The school booklets provide information about primary and secondary schools in the borough including the contact details, age range of pupils in the schools and the number of places available for the September intake.
The detailed information about the number of applications that were received and the number of preferences allocated refers to the previous September intake and is shown to help you estimate what your chances of success are for a particular school before submitting your application. It is important to remember that this is only an indication and does not guarantee admission to any particular school.
- Non-denominational community schools
- Church schools (called voluntary schools) which may be aided or controlled
- Other non-denominational voluntary controlled schools
- Non-denominational foundation schools
- Academies and Free schools
- Studio schools
Church of England (CE) aided schools are either aided or controlled. CE aided schools are schools where the religious education provided is in conformity with the rites, practices and doctrines of the Church of England. A CE controlled school, like an aided school, is a Church school functioning within the partnership of the Church and us.
Its Christian nature is an important aspect of the school’s life. Its religious teaching is mainly in accordance with the Agreed Syllabus but this may, for those who wish, be supplemented by specific Church teaching. Worship at its school assemblies is linked with the worship of the Church in accordance with the provisions of its Trust Deed.
Academies, Free schools and Studio schools are all-ability, state-funded schools. The funding agreement with the Department for Education requires the admissions policy and arrangements to be in accordance with, or consistent with, admissions law and the School Admissions Code.
Community non-denominational schools /
Voluntary Controlled – Church schools
We are responsible for the admission arrangements for these schools.
Voluntary Aided Schools – Church schools /
Foundation Schools – Non-denominational schools
The Governors of the school are responsible for the admission arrangements for these schools.
The Academy Trust is responsible for the admission arrangements for these schools.
The Free School Trust is responsible for the admission arrangements for these schools.
The Studio School Trust is responsible for the admission arrangements for these schools.
We strongly advise that you visit any schools that you are considering applying for. Please contact the schools directly to arrange.
School information booklets
Information provided in the schools booklets
Each school will have a 'how were school places allocated in previous year' section. You will be able to see how many applications were received for each school broken down into ranking (i.e. first, second and third preference).
The ‘places allocated’ data refers to the outcome of the application e.g. the number of places offered after all preferences had been considered. There is also a column showing "Other", this is where an applicant’s preference could not be met and shows the number of pupils offered a place where this was the next nearest school with vacancies.
How to use the information provided
- First consider how many applications were received for a preferred school.
- Compare this with how the places were offered in the ‘Places allocated’ column.
- Next look at the lowest criteria allocated to see if any applications were unsuccessful.
- If applications were unsuccessful, would your application have a lower priority for admission i.e. below the lowest criterion allocated and the distance measurement within this criterion listed alongside it?
- If you have a lower priority for admission, you need to bear in mind that your application would have been unsuccessful based on last year's parental preferences. There may therefore be a significant prospect of your application being unsuccessful. You will have a statutory right of appeal if this is the case
Lowest criteria allocated
This column refers to the criteria for admissions that was used for each school for the previous September intake . If the column shows N/A (Not Applicable), there were no unsuccessful applicants for the school as all parents who requested a place as their highest available preference school were offered a place. For some parents, this may be their second or third preference school. If a particular criterion is listed in this column, for example, ‘furthest distance’ this is the lowest criterion used to allocate a place and indicates that there were unsuccessful applications.
Schools/academies may decide to allocate above their published admission number where permitted, this may have an impact on the eligibility for school transport where this school is determined the nearest.