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 2020, 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 2021.

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 2020. The closing date for applications is 31 October 2020 and the national offer day is 1st March 2021.

Key dates:

  • Tuesday 1st September – Opening date for online applications
  • Saturday 31st October – Closing date for online applications
  • Monday 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 City Council Secondary Schools Open Days & Test Dates (for secondary admission in September 2021)

The Grey Coat Hospital

  • To visit, parents must book an appointment via the school’s website.
  • Monday 28th September – Open Session @ 5pm or 6pm
  • Thursday 1st October – Open Session @ 1.45 – 3.20pm
  • Monday 5th October – Open Session @ 5pm or 6pm
  • Thursday 8th October – Open Session @ 1.45 – 3.20pm
  • Monday 12th October – Open Session @ 1.45 – 3.20pm
  • Language Aptitude Test: Tuesday 13th October
  • Banding Test: Tuesday 4th December

Tel: 020 7969 1998

Important forms:
  • Supplementary Information Form
  • Clergy Reference Form
  • Identification Form
  • Information & Check List Sheet

Harris Academy St John's Wood

  • Open Evening: Wednesday 7th October @ 5.00 – 7.00pm
  • Open Morning: Tuesday 13th October @ 9.00 – 10.00am
  • Open Morning: Thursday 16th October @ 9.00 – 10.00am

Tel: 020 7722 8141

Marylebone Boys' School


Tel: 020 31437100

Paddington Academy

  • Thursday 1st October @ 5pm to 7pm
  • Friday 2nd October @ 11am to 12 midday
  • Thursday 8th October @ 9am to 10am

Tel: 020 7479 3900

Pimlico Academy

  • Open day visits will be held virtually this year with no visits to the school premises going ahead. Information will be available online at

Tel: 020 7828 0881

St. Augustine's C.E. High School

  • Tuesday 15th September – Open Evening @ 5.00 to 6.30pm
  • Tuesday 22nd to Thursday 24th September – Open Sessions @ 9.15am
  • Banding test: Saturday 28th November @ 9am

Tel: 020 7328 3434

St George's Catholic School

  • Tuesday 6th October – Open Evening @ 5.30 to 7.30pm

Tel: 020 7328 0904

The St. Marylebone C.E. School

  • Banding test for all applicants: Saturday 14th November
Performing Arts Open Mornings:
  • For Music & Choral applicants: Tuesday 23rd June @ 8.35 – 10am
  • For Dance and Drama applicants: Wednesday 24th June @ 8.35 – 10am
Performing Arts Aptitude Tests:
  • Performing Arts application deadline: Friday 18th September
  • Music & Choral 1st round Aptitude test: Thursday 24th September @ 4.30pm
  • Music & Choral 2nd round Aptitude test: Saturday 3rd October
  • Dance & Drama Aptitude: Saturday 3rd October
Open days/evenings:
  • Friday 11th of September @ 8.35 – 10am
  • Tuesday 15th of September @ 8.35 – 10am
  • Wednesday 16th of September @ 5 – 7pm
  • Thursday 17th of September @ 8.35 – 10am
  • Friday 18th of September @ 8.35 – 10am

Tel: 020 7935 4704

Supplementary information form:

Westminster Academy

Open days/evenings:
  • Tuesday 22nd of September @ 9.15am
  • Monday 28th of September @ 9.15am
  • Tuesday 6th of October @ 4.30 – 6.30pm
  • Thursday 15th of October @ 9.15am
  • Wednesday 21st of October @ 9.15am

Tel: 020 7121 0600

Westminster City School

Open days:
  • Tuesday 15th September @ 9.30 – 11.15am
  • Thursday 24th of September @ 9.30 – 11.15am
  • Saturday 26th of September @ 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Thursday 1st October @ 5.00 – 7.00pm
  • Tuesday 13th October @ 9.30 – 11.15am
  • Thursday 3rd October @ 10.00am – 12 midday
  • Banding test for all: Saturday 14th November @ 10 to 11am
One-hour tours:
  • Westminster School are running a week of one-hour tours in the week commencing Monday 19th October, for those interested in Year 7 entry in 2021. You will receive a guided tour of our School with a member of staff and will be able to ask any questions that you have. Numbers are restricted for these tours, so you must book in advance on their website › 
  • Monday & Tuesday 19th & 20th October @ 9am
  • Wednesday 21st October @ 3.30pm
  • Thursday & Friday 22nd & 23rd October @ 9am

Tel: 020 79636300

Supplementary information forms:

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