How to apply for a place at St. Stephen's
St. Stephen’s is a Voluntary Aided Church of England Primary School and responsibility for admissions lies with the governing body. The underlying ethos of the school is Christian but it is a church school for the whole community and it welcomes applications for pupils of other faiths or no faith.
Our published admissions number is 60 children per school year.
Admissions are handled by the Schools Admissions Team at Richmond Borough Council. They will be able to tell you if there are any spaces available or add you to the schools waiting list.
Parents/carers with any questions regarding school admissions should contact them on:
- 020 8891 7514 (between 9am-2pm and 4-5pm Monday to Friday)
- Or access their website by clicking on the following link: School Admissions
Alternatively, if you would like further information, please see our Admissions Policy or contact Mrs Tozer in the school office on 020 8892 3462.
Applications for Reception class entry in September 2020
Use the eAdmissions website from Saturday 1 September to apply online for your child’s primary (reception) school place.
The closing date is Wednesday 15 January 2020.
Foundation Places - If you wish to apply for one of our six Foundation places, please also fill in the Supplementary Information Form below. These places will be allocated to children, one, or both of whose parents are active members who worship regularly at either St. Stephen's or another local Christian church. The form must be signed and stamped by the relevant church vicar/minister/religious leader. Please note: You only need to fill in the Supplementary Information Form if you are applying for a Foundation Place.
Applications received after the closing date of 15 January 2020 will only be considered after all applications received by the closing date. This is unless you are able to provide proof that there were exceptional reasons that prevented you from applying on time and only up to 12 February 2020. All late applications received after 12 February will only be considered after those received by the closing date.
For more information about admissions appeals please click here: Appeals information
If you move into the area and want to apply for a place, you will need to complete a Richmond in-year application form. Please telephone the Council's School Admissions office on 020 8891 7514 to ask for a copy or you can download it from their website www.richmond.gov.uk
You can list up to four maintained schools or academies in the borough in the order that you prefer them. Richmond Council coordinates all in-year applications for schools in the borough. they will pass on your child's details to the admissions authorities for the schools you have named and they will let you know if your child has qualified for a place. If none of the schools that you apply for is able to offer your child a place, they will advise you of the nearest school with a vacancy and you will be able to make another application.
Please note your child will be expected to start in the correct year group for their age.
Your family must already be living in the property before you can apply for a school place except int he following circumstance. If you are an HM Forces family with a confirmed posting to this area, or a UK Crown Servant returning from overseas to this area, you can apply for a school place up to four months in advance of your return. This is provided your application is accompanied by official documentary evidence from your employer that confirms a relocation date and your address in the Richmond borough.
Fair Access Protocol
The Council and all primary schools including academies and free schools in Richmond upon Thames have agreed a fair access protocol to admit children who are currently without a school place and may have difficulty finding a suitable school place.
The aims of the fair access protocol are to ensure that:
- a school place is found quickly for children with no school place who meet the criteria for consideration under the fair access protocol;
- no school, including those with places available, is asked to admit a large number of children who have been excluded from other schools, have challenging behaviour or history of behavioural problems;
- the child is admitted to the most suitable school, even if there is no place available and the school has to go over their published admission number.
Children who are admitted to schools under this protocol take priority over any children on waiting lists.
The Fair Access Panel, which considers applications under this protocol, consists of representative headteachers and senior Council staff.
The panel makes the final decision on which school will be nominated to receive each case. This will take into account the suitability of the placement for the pupil and the school and, where possible, will ensure that the required additional resources are made available to support the pupil's successful integration into school.
You can download the following documents below:
- Admission Arrangements 2019-20
- Admissions Arrangements 2020-21
- Supplementary Form
- St. Stephen's School Prospectus