School Catchment Areas
Maps and information about primary and secondary school catchment areas
"Catchment areas" are set areas around schools that form one of the ways we decide which applications should take priority where a school is over-subscribed.
You can still apply for a school if you live outside of its catchment area. Our policy takes other things into account when making decisions on school places, but living in a catchment area is one factor that's often important.
The rules for how we work out how places are decided (our "over-subscription rules") are available to read online in our admission guides:
In most cases someone will live within one catchment area for both a primary school and a secondary school, although in some cases school catchment areas overlap.
To view the catchment areas you can:
- view our interactive online map for primary school catchment areas and for secondary school catchment areas
- enter your postcode at the top of any page on our website - this will give you details of the catchment areas that you live in, along with other useful information about your area
Changes to Catchment areas for 2017 school entry applications
Long Lane Primary School and Westwood Farm Infant and Junior School's catchment areas have changed. The changes impact residents who live in the Purley Primary school catchment area and are detailed in the Primary School Admissions Guide 2017 [25Mb].