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 September 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.
  • In September 2019 The Downs school catchment area increased in size and now overlaps part of Kennet and Trinity School's Catchment areas. Some addresses are now in The Downs and Kennet School's or The Downs and Trinity School's catchment areas.


Who To Contact

Contact details for West Berkshire's School Admissions Team

01635 551111