If you want your child to attend the same school as their sibling, you must name that school as one of your preferences.

When you apply, you must tell us about any brothers or sisters who will be still be attending the school at the point this child is due to start. Give us their full name and date of birth.

If you don't tell us about siblings we can only consider the information you provided. Please bear in mind a sibling connection does not guarantee a place. 

This is especially important if you do not live in the community area served by the school.

For local authority controlled schools the Council considers children to be ‘siblings’ if they are:

  • full
  • half
  • adoptive or
  • foster brother or sister

who live in the same household. This includes siblings attending sixth forms.

We do not include step-children for the purposes of school admissions i.e. two families coming together.

Other schools may have a different definition.

Out of area siblings

The Council’s admissions criteria gives priority to children living in a community area above siblings who live outside the area served by the school. This began in September 2017.

You can still apply for and get schools outside your community area. But 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.

Please make sure you have read and understand the admissions criteria for your preferred schools before applying.

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