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 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


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]


pdf icon West Berkshire Co-ordinated Admission Scheme for 2018/19 [49kb]

pdf icon West Berkshire Admission Arrangements for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools 2018/19 [4Mb]

2019/20  Admission Arrangements

pdf icon Proposed admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools [4Mb]

pdf icon Determined admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools [4Mb]

Highwood Copse Admission Arrangements (Opening September 2019)

pdf icon Highwood Copse Admission Arrangements - 2019 [82kb]

2019/20 Co-ordinated Scheme

pdf icon Co-ordinated Scheme 2019/20 [48kb]

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 2018. 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

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

Secondary Schools

Denefield School (Academy)Park House School (Academy)
John O'Gaunt Community Technology CollegeSt. Bartholomew's School (Academy)
Kennet School (Academy)The Downs School
Little Heath (VA) SchoolTheale Green School (Academy)
Newbury Academy Trust Trinity School 

West Berkshire Council Determined Nursery School Admission Arrangements


pdf icon Nursery Admission Policy 2017 [28kb]


pdf icon Nursery Admission Policy 2018 [27kb]

Who To Contact

Contact details for West Berkshire's School Admissions Team

01635 519771