Admissions Policy



Secondary admissions will continue to be co-ordinated by the Education Service for entry into school at the beginning of the academic year.  In year admission will be co-ordinated by the school.

Oversubscription Criteria

If the number of applications for admission to a school exceeds the school’s Published Admission Number (PAN), the places are allocated in order of priority using the following criteria:

  • Students whose statutory Statement of Special Need names the school as the most appropriate mainstream school that meets the student’s needs
  • Students living within the catchment area of the school;
  • Students who have an elder sibling in attendance at the school (or, for Infants schools, at the affiliated Junior school) and who will still be attending the school at the proposed admission date; (for admission purposes, a sibling is a child who lives at the same address and who is the brother/sister, half-brother/sister (children who share one common parent). Step brother/step sister where two children are related by marriage.  This definition also includes adopted or fostered children living at the same address).
  • This criterion applies to some secondary schools only:  Students who attend primary schools defined as major contributory primary schools, as named in the secondary school prospectus.

Students who satisfy the following test:

Test:  they are distinguished from the great majority of applicants either on medical grounds or by other exceptional circumstances.

  • Medical grounds must be supported by a medical report, (obtained by the Parent/Carer).  It must clearly justify, for health reasons only, why it is better for the child to attend the preferred school rather than any other school.
  • Exceptional circumstances must relate to the choice of school, i.e. the circumstances of the child, not the economic or social circumstances of the parent/carer.  They should be supported by a professional report, e.g.
  • Social worker, justifying why it is better for the child to attend the preferred school rather than any other school.
  • Other students arranged in order of priority according to how near their home  addresses are to the school by the shortest walking route as measured by the Education Service’s Geographical Information Systems.
  • Looked After Children falling in to any of the categories above will be given first priority for places within that category.
  • Where it is not possible to accommodate all students applying for places within a particular year group then the Education Service will allocate the available places in accordance with the remaining criteria.
  • All applications are considered against these published criteria with no priority awarded for application before the deadlines given.

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