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Catchment areas

All community, voluntary controlled, some voluntary aided/foundation schools and academies are surrounded by a defined geographical area known as their catchment area.

Some schools do not use catchments. Catchment areas for church schools are generally based on parish boundaries and often cover a wide area. Sometimes, they 'overlap' catchment areas for other schools; sometimes they have a catchment area which no other school serves. You can contact the school directly for advice on their catchment area.

What are catchment areas used for?

Catchment areas help schools to identify their communities and give parents an indication of their local school. There is no guarantee of a place for pupils living within or for pupils who move into the catchment area at a later date. Living within can give pupils a higher priority for admission to a school over other pupils who live outside.

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