Admissions rules - how places are decided at schools controlled by East Sussex County Council

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Please note: for children who will transfer in September 2018 from Infant to Junior School or Primary to Secondary, or those who will be starting school for the first time – the application window will be open in mid September 2017.     

1. School admissions - how decisions are made

There is no right to choose a child’s school but you do have the right to state a preference for up to three different schools that you would like your child to attend.

In general, if a school has enough places for everyone who has applied, then all children will be allocated a place.

We will not overcrowd a school if there are vacancies at other schools and we will not create additional places unless there is a shortage of school places to meet a local need.

If a school receives more applications than places available, the school will apply their admissions policy to decide which children will be offered places.

It is therefore essential that you take a look at the admission criteria for the schools you prefer as it will help you assess how likely it is that your child will get a place. You will find a school’s admissions criteria on their webpage or you can contact the school and ask for a copy.

You can find out why it’s important to list different schools on your application and how school places are allocated in the Understanding the admissions process section in the Apply for a School booklet.

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