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Sometimes schools don't have enough places for everyone that applies. Where this is the case, all applications are assessed and ranked according to certain criteria. Places are then offered in ranking order.

Different types of school will have different criteria. Community schools, voluntary controlled and controlled schools use the community/voluntary controlled schools admissions policies. However, voluntary aided, foundation and academy schools can have their own admission policies.

Community/Voluntary controlled schools admissions policies
2020/21 2022/23

Primary oversubscription criteria (PDF, 272 KB)

Secondary oversubscription criteria (PDF, 111 KB)

Admission arrangements for community or voluntary controlled schools (PDF, 409KB) 
In year admission arrangements (PDF, 753 KB) In year admission arrangements (PDF, 349KB) 
Primary and secondary school PANs 2020/21 (PDF, 301 KB)  

2020 School entry consultation (PDF, 46 KB)

Coordinated admissions schemes

All local authorities must have in place a scheme for coordinating admission arrangements for schools in their area. Coordinated schemes allow parents to make a single application for a school place and to receive a single offer (in accordance with the Education Act 2002).

As well as being responsible for coordinated admissions, We are the admissions authority for all community and voluntary controlled schools within the county. Admission authorities must set and determine their admission arrangements annually. If there is no change from the previous year, there is no need for further consultation.

Coordinated admission schemes
Coordinated admission schemes Entry
Primary admission arrangements (PDF, 804 KB) 2020/21
Secondary admission arrangements and coordinated scheme (PDF, 504 KB) 2020/21
Primary admission arrangements (PDF, 608 KB) 2021/22
Secondary admission arrangements (PDF, 546 KB)

*Please note some dates for 2021 entry may have changed due to Covid-19
Primary admission arrangements (PDF, 301KB) 2022/23
Secondary admission arrangements (PDF, 456KB)  2022/23