Secondary school admissions

Offers will be emailed during the evening of 1 March 2024.
Please click on the following link to see How school places were offered for September 2024 (PDF 62 KB)

Apply to start secondary school Year 7 for September 2024

This application applies to children with birthdays from 1 September 2012 to 31 August 2013. This application can only be made online.

If you are applying for a Redbridge community school, read the Admission Arrangements 2024-2025 carefully.

Applying based on where you live

If you live in Redbridge you must apply for a school place through us even if the school is not in Redbridge.

If you are not a Redbridge resident you need to apply through your own council, this includes school places for a Redbridge school.

We advise all foreign nationals who wish to apply for a state-funded school place, to check that they have a right of abode, or that the conditions of their immigration status permits them to access a state-funded school. If a school is concerned that a child may not have a right to enter the country to access a state-funded school, it cannot deny them a place or remove them from the school roll. Schools will advise parents to check their rights or email the Home Office’s school referrals team so they can investigate further.

You can choose up to 6 schools and put them in order of preference on your application. Check the nearest school to you by clicking on the Education tab. This is only a guide based on Google maps, to give you an indication of schools near your home address.  The distances provided are not the accurate measurements we use to allocate school places. You can confirm the secondary school catchment area you live in by first clicking on the Education tab, then the Secondary School Catchment Area tab. Catchment area boundaries are accurate.

You are strongly advised to name your catchment school as one of the higher preferences on your application. You will not be offered a place at some of the over-subscribed Redbridge secondary schools if you do not live within the catchment area. For some schools, it is not possible to offer places to all applicants who do live in the catchment area. 

Important information for Year 7 places at Seven Kings School

Seven Kings School became an all through school in September 2022. This means that pupils in the primary phase will automatically be given a Year 7 place in the secondary phase when they move up from Year 6. If they wish to progress into Year 7 they do not need to apply for a place. This happened for the first time in September 2022. This means that the number of Secondary Transfer places available to applicants attending a different primary school will be reduced from 180 to 60.

Please be aware of this when you make your application and ensure you name more than just your catchment school if you live in the catchment area of Seven Kings School, even if you have a sibling already attending the school.

We remind all parents that although living in the catchment area of a school will give you a higher priority than those who do not, there is no guarantee that you will be offered a place at your catchment school.

When to apply


Supporting documents you need for proof of residency

The address you give in your application must be the one where your child normally lives, on 31 October 2023 and is expected to live in September 2024 and beyond. 

In defining a child’s ‘normal’ place of residence, we will not accept a business address, a landlord’s tenant’s address or a childminder’s address as a basis for allocating school places, nor will future addresses be accepted. Second homes with a short-term lease, will not be accepted as a normal permanent place of residence.

Proof of residence will be requested from you to prove your home address.

It is your responsibility to provide evidence of the address used on your application. We have the right to withdraw an offer if you fail to provide the requested evidence set out below.

Please contact the Admissions Team if you are unable to provide evidence of your address. You will have to provide electronic copies of at least two of the following list of documents and complete your Council Tax number in your online application.

Please remember to submit the required proofs when you apply online.

Acceptable documents are:

For Redbridge addresses, we can check your Council Tax reference number automatically. Please complete this online and provide one further proof from the list below:

  • rent book
  • tenancy agreement and a copy of your Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme or other deposit protection as applies to the tenancy
  • utility bills e.g electricity/gas, water, landline phone which must show the home phone number, broadband contract  (all dated within the last three months)
  • TV Licence
  • full UK Driving Licence

If you are unable to attach your supporting documents when making your online application please email electronic copies for proof of residence to

You must contact the Admissions Team immediately if you change address following the application deadline. This also includes after an offer has been made for your child.

You will need to complete Supplementary Information Forms (SIF) when applying for a Redbridge faith school. Some have more than one form; reading the admissions criteria will explain which form or forms you or your religious leader will have to complete. These forms have to be returned directly to the school by the admissions closing date.

If you're applying for an Academy or Foundation school in Redbridge, please read their Admission Arrangements carefully as they can be different from the Redbridge community schools Admission Arrangements, with different oversubscription criteria.

For SEND applications, you will need to contact the SEN Team



Apply for a school place online


Offer given for first preference on your application

An email will be sent to the email address used to complete your application during the evening of 1 March 2024. As you have been offered your first preference school, all other lower preferences will automatically be withdrawn.

Offer given for school preferences ranked from 2 to 6 or an alternative school

The email will confirm you have been offered the highest school preference available.

Your child’s name will automatically appear on the waiting lists of those schools ranked at a higher preference on your application. For Redbridge community schools, you will be able to search online on 29 March 2024 at the following link; any schools ranked at a lower preference we will automatically withdraw.

Responding to your offer

You must respond to the offer by 15 March 2024

Accepting your offer

Log into your eAdmissions account by 15 March 2024 to tell us if you accept the offer from us or not. 

Not accepting the offer

If you are not accepting the offer and you have an offer from another school not on your application form, please provide us with evidence of the school offer you are accepting. 

Change of address

Your offer is based on the address you have given on your application. If you have changed address or if you change your address in the future you must let us know immediately. Offers made on the basis of false information or addresses that cannot be verified will be withdrawn. 

Problems logging in

Any issues logging into eAdmissions to accept the school offer, please use the contact form below with your child's reference number and the name of the school you are accepting.


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