Allocation Factsheet for Year 7 places September 2021

Data on how school place preferences apply by school in Brighton & Hove.

Preferences for the Community Secondary Schools in Brighton & Hove were allocated as set out in the tables below. The table also shows preferences for Cardinal Newman Catholic School, Portslade Aldridge Community Academy, Brighton Aldridge Community Academy and King’s School.

The governors of Cardinal Newman Catholic School were able to offer places to all children in priorities 1 to 10 of their admission criteria. If children falling within priorities 1 to 10 have not been offered a place at Cardinal Newman it is because they have been offered a higher preference.

King’s School was oversubscribed and allocated places according to their published priorities.

Please refer to pages 26 to 30 of the School Admissions booklet for Cardinal Newman Catholic School’s admission priorities and King’s School’s admission priorities. Please refer to pages 17 to 19 of the School Admissions booklet for the council’s admission priorities for Community Schools and the Aldridge Community Academies.

If a child lives within Brighton & Hove and was not offered a place at one of their preferred schools a place would have been offered at the nearest school with places available.

School  Number of first preferences Number of second preferences Number of 3rd preferences Total
Blatchington Milll 400 (284) 320 (40) 278 (6) 998 (330)
Brighton Aldridge Community Academy 116 (116) 46 (9) 49 (16) 211 (141)
Cardinal Newman 414 (340) 226 (18) 321 (2) 961 (360)
Dorothy Stringer 386 (306) 493 (23) 227 (1) 1,106 (330)
Hove Park 116 (116) 310 (101) 249 (30) 675 (247)
Kings School 235 (150) 258 (14) 280 (1) 773 (165)
Longhill 145 (145) 35 (12) 46 (10) 226 (167)
Patcham High 211 (193) 83 (15) 252 (17) 546 (225)
Portslade Aldridge Community Academy 165 (165) 90 (16) 102 (5) 357 (186)
Varndean 386 (296) 492 (4) 208 (0) 1,086 (300)
Total 2,574 (2111) 2,353 (252) 2,012 (88)  

Numbers in brackets are the numbers offered places at this school.

Blatchington Mill School – 330 places

Blatchington Mill School admitted students from priorities 1 to 4. If students from priorities 1, 2 and 3 have not been offered a place at Blatchington Mill it is because they have been offered
a higher preference.

5 pupils were automatically offered a place due to having the school named in their Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

Priority Number of applications Number of places offered
1) Looked after children 9 1
2) Exceptional reasons 0 (+5 EHCP pupils) 0 (+5 EHCP pupils)
3) Sibling link 90 85
4) In catchment area 657 239
5) Out of catchment area 237 0
Total 998 330

There were 115 children In catchment area who couldn’t be offered Blatchington Mill School or a higher preference.

Brighton Aldridge Community Academy – 180 places

Brighton Aldridge Community Academy admitted students from priorities 1 to 5. If students from priorities 1 to 5 have not been offered a place at the Academy, it is because they have been offered a higher preference.

3 pupils were automatically offered a place due to having the school named in their Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

Priority Number of applications Number of places offered
1) Looked after children 4 0
2) Exceptional reasons 0 (+3 EHCP pupils) 0 (+3 EHCP pupils)
3) Sibling link 24 24
4) In catchment area 62 59
5) Out of catchment area 118 55
Total 211 141

Dorothy Stringer School – 330 places

Dorothy Stringer School admitted students from priorities 1 to 4. If students from priorities 1, 2 and 3 have not been offered a place at Dorothy Stringer it is because they have been offered a higher preference.

4 pupils were automatically offered a place due to having the school named in their Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Priority Number of applications Number of places offered
1) Looked after children 16 2
2) Exceptional reasons 2 (+8 EHCP pupils) 2 (+8 EHCP pupils)
3) Sibling link 99 88
4) In catchment area 589 230
5) Out of catchment area 392 0
Total 1,106 330

There were 62 children in the Dorothy Stringer/Varndean Catchment area who couldn’t be offered a catchment area school or a higher preference. Of these 62 children, 44 expressed preferences for both catchment area schools.

Hove Park School – 300 places

Hove Park admitted students from priorities 1 to 5. If students from priorities 1 to 5 have not been offered a place at Hove Park it is because they have been offered a higher preference.

5 pupils were automatically offered a place due to having the school named in their Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Priority Number of applications Number of places offered
1) Looked after children 5 5
2) Exceptional reasons 0 (+5 EHCP pupils) 0 (+5 EHCP pupils)
3) Sibling link 39 33
4) In catchment area 421 145
5) Out of catchment area 205 63
Total 675 247

Longhill School – 270 places

Longhill School admitted students from priorities 1 to 5. If students from priorities 1 to 5 have not been offered a place at Longhill it is because they have been offered a higher preference.

3 pupils were automatically offered a place due to having the school named in their Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

Priority Number of applications Number of places offered
1) Looked after children 5 5
2) Exceptional reasons 0 (+3 EHCP pupils) 0 (+3 EHCP pupils)
3) Sibling link 50 48
4) In catchment area 120 96
5) Out of catchment area 48 19
Total 226 167

Patcham School – 225 places

Patcham admitted students from priorities 1 to 5. If students from priorities 1 to 4 have not been offered a place at Patcham it is because they have been offered a higher preference.

6 pupils were automatically offered a place due to having the school named in their Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Priority Number of applications Number of places offered
1) Looked after children 7 6
2) Exceptional reasons 0 (+6 EHCP pupils) 0 (+6 EHCP pupils)
3) Sibling link 61 60
4) In catchment area 159 137
5) Out of catchment area 313 16
Total 546 225

There were 38 children out of catchment area who couldn’t be offered Patcham High School or a higher preference.

Portslade Aldridge Community Academy – 240 places

Portslade Aldridge Community Academy admitted students from priorities 1 to 5. If students from priorities 1 to 5 have not been offered a place at the Academy, it is because they have been offered a higher preference.

Priority Number of applications Number of places offered
1) Looked after children 5 3
2) Exceptional reasons 0 (+0 EHCP pupils) 0 (+0 EHCP pupils)
3) Sibling link 41 40
4) In catchment area 128 106
5) Out of catchment area 183 37
Total 357 186

Varndean School – 300 places

Varndean admitted students from priorities 1 to 4. If students from priorities 1 to 3 have not been offered a place at Varndean it is because they have been offered a higher preference.

9 pupils were automatically offered a place due to having the school named in their Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

Priority Number of applications Number of places offered
1) Looked after children 17 14
2) Exceptional reasons 3 (+9 EHCP pupils) 3 (+9 EHCP pupils)
3) Sibling link 80 73
4) In catchment area 594 201
5) Out of catchment area 383 0
Total 1,086 300

There were 62 children in the Dorothy Stringer/Varndean Catchment area who couldn’t be offered a catchment area school or a higher preference. Of these 62 children, 44 expressed preferences for both catchment area schools.

If you require clarification on this factsheet or would like information about which schools have spaces available, please contact the School Admissions office by sending an email to schooladmissions@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

If you are unable to send an email, the school admissions team are currently operating a call back service, please leave a message on 01273 293 653 and your call will be returned as soon as is possible.

Please note that this information does not show how late applications were processed or how directions were made for children who could not be offered a school of preference. Therefore, schools that initially had places left may now be full.

The figures above include successful applications from outside Brighton & Hove.