Lewisham Council - Deciding which secondary schools to apply for

Deciding which secondary schools to apply for

When you apply for a secondary school place for your child, you can put up to six schools on the application. These can be in the borough of Lewisham or outside the 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.​

We expect most schools in the borough to be oversubscribed, so we strongly recommend you look at your nearest schools, including faith or non-faith schools. You should use all six preferences when applying so as not to restrict your application.

Admission criteria

Familiarise yourself with the admission 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 admission criteria for the school is used to decide which children are offered a place.

Visiting schools

Before deciding which schools you wish to apply for, we recommend that you visit the school to meet the staff and see the facilities and opportunities available.

Headteachers will be pleased to show you around and answer any questions. All schools in Lewisham 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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