Secondary school admissions
Apply to start secondary school Year 7 for September 2021
This application applies to children with birthdays from 1 September 2009 to 31 August 2010. This application can only be made online.
If you are applying for a Redbridge community school, read the Admissions Arrangements 2021-2022 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 High School will be an all through school from 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 will happen for the first time in September 2022. This means that the number of Secondary Transfer places will be reduced to 60 from 180.
Please be aware of this when you make your application and ensure you name more than just your catchment 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
- Your child's birthday should fall between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010
- The application process opened on 1 September 2020
- The deadline for online applications was 31 October 2020
- Transfer to secondary school - How school places were offered for September 2021 (PDF 774.15 KB)
- eAdmissions - how to complete your child's application (PDF 334 KB)
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 2020 and is expected to live in September 2021 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Click on the school names below to be taken to their website. You will find their Admission Arrangements and Supplementary Information Form (SIF), if they have one, on their Admissions page.
For SEND applications, you will need to contact the SEN Team
Offer given for first preference on your application
You will receive this information by email on the evening of 1 March 2021.
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 appear on the waiting lists of those schools ranked at a higher preference on your application; any schools ranked at a lower preference we will automatically withdraw.
Responding to your offer
You must respond to the offer by 15 March 2021
Accepting your offer
Log into your eAdmissions account by 15 March 2021 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 email email@example.com with your child's reference number and the name of the school you are accepting.