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A very warm welcome to Deer Park School – a brand new primary free school which has opened in Richmond Upon Thames for children aged 4 to 11 years old.

The school takes great pride in its happy and warm environment, where each and every pupil is valued and supported. Pupils at Deer Park School are nurtured and guided through school life; we aim to stimulate and inspire our children, develop their interests and equip them with lifelong learning skills.

We opened with one Reception class of 30 children, increasing our intake to two classes from September 2018, when we move to our permanent site.  We will then admit up to 60 children each year to the Reception year and when full, the school will have 420 pupils on roll.

The school is currently situated at our temporary site at the rear of Richmond Adult Community College, Parkshot, Richmond, TW9 2RE (the school’s access is via Old Deer Park Car Park).

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Deer Park School is expected to move to its permanent location in September 2018.

Permanent Site Update – January 2017

Please watch this virtual reality video to see what the new school site will look like:

We are delighted to say that our planning application for the new permanent building for Deer Park School was submitted on 11 July 2016.  This application was submitted by Lidl, following a successful public consultation held on 19 April 2016.  If approved, the new school building is expected to be completed for September 2018.

Over the Christmas period Lidl have been busily responding to further requests from Richmond planning department with regard to the application for the school and supermarket.  The questions have largely revolved around the amount of traffic that will be generated by Lidl and are not due to any issues with the school. We are informed by Lidl that the planners now have all the information they need and that the planning application will be considered at the next planning meeting, but this was unfortunately too late for the meeting on the 11th January that we were previously hoping for.  The planning application is now due to be considered at the following planning committee meeting scheduled for 25th January 2017 at 7pm.  We are encouraging all supporters of the application to join us at this planning meeting, supporting the future of our school.

Details of the planning application can be found by clicking here and all parents, supporters and anyone with views are able to share these through the same link.   We strongly encourage all parents and supporters to show their support for the proposal through this link, as it will have an impact in the decision making process. 

In terms of school accommodation for next year, the Trust and EFA are finalising site options for the school  academic year 2017/18 and more information will be provided in due course.

For more information on the site and its development, click here


There are a limited number of school places available for children who are of a reception school age (turning 5 between 1/9/16 and 31/8/17) and for Year 1 (children who turn 6 between 1/9/16 and 31/8/17) please register your interest. I am always delighted to talk to prospective parents and answer any questions you may have.

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Thank you
Alison Colenso, Headteacher

Apply now – limited Reception places still available

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