This policy will apply to all admissions for the academic year 2022/23 including in year applications.
Please see a list of community primary schools and their published admission numbers (PAN’s) at the end of this document.
If the school is oversubscribed, applications will be considered first according to the following priorities in the order set out below:
1. Children who are looked after by a local authority (i.e. in their care or provided with accommodation by the authority for a continuous period of more than 24 hours). Children who were previously looked after but immediately following being looked after became subject to an adoption order, residence (now replaced with child arrangement order) or special guardianship order. Please see Additional information.
2. Children or families who have a significant medical, physical, psychological or social need. Evidence must be attached with the application form. Applications under this criterion must be supported by written evidence from an appropriate professional involved stating clearly why the preferred school is the most appropriate for the child and reasons why other schools in the city are inappropriate. Please see Additional Information.
3. Children living within the school’s designated catchment area. (If the school cannot admit all applications from the catchment area, applicants will be ranked within this category in accordance with priorities in 4. below.
4. Children living outside the school’s catchment area in the following priority order:
i) children who have a brother or sister (living within the same household) already on roll and who will still be attending the school the following academic year;
Note – this category does include step-brothers/step-sisters, adoptive and foster brothers/sisters living within the same household or children whose parents are married or cohabiting and live together within the same household.
ii) children eligible for service premium
Note – service premium is paid to eligible children of armed services personnel under S14 of the Education Act 2002.
iii) children of staff employed at the school
(a) where the member of staff has been employed at the school for 2 or more years at the time at which the application is made, and or
(b) the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage
iv) For Wimborne Primary junior transfer applicants only- children attending Cumberland Infant School at the time of their junior transfer application.
v) children who live closest to the school, based on the shortest distance from home to school, measured on straight line ‘as the crow flies’. (This distance will be used where necessary to prioritise applications). Please see the Additional Information section.
Should there be two or more identical distances requiring prioritisation, this will be done by casting lots. Please see Additional Information below.
Note: Should a school be oversubscribed from within any of the criteria above then any additional criteria will be used to prioritise applications within these categories.