Information Studies


Secondary school admissions: distance cut offs

This map shows 'catchment areas' for a selection of secondary schools in the London Borough of Waltham Forest.  There a number of reasons why the map may be inaccurate (see the notes below) so it shouldn't be relied upon as a guide to whether any application would be successful.

The true catchment area is not a circle; a distance is identified as the furthest distance under which a pupil was accepted to the school under the 'distance' criteria.  Pupils are also admitted under separate criteria - such as Special Needs, or the presence of a sibling in the school - in practice some of these pupils might live further away. For some schools, membership of a religious community is also an entry criterion.

The map allows some simple exploration to made of extent to which 'parental choice' is inequitable or illusory. In some areas, a prospective student will have a choice of more schools than in other places.


Tick the relevant box to show the 'catchment area' on the map.

Table footnotes


  • The colours of the map pins and the associated circles are randomly assigned.  If any particular pin is too dark, then the page can be re-loaded in order to assign new colours
  • Not all schools are included on the map - sixth form colleges and some specialist units are omitted
  • Location data have been taken from Oftsed and other sources; the locations used here may vary slightly from those used to allocate students to schools.
  • Some schools (those which are not over-subscribed) do not have a distance cut-off


The distance data were taken from these sources: