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If there are more applications than the number of places available, places will be offered according to the following order of priority:

  1. Children who are ‘looked after’ and children who were adopted (or subject to Child Arrangements orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been 'looked after'. A child looked after is a child in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by that local authority in accordance with Section 22 of the Children Act 1989. An adopted child is defined by section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002. A residence order is defined by section 8 of the Children Act 1989. A special guardianship order is defined by section 14A of the Children Act 1989.
  2. Other children who have an exceptional medical, social or other need that the school is particularly able to meet. Applications in this category will be considered only if they are supported by an attached written statement from a doctor, social worker or other appropriate professional. Parents must demonstrate that there is a very specific connection between the child’s need and the particular school. Difficulties with child care arrangements because of work or other commitments would not be grounds for priority under this category. Information not provided at the time the application is submitted may not be considered at a later date.
  3. Children who, at the time of admission, have a sibling (brother or sister) living at the same address who already attends the school. Siblings would include half, step, adoptive and foster siblings provided they also live at the same address as the applicant.
  4. Children who live closest to the school when measuring distance in a straight line. Unless otherwise stated distances are measured from the address point for the child’s home, supplied by the Post Office, to the school’s main gate. The distance between these points is calculated using the Council’s computerised geographical information system.

Tie Breaker

Distance will be used as a tie-breaker within each category. Where two or more children have the same distance a decision will be made using random allocation.

Final Tie Breaker

Applicants from the same block of flats, or applicants who live the same distance from the school will be selected in random order and places will be offered accordingly.

Applications made on behalf of twins or triplets

If only one place is available at the school and the next child who qualifies for a place is one of multiple birth siblings those children will be deemed as ‘excepted’ pupils under infant class legislation.


If your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017 you will need to apply to your home council for a place in a primary school for the 2020/2021 academic year.

  • you should submit your application online using the eAdmissions website
  • the online application process opens on September 2020
  • the closing date for applications is January 2021
  • you will be posted a letter first class in  April 2021 notifying you of the outcome (online results will be available in April)
  • you must not apply using this process if your child has special educational needs (SEN), with an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP).


The following applies to summer born children (April 1st - August 31st) admissions arrangements for the September following the child’s fourth birthday;

A place may be deferred until later in the school year but not beyond the point at which they reach compulsory school age ( the term after the fifth birthday).   For children born between 1 April and 31 August, this is beyond the final term of their potential first year at school.

For children whose fifth birthday falls between 1 April 2021 and 31 August 2021, parents who do not wish them to start school in school year 2020-21, but to be admitted in September 2021 for school year 2021-22, should discuss this with the school at an early stage.  The details of the protocol to be used should be included.  Decisions must be made on the circumstances of each case and the best interests of the child.  Parental views, academic achievement, social and emotional development and where relevant medical views should be taken into consideration.  The views of the school’s head must also be taken into account.  The reasons for the decision must be clearly set out.

Parents may decide not to apply for a Reception place in the school but to apply for a Year 1 place in September 2021.  Parents should be aware that the Year 1 group may have no vacancies as it could be full with children transferring from the 2020-21 Reception Year group.  Alternatively, they may decide to apply in the normal round (no later than January 2021) for a Reception Year place in September 2022, but would need to provide strong supporting reasons for seeking a place outside the normal year group and apply via the protocol outlined above.