Criteria for Admissions


Criteria for Admissions

Where applications exceed the number of places available, the following criteria for admission will be applied, in the following order:

First Priority: Looked after and previously looked after children

Children who are registered as being in the care of a Local Authority for example, fostered or living in a children’s home and those who have left care through adoption or residential order or special guardianship order.

Second Priority: Exceptional social/ medical need

Occasionally there will be a very small number of children for whom exceptional social or medical circumstances will apply which will warrant a placement for a particular school. If you wish to apply under a school’s exceptional medical or social criteria, you must provide additional information and professional written evidence to support your case.  This needs to demonstrate clearly why you feel it essential for your child to attend a particular school and why no other school can meet your child’s needs.  Supporting evidence should be provided by a professional, such as a social worker, health visitor, housing officer, the police, probation officer, doctor and/or hospital consultant.  Providing professional evidence does not guarantee that your child will receive priority at a particular school.

Third Priority: Infant applications 

Siblings: a child who has  a brother or sister attending Ottershaw Infant School or Ottershaw Junior School at the time of the sibling’s admission

Third Priority: Junior applications   

Children attending Ottershaw C of E Infant School

Fourth Priority: Infant applications

Children for whom the school is nearest to their home

The nearest school is defined as the school closest to the child’s home address that has a Published Admissions Number to admit pupils of the appropriate age range and which admits local children.  The distance is measured, in a straight line, from the address point of the pupil’s house, as set by ordnance survey, to the nearest official school gate available for pupils to use.  The nearest school may be either inside or outside the county boundary,

Fourth Priority: Junior applications

Siblings, at the time of admission not admitted under the third priority above.

Fifth Priority: Any other applicant

For the majority of community and voluntary controlled schools the final priority will be given to those living nearest to the school measured in a straight line from the address point of the pupil’s house, as set by ordnance survey to the nearest school gate for pupils to use. This is calculated using the Admission and Transport Team’s Geographical Information System. 

Additional information can be found at

Ottershaw C of E Infant School will be the main feeder to Ottershaw C of E Junior School.  The school will agree any changes to its admission arrangements with the Secretary of State for Education and Skills.  It will establish procedures for appeals against non-admission, which will include an independent element.  Details of admission and appeals arrangements are published annually.