Year 7 Admissions September 2024

Any parent(s) wishing to apply to Sedgehill Academy for a place for their child in Year 7 in September must apply via Lewisham Council website here.

We accept applications from students across South London, including Lewisham, Bromley, Greenwich and Southwark. Our Year 7 intake for September 2024 will be 180 students.


Any parent(s) wishing to apply to Sedgehill Academy for a place for their child in Year 7 in September 2024 must apply via Lewisham Council website: Lewisham Council - Applying to start secondary school in September 2024

You must put Sedgehill as one of your 6 preferences. (Sedgehill Academy do not have a Supplementary Form) 

We accept applications from students across South London, including Lewisham, Bromley, Greenwich and Southwark


Key Dates

Applications open (apply online): Thursday 1 September 2023

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 31 October 2023 (We recommend you submit your online application by Tuesday 24th October 2023)


Results for online applications: Friday 1St March 2024 

Deadline for accepting your offer: Friday 15th March 2024

Year 6 Induction 

July 2024 - New Year 7 students spend the day at Sedgehill Academy. Date to be confirmed in due course. Invitations will be sent out in June 2024. We also arrange an introductory meeting with every individual student and their family. 

  • Admissions Criteria

    Admissions Criteria 

    Where there is oversubscription, places will be offered to students based on the following criteria:

    1. Children who are “Looked after” by a Local Authority, or a child who was previously looked after but immediately following being looked after were subject to an adoption or residency order, including those from outside of England (see notes A and B).

    2. Children who have a chronic or acute medical or social care need, which are not covered by an EHCP but mean admission to Sedgehill Academy is necessary (see evidence required below, notes a-c). In such circumstances, the application must be supported by written specific professional advice, e.g., from a doctor or specialist, not a primary school alone. If you feel that there is a specific reason why your child should be offered a place at Sedgehill Academy, please state this in your application. Where the need relates to another family member, that family member must live at the same address as the child. You will need to provide the following evidence: a. Evidence of the medical condition or social care need e.g., professional medical diagnosis or statement b. Reasons why your child should attend our school, stating the consequences for them or the family member if they have to attend a different school to ours c. Documentation from the relevant professional, which supports your application for naming our school on these grounds Sedgehill Academy Admissions Committee meets in advance of school offers being made and this committee makes a decision based on the individual merits of each case. Moderate learning difficulties, such as delayed speech and language or dyslexia, work commitments and childcare arrangements are not considered to be a medical or social care need and so will not be considered by the Panel.

    3. Siblings: If you have an older child or children already attending the school, you need to make this clear on your application. Sedgehill Academy also accepts siblings to mean those attending our Sixth Form Provision. See below for explanation of the term brother / sister (note D).

    4. Children of staff subject to either or both of the following circumstances: a. where the member of staff has been continuously employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made; and / or b. the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

    5. Distance from home to school which is measured as a straight line from the centre of the home address to the main school entrance. In the event that two or more applicants have equal right to a place under any of the criteria, priority will be given to those who live nearest to the school (see note E). London Borough of Lewisham can provide distance measurements.

    The secondary transfer coordinated scheme continues until the end of the summer term 2023. Applications received for Year 7 beyond the end of the summer term 2023 will be considered as in-year applications.

    Waiting lists will be held for the first term of Year 7 only by Lewisham Council. Those with a continuing interest in a place at a school beyond this time will be required to make an in-year application.

    Further advice is available from the

  • Admissions for students with disabilities or SEND

    Admissions for students with disabilities or SEND

    United Learning Trust is committed to ensuring that the necessary provision is made for every pupil within their schools’ communities. The Trust celebrates the inclusive nature of their schools and strives to meet the needs of all pupils with a special educational need and/or disability.

    Normal admissions arrangements will apply for children with disabilities.

    Children with an EHCP (Education, Health and Care plan) naming the school will have their applications processed via the SEND team at Lewisham, who will send consultation papers to the school.

    Click here to view our Accessibility Policy and Admissions Policy. 

  • Appeals against a decision not to offer a place at Sedgehill Academy

    Appeals against decision not to offer a place

    Parents and carers have the right to appeal against the decision not to offer the child a place at any of the schools applied for. Appeals will be heard by an independent appeals panel in accordance with the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.

    All appeals must be logged through the Admissions email -

    Appeals Timetable
    15 March 2024

    Deadline for accepting or declining the offer of a place made on 01 March 2023

    15 April 2024

    Deadline for lodging Appeals against a decision not to offer a place at Sedgehill Academy.

    April - June 2024
    • Appeals will be heard up to 40 school days after the deadline
    • Appellants will receive at least 10 days notice of their appeal hearing
    • Decision letters will be sent within 5 school days of the hearing wherever possible
    Late applicants:

    Appeals will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals – where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

    In-Year Appeals

    Will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

    For applications to sixth form:

    i) where the offer of a place would have been conditional on exam results, appeals will be heard within 30 school days of confirmation of those results;

    ii) where the offer of a place would not have been conditional on exam results, appeals will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals.

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