Year 6 to Year 7

Transferring to Secondary School

The period of moving on from year 6 is known as secondary transfer and is a very important stage in a child’s school life.

Both primary and secondary schools take a lot of time and care over this transition period.

Here is a leaflet about the process of transferring to secondary school

This interest and involvement has shown to be a significant factor in children’s educational achievement.

How do I know which school is right for my child?

  • Talk to your child find out what they want and consider how they will travel to school

  • Visit the schools, go to the open evenings, talk to the teachers and the pupils

Open Evenings

Open evenings usually run from June to October.

Useful Links & Info

  • Read the school prospectus – it will have detailed information about: how the school is run, which subjects are taught, the admissions criteria

  • The prospectus should be available at the open evenings and on the school website

  • Talk to the Choice Adviser at the London Borough of Barnet – can be contacted on 020 8359 7694 or by email:

  • Read the secondary education booklet published by your home local authority which is available at the beginning of September

  • Barnet’s booklet is at

  • Talk to the Admissions Team – the team can offer you advice and answer your questions. They can be contacted on 020 8359 7651 or by email:

  • If you live outside Barnet, you will find the contact details for your admissions team in Barnet’s secondary education booklet

  • Look at exam results and Ofsted reports. The latest Ofsted reports are available from the Ofsted website

  • Achievement and attainment tables are available at

  • Look carefully at the admission criteria for each school. These may include selection tests, faith criteria, siblings, distance from the school

This is where year 6 pupils went in 2020:

East Barnet
Friern Barnet  School
The Compton
QE Girls
Totteridge Academy
Mill Hill County
City of London Academy

Common Questions

When do I apply?

The application process begins on 1 September.

Where do I apply?

Can I get a paper application form?

If you don’t have access to the internet you can get a paper form from your Borough's Admissions Team.

How many schools can I apply for?

You can apply for up to six schools which you rank in your order of preference.

Can I apply to schools outside Barnet?

Yes, you must include all your chosen schools, whether inside or outside the borough where you live.

Do I need to fill in any other forms?

All voluntary aided schools and some foundation schools, free schools & academies will ask you to complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF). The SIF will ask for additional information, for example faith schools will ask about church attendance and require a priest’s reference, selective schools will ask about any medical condition that needs to be taken into account at the test and they may also require a photograph, Jewish schools will also ask you to complete a a Certificate of Religious Practice (CRP), which must be signed by a Rabbi. SIFs and CRPs must be returned to the individual schools.

What else do I need to provide?

Proof of address – your permanent address must be used on the application form.

Schools must give parents the test results before they apply for a school place – applications to sit the tests should be made directly to the individual school.

When will the tests be held?

Most schools will hold tests early in the autumn term some schools will hold the tests in the summer term while your child is still in Year 5.

When is the closing date?

At the end of October. The online system will close at 12 midnight on 31 October 2020. Paper forms should be returned to the Admissions Team by Friday 25 October 202.

Parents of children awaiting results of selection tests can return paper forms to the local authority by 31 October if unable to meet other deadlines.

Co-ordinated admissions

The transfer process is co-ordinated by all 32 London boroughs.

How will places be allocated?

If the school is over-subscribed, the admissions criteria will be applied to decide who can be offered a place – each application is considered as if it is equally preferred – your ranking order is not passed to the individual schools.

Will I be offered more than one school place?

If your child can be offered more than one school, you will be offered the highest rank possible, the lower preferences will be withdrawn and offered to other children. No child will be offered more than one school

When will I hear?

  • National Offer Day is 1 March 2021

  • Online applicants can log in and see the result in the evening of 1 March

  • Letters will be posted to all applicants by first class post on 1 March

Accepting offers:

  • Places to be accepted by 17 March 2021

  • Online applicants can accept or reject their offer online

  • Other applicants need to return the reply slip

What happens if I don’t get any of my preference schools?

  • Your child will be allocated a place at the nearest school with a vacancy. You will remain on the waiting lists

  • You can appeal for a place – every parent has the right of appeal which are heard by an independent panel

  • You will need to convince the panel that your child’s needs are more important than the school’s need to limit the admission number

  • Appeals are not usually successful unless there are exceptional grounds