West Berkshire Council

School Admission Arrangements

How places are offered at schools and academies

School admission arrangements are the overall rules (including the procedure, criteria and supplementary information) used in the allocation of school places, and must comply with the School Admissions Code.
Arrangements are determined (set) by 'admissions authorities'.

Types of school, what they're called and who's responsible for them can be confusing.  The Citizen's Advice Bureau has a helpful explanation of school types.

West Berkshire Council is the admission authority for community and voluntary controlled schools in West Berkshire.

We also produce the pdf icon nursery policy for 2015 [28kb] and the pdf icon nursery policy for 2016 [28kb] though we don't process applications for nursery school places (these should be made directly to the school).

Voluntary aided, foundation schools and academies set their own admission arrangements as each school's governing body is their own admission authority - you should contact them directly for more information.

Local authorities are required to have schemes to co-ordinate admission to schools. 
The West Berkshire co-ordinated admission scheme applies to all maintained schools and academies in the area.

West Berkshire Council Admission Arrangements and Co-ordinated Schemes


pdf icon West Berkshire Co-ordinated Admission Scheme for 2015/16 [56kb]

pdf icon West Berkshire Admission Arrangements for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools 2015/16 [431kb]


pdf icon West Berkshire Co-ordinated Admission Scheme for 2016/17 [57kb]

pdf icon West Berkshire Admission Arrangements for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools 2016/17 [73kb]


After asking for feedback from schools and parents, we've now decided the admissions process for 2017/18:

pdf icon West Berkshire Co-ordinated Admission Scheme for 2017/18 [56kb]

pdf icon West Berkshire Admission Arrangements for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools 2017/18 [73kb]

If you think that the admission rules made by an academy or maintained school are unlawful, or against the School Admissions Code, you can object to the Department for Education's Schools Adjudicator.

Objections must be submitted by 15 May 2016. The forms for objecting are on the Gov.uk website.

Voluntary Aided, Foundation and Academy Schools

These schools are responsible for setting their own admissions policies.
The admission arrangements (and any supplementary forms required to apply for a school place at these schools) can be found on the individual school websites:

Primary Schools

St Nicolas C.E. (VA) Junior School 
St Joseph's Catholic (VA) Primary School 
St John the Evangelist C.E. (VA) Infant & Nursery School 
St Finian's Catholic (VA) Primary School 
Mortimer St Mary's C.E. (VA) Junior SchoolYattendon C.E. (VA) Primary School
Fir Tree School and Nursery Newbury Academy TrustWoolhampton C.E. (VA) Primary School
Englefield C.E. (VA) Primary SchoolWhitelands Park Primary School (Academy)
Enborne C.E. (VA) Primary SchoolSulhamstead and Ufton Nervet C.E. (VA) Primary School
Brightwalton C.E. (VA) Primary SchoolStockcross C.E. (VA) School
Bradfield C.E. (VA) Primary SchoolSt Paul's Catholic (VA) Primary School

Secondary Schools

Newbury Academy Trust Trinity SchoolThe Downs (Federated) School
Little Heath (VA) SchoolTheale Green School (Academy)
Kennet School (Academy)St. Bartholomew's School (Academy)
Denefield School (Academy)Park House School (Academy)

Nursery Admission Arrangements

pdf icon Nursery Admission Policy 2014/15 [31kb]


We run an annual consultation on our Admission Arrangements through our consultation portal. You can register for email alerts so we can automatically let you know about new consultations.

Who To Contact

Contact details for West Berkshire's School Admissions Team

01635 519771