School Admissions - Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I don’t apply on time?

Should I choose the catchment school?

Do I need to apply if my child attends a nursery at the school of my choice?

What happens if I don’t get a place for my child at any of my schools of preference?

What happens if I don’t apply on time?

If you don’t apply by 15 January 2016 then your application will be late which means everyone who applied on time will have their application processed before we look at yours.  This is likely to severely limit your chances of getting a place at the school you would like. (Back to top)

Should I choose the catchment school?

Yes, as one of your four preferences, even if you put it fourth.  Whilst there is never a guarantee of a place at the catchment school it is the best chance you have of obtaining a place because of the fact that catchment children are given a high priority.  If a place is available at a higher ranked school it will ALWAYS be offered ahead of a lower ranked school.  However, if higher ranked preferences are not available it’s good to think about an “insurance” choice, i.e. a school you are most likely to get into otherwise all places at this school might have been allocated to those who expressed a preference and you may be allocated a place at a school much further away. (Back to top)

Do I need to apply if my child attends a nursery at the school of my choice?

Yes. You must apply and should not assume you will get a place at the school.  Please check the school’s oversubscription criteria and use all four of your preferences. (Back to top)

What happens if I don’t get a place for my child at any of my schools of preference?

We will allocate a place at the nearest school with a place available once everyone who expresses a preference by the deadline has been allocated a place.  This could mean that you are allocated a place for your child a long way away from your home address.  This is why it is very important that you use your four preferences wisely, putting at least one school where it is highly likely you will be allocated a place, rather than, for example, four very popular, annually over-subscribed schools. (Back to top)

Last Updated: 28 February 2019