West Berkshire Council

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 find out your catchment areas you can:

Recent catchment area changes

In 2017 Long Lane Primary School and Westwood Farm Infant and Junior School's catchment areas increased in size to incorporate Purley. The changes impact residents who live in the Purley Primary school catchment area.

2019 catchment area changes

The Downs school catchment area is increasing in size and this comes into effect for applicants applying to start in September 2019.

Who To Contact

Contact details for West Berkshire's School Admissions Team

01635 519771