Primary school admissions

The following information is for children starting Reception in 2018.

When can my child start school?

You can calculate the start year based on your child’s date of birth below:

Start years
Start or transfer Date of birth
Start Reception September 2019 1/9/2014 - 31/8/2015
Start Reception September 2018 1/9/2013 - 31/8/2014
Start Reception September 2017 1/9/2012 - 31/8/2013
Start Reception September 2016 1/9/2011 - 31/8/2012

Applications for September 2018 start

Use the eAdmissions website from Friday 1 September to apply online for your child’s primary (reception) or junior (Year 3) school place.

You can name up to six schools in your application including academy or free schools and schools in other council areas.

You must still apply for reception class even if your child already attends the nursery at your preferred primary school.

The closing date is 15 January 2018.

If you do not live within the borough you need to apply for a place through your own council and you can include Richmond schools in your application. 

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

When making your application in eAdmissions you should:

  • Complete a separate application for each child if you are applying for twins or triplets
  • Tell us in your application if your child will have a brother or sister (sibling) attending your preferred school(s) in September 2018

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.

If your child has an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), or a Statement of Special Education Needs, you don't need to complete the application.

Be fully informed before you apply

Read our Primary School Admissions brochure (pdf, 848 KB) before you apply. If you have any difficulty completing your application, please contact the School Admissions Team.

Applying for an in-year place

If you're not applying for a Reception or year three place in September 2018 you should read our in-year admissions information.

Application outcome

Online

If you applied online:

  • You will be sent an email during the evening of Tuesday 16 April 2018 to tell you the outcome of your application. The availability of results for viewing will be staggered to assist demand, so precise timings cannot be guaranteed. You will also be able to view this by logging in to the eAdmissions website.
  • Use the eAdmissions website to tell us if you wish to accept or refuse the school place your child has been offered. The deadline to do this is 30 April 2018. Submitting your response online guarantees that the school knows your decision.
  • If your child did not qualify for a place at your first preference school, you will also be sent a letter by first class post on 16 April 2018 with more information about the process and what to do next.

Paper

If you applied on a paper form:

  • A letter containing the outcome will be sent to parents/carers by first class post on Tuesday 16 April 2018.
  • Please use the reply slip sent with your letter to tell us if you wish to accept or refuse the school place your child has been offered. The deadline to do this is 30 April 2018. Returning your reply by the deadline guarantees that the school knows your decision.

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 - infant, junior, primary

For community schools, the deadline to lodge an appeal is Thursday 24 May 2018 (this must be at least 20 school days from the offer date). Appeals for these schools will be heard during June and/or July 2018. Please download an appeal form or email education.appeals@richmond.gov.uk.

For the appeals timetable for any academy, voluntary aided and foundation school, please contact the school directly.

Contact School Admissions

The School Admissions Team

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

Guildhall 2
High Street
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 1EU

Telephone: 020 8547 5569
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: 31 August 2017