Information about applying for a school place during the school year.
If you have recently moved into the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and require a school place in for your child, you will need to complete an in-year application form.
If your child is already attending a local school and you would like your child to transfer to another school for any reason, you should first discuss this with the headteacher of your child’s current school. This is because a child’s education usually benefits most when they have continuity of teaching and learning in the same school.
If you still want to move your child, you will need to complete an in-year application form. You should not withdraw your child from their current school until you have secured a place at an alternative school.
If you apply for school places during the school holidays, it may not be possible to confirm your child’s place until the start if the term when schools have reopened and all pupils return to school. The date when children return will vary from school to school but we will be in contact with you as soon as we can confirm a school place for your child.
The government has recently instructed all local authorities to inform parents and carers of all pupils in Year 9 about schools that are within travelling distance of the local authority area that admit pupils at the beginning of Year 10.
The government wants parents and carers to be well informed about all the options available for children of this age.
This does not mean that parents have to move their child to another school after Year 9. For the great majority of children, the school they are already attending will remain the most appropriate place for them to continue their education.
Schools which admit pupils in Year 10 are called University Technical Colleges (UTCs) or Studio Schools.
UTCs are set up by universities and business and specialise in 1 or 2 technical subjects. In Years 10 and 11 they offer a similar GCSE curriculum to a typical secondary school, including English and Maths, as well as their specialist subject.
Studio Schools are similar to UTCs in that they have employer involvement in the curriculum and focus on developing skills needed for employment, involving personal coaching and work experience. They have a similar curriculum to a typical secondary school.
You can find further information and contact details in the list of all UTC/Studio Schools (pdf, 257 KB) in London and surrounding areas.
If you live outside the borough of Richmond upon Thames, please contact the school admissions team in your home council.
Ensure you have read all of the content on this page, as well as the relevant FAQs, before contacting the team.
Achieving for Children
Kingston upon Thames
Phone: 020 8547 5569*
The School Admissions Team can be contacted by telephone between the hours of 9am and 2pm Monday to Friday.
Updated: 3 February 2020