FInding out chances of getting into local schools

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BendingSpoons Sat 17-Mar-18 14:08:01

We have recently moved house. DD is 2, so not starting reception for a while yet, but I have been having a look at schools. I am trying to work out which schools DD is likely to get a place at. Our nearest schools are: 1) Catholic, 2) Juniors only (no obvious corresponding infants). There are then several schools further away. Is there a way of finding out who they have admitted in previous years e.g. for the Catholic school do they fill all their places on faith grounds, for the further away schools how far out to they typically go on distance (rather than siblings etc)? I know things change year on year but at this point we have no particular preference of school, other than hoping to be close to home so would like to have an idea of realities before getting our hopes up about a particular school.

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ImOnAnAdjectiveSearch Sat 17-Mar-18 14:09:47

Yes, that should all be available from the LA.

WeaselsRising Sat 17-Mar-18 14:12:42

If you look on your councils website under school admissions they will publish a booklet detailing all the schools and their admission criteria. It also says what happened in 2017.

Obviously numbers may change by the time yours goes but it's a good starting point.

mmmmmchocolate Sat 17-Mar-18 14:29:29

This seems to be a good checker, although you many not find the information you are looking for re. faith schools as they tend to admit children on religious grounds before distance. Hope it helps.

BendingSpoons Sat 17-Mar-18 14:30:18

Thanks. I have now managed to find more information on the LA's website. The Catholic school says N/A next to 'furthest distance in metres to which the school has offered a place in distance category, which presumably means all their places go to their other categories (faith, siblings).

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xyzandabc Sat 17-Mar-18 14:31:18

Have a search around on your local council website. It should all be there under the schools section. Might take a bit of searching though as some council websites are better than others!

qumquat Sat 17-Mar-18 16:09:15

School is brilliant. It show the areas where children got in to particular schools on a map.


MiaowTheCat Sat 17-Mar-18 16:43:23

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ImOnAnAdjectiveSearch Sat 17-Mar-18 16:43:44

Don't rely on any site/data that isn't published by the LA.

BendingSpoons Sat 17-Mar-18 17:15:07

Thanks everyone, that's useful advice. I probably need to contact the faith school directly and find out if they generally offer all their places based on faith. Their catchment area looks big because it's different criteria.

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PlumpAndPlain Sat 17-Mar-18 17:18:23

The faith school I work in would also have n/a next to distance but for the reason that distance isn't one of our admissions criteria

BubblesBuddy Sat 17-Mar-18 18:40:45

I would have a look at the admissions criteria for the schools together with the info published by the LA. Just because they are faith, it doesn’t mean they have identical admissions criteria. For example, c of e aided schools can be a lot more faith driven than c of e controlled schools who may not have faith as a criteria at all. It’s always worth checking out precise wording.

Eesha Thu 22-Mar-18 15:49:49

For the local authority info, doesnt this only show those who got offers on offer day and doesnt take into account those who may have been on the waiting list and got in later on?

BubblesBuddy Thu 22-Mar-18 19:44:24

They can give info for the different admission rounds.

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