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New admission priorities for community and voluntary controlled schools in East Sussex 2021-2022

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  1. Looked after children and children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or subject to residence orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following being looked after.
  2. Children who will have a brother or sister* at the school (or linked junior school) at the time of admission and who live at the same address, within the pre-defined community area**.

*Children are ‘siblings’ if they are full, half, adoptive or foster brother or sister living in the same household including siblings attending sixth forms.

  1. Other children living within a pre-defined community area**.
  2. Children who will have a brother or sister* at the school (or linked junior school) at the time of admission who live at the same address, outside the pre-defined community area**.

**Each home address in the county falls within a community area although living in a community area does not guarantee a place.  (see the maps on pages 24, 26, 28 and 45 showing the various community areas)

  1. Other children.

The definition of sibling is as shown in priority 2 above.


  • In the event of oversubscription within any priority, place allocation will be decided by prioritising applications on the basis of home to school distance measured in a straight line.  This will be measured from the address point in the school (supplied by Ordnance Survey) to the address point in the family home.  For split site schools, we will measure to the site where the child will attend for the majority of lessons at the point of entry.
  • In the event that applicants cannot be prioritised using the tie-breaker because the distance measurements are the same, the Authority will use random allocation to decide which children will be offered the remaining places. This will be done electronically using the Authority’s admissions software.

Children whose brother or sister  joined the school prior to 1 September 2017 (1 September 2018 for Polegate & Willingdon primary schools)  and who remain  on roll at the time of the child's proposed admission, will be assigned to priority 2 under the previous arrangement which gave priority to brothers and sisters regardless of whether they live in the pre-defined community area or not.  This condition no longer applies to Frant CE Primary School as these priorities were adopted with effect from September 2012 and children admitted before that date have now left the school.

Twins and children from multiple births (all community and voluntary controlled schools)

Where the admission of twins or all siblings from a multiple birth would cause a community or voluntary controlled school to rise above its admission number, all the children will be admitted. Where the admission of the additional child or children from a multiple birth would result in the admission number rising above 30 (or multiples of 30), the additional child/children are permitted exceptions to the Infant Class Size legislation throughout the infant phase or until the number in the year group reduces to the admission number.  At own admission authority schools it is likely that twins or all the siblings will be admitted but this is not always the case.

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