Each school has a set of rules, called over-subscription criteria or admissions criteria. If a school is over-subscribed it will use these rules when allocating places.
The over-subscription criteria we set are the criteria that apply to the majority of community and voluntary controlled schools in the county. There are some exceptions to these criteria which are in the Information for parents booklets.
The booklets below set out the admissions process and criteria for the 2016/17 school year.
- Information for parents: Starting at school or transferring from infant school to junior school 2016/17 - Northern area (PDF, 1.4MB)
- Information for parents: Starting at school or transferring from infant school to junior school 2016/17 - Southern area (PDF, 2.2MB)
The criteria for 2016/17 were the subject of consultation between 24 November 2014 and 26 January 2015. The final report by the Executive Director Care, Wellbeing and Education and Strategic Commissioner for Learning for the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, published March 2015, is below.
Academies and church aided, foundation and free schools
Academies and church aided, foundation and free schools are their own admissions authority, so have their own set of criteria. Admission policies for these schools can be found on their websites.
Their admission arrangements, which include oversubscription policies and, where applicable, supplementary information form and a priest or church form, are available below.
- School admissions arrangements for academies and church aided, foundation and free schools - Adur, Arun, Chichester and Worthing areas
- School admissions arrangements for academies and church aided, foundation and free schools - Crawley, Horsham and Mid-Sussex areas
You must complete an online application naming the school as well as the school’s own form or your application cannot be considered.