 8.45 – 10am
  • Wednesday 19th of September @ 8.45 – 10am

Tel: 020 7935 4704

Supplementary information form:

Westminster Academy

Open mornings (from 9.30am):
  • Wednesday 19th of September
  • Monday 24th of September
  • Tuesday 9th of October
  • Thursday 18th of October
Open evening (from 5pm):
  • Tuesday 2nd of October

Tel: 020 7121 0600

Westminster City School

Open days:
  • Thursday 27th of September @ 4.30 – 6.30pm
  • Saturday 29th September @ 12.00 – 2.00pm
  • Tuesday 18th September @ 10.00am – 12 midday
  • Tuesday 2nd October @ 10.00am – 12 midday
  • Thursday 4th October @ 10.00am – 12 midday
  • Tuesday 9th October @ 10.00am – 12 midday
Banding test:
  • Saturday 3rd November @10.00 – 11am

Tel: 020 79636300

Tips for a happy transition to secondary school:

  • Check that you have all the published information about the schools you want to apply for
  • Find out all you can about the school’s Admission Policy and the standard admission numbers
  • Discuss the choice of schools with your child
  • Make a personal visit to the school
  • Remember to take supplementary forms and times of travelling into account as well as distances
  • Make sure that you complete your online application on time

Key dates:

  • Sunday 1st September – Opening date for online applications
  • Thursday 31st October – Closing date for online applications
  • Sunday 1st of March – National Offer day
  • The ICT suite at Burdett-Coutts school will be open to Year 6 parents with help available to complete your online application – dates to be confirmed.