Admissions

Admissions to Voluntary Controlled Church of England Schools:

The arrangements for the admission of children at the beginning of their schooling are made by the Local Authority.  To apply on line for a school place please visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk and look for the Education tab.  If you are unable to access the internet, the book 'Applying for School' is available from 'Information for Families' on 0345 608 019.  The East Sussex Admissions booklet for the coming year is available here:  

All other admissions will be handled by the school.  If you wish your child to join us at any time other than the first admission into Reception, you may apply to the school directly (or apply on line).  If there is space in the year group (fewer than 30 per class) your child will be offered a place by the school.  

At any time, if there are more applications than places, the school or the Local Authority will follow the following criteria in offering a place:  
  1. Looked after children and previously looked after children.  These are children in the care of the local authority and those who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or subject to residence orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following being looked after.
  2. Children living within a pre-defined community area, who have a brother or sister at the school at the time of admission.  Children are 'siblings' if they are full, half, adoptive or foster brother or sister living in the same household.  Each home address in the county falls within a community area, although living in an community area does not guarantee a place.
  3. Other children living within a pre-defined community area.  Each home address in the county falls within a community area, although living in an community area does not guarantee a place.
  4. Children living outside the pre-defined community area, with a sibling at the school at the time of admission.  
  5. Children living outside our community area.  This covers all other children.

If these categories still cannot allocate fairly, place allocation will be decided by the Local Authority. They will prioritise applications on the basis of the shortest route from home to school using surfaced, passable routes. Using a Geographical Information System (GIS) distances are measured from the child’s home to the nearest gate used by pupils at the school. The routes taken for admissions purposes do not include unmade footpaths and there must be a public right of way. 

In the event that applicants cannot be prioritised using the tie-breaker above because the distance measurements are the same, the Authority will use random allocation to decide which children will be offered the remaining places. This will be done electronically using the Authority’s admissions software.


If the year group is full (30 children per class), the school will ask the Local Authority to support you in finding a suitable alternative.  You can appeal this decision through the East Sussex website.
 
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