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School Admissions Process

The Admissions Process

How to apply

  • Year 6 Applications must be made on-line.  Applications in any other year group and Mid‑year transfers can by made by completing an application form.
  • A Secondary Information for Parents booklet is available for guidance.  This can be requested from the Staffordshire School Admissions Team by telephoning 01785 278593.  Alternatively the booklet can be found online at:   www.staffordshire.gov.uk/admissions
  • When making your application please remember to provide any additional information that may be requested.  This may particularly apply to foundation, trust and voluntary aided schools who may require evidence of baptism etc.

Admissions criteria

The following order of priority is used to allocate the available places

  1. Children in care
  2. Pupils living within the Catchment area of the school
  3. Pupils with siblings in attendance at the school
  4. Medical / Social reasons (exceptional)
  5. Distance – using a straight line measurement


Allocation of places

For Year 6/7

  • admissions all 3 preferences are assessed equally
  • If there are more applications than places then the oversubscription criteria is applied
  • Decisions are made for each preference
  • If a place can be offered at more than one preference then the highest ranked school will be offered
  • The equal preference scheme means that you  do not risk losing the offer of your 2nd or 3rd preference by not listing the school as your 1st preference
  • Include at least one preference you are likely to be offered

Other applications

  • If the year group is oversubscribed students will only be accepted if they meet any of the first 4 admissions criteria.


Offer of a school place

Year 6/7 admissions

  • 1st March 2018 – a single offer of a school place is made
  • A period of 2 weeks will be provided to accept the offer
  • If you are not happy with the offer you have the right to appeal against the decision.  The School Choice Advice Service may be able to provide you with further help regarding the appeals process
  • Appeals for September 2018 admission will take place during the Summer Term 2018.  We will publish the exact date here as soon as it becomes available.
  • If you are refused a place at your preferred school your child’s name will be placed on the waiting list

Other Applications

  • All applications received will be processed within one week of receipt


Waiting Lists

  • Names are placed on the waiting list in accordance with the admission criteria
  • A child’s position on the waiting list is not fixed
  • Waiting lists for all year groups are held until the end of the academic year
  • If you have lodged an appeal your name will still be placed on the waiting list
AET Admissions Appeal Timetable : AET Admissions Appeals Timetable

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