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Applying for School Places in Sutton From Overseas

Starting Secondary School September 2022

Starting Secondary School September 2022

The advice below is for applicants for whom Sutton is the home local authority.

Please see the school’s websites for information on 2022 entry and regarding registering for testing (where applicable).

Each school that participates in the Selective eligibility test for Sutton has a list of FAQ’s on their websites (e.g. Sutton Grammar School’s website)

Registration opens Saturday 1st May 2021

Registration closes:

  • Friday 18 June 2021 for requests for special arrangements
  • Friday 18 June 2021 for requests to sit the test overseas
  • Midnight on Friday 13 August 2021 for all other registrations
  • Selective Eligibility Test date: Tuesday 14 September 2021 (subject to change)

If your family are living at the Sutton address before the closing date for applications (31 October 2021) or the last date that Sutton applications can be considered as ‘on time’ (Early December 2021 date to be confirmed) then you would make an online school application using the Sutton address. The online application system opens for 2022 applications from 1 September 2021.

The Sutton 2022 guidance booklet is on the Sutton council website and is subject to change for 2022 entry (including the relevant dates). The 2022 guidance booklet will be on the Sutton council website by 1 September 2021.  

Each local authority will have their own booklet.  

However, if your move was delayed and your family were not living at the Sutton address before the closing date or the last date that we can accept a Sutton application as being ‘on time’ then the following information will apply.

Making a Transfer to Secondary School Application whilst living Outside England

If you are not able to provide a copy of the relevant documentary evidence confirming a link to the London Borough of Sutton and residency by the date of admission (as below):  

  • You should contact us for a common application form if your family arrive to live in the London Borough of Sutton or you can make an online application up to August 2022.    

If you are able to provide a copy of the relevant documentary evidence confirming a link to the London Borough of Sutton and residency by the date of admission: 

  • You own a property within the borough that your family will be returning to 
  • You have a signed tenancy agreement from a recognised letting agency for a property in the borough 
  • You are going to live with family inside the borough and can provide evidence of this 

AND 

The child will be resident at that address in the London Borough of Sutton on or before the date of admission:  

  • Booked flights 
  • End of lease/notice to tenants in property 
  • Start of employment contract in London/SE area 
  • End of employment contract abroad   

You can apply using the address abroad. You cannot make an application online, but a common application form can be requested from us after 1 October 2021 which would need to be returned with a copy of sufficient confirmation of the link to Sutton and of residency by the date of admission.   

If an application is received with sufficient evidence before the closing date or before the last date that we can accept a Sutton application as being ‘on time’, the application can be considered as on time (from the address abroad). If you do not have sufficient confirmation by these dates you can submit a late application when you do have sufficient evidence or after your family have arrived to live in Sutton.


If you are not moving/do not move to the London Borough of Sutton:

You should contact the relevant Local Authority regarding their application processes/procedures.