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Admission arrangements for secondary schools

If there are more applications than there are places available at a school, the admission authority for the school will use its admission criteria to decide which applicants should be offered a place.

Different bodies are responsible for decisions about offers of places in different secondary schools.

You can find out what type of school a school is by looking at its entry in the secondary school admissions booklet.

Secondary schools and their admission authorities
Type of school Decision body
Community and voluntary controlled Royal Borough of Greenwich
Academy, foundation or voluntary aided School governing body or academy trust
Catholic places at St Paul's Academy School governing body
Community places at St Paul's Academy Joint responsibility between Royal Borough of Greenwich and the school governing body

Academies, foundation and voluntary aided schools admission arrangements

The admissions policies of different academy, foundation and voluntary aided schools are varied, so we recommend that you read the admission arrangements for these schools before you apply.

These schools have separate supplementary information forms you'll need to fill in if you are applying as a faith entrant.

Some of the schools use a banding system based on the results of a general ability test, and they also have separate forms you'll need to complete to register for the test.

Secondary admissions arrangements

You can find the admissions arrangements information and download supplimentary information forms for primary foundation and voluntary aided schools on the specific school's website.

Community and voluntary controlled schools

Full details of the council's admission policies are in the Royal Greenwich secondary admission arrangements document.

Admissions priority

First priority will go to children with an education, health and care (EHC) plan naming the school.

Remaining places will be given in the following order:

  1. Looked after children and previously looked after children who have been adopted or become subject to child arrangements or a special guardianship order immediately after having been looked after.

    A looked after child is a child who is in the care of an English or Welsh local authority in accordance with section 22 (a) of the Children Act 1989.

  2. Children who have been in state care outside of England

    A child is regarded as having been in state care in a place outside of England if they were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation or any other provider of care whose sole purpose is to benefit society.

  3. Children with a chronic medical or social care need for a particular school.

    This may also apply to an immediate family member. The application must be supported by a letter written by a professional such as a qualified medical practitioner, setting out the reasons why the school is the only one that can meet the child's needs and the implications for the child if they are not offered a place at the school.

    Work commitments and childcare arrangements are not considered as being a chronic medical or social care need.

  4. Children with a sibling - living at the same address - who is already attending the school at the time the child will be admitted.

    Sibling means a full, half, step, adopted or foster brother or sister. This does not include siblings who attend a school's Post-16 provision.

  5. Other children based on home to school distance.

    The distance from home to school is measured as a straight line from the centre of the home address to the centre of the school site.

    If two applicants live an equal distance from the school, the offer of a place will be decided by random allocation.

    Attendance at a school's sixth form, children of staff, work commitments and childcare arrangements are not part of the decision making process.

View the secondary school offers map