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Secondary school places announced

2 March 2022

85% percent of in-borough applicants have been offered a place at one of their first three preferred secondary schools.

Yesterday (1 March 2022), Richmond Council made the initial allocation of Year 7 offers for this September. This year, the parents/carers of 2,173 children applied for a place – compared with 2,264 last year. 

64% have been offered a place at their first preference secondary school, compared to last year's figure of 60%. In addition, 85% have been offered one of their top three preferences compared to last year’s figure of 82%, and 92% have received one of their preferences per se, compared with 89% in 2021. 

Currently there are 70 children without an offer of a secondary school place, compared with 114 at this time last year. 

Cllr Penny Frost, Chair of the Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee, said:  

"Our schools are deservedly popular owing to the fact that they offer excellent, inclusive education for local children. In fact, all our secondary schools are now rated good or outstanding by Ofsted.  

"In order to maximise the number of offers we made on 1 March, we worked with a number of schools to offer additional places on National Offer Day in the expectation that, in most cases, they will return to their published admission numbers by September. This approach has been taken in order to reduce uncertainty for parents/carers as far as possible. I am very grateful to schools for enabling additional places to be offered. 

"But I know that this will be an anxious time for those children and their families who are yet to receive an offer. Parents/carers are advised to read carefully the notes which explain what to do next. We know from experience that sufficient places will become available to be re-offered to those on the waiting-lists from 28 March onwards. 

"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the schools in the borough for their work over the past two years in the fight against COVID-19. This has been an especially challenging time for schools and I know that there has been a huge amount of work that has gone into making sure that children have remained safe and able to continue their education."

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