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Starting Secondary School 2022


If your child is starting secondary school in September 2022, please ensure that carefully read the information about how to apply for a secondary school place and the selection test process which you can enter your child into.

The Bexley Selection Test has been postponed. Children registered at Hope Community school will take their tests on Monday 2nd November 2021.  

This is the earliest date that Bexley could accommodate these whilst remaining inline with the guidance issued by the Department for Education. However, the test will take place AFTER the national deadline for parents to submit their applications on 31 October 2021. This means that parents of pupils hoping for a selective outcome will be submitting their preferences without knowing whether their child is eligible for selective schools.

Bexley recommends that parents consider a mixture of selective and non-selective preferences, thus covering all bases. Although Bexley has agreed a small window among London Boroughs where a change of preference request can be submitted in Early December, should the test result be likely to have a significant impact on the outcome of the application.

For pupils awaiting the outcome of a special arrangements request, the process for considering cases by panel has been elongated by the inability to bring the panel members together as we normally would and therefore collating different panel opinions without discussion has made the process considerably longer.

COVID-19 has had a major impact on education across the country and admission authorities everywhere are having to make difficult decisions to protect their school communities and reduce risk factors. One of the major factors would be hosting open events, and whilst schools recognise the value of showing their school to potential students, must also consider the risks posed, not only to visitors, but also to the existing school community. With this in mind many schools are planning virtual open events. You will see below a summary of the events which will also be published in the admission to secondary schools in Bexley booklet, hopefully available soon.

A guide to secondary schools in Bexley.

4 May to 2 July 2021

Selection test registration period. 


September/October 2021

Schools open days and evenings, many of these are being held online this year. Check oversubscription criteria – make sure you know how each school allocates places

31 October 2021

National closing date for secondary school applications

Week commencing Monday 13th September 2021

Selection test for those registered who attend a primary school in Bexley

Test results 7 October 2021.

1 March 2022

Offers sent by email to all parents who applied online

Letters posted by first class post to parents who didn’t apply online and those not offered their first preference school