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 admission policy for maintained nursery schools 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.
Admission Authorities must determine admission arrangements annually. If changes are made, we run a consultation. You can register for email alerts so we can automatically let you know about new consultations.
West Berkshire Council Determined Admission Arrangements and Co-ordinated Schemes
Highwood Copse Primary School, Newbury - opening in September 2018
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 2017. 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: