How to apply for a place

E-ACT has responsibility for admissions to the academy and has a planned admission number (PAN) which is at 180 per year group.

Open events for September 2021 admissions

  • These will be held in September and October 2020.

Applying for a Year 7 place for September 2020

Apply online and apply on time Deadline: Thursday 31 October 2019.

Timetable for the secondary school admissions process

Stage of process                                                                      Date

Application period starts                                                                       2 September 2019
Academy open day                                                                                16 September 2019
Closing date for applications                                                                31 October 2019
National Offer Day                                                                                 2 March 2020
Deadline for accepting the offer                                                           16 March 2020
Deadline for submitting appeals                                                           30 March 2020
Appeal hearings for appeals submitted on time                                 May and June 2020
Induction day at secondary school                                                       TBC
Term starts                                                                                              September 2020

Any forms received after 31 October 2019 will be deemed late and will not be processed until after 2 March 2020, when offers have been generated for ‘on time’ applications.

The deadline to accept offers, online or using a reply form sent to paper applicants is Monday 16 March 2020.

To apply for a place at City Heights Academy you need to complete a Secondary Transfer Common Application form. This is provided by your home borough. You should return the form as instructed.

If you are a Lambeth resident, please click here for Lambeth’s online Secondary Transfer Common Application process.

The formal offer of a place will come from the Local Authority who will write to parents/carers on National Offer Day in March 2020 allocating a single secondary school to their child.

City Heights Academy uses the over subscription criteria in our admissions policy to rank unsuccessful applicants in a waiting list so that further places may be offered by the Local Authority on our behalf if they become available. The waiting list will close on the final day of the academic year.

Unsuccessful applicants will also be advised in March 2020 by Lambeth Council.

Admissions procedures for in-year places 2020 – 2021

If you want to more information on how to apply for a place after normal intake in September e.g. if you have just moved into the area, then please click here for more information on how to apply for an in-year admission to a Lambeth secondary school.

In year applications

Applications for in-year places for our Academy, must be made directly to us, by contacting City Heights on the number below. When you apply for a school place, you must have parental responsibility for the child and submit evidence to show that you and your child live at the address you have stated on your application, even if you have been placed in temporary accommodation. You also have to provide evidence showing your child’s date of birth. Please note that you may be asked for further proof if applying under medical/social needs etc. You will be placed on the waiting list and places will be allocated as they become available and prioritised according to our over subscription criteria.

The purpose of the Fair Access Protocol (FAP) is to ensure that, outside the normal admissions round, unplaced children who fall into the specified categories are offered a place quickly, so that the amount of time any child, especially the most vulnerable, who remains out of education is kept to a minimum. The FAP will only be used once the In-Year admissions process has been exhausted.

Admissions appeals for September 2020 entry

If your child has been refused admission to our academy, you have a legal right to appeal against this decision to an Independent Appeals Panel, which is managed for the Academy by Lambeth Council.

Action On Time Applications
Offers made 2 March 2020
Deadline to submit Appeal Form 27 March 2020
Acknowledgement of receipt of form* Within 2 working days
Latest date for Appeal Hearing (on-time applications) 22 May 2020
Written notification of the date of the appeal At least 10 school days before the appeal
Deadline for submission of supporting evidence* 8 working days before the appeal
Papers for appeal to be sent to parents, admission authority and panel members* 6 working days before the appeal
Notification of result of appeal 5 school days, unless there is good reason (by letter)

*The School Admissions Appeals Code states that this should be done in a reasonable timescale; Lambeth will endeavour to carry this out in the timescales shown.

Appeals must be submitted no later than 20 school days after you receive written notification of the outcome of your application for a school place. Any appeals received after this deadline are unlikely to be considered unless applicants are able to demonstrate extenuating circumstances which prevented the appeal from being submitted on time. Before you appeal, please take time to read the Admission Appeal Guidance Note 2020/2021 and Appeal Timetable 2020/2021, which is available here

Any appeals submitted after the deadline will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of the appeal being lodged, whichever is the later date.

In-year admission appeals (for people applying for school places in the middle of a school year) will be heard within 30 school days of your appeal being lodged.

If you wish to appeal against the decision not to offer your child a place, then please appeal via Lambeth Council using the forms available here.


Tel: 020 3691 4600
Admissions: Ms Wilks-Hamid

Admissions Policy 2021 – 2022

Admissions Policy 2020 – 2021

Admissions Policy 2019 – 2020

Click here if you would like to know more about the Admissions Code

Click here for the Department for Education appeals code.

Click here if you have a complaint about the academy independent admission appeal panel

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