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Admissions porcess

Please  go the  website  https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/educationandlearning/schools/admissions/ .  You will find lots of information on how to apply for a school place. The  website gives an explanation of the process parents should follow if they want to apply for a place for their child. It explains how we offer places in the event of oversubscription as well as arrangments for in year admsisions. Our 4+ September admission number is 15.

Apply for a school at  Community and Voluntary Controlled (LA) schools

The priorities below will be used to decide who gets a place at community and voluntary controlled infant, primary and secondary schools.

1. Looked after children and children 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 who will have a brother or sister* at the school (or linked junior school) at the time of admission and who live at the same address, within the pre-defined community area**.

3. Other children living within a pre-defined community area**.

4. Children who will have a brother or sister* at the school (or linked junior school) at the time of admission who live at the same address, outside the pre-defined community area**.

5. Other children.

*Children are ‘siblings’ if they are full, half, adoptive or foster brother or sister living in the same household including siblings attending sixth forms. **Each home address in the county falls within a community area although living in a community area does not guarantee a place.

Where a child has been unable to secure a place at a school in his/her community area and has been directed to attend a school outside the community area as an alternative, any applications for younger siblings to attend the school will be treated as if the family were resident in the community area, as long as the sibling will still be attending the school when the younger child starts.


In the event of oversubscription within any priority, place allocation will be decided by prioritising applications on the basis of home to school distance measured in a straight line. This will be measured from the address point in the school (supplied by Ordnance Survey) to the address point in the family home. For split site schools, we will measure to the site where the child will attend for the majority of lessons at the point of entry. In the event that applicants cannot be prioritised using the tiebreaker 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. 

Out of area siblings

Since September 2017, the admissions criteria give priority to children living in a community area (priority 3) above siblings who live outside of the area served by the school (priority 4). You can still apply for and get schools outside of your community area. However, there is no guarantee that younger children in your family will be able to follow their brother or sister. You will therefore need to consider the possibility that your children may end up at different schools if you send your child to a non-local school.

Factors not included

When schools are oversubscribed, the stated admissions criteria are applied to decide which children will be allocated places. Given this, you will need to bear in mind that it does not take account of:

• attendance at a particular school, pre-school or nursery setting. The only linked schools are those recognised under priority 3 for children moving from an infant to a junior school;

• any previous association you or your family may have had with a school;

• your profession or your working or child care arrangements; and

• any reference to a child’s ability or particular aptitude.

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