Primary to secondary school transfer

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update

Many schools that test for a child’s ability or aptitude have postponed admission tests until later in the autumn term. This is in response to a range of Covid-19 related issues.

Despite these changes, you should still register your child for tests by published deadlines. You should also submit your online application by the national closing date, 31st October 2020.

If you receive the results of the test after the 31st October 2020, you may make changes to your application preferences. This is such as to add or remove a selective school.

Please ensure that you email admissions@camden.gov.uk with any changes by 10th December 2020. Changes to preference after this date will only be considered after places are offered on 1st March 2021.

If you live outside Camden, contact your local authority for their policy on making changes to a school admission application.

Moving on to secondary school

The high quality teaching and supportive environment at Camden's secondary schools aims to help every student reach their potential. That's whether your aim is a place at a top university, an excellent apprenticeship or landing a great job. All Camden secondary schools are currently rated either 'good' or 'outstanding' by Ofsted.

Read our latest guide to secondary schools in Camden:

Your child will be due to start secondary school in September 2021 if they were born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010. Applications for Year 7 places are open from 1 September until the deadline of 31 October 2020.

School open days and evenings

Camden secondary schools hold open days and evenings during September and October, though some of these will be held 'virtually' online (please check the school's website or call the school office to check). We urge you to attend these to see the schools for yourself before applying. View or download a poster with upcoming dates for autumn term 2020 below:

Camden School for Girls update

Due to the current pandemic, Camden School for Girls will be replacing their open days and open evening this year with a virtual open event, which will be available on the school's website from Wednesday 16 September. The aim is to give parents, carers and children as full an impression of the school as they would receive from visiting the school in person, including a 'virtual tour' of the school.

Unfortunately, the Camden secondary booklet and open events poster above went to press before this decision was taken and contain dates of events which are no longer taking place.

Parents applying to Camden School for Girls are reminded of the requirement for pupils to sit the school's banding assessment. Registration for the banding assessment closes at midday on 22 September.

Parliament Hill School update

Parliament Hill School will run a virtual Open Evening on 24 September. The open mornings which were planned and are mentioned on the above poster will now take place at the end of the school day instead on 29 and 30 September and 1 October. The school will run an additional Open Day on Saturday 3 October. Booking information will be published on the school's website on Wednesday 15 September.

For other updates on Camden secondary school open events - read our news item here