The council's admissions priorities

school admissions

Please read the following information carefully. It will help you decide whether your child has a good chance of being offered a place at your preferred school.

Where there are more applications received for a community school than there are places available, we will use the following five admissions priorities to decide who will be given a place.

  • Children with statements of special educational needs or education, health and care plans (EHCPs), will be entitled to a place at the school named in the statement or EHCP.  If the child for whom you are responsible has a statement or EHCP, please ensure that you indicate on your application that this is the case.

Please Note: We do not take into account your child’s nursery place or current school place, your child minding arrangements or workplace address.  We do not consider a child’s academic achievements or abilities. The council may contact you at any stage in the process to request proof of your address.  All allocations are based on the priorities listed below.

Allocation priorities

1. Children in the care of a local authority (looked after children) and previously looked after children

  • Previously looked after children are children who were looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).

  • In order to offer a place under this priority you will need to supply proof of your child's status. This could be a copy of the adoption certificate or order and a letter from the local authority that last looked after the child confirming that he / she was looked after immediately prior to that order being made.

  • If you are not sure what to provide, please contact the school admissions team.

2. Compelling medical or other exceptional reasons to attend the school

3. Sibling link

4. Children transferring between a linked Infant and Junior school

5. Other children

  • The council does not use catchment areas for infant, junior or primary schools.

  • Once all the children in priorities 1, 2, 3 and 4 have been offered places at a school, the remaining places (up to the published admission number) will be offered to other children.

Details regarding tie breaks, children who live on boats, travelling children and twins or multiple births can be found under further information about applying for a school place.


  • The council uses an 'equal preference system'. This means that all the preferences for each school are considered at the same time. However, you do need to list your preferred schools in order of preference as we will only offer you a place at one school.  If it is possible to offer you a place at more than one school, we will allocate the one that is highest on your list of preferences.

  • Checks are made on information provided by parents / carers. If a parent / carer is found to have supplied false or misleading information to gain a place at a particular school, the council reserves the right to withdraw the place, even if the child has started at the school. An example of false information would be the use of an address that is not the child's normal residence.

Please Note: It is an offence to give false information to obtain a place at a school. The council will investigate allegations about false information and will consider prosecution in any such case.