Secondary Transfer 2020

[This page has a quick link ‘Secondary Transfer’ from our homepage for easy access.]

In the Newsletter on 25th June, we noted that:

Usually at this time of year, Ben Roberts would be hosting meetings for parents and carers. The aim of these sessions is to support you to apply for schools which best meet the needs of your child as well as provide questions to ask when you visit schools. However, due to Covid-19, local authorities (who manage applications) and secondary schools are currently uncertain about when visits to schools might take place. This could impact the application process for current Year 5 pupils expecting to start secondary in September 2021. 

Thank you for your patience since then. Local boroughs are still not providing any information about the timescale for the application process for children starting in September 2021, although they are hoping to keep to the same timetable. The government’s recent announcement to ‘full reopen’ secondary schools from this September means that visiting schools in the Autumn term is now a possibility. Please remember that all schools will be extremely keen to do what they can to encourage you to apply for their school!

Ben Roberts will be hosting a virtual meeting for parents and carers of children currently in Year 5 on Tuesday (14th) at 11am

Link: (no password required)

The aims of this session will be to:

  • support you to select a school which best meets the needs of your child
  • recommend useful questions to ask before and when you visit schools
  • provide a comprehensive map of local secondary schools
  • explain the application procedure.

On this page we will also (before the meeting) share helpful information and documents which Ben Roberts will explain further during the meeting.

Here are some links for local boroughs you may find helpful (although nothing has been shared yet about 2021 entry):
Lambeth  –
Wandsworth  –
Southwark  –

This is last year’s starting-secondary-school-in-Lambeth-2020-2021 booklet. On page 18 you will find a list of ‘key dates’, which usually remain the same, however we are still waiting to find out this year.

Selecting your schools

Previous parents and carers have contributed to a list of questions to ask before and when you visit secondary schools.

In previous years, Heathbrook parents and carers have found this map of local secondary schools (within a 2 mile radius): Distances are measured from Heathbrook, so you may want to create your own personalised map

Here is a list of all the secondary schools attended by Heathbrook pupils who have left in recent years.

Completing in the application form

The system of ‘preferences’ is complicated. This explanation of preference allocations will hopefully help.

It is recommended that you include all six preferences on your form. If you are not offered any of the schools on your application, your local authority will choose a school for your child. By requesting more of your own choices, you are less likely to be offered a school you would prefer your child not to attend.