Lewisham Council - Deciding which secondary schools to apply for

Deciding which secondary schools to apply for

Find out how to decide which secondary schools to apply for.

How many schools you can apply for

When you apply for a secondary school place for your child, you can put up to six schools on the application. When you apply, you should use all six preferences for the best chance of getting a place.

Which schools you can apply for

You can apply for schools in the borough of Lewisham or outside the borough.

Schools in our borough

There are 14 secondary schools in the Lewisham borough. It is a good idea to research a range of schools, including ones closest to your home address, as not every child can be offered their first preference school.  ​

Most of the schools in our borough are likely to be oversubscribed, so we strongly recommend you look at your nearest schools, including faith or non-faith schools.

Read about our secondary schools.

Admissions criteria

Read the admissions criteria​ for the schools you wish to apply for. Most secondary schools get more applications than there are places available. If you apply for oversubscribed schools, the admissions criteria for the school is used to decide which children are offered a place.

Visiting schools

Before you decide where to apply, you should visit the schools to meet the staff and see the facilities and opportunities available.

Headteachers will be pleased to show you around and answer any questions. All secondary schools in the borough hold open days so you can visit them with your child.


Admissions and Appeals Team
Third Floor
Laurence House
1 Catford Road
Se6 4ru
020 8314 8282



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