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Secondary school admissions: when to apply and important dates

The application process for children born between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2007 will begin on 1 September 2017. If your child was born between these dates please read the following information carefully and ensure you have submitted your online application by 31 October 2017.

We would urge all parents to read through the starting secondary school information online. If you are unable to do this, a copy of the Starting Secondary School 2018 information can be downloaded.

Full details of Merton's admission arrangements can be found on our website, however the information provided on these pages contains everything you need in order to make an application.

Applying for a Secondary school place starting in September 2018

The key dates for the Transfer to Secondary process can be found in the following table. These dates are for children born between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2007. Please ensure that you meet the date for submitting your online application. Submitting a late application could seriously jeopardise your chances of being offered a place at one of your preferred schools.

Date Activity
September to October 2017 Online applications can be made.
20 October 2017

Recommended date for parents to submit their application if they are applying using a paper form.

27 October 2017

Closing date for supplementary forms for Ursuline High School.

31 October 2017 Closing date for supplementary forms for Wimbledon College.
31 October 2017 Closing date for applications. Applications received after this date will be regarded as late.
7 December 2017 Closing date for applications that have been classified as ‘late for good reason’. The reason and evidence must also be included with the application. For more information on late applications visit the website.
1 March 2018 Offer day. Letters are posted to applicants who applied using a paper form. Parents who applied online will be able to view the outcome of their application from the evening of 1 March.
May to June 2018 Admissions appeals.
July 2018 Students transferring to Merton secondary schools spend a day at their new school.
September 2018 Students start at their new secondary school.

Open events

The following table gives the dates of open events for Merton schools

Merton School

2017 open evening

(no appointment required)

2017 open morning

Harris Academy Merton

20 September


No open mornings planned
Harris Academy Morden

27 September


21 September, 4,11 and 27 October - all at 9am
Harris Academy Wimbledon - to be held at Merton Arts Space, 35 Wimbledon Hill Road, SW19

3 October

7.30pm - 9.30pm

No open mornings planned
Raynes Park High School

21 September


2 October to 6 October, all at 9.15am.
Ricards Lodge High School

19 September


Head Teacher talks at 6.00pm, 6.45pm & 7.30pm

26 and 27 September, starting at 9am

Meet the Head 9.30am and tour of school 10.00am

Rutlish School

19 September


21 and 22 (by appointment only)
St Mark's Church of England Academy

14 September

5pm - 8pm

20 to 27 September and 4,11 and 18 October - all 9am - 10.30am
Ursuline High School

20 September


25 to 29 September, 9am and 11am  (by appointment only - email
Wimbledon College

28 September


2 and 3 October (by appointment only)

Open evening dates for schools outside Merton are available from individual school websites. If you miss the event you should contact the school to see if they are holding any additional viewing opportunities.

Transfer to secondary school application process

  1. When to apply and important dates
  2. Choosing which schools to apply for
  3. Admissions criteria
  4. Guide to applying
  5. Apply for a place
  6. Offers and waiting lists

This page was last updated on Monday 12 September 2016

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