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Secondary school admissions: when to apply and important dates

The application process for children born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 will begin on 1 September 2020. 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 2020.

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 Transfer to Secondary School 2021.pdf information booklet 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.

Testing arrangements for selective schools

In response to a range of COVID-19 related issues which make early autumn admissions testing undesirable and impractical, many schools who test for a child's ability or aptitude have decided to postpone admission tests until later in the autumn term.

This will affect applicants applying for selective schools in neighbouring boroughs who will not find out their child's test score until after the closing date for applications.

Despite these changes, parents should still register their child for tests by published deadlines and submit their common application form by the national closing date, 31 October 2020.

If you are a Merton resident and you wish to make changes to your preferences following receipt of test results, please email before 10 December 2020.  Please clearly state your new preference order – naming all schools you wish to apply for and in what order (up to six preferences). Changes to preferences after this date will only be considered after places are offered on 1 March 2021.

If you have questions about test arrangements, please check relevant school websites, or contact the school directly.

Open events

Due to the current situation regarding COVID-19, Merton schools have decided to replace their traditional open evenings with virtual events. Please check each school's website for up to date information.

The following table gives the information currently available together with the website address for each school.

Merton School School web address and 2020 open event information
Harris Academy Merton for more information
Harris Academy Morden for more information
Harris Academy Wimbledon for more information
Raynes Park High School Information will be available on the school website from 24th September 2020.
Ricards Lodge High School A virtual event is planned for Friday 2nd October 2020 from 4.00pm via the school website. The event will be available for viewing until close of applications.
Rutlish School Information will be available on the school website from 21 September.
St Mark's Church of England Academy for more information
Ursuline High School Virtual open event on 17 September 5-9pm, to include a head teacher's talk, an opportunity to download the school prospectus, a virtual tour, a live Q&A session and a range of department videos where staff and students will share more about the life at Ursuline.
To register for the virtual tour, please visit
Wimbledon College for more information

Open evening dates for schools outside Merton are available from individual school websites.

Important dates

The key dates for the Transfer to Secondary process can be found in the following table.

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 2020Online applications can be made.
23 October 2020Recommended date for parents to submit their application if they are applying using a paper form.
31 October 2020 Closing date for supplementary forms for Ursuline High School.
31 October 2020 Closing date for supplementary forms for Wimbledon College.
31 October 2020 Closing date for applications. Applications received after this date will be regarded as late.
10 December 2020 Last date to amend applications following selective school testing
11 December 2020 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 2021 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 2021Admissions appeals.
July 2021Students transferring to Merton secondary schools spend a day at their new school.