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How are places allocated?

Over 92% of parents in Staffordshire were allocated a place at their 1st preferred school with at least 96% being offered a place at one of their top 3 preferences.

For middle to high school (year 9), 100% of parents in Staffordshire were allocated a place at their 1st preferred school (excluding those unsuccessful applications made for The JCB Academy in Rocester).

How are places allocated?

You can view a summary of how September 2019 places have been allocated at oversubscribed schools.

Staffordshire County Council does not operate a first preference first or first come first served policy - this is in accordance with the law. This means that every school listed in your application will be considered separately and fairly against the individual school’s published admission arrangements.

If you could be offered a place at more than one preferred school against the published admission criteria, a place has been allocated at your highest preferred school. If a place could not be offered at any of your preferred schools, a place has been allocated at a school where places are still available. 

Is priority for admission given to children who attend particular primary or middle schools?

No. Places are allocated in strict accordance with the published admission arrangements and whilst we acknowledge that schools do work closely with their local pyramid schools, these close links do not automatically form part of the admission criteria and places are not allocated with these links in mind.

Pupils attending any schools listed in the admission arrangements are not guaranteed admission to their preferred school they simply have a higher priority for admission than other children who reside outside of the defined catchment area or do not have any elder sibling attending the school.

Where can I find details of how places have been allocated in previous years? 

You can view a summary of how September 2018 places have been allocated at oversubscribed schools.

How can I find out the catchment school for a certain address?

We have a search facility to enable you to check the catchment schools for various addresses. Your nearest school may not be your catchment area school. Please note there is no guaranteed admission to your catchment area school, allocations will be dependent on the availability of spaces in the relevant year group. Catchment areas are also subject to review and may alter from year to year. There are some schools in Staffordshire who do not operate a catchment area for admissions purposes.

You may request a copy of individual school catchment areas by calling 0300 111 8007 or emailing admissions@staffordshire.gov.uk

What is the relevance of a published admission number?

Each school has a published admission number (PAN), which is the maximum number of pupils that the school can admit taking into account the accommodation and resources available. Each school’s published admissions number can be found within the admission arrangements or in the Information to Parents Booklet.

What is the ‘Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme’?

The scheme indicates the way in which we co-ordinate our admission arrangements with other neighbouring authorities and schools that are their own admissions authority. The purpose of the scheme is to ensure that each pupil living within Staffordshire receives only one offer of a school place, whether that be at a school within the county or one maintained by a neighbouring authority.

What if I am moving home?

If you are applying for a community or voluntary controlled school for a September 2020 start, you needed to provide satisfactory evidence of a new home address (e.g. a solicitor’s letter confirming a completion date) by 24 January 2020, in order for this to have been taken into consideration when deciding on the offer of a school place. Otherwise decisions have been made based on the address supplied by your child’s primary school. Please note that an ‘intention to move’ is not used when allocating places.

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