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Transition to secondary school

Transition to secondary school

Children transfer to secondary school at the end of Year 6.

Preparations begin in Year 5 when families can attend some local open evenings. 

The main open evenings and the application process takes place in the Autumn term of Year 6.  Application dates can vary by school and parents will need to ensure that they apply correctly and on time.  Further guidance is given below.  We are very fortunate to have so many good secondary schools in this area.

Parents need to be apply online before the closing date in October through their local council website.

Sutton Council Secondary Admissions

Our children transfer to many schools, the main local Catholic schools are:

Richard Challoner - New Malden

Richard Challoner - New Malden
Manor Drive North, New Malden, KT3 5PE
Tel 020 8330 5947

Richard Challoner is a highly successful Catholic comprehensive school for boys aged 11-18, and girls aged 16-18, which has been serving the local Catholic community since 1959. The school is a DfE designated Academy with Specialisms in Technology and Sports.  It is heavily oversubscribed, with four applicants for each place available. The school continues to grow and now has 1000 students on roll, including 260 in the Sixth Form, which is federated with Holy Cross School in New Malden. At the heart of the school is its distinctive Catholic Ethos, which in turn is supported by the excellent relationships which exist between the staff and the students. A shared vision for the school is supported by the staff, students, parents and governors, which has created a very strong caring and cohesive community based on the Christian values of love, respect and compassion for others.

St Philomena's - Carshalton

St Philomena's - Carshalton
Pound Street, Carshalton, SM5 3PS
Tel 020 8642 2025



St Philomena's School was first established in 1893, when the Daughters of the Cross purchased Carshalton House. This was advertised in The Times of 1859 as having "extensive and very complete arrangements for conducting an important scholastic establishment situated in finely timbered park grounds".

The school is situated in twenty-five acres of beautiful parkland and in buildings which include a refurbished Queen Anne Mansion. Since its foundation, the school has given its pupils every opportunity to develop spiritually, intellectually and socially in the context of a Catholic community which is forward looking while maintaining all that is best of traditional values.


Holy Cross - New Malden

Holy Cross - New Malden
25 Sandal Road, New Malden, KT3 5AR
Tel 020 8395 4225



Our school, established over 80 years ago with just 5 students, is now a thriving learning community with over 950 students and 100 staff. The ethos of our school which permeates all that we do, was established by The Sisters of The Holy Cross and is enshrined in our Mission Statement. The school is blessed with experienced and talented staff who work exceptionally hard to ensure that each individual student makes sustained and substantial academic progress during their 7 years at Holy Cross. Students do well academically and we are proud of their many successes. At Holy Cross we offer students the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities enabling them to increase their self-esteem and confidence so that all their talents can develop and flourish.


St Andrew's - Leatherhead

St. Andrew's - Leatherhead
Grange Road, Leatherhead, KT22 7JP
Tel 01372 277881


St Andrew’s is a Roman Catholic Comprehensive School for students aged 11-18. It is a vibrant and dynamic school with high expectations and great ambitions for every one of its students. We believe that discipline, structure and common purpose are solid foundations in life and education, and that working closely with parents is essential if we are to be the best school possible for every child in our care.  Our aim is to be the best school in the country, where students feel safe and happy and that during their time at St Andrew’s they will receive a better educational experience than if they attended any other school. We aim to help everyone in our school community to grow in faith and to make the most of their innate ability. The culture and ethos of the school is one where we all have high expectations of each other, we recognise that everyone learns differently and that making mistakes and taking risks are both part of learning.  Each child is unique, they are loved and valued. They deserve the best and that is what we aim to give them. They are our greatest ambassadors and they are supported by a team of staff united in encouraging, guiding, motivating and challenging each one of them to be the best they can be.


Wimbledon College

Wimbledon College

Edge Hill
SW19 4NS


Wimbledon College has a strong tradition as a Jesuit School. At the heart of the Jesuit tradition is the insight of St Ignatius of Loyola that God is to be found in all things. This belief means that Wimbledon College, along with Jesuit schools worldwide, aims to: 

  • create a caring and disciplined community in which pupils will feel secure and are motivated to be involved in their studies and in a wide range of school activities.
  • encourage pupils to recognise the best in themselves and to work hard to develop all of their talents
  • instill in its pupils an awareness of the needs of others and a commitment to putting their gifts and energies at the service of others.


Ursuline High School

Ursuline High School

18 The Downs, 
SW20 8HR

Here at the Ursuline, Wimbledon we are very proud of our strong sense of identity, community, and commitment to equality. Student wellbeing and learning are at the heart of everything we do.

Supported by their families, an Ursuline student is committed to their catholic faith and our core value of Serviam. We are developing students to be people of action who can make a difference in the school and beyond, who are kind, forgiving, generous of spirit and persevering.

Your child will be part of a national and worldwide network of Ursuline schools. We share common goals delivering a global education focused on; academic excellence, service in the spirit of St. Angela Merici, outstanding pastoral care and a focus on developing young people as leaders. Our provision is world class. Excellent teaching is in place with a curriculum that provides depth, challenge, and outstanding opportunities for students to develop their passion for learning. We have an engaging Faith Development Programme led by our Chaplain.

We offer a wide-ranging enrichment programme in Arts, Sports, Languages and Culture and have a comprehensive Student Leadership Programme from Year 7-13.


The Pan London Admission System
Since September 2005, all 33 London Local Authorities and 4 local authorities that border London have coordinated admissions to their schools.  The system is a voluntary extension of the requirement by the Government that all councils co-ordinate admissions to their schools within their area.  Previously parents in London who applied to several schools, often in more than one Local Authority, may have received more than one offer, which meant that others received no offer at all. The Pan London system reduces multiple offers and gives one offer per parent across London at the initial stage.

Making your application
Find out as much as you can about the schools that you are considering:

  • look at the Local Authority online booklets and the school prospectuses

  • attend open days

  • identify any schools that need a supplementary form (all Catholic Schools will require a supplementary form and these may have a different closing date)

  • consider the admission criteria for each school in order to assess the likelihood of being offered a place

  • once you have all of this information you can complete the application

  • you must complete the application form for the Local Authority in which you live, regardless of the location of the schools you wish to apply for or where your child currently attends school.

  •  if you live in Sutton you can name up to 6 schools.

  • you must submit the application form to your home Local Authority by 31 October.

  • you can apply online anytime up to midnight on 31 October 2021 on your local authority's admissions website.

  • you will receive e-mail confirmation once your form has been submitted

  • once submitted you can change your application at any time until midnight on the closing date.  Please remember to apply on time!

By working together with any other local authorities where you have applied for schools, your home local authority will work out the best single offer that can be made guided by the order in which you ranked them on your application form.  Your home Local Authority will send you the outcome of your application on 2 March by first class post if you made a paper application.  In Sutton, if you have applied online you will not be sent a letter, but you will be able to access your results from the evening of 2 March.

If you have any questions about the process please contact Mrs Saunders in the school office.

SEN and the Transfer Process

Parents of children with Special Educational Needs will benefit from additional support in the process and we have arrangements with each of our local Catholic schools to enable a smooth transition.  Please contact Mrs Gallant, SENDCo, for more information at send@stcecilias.school

Children with Education Health Care Plans have a different application process, discussions around secondary transfer will often commence much earlier with your local authority SEN team, please contact Mrs Gallant for more information.

At St. Cecilia's Catholic Primary School, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in all circumstances and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. To read more about our commitment to safeguarding please view our safeguarding policy.