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Previously Looked-After Children

Support and advice for previously looked-after children's parents, guardians and schools

School and College Admissions

The Department for Education has issued a  School Admissions Code (2014) to ensure that all school places for maintained schools (excluding maintained special schools ) and Academies are allocated and offered in an open and fair way. All schools must have admission arrangements that clearly set out how children will be admitted, including the criteria that will be applied if there are more applications than places at the school. Admission arrangements are determined by admission authorities.

If you need assistance or guidance in applying for a school for your child, please contact the virtual school team on 0208 831 6037. While we are not able to advise you which particular school to apply to, as this must remain your choice, we can provide guidance and information about how to make your application. 

For specific admission arrangements for Richmond, Kingston and RBWM, see the individual tabs at the left hand side of this page.

You can also find pdfs at the foot of this page for Richmond and Kingston boroughs. Each pdf contains information about types of school; the steps necessary to apply for schools; a directory of schools in each borough; details of academy, free and voluntary aided schools’ admission criteria; appeals; special educational needs; home to school transport; financial assistance and schools in other council areas.

The School Admissions Code (2014) is also provided as a pdf at the foot of this page.

Admission criteria for previously looked-after children

To qualify for the highest priority of admissions, children must have been previously in the care of a local authority immediately before they were adopted under the Adoption and Children Act 2002, or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order.

If your child has been adopted directly from care in England or Wales, they will have priority admission to Richmond, Kingston and RBWM schools. Applications made under this criterion must be accompanied by details of circumstance and professionally supported evidence, for example, from a social worker. 

Adoption UK provide a good, general primer for admissions (not specific to a particular local authority) in the FAQ section of their education blog.