Secondary school admissions

The following information is for children starting in Year 7 of a new school in 2017.

Applying

Applications open on 1 September 2016. Apply online using the eAdmissions website. The closing date for applying for a year 7 place is 31 October 2016.

Please read our Personal Information Policy and validity of information given before applying online.

If you do not live in the borough, you need to apply through your own council and you can include Richmond schools on your application form.

All information needed to complete your application can be found in the Secondary Admission brochure(pdf, 3435KB).

If you wish to request a hard copy of the brochure, please contact the School Admissions Team. This is also available for collection from Reception at the address below.

Certain schools need additional information to apply their admissions criteria and may require you to also complete a Supplementary Information Form. For example, schools that prioritise applications by faith. If you are applying for this type of school, please check the school's website for further information and to download a Supplementary Information Form.

Application outcome

Richmond residents will receive a letter notifying them of the outcome of their application regardless of application method.

Applicants who applied online and were offered their first preference school will receive online notification only.

Online

  • If you have applied online you will be sent an email with the outcome of your application during the evening of Wednesday 1 March 2017.
  • Please wait until you have received the email before logging on to the eAdmissions website.

The availability of results for viewing will be staggered to assist demand, so precise timings cannot be guaranteed.

Paper

  • If you submitted a paper application, a letter containing the outcome will be sent to parents/carers by first class post on Wednesday 1 March 2017.

Accepting an offer

You will need to accept or decline your offer by Wednesday 15 March 2017.

Your right to appeal

You have a legal right to appeal against a decision not to offer your child a place at any or all of the schools that you've applied to. You can appeal for a place at your preferred school even though your child may have a place somewhere else.

The process

The admissions authority for the school you're applying to must explain why your child hasn't been offered a place at that school. They must also explain how you can appeal against this decision.

Your appeal will be heard by a panel which is independent of the school and the admissions authority whose decision you're appealing against. You've the right to attend the hearing to explain your case to the independent appeal panel.

There are strict rules around the appointment of the appeal panel members to ensure their impartiality and independence. The panel's decision has to be accepted by the admissions authority and the school.

You may find it helpful to read the guidelines on the appeal process on the admission appeals page.

Appeals timetable - Transfer to secondary school in September 2017

For the appeals timetable for any academy, free, or voluntary aided school,please contact the school directly.

Contact School Admissions

The School Admissions Team

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Education and Children's Services

Civic Centre
44 York Street
Twickenham
TW1 3QB

Telephone: 020 8891 7514*
Email: richmond.admissions@achievingforchildren.org.uk

*The School Admissions Team do not take calls between 2pm and 4pm. Please telephone between the hours of 9am and 2pm or between 4pm and 5pm Monday to Friday.

Updated: 26 August 2016