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Year 7 Admissions - September 2020

The application deadline has now passed for children due to transfer from primary to secondary school in September 2020.  Please contact your own local authority's admissions department to submit a late application.  

Year 7 Admissions - September 2021

Applications for children currently in Year 5, who are due to start secondary school in September 2021 can be made between 1st September 2020 - 31st October 2020.  Further information on our open events will be shown here nearer the time.

If you live in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, you will need to apply through the Royal Borough of Greenwich.  If you live in another borough, you need to apply through your home authority, even if you wish to apply for a place in a Royal Greenwich School.

If you have an older child or children already attending St Mary Magdalene, you must make this clear on your application form to be considered under the sibling criteria.

The easiest way to apply is through the eAdmissions portal - it's quick, easy and secure and it's the fastest way to hear the results.  To view guidance on how to make an online application, please click here to visit the eAdmissions website.  If you would prefer to complete a paper form and you live in Royal Greenwich, you must use the Royal Borough of Greenwich's common application form.  You should contact the Greenwich Centre to get a copy of the form.  If you need help completing your form, RBG run sessions where members of their team will help you to complete your application - please visit or contact the Greenwich Centre for details.

Medical/Social Reasons for Preferences

In most cases, medical or social needs can be met in any mainstream school.  However, if you feel that there is an acute medical or social reason why your child should be offered St Mary Magdalene in particular, you need to state this in your application.  Moderate learning difficulties, such as delayed speech and language or dyslexia, are not considered acute medical or social needs.

Our Governors' Admissions Committee will consider any social/medical requests for a place at St Mary Magdalene only where substantiating evidence is provided.  An outline of what is required is given below (please refer to our admissions policy for full details).

  1. You must give evidence of the medical or social need, such as a professional medical diagnosis or a statement.
  2. You must give reasons why your child should attend St Mary Magdalene in particular, stating the consequences if they have to attend an alternative school.
  3. You must provide documentation from the relevant professional, such as a health or social care professional, which supports your application to St Mary Magdalene on the grounds of medical or social need.

Please note that childcare arrangements do not fall under the category of an acute medical or social need.

Getting help with your application

Royal Greenwich holds school admission information sessions to help parents and carers with applying for a school place. The Families Information Service offers support to parents and carers who may need support with the school admissions process.  The service is available to everyone and provides:

  • a wide range of information on local secondary schools
  • support in making informed and realistic preferences
  • help in completing the relevant forms
  • information about the appeals process

If you have questions about which schools will best meet your child's academic and developmental needs, or you require support in making your application, please contact the Royal Borough of Greenwich's Families Information Service.

In Year Admissions - Years 7, 8, 9 & 10

To request an in year transfer, you must complete a copy of the in-year admissions form (below) and email it to our Admissions Manager, Cathy Beaumont.

CLICK HERE to download an In Year Admissions Request Form

The in year admissions process works as follows:-

  • Parent/Carer submits in year admissions request form to St Mary Magdalene.
  • Admissions department contacts student's current/most recent school to obtain information on attendance, attainment and behaviour.
  • Admissions request form and information from current/most recent school is submitted to our Governors' Admissions Committee for approval.
  • Once approved, if a place is available in the required year group, Admissions will contact parent/carer to offer a place.  If the required year group is full, student will be placed on a waiting list and a place will be offered when it becomes available.

Supplementary Form

Supplementary Information Form - please note that a supplementary form only needs to be submitted if you are applying for a foundation (church) place.  If you are applying for a community place, you do not need to submit this form.

Admissions Policies

St Mary Magdalene Secondary Admissions Policy 2022-23 

St Mary Magdalene Sixth Form Admissions Policy 2021-22 


Admissions Appeals

Appeals are in accordance with the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 and parents who are not offered a place for their child have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel. Parents wishing to appeal should obtain an appeal form from the school. The form should be sent to reach the Clerk to the Appeal panel, c/o the School, within 20 school days of the date of the letter confirming the governors’ decision not to offer a place. Should an appeal be unsuccessful, the Governing Body will not consider a further application from those parents within the same academic year unless there have been significant and material changes in their circumstances.

Admissions Appeal Form