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 2021, 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 2022.

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

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 2021. The closing date for applications is 31 October 2021 and the national offer day is 1st March 2022.

Key dates:

  • Wednesday 1st September – Opening date for online applications
  • Sunday 31st October – Closing date for online applications
  • Tuesday 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.

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.

Westminster Secondary Schools Open Days & Test Dates (for secondary admission in September 2022)

The Grey Coat Hospital

  • To visit, parents must book an appointment via the school’s website. All Open Events take place at the school site at Greycoat Place, SW1P 2DY. Language and Banding tests take place at the school site, 98 Regency Street, SW1P 4GH
  • Tuesday 28th September : 1.45pm – 3.20pm
  • Thursday 30th September : 5pm or 6pm
  • Wednesday 6th October : 1.45pm – 3.20pm
  • Tuesday 12th October : 5pm or 6pm
  • Thursday 14th October : 1.45pm – 3.20pm
  • Language Aptitude Test : Friday 22nd October (outcome of test notified by end of October)
  • Banding Test : Thursday 2nd December

Tel: 020 7969 1998

Important forms:

Harris Academy St John's Wood

  • Open Evening: Wednesday 6th October @ 5pm – 7pm
  • Open Morning: Tuesday 12th October @ 9am – 10am
  • Open Morning: Thursday 14th October @ 9am – 10am
  • Open Morning: Tuesday 19th October @ 9am – 10am
  • Open Morning: Thursday 21st October @ 9am – 10am

Tel: 020 7722 8141

Marylebone Boys' School

  • Open Evening: Tuesday 5th October @ 5.30pm – 7.30pm
  • Open Mornings @ 9.00am – 10.30am

    Thursday 30 September
    Thursday 7 October
    Monday 11 October
    Wednesday 13 October
    Friday 15 October
    Tuesday 19 October
    Thursday 21 October


Tel: 020 31437100

Paddington Academy

  • Thursday 14th October @ 6pm – 7pm
  • Wednesday 29th September @ 9am – 10am
  • Friday 1st October @ 9am to 10pm
  • Tuesday 5th October @ 9am to 10pm
  • Wednesday 6th October @ 9am to 10pm

Tel: 020 7479 3900

Pimlico Academy

  • Tuesday 21st September @ 8.40am to 10am
  • Wednesday 22nd September @ 8.40am to 10am
  • Thursday 23rd September @ 5pm – 7.30pm

Tel: 020 7828 0881

St. Augustine's C.E. High School

  • Tuesday 14th September @ 5.00pm – 6.30pm
  • Open Mornings:
    Tuesday 21st to Thursday 23rd September @ 9.15am – 10am
  • Banding test: Saturday 27th November @ 9am

Tel: 020 7328 3434

St George's Catholic School

  • Tuesday 5th October @ 5.30 – 7.30pm

Tel: 020 7328 0904

The St. Marylebone C.E. School

  • Banding test*: Saturday 27th November
    *Applicants will book a time slot when they complete a Supplementary Information Form
  • Supplementary information form deadline: Sunday 31st October
  •  Clergy form deadline: Friday 26th November
Performing Arts Aptitude Tests:
  • Performing Arts application form deadline: Friday 17th September
  • Music & Choral 1st round aptitude test: Thursday 23rd September @ 4.30pm
  • Drama aptitude test: Saturday 2nd October
  • Dance aptitude test/Music & Choral 2nd round aptitude test: Saturday 9th October
Open mornings/evenings: Booking not required
  • Friday 10th September @ 8.35am – 10am
  • Tuesday 14th September @ 8.35am – 10am
  • Wednesday 15th September @ 5pm – 7pm
  • Thursday 16th September @ 8.35am – 10am
  • Friday 17th September @ 8.35am – 10am

Tel: 020 7935 4704

Supplementary information form:

Westminster Academy

Open days/evenings:
  • Attendees are asked to register for all events here:
  • Wednesday 22nd September @ 9.30am
  • Tuesday 28th September @ 9.30am
  • Tuesday 5th October @ 5pm – 7pm
  • Monday 11th October @ 9.30am
  • Thursday 21st October @ 9.30am

Tel: 020 7121 0600

Westminster City School

Events & open days:
  • Our open events and tours are aimed at those interested in Year 7 entry in September 2022. Numbers are restricted and places must be booked in advance by visiting the school website.
  • ONLINE: Tuesday 14th September @ 6pm – 7pm
  • ON-SITE: Thursday 23rd September @ 9.30am – 11.15am
  • ON-SITE: Saturday 25th eptember @ 10.00am – 11.30am (with Year 12)
  • ON-SITE: Thursday 30th September @ 9.30am – 11.15am
  • ON-SITE: Tuesday 5th October @ 9.30am – 11.15am
  • ON-SITE: Thursday 14th October @ 5pm – 6.30pm
  • Banding test for all: Saturday 12th November, morning
Private tours:
  • Monday 11th October @ 9am
  • Wednesday 13th October @ 3.15pm
  • Friday 15th October @ 9am

Tel: 020 79636300