Apply to Start Secondary School (Year 7) for September 2020

Applications are for children with a birthday from 1st September 2008 to 31st August 2009.

Please be aware that if you live in Redbridge you must apply for a secondary school place through the local authority’s Admission Department even if the school is not in Redbridge.

If you are not a Redbridge resident you need to apply via your own local authority (even for a Redbridge school).

  • Register and make your online application with the Redbridge’s online eAdmissions at
  • The deadline for online applications was Thursday 31st October 2019, online applications closed at 11:59pm;
  • Late applications made after 31st October deadline: If you have not yet applied please make your late online application with eAdmissions as soon as possible. Please note that, generally, a late application may not be dealt with until all the on-time applications have been processed.
  • You will be sent an email with the results of your application during the evening of Monday 2nd March 2020 (provided you submitted your application by the deadline).  
  • The deadline to accept a school place is Monday 16th March 2020.
  • If you wish to appeal against the school’s decision not to offer your child a place, this should be lodged online by no later than Monday 30th March 2020 at

Supporting Documents

If you are unable to attach your supporting documents at the time of making your eAdmissions application online, please send supporting documents for proof of residence either:-

In-year Application - Moving Between Secondary Schools

If you are already in Year 7 or another secondary school (through to year 11) and wish to move to Mayfield School or remain on our waiting list, please complete the local authority’s online in-year application.

Sixth Form Applications

If you are applying for our sixth form you must contact us directly to apply. If you would like to move from another sixth form to Mayfield School you should speak to your current school in the first instance to seek advice.

Your Right to Appeal

By law, if we refuse your child a place at Mayfield School, you can appeal against the decision, except where the child has been permanently excluded from two or more schools.

Please note that you can normally only appeal for the same school once in each academic year.

Does this Process Apply to Children who are Statemented or have EHC Plans?

If your child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or an EHC (Educational, Health & Social Care) Plan, you cannot use this process.

You must appeal to the Special Needs Tribunal. Please contact the local authority’s Special Education Needs Service.

Appeals Process

Appeals are heard by an independent appeal panel of three members of the public.

The panellists appointed to decide these appeals are volunteer members of the public, some of whom may have experience in education.

When will my Appeal be Heard?

Your appeal will be heard within 40 school days of your appeal form being received.

You will receive a letter advising you of the date and time of your appeal at least 10 school days before the appeal hearing unless you have agreed to waive the 10 school days’ notice on your appeal form. You will also receive a copy of your case history together with your appeal form and the admitting authority’s case (i.e. Mayfield School).

With regard to appeals to be considered in the second and subsequent rounds, your appeal will be heard within 30 school days of your appeal form being received.

If you wish to provide any additional documents, information and/or evidence to the panel to support your case please do so at least three working days before your appeal if possible. Should you submit additional information, which the panel thinks may be significant, too close to the hearing date or on the day, the panel may need to defer your case to enable them to seek further advice/information or require further time to study the papers.

This is important because they will want to come to a fair decision based on a full understanding of all the information.

In-Year Admissions (Applications outside the normal admission times - all year groups)

Hearings will be held within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged for applications made outside the timetabled admissions process.

Sixth Form Admissions

Hearings will be held within 40 days of the appeal being lodged.

What Happens at the Hearing?

There are three steps to the appeal hearing:

  1. The school’s admissions representative will explain to the appeals panel why your application has been turned down.
  2. If the panel decides that there was a good reason for turning down your application, you will still have a chance to give your reasons for appealing against the decision.
  3. Your child will be awarded a place at the school if the panel finds your case to be the stronger. If not, the decision not to offer your child a place will be upheld.

The Appeal Decision

The panel will let you and the admissions representative know of their decision by post within five school days.

The panel’s decision is binding on the school.

Complaining about the Appeals Process

If you are unhappy about the way the appeals process was carried out, please contact The Local Government Ombudsman.

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17th Mar

Updates for Schools & Coronavirus

Updated guidance for education settings on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Today, the Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19. This guidance will assist staff in addressing COVID-19 in educational settings. This includes childcare, schools, further and higher educational institutions. What you need to know: staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal.   if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home.   clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products.   supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues. The updated guidance can be found here: ( Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England. The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce would be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to education or children’s social care settings will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group. Recording school pupil absences Where a pupil is in self-isolation, in accordance with latest information and advice from Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England, the pupil should be recorded as unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances in the attendance register. Code Y (Unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances) should be used in this instance. If a pupil does not attend school, despite the school operating as usual and the pupil is not self-isolating, they should be marked as absent. It is for headteachers to determine whether or not the absence is authorised depending on the individual circumstances. Where a pupil cannot attend school due to illness, as normally would happen, the pupil should be recorded as absent in the attendance register and the school will authorise the absence. Code I (Illness) should be used in this instance. Handwashing advice The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport. Watch this short NHS film for guidance: ( Department for Education coronavirus helpline The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows: Phone: 0800 046 8687 Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday) Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends. If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline. Where to find the latest information Updates on COVID-19: ( Guidance for educational settings: Guidance for social or community care and residential settings: Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas: Educational resources: Latest Department for Education information: Please keep your GIAS school contacts up to date If you work in a school, please take this opportunity to review your contact information in Get Information About Schools (GIAS). To update your record, please go to the GIAS home page, “Sign in” using your “DfE Sign-in” credentials and select GIAS from your available services here: (  
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