Admissions for Children from overseas

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead is now delivering its school admissions service through Achieving for Children, a community interest company set up in partnership with the Royal Borough of Kingston and the London Borough of Richmond.

The Admissions Team is now operating a call back service only. Priority will be given to calls where the information is not available on the website or in the relevant guides.

Applications for overseas pupils are considered in accordance with guidance received from the Department for Education (DfE) and in consultation with the Home Office.

All parents residing in the UK, other than for a short period of time, have a legal duty to ensure their child receives education.
Freedom of movement into the UK for EEA and Swiss citizens ended at the end of 2020. EEA (Irish citizens aside) and Swiss national children entering the UK after the end of 2020 are now treated the same as other foreign nationals. This means they will no longer have the right to enter the country to access a state-funded school unless they fall within the immigration categories listed on the Department for Education website.
Parents in any doubt about whether their child’s immigration status precludes access to state-funded education, must seek independent legal advice on their individual circumstances.  In most cases, children arriving from overseas have the right to attend state-funded schools in England, however, it is the responsibility of the parents to check that their children have a right, under their visa entry conditions, to study at a school. 
Check that you have a right of abode or that the conditions of your immigration status otherwise permits your child to access a state-funded school.

Applying from abroad

Parents who are not UK or Irish nationals should check they, and their children, have a right to reside in the UK before applying for a school place in England. It is not the responsibility of the admission authority or co-ordinated local authority to check. 

You can apply for a school place ahead of your arrival, however, your application will be considered from your current overseas address with the lowest criterion and distance, unless you are returning to a home that you own, and which has previously been used as the family home and you can provide evidence that the property will be available for you to return to. If you are not returning to a property that you own, and which has previously been used as your family home, we will only update your address, criteria, and distance when you are habitually resident in the UK at a permanent address. We will not accept a temporary address or an address of friends or relatives.

If you are a crown servant or military family, we will process your application with evidence from your employer or commanding officer that you are returning or moving to the area ahead of your move. We will accept any posting or quartering address as a ‘home’ address in the absence of any actual home address. 

Withdrawing offers of places

We will ask for evidence before the school year or term begins to confirm that your child now lives in the area. If your child does not attend school on the first day of term, we will remove the offer and allocate the place to a child on the waiting list. We will contact you first, before this action is taken to give you the opportunity to explain why there has been a delay in taking up the place and to find out when your child might begin attending. 

How to apply

If your child is already of statutory school age and you are applying for a school place before the start of a new academic year in September, you will need to complete an in-year transfer application.   Applications for Voluntary Controlled and Community schools are processed by the Local Authority, and applications for Voluntary Aided, Academies and Free Schools are processed directly by the schools.
If your child is born between the following dates and you are applying for a school place starting in September, please visit Starting School or Moving up to Junior School for more information about how to apply: 

  • Born between 01/09/2017 to 31/08/2018 - Primary or First school at the beginning of Reception;
  • Born between 01/09/2014 to 31/08/2015 - Junior school at the beginning of Year 3.

If your child is born between the following dates and you are applying for a school place starting in September, please visit Moving up to Secondary, Middle or Upper School for more information about how to apply: 

  • Born between 01/09/2012 to 31/08/2013 - Middle school at the beginning of Year 5.
  • Born between 01/09/2010 to 31/08/2011 - Secondary school at the beginning of Year 7. 
  • Born between 01/09/2008 to 31/08/2009 - Upper school at the beginning of Year 9. 

Entries during the normal admissions are coordinated by the Local Authority and you must submit your application to the School Admissions team. 
The School Admissions team does not process nursery school applications.  If your child requires a nursery school place then you must apply directly to the schools. 

School admissions : Contact details

For further information, please contact us by:

School Admissions - Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
Town Hall, St Ives Road
Maidenhead SL6 1RF
Telephone: 01628 683870