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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

West Berkshire Council Determined Admission Arrangements and Co-ordinated Schemes

2020/21 Determined Admission Arrangements

pdf icon West Berkshire Admission Arrangements for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools 2020/21 [4Mb]

2020/21 Co-ordinated Scheme

pdf icon West Berkshire Co-ordinated Admission Scheme for 2020/21 [38kb]

2021/22 Determined Admission Arrangements

pdf icon West Berkshire Determined Admission Arrangements for 2021/22 [4Mb]

2021/22 Co-ordinated Scheme

pdf icon West Berkshire Co-ordinated Admission Scheme for 2021/22 [37kb]

2022/23 Determined Admission Arrangements

pdf icon West Berkshire Determined Admission Arrangements for 2022/23 [4Mb]

2022/23 Co-ordinated Scheme

pdf icon West Berkshire Co-ordinated Admission Scheme for 2022/23 [41kb]

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 2021. 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

Voluntary-aided, Foundation and Academy Primary Schools
Bradfield C.E. (VA) Primary SchoolSt Joseph's Catholic (VA) Primary School
Brightwalton C.E. (VA) Primary SchoolSt Nicolas C.E. (VA) Junior School
Enborne C.E. (VA) Primary SchoolSt Paul's Catholic (VA) Primary School
Englefield C.E. (VA) Primary SchoolStockcross C.E. (VA) School
Fir Tree School and Nursery Newbury Academy TrustSulhamstead and Ufton Nervet C.E. (VA) Primary School
Lambourn CE Primary School (Academy)Welford and Wickham Church of England Primary School
Mortimer St Mary's C.E. (VA) Junior SchoolWhitelands Park Primary School (Academy)
Speenhamland Primary School (Academy)Woolhampton 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 and Nursery School 

Secondary Schools

Voluntary-aided, Foundation and Academy 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 


pdf icon Nursery admission policy 2020 [30kb]


pdf icon Nursery admission arrangements 2021 [29kb]




Who To Contact

Contact details for West Berkshire's School Admissions Team

01635 551111