Schools' admission rules

A number of schools' admission rules (including all 13 grammar schools) are being considered by the Office of the School's Adjudicator (OSA). Updates to the rules will be available on schools' websites when available. The OSA ruling may also impact on the moving deadline of 1 October 2017 for most grammar schools

Moving up to secondary school

6. Admission rules

Admission rules are used when we have more applications for a school than there are places available.

We use the information from your application (and Supplementary Form if the school you are applying for wanted you to fill one in) to work out which rule to list your child under. Once we have listed all children in admission rules order we can then see who can be offered a place.

Check the School Directory to see if any of the Buckinghamshire schools you are interested in have a Supplementary Form for you to fill in. Supplementary Forms, if completed, should be sent back to the schools by 31 October 2017.

For each of the schools you would like to put on your application, you must read their admission rules carefully.  It is important to do this because some schools use different rules to decide who will be allocated a place.

Make sure you include all the information the school will need to look at when your application is considered. 

Some schools give priority to children entitled to Free School Meals. You can check their rules in the School Directory to see if this is the case, what evidence you need and where to send it.

Some schools have an exceptional medical or social needs rule that applications can be considered under, which you can check in the School Directory. If you would like to apply under this rule, you will need to submit some evidence and you can read more about this here.

Make sure you also check the admission rules for schools in other areas. They may also like you to fill in a Supplementary Form

Information about how places have been allocated at Buckinghamshire secondary schools in previous years, including details of the rules those places were offered under can be found on our policy pages as well as by using our ‘Find my child a school place’ service.

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Last updated: 4 September 2017

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