Post 16 admissions guidance

All 16 to 18 year olds who live or attend school in Royal Greenwich have the right to attend a post 16 centre in the borough provided they:

  •  meet the entry requirements, which may vary by centre
  • enter a learning agreement which is acceptable to the student and their chosen centre.

Other applicants who meet these conditions, including those from outside Royal Greenwich, are also welcome to apply and will be offered places where possible.

How to apply for a course

Read through your study options, then search for courses and contact your chosen post 16 centre. 

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Special educational needs

The post 16 network recognises that for students with   statements of special educational needs, particular centres may be identified on the statement as the site or sites where education will be provided.

Applicants to London South East Colleges who have special educational needs will have their needs assessed, along with any support and assistance required, with a view to offering a place where this is practicable.

Priorities and conditions for entry

After the admission of pupils with an education, health and care plan naming the school, in terms of admission to courses at Post 16 centres for students who meet the general conditions for entry the following priorities will apply:

1. Looked after children and previously looked after children, including those children who appear to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.


A ‘looked after child’ is a child who is in the care of an English local authority in accordance with section 22 (a) of the Children Act 1989. A looked after child is only considered as such if the local authority confirms he or she will be in public care when he or she is admitted to a school.

A ‘previously looked after child’ is a child who was looked after but ceased to be so because they were

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.

2. If there are more applicants for particular courses at any centre than there are places available on that course, priority will be given in the following order:

a) Where the centre is part of a school, students in Year 11 at that school.

b) Students who attend another Royal Greenwich secondary school.

c) Students or their immediate family member with a chronic medical condition or social care need that can only be met if the student attends a particular Post 16 centre.

Applicants need to set out the reasons why the school can best meet needs and the implications for the child or immediate family member if a place was not obtained at the Post 16 centre. Evidence of the condition or need must be submitted with the application, such as a letter from a registered health professional or practitioner i.e. a doctor or social worker.

d) Students based on home to school distance.

Distance from home to the Post 16 centre is measured as a straight line from the centre of the home address to the centre of the school site. In the event that two or more applicants have equal right to a place under any of the above criteria, priority will be given to those who live nearest to the school.

Should two or more applicants live an equal distance from the school, including instances where more than one applicant lives in a multi-occupancy building, the offer of a place will be decided by random allocation.

Right of appeal

If you are unsuccessful in your application for a place at a post 16 centre you will be informed of your right of appeal. 

Appeals against a decision are considered by an independent appeal panel in accordance with the School Standards and Framework Act 1998

Where parent(s) and student lodge an appeal, arrangements will be made to ensure that the two appeals are heard together.

Waiting Lists

Waiting lists are maintained in the same order as the published admission criteria. Priority is not given on the basis of when a child’s name was added to the list or whether an offer of an alternative school has been accepted. Waiting lists are maintained for the entire academic year.