National Offer Day - 18 April

If you have applied for a primary school place online we emailed your offer 11am on 18 April. You can view your offer online.

If you applied by post your offer will be sent by first class post on 18 April.

View further information on waiting lists and how we manage later allocation rounds

Starting school or moving up to Junior 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.

For each of the schools you would like to put on your application, you should 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.

The admission rules for Academies, Foundation, Free and Voluntary-aided Schools are available on the schools websites which can be found in our Directory.

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

If you have questions about the admission rules for Voluntary- Aided, Foundation, Free or Academy schools you should contact the
schools and they will explain how their rules work.

Admission rules for Community and Voluntary-Controlled schools – for September 2017

Once places have been allocated to children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs (Educational Health Care Plan), the remaining places will be allocated in the following order:

Rule 1  Looked After children.

Rule 2  Children who have exceptional medical or social needs, which can only be met at that school, supported by written evidence from an appropriate professional person.

Rule 3 Children living within the catchment area of the school.

Rule 4 For the main point of entry: Siblings of children who are attending the school or a ‘linked primary’ school in Year R to Year 5 at the time the allocations are made (March 2017), and are expected to be on the school roll or linked school roll at the time of the proposed admission, or who have already been offered a place to start in the current academic year at the school or a ‘linked primary’ school. For immediate in year admission after the normal point of entry: Siblings of children who are in Year R
to Year 6 at the time of admission to the school.

Rule 5 – Children attending a primary school linked to the school named in the list of ‘linked primary’ schools at the time allocations are made (March 2017). This rule does not apply to those applying for a place in Reception.

Rule 6 – Once the above rules have been applied, then any further places will be offered in distance order, using the distance between the family’s Normal Home Address and the school’s nearest entrance gate, offering the closest first. We use straight line distance. 

Where a school can take some, but not all, of the children who qualify under one of these rules, we will give priority to children by taking account of the next rule (or rules) in the numbered list to decide who has priority for places.

For example, places are offered to catchment siblings before children living in the catchment area without siblings. In each case, distance is used
to prioritise which children should be offered places. 

If it is still not possible to decide between two applicants who are equidistant then an independently scrutinised random allocation will be made to allocate the final place.

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Last updated: 2 May 2017

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