How church voluntary aided and free school places are decided

Download school admission priorities for this school year, supplementary information forms and draft admission priorities.

Who gets priority

Church voluntary aided and free schools use their own rules, called admissions priorities, to decide which children are offered a school place first.

When applying for a place at a religious or faith school, children who have the same faith or religion usually get priority over other children who apply.

Primary schools

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Consultation on primary school admission priorities for 2023 to 2024

Admission arrangements must be agreed every year approximately 18 months in advance. 

Church voluntary aided, free schools and academies are responsible for setting their own admission arrangements. If their governing bodies want to change these arrangements, it must be done through a consultation process. 

Schools which are consulting on changing their admission arrangements for 2023 to 2024: