Admissions for Sept 2016

The arrangements for the admission of children to this school at age 4+ are made by the County Council. Further information can be found at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/admissions.

The Admissions Team is responsible for co-ordinating and allocating school places in East Sussex. The governing bodies of voluntary aided schools, trust schools and academies also have a role to play in ranking applications against their own admissions criteria.

If the school is not oversubscribed all children who apply will be admitted. However, parents may find it helpful to know that, if there are insufficient places available to meet demand, these will be allocated to children in accordance with the following list of priorities:

  1. Looked after children
  2. Children with strong medical or exceptional evidence which leads the Director of Children's Services to conclude that attendance at any other school would be inappropriate. The evidence submitted, such as a letter from a doctor or social worker, must clearly demonstrate that the needs of the child can only be met by attending a particular school.
  3. Children who will have an elder brother or sister at the school at the time of admission.
  4. Children living within a predefined community area, prioritised if necessary on the basis of the shortest route from home to school using surfaced, passable routes.
  5. Children living outside the predetermined community area, prioritised if necessary on the basis of the shortest route from home to school using surfaced, passable routes.

The admission priorities for 2017-18 are different. Click here to view them.

Published admission limit 2016/2017 30
Number of first preferences received by the initial closing date 49

Main School Applications for September 2016

The arrangements for the admission of children to this school at age 4+ are made by the County Council. Further information can be found at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/admissions. The process is via an online application only.

Primary applications for September 2016

Admissions information available September 2015
Closing date for applications 15 January 2016
Allocation letters and emails sent out 18 April 2016
Appeal hearings June and July 2016
Induction days Summer term 2016

Starting school and compulsory school age

Children must start school at the beginning of the term which follows their fifth birthday. However, your child is allowed to start school full time at the beginning of the school year which follows their fourth birthday.

You may want your child to start at school part time which is allowed but you will have to arrange this with the headteacher once your place has been allocated.

When must my child attend school?

If your child turns five between:

1 September 2016 and 31 December 2016 - they are allowed to start school at the start of term one (full or part time) and must be attending full time at the start of term three.

1 January 2017 and 30 April 2017 - they are allowed to start school at the start of term one or term three (full or part time) and must be attending full time at the start of term five.

1 May 2017 and 31 August 2017 - they are allowed to start school, at the start of term one, term three or term five either full or part time.

Once school places are finalised, the Admissions Team will send your school individual details of those children who will be starting in September. Every parent will receive an admissions form, which they will return direct to schools to confirm that they accept their child's place.

Independent Appeal Procedure

If it wasn't possible to offer your child a place at your preferred school you can:

  • ask for your child to be put on a waiting list - we will send you details of how to join the waiting list and how they work.
  • appeal to an independent appeal panel who will hear your reasons for wanting a place at a particular school. The appeal panel can overturn school admission decisions made by East Sussex County Council and schools that are responsible for controlling their own admission arrangements (such as faith and foundation schools and academies). Your decision letter will include details about where to get more information about the appeal process and advice about deadlines for returning your completed appeal form.

In Year Admissions

An in-year admission is the admission of a pupil to a school which takes place outside of the normal entry times. This includes pupils changing schools, pupils coming from a different country or from other parts of the UK, pupils returning to a school from living elsewhere or those who have not been in school. You can ask to change schools at any time.You may be thinking of changing schools because your child is not getting on at their current school. Information for Families can give you impartial advice on your options and may be able to help you talk to schools.

How to apply

You can apply direct to schools. If there is a place available the head teacher will usually arrange a start date with you. You can also apply online.

If you are having difficulty finding a school place please contact the School Admissions Team.

If you want to apply before you move, you are able to do so but you will probably need to give evidence of your move such as a signed tenancy agreement or a copy of exchange of contracts.

How decisions are made

If there is a place, the school will normally admit your child.

If there are not enough places for all the children applying, the school must apply their admission criteria when deciding who is offered a place. Schools cannot make a decision on any other basis.

If there are no places available, the School Admissions team will allocate a school place. This may be at a new school or their present school if this is reasonable.

You can choose to put your child on a waiting list. You can also appeal the decision.