Shropshire Council

Secondary (North/South) admissions criteria

Priority 1

Looked-after children (in the care of a local authority or being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions) at the time of making an application to a school and all previously looked-after children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were immediately adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order).

Priority 2

Children living within the catchment area. Firstly to children who will have an older sibling at the school on the day they're due to start there and then to other children who live in the catchment area. You can find out the catchment area you live in by searching for your postcode on our mapping system and selecting 'Secondary catchment areas' from the 'map layers' menu on the left hand side.

Priority 3

Children living outside the catchment area. Any places left will be firstly offered to children who will have an older sibling at the school on the day they are due to start there, secondly to children without an older brother or sister at the school, but who have attended a state-funded primary school that lies within the secondary school's catchment area for more than a whole academic year immediately prior to transfer. After that, priority will be given to other children who live outside the catchment area.

If, in any of the above groups, there are more applications than places available, priority will be based on distance. This will be measured as a straight line, from home to school on a computerised mapping system, with the shortest distance being given priority.

Please note that the oversubscription criteria may differ for academies.

A detailed explanation of this is in the secondary school section of the Parents' Guide to Education in Shropshire.

Priority due to exceptional circumstances

Very exceptionally where a child has a particular health reason requiring them to attend a specific school, that child may be given a place before any of the children who qualify under priority 2 and 3. This will only be allowed if parents/carers can provide medical evidence that attending that particular school is essential to the medical wellbeing of their child. We reserve the right to check the relevance of the medical condition.