Offer day – secondary school places announced

Release Date: 02 March 2018

Over 2,000 Richmond upon Thames parents who applied for a secondary school place for their children will have received the outcome of their application yesterday and today (1 and 2 March).

The number of applicants is 129 more than last year. 62% percent of applicants will receive a first preference offer and 84% will receive an offer at one of their first three preferences.

In London, parents express preferences for secondary schools both inside and outside the borough in which they live, making them far more likely to be oversubscribed than in other parts of England.  Nearly all applicants who applied by the deadline have received an offer of a place. Currently, 82 children have not been offered a place. However, as parents accept/decline their offers over the next few weeks and months, it is anticipated that all will receive offers before the summer.

Cllr Susan Chappell, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Schools, said:

“Our secondary schools are more popular than ever, with over 100 more applications this year. This demand is due to improving results and the added additional attraction of the new sixth forms.

“Over 60% of our students have been offered a place at their first preference of school. I expect this figure to continue to rise as we increase choice and improvements across our schools.  We are confident that by the summer all children will have a placement as places become available from waiting lists as parents move out of the area or make alternative arrangements for their child’s education.

“We have excellent secondary schools in our borough, and we will continue to push performance improvements across all schools to ensure that every child has the best possible education. I know that in the future, we will see even further demand for places and we continue to work to meet demand.”

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Reference: P123/18

Updated: 29 March 2018