In-year admissions

Information about applying for a school place during the school year.

Moving into the borough

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.

Transferring within the borough

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.

Apply for school admission in the academic year 2022/23

If you are applying for an in year transfer for the academic year 2022/23, please complete the application form.

Brochure and forms

2022/23 admissions

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 have 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 are 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. Your appeal must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.  You may find it helpful to read the guidelines on the appeal process.

Atypical admissions

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 businesses 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

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.

Further information

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.

The School Admissions Team
Achieving for Children
Guildhall 2
Hight Street
Kingston upon Thames


Please note: Priority will be given to queries where the information is not on the Richmond Council website or in the relevant school admissions brochure.

Updated: 14 November 2022

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