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 2022, 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 2023.

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 2022. The closing date for applications is 31 October 2022 and the national offer day is 1st March 2023.

Key dates:

  • 1st September – Opening date for online applications
  • 31st October – Closing date for online applications
  • 1st of March – National Offer day

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 2023)

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
  • Thursday 29th September : 1.45pm – 3.20pm
  • Wednesday 5th October : 1.45pm – 3.20pm
  • Tuesday 11th October : 1.45pm – 3.20pm
  • Thursday 13th October : 5pm and 6pm
  • Language Aptitude Test : Friday 14th October
  • Banding Test : Thursday 1st December

Tel: 020 7969 1998

Harris Academy St John's Wood

  • Open Evening: Wednesday 5th October @ 5pm – 7pm
  • Open Morning: Tuesday 11th October @ 9am – 10am
  • Open Morning: Thursday 13th October @ 9am – 10am

Tel: 020 7722 8141

Marylebone Boys' School

  • Open Evening: Thursday 29th September @ 5.30pm – 7.30pm
  • Open Morning @ 9.00am – 10.20am

    Thursday 4th October


Tel: 020 31437100

Paddington Academy

  • Thursday 13th October @ 5pm – 7pm
  • Wednesday 28th September @ 9am – 10am
  • Monday 3rd October @ 9am to 10am
  • Thursday 6th October @ 9am to 10am

Tel: 020 7479 3900

Pimlico Academy

  • Tuesday 27th September @ 9am – 10.30am
  • Tuesday 4th October @ 9am – 10.30am

Tel: 020 7828 0881

St. Augustine's C.E. High School

  • Tuesday 20th September @ 5.00pm – 6.30pm
  • Open Mornings:
    Wednesday 21st to Friday 23rd September @ 9.15am – 10am
  • Banding test: Saturday 26th November @ 9am

Tel: 020 7328 3434

St George's Catholic School

  • Please contact the school for open evening details.

Tel: 020 7328 0904

The St. Marylebone C.E. School

  • Banding test*: Saturday 19th November
    *Applicants will book a time slot when they complete a Supplementary Information Form
  • Supplementary information form deadline: Monday 31st October
  •  Clergy form deadline: Friday 25th November
Performing Arts Aptitude Tests:
  • Performing Arts application form deadline: Friday 16th September
  • Music & Choral 1st round aptitude test: Thursday 22nd September @ 4.30pm
  • Drama aptitude test: Saturday 1st October
  • Dance aptitude test/Music & Choral 2nd round aptitude test: Saturday 8th October
Open mornings/evenings: Booking not required
  • Friday 9th September @ 8.35am – 10am
  • Tuesday 13th September @ 8.35am – 10am
  • Wednesday 14th September @ 5pm – 7pm
  • Thursday 15th September @ 8.35am – 10am
  • Friday 16th 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:
  • Friday 23rd September @ 9.30am – 10.45am
  • Wednesday 28th September @ 9.30am – 10.45am
  • Tuesday 5th October @ 4.30pm – 6.30pm
  • Tuesday 11th October @ 9.30am – 10.45am
  • Thursday 20th October @ 9.30am – 10.45am

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.
  • Tuesday 16th September @ 9.30am – 11.15am
  • Saturday 24th September @ 10.00am – 11.30am (with Year 12)
  • Friday 30th September @ 9.30am – 11.15am
  • Thursday 6th October @ 5pm – 7pm
  • Friday 14th October @ 9.30am – 11.15am
  • Banding test for all: Saturday 12th November, morning

Tel: 020 79636300