Admission Arrangements

Determined Admissions criteria for Community and Voluntary Controlled schools

The criteria outlined below apply only to Croydon community and voluntary controlled schools.
Voluntary controlled schools also have their own denominational criteria, and therefore these schools have their own pages in this prospectus setting out their full admissions criteria.

Should any community/controlled school convert to academy status prior to September 2018, their admissions arrangements will apply as published below or otherwise in their funding agreement.

If the number of applications for a community or voluntary controlled school is higher than the number of places available then, after admitting to that school the children with a statement of special educational need that names this school, the following criteria will be applied in the order set out below to decide the allocation of places:

  1. Looked-after children and previously looked-after children.
  2.  Infant to Junior Transfer for children on the roll of a linked infant school: In the case of Beulah Junior, Elmwood Junior and Parish Church CE Junior schools, children who are on the roll of their linked infant school at the time of application, and in the case of Winterbourne Junior Girls, girls who are on the roll of Winterbourne Nursery and Infants at time of application.
  3. Siblings: Children with a brother or sister who will be in attendance at the school or the linked infant/junior school at the time of enrolment of the new pupil.
  4. Medical: Pupils with serious medical reasons for needing to attend this school. For primary age children, their need to attend this school because of a parent’s serious and continuing medical condition may also be relevant. Supporting evidence should be set out on the medical form which is available online at: education/schools-new/school-admissions/how-toapply/school-place-home giving the particular reasons why this school is the most suitable and the difficulties that would be caused if the child had to attend another school. The medical reason must be verified by a GP or consultant, and both the completed medical form and the supporting statement from the GP or consultant must be submitted with the application.
  5. Distance: Priority will be given to pupils living nearest to the school as measured in a straight line.


In the event that the number of applications for places exceeds the number of places available after application of the admissions criteria, distance will be used to decide between applications. Where distance is the same for two or more applications the authority will use random allocation, which will be independently verified.

The local authority uses the equal preference model for deciding which school is offered. This means that all school preferences are considered together and the admissions criteria applied equally. The order of preference will be used only if it is possible to offer more than one of the preferences. The highest preference offer available will be made, except where the authority is unable to offer any of the preferences, in which case, a place at the nearest school with a place available will be offered.

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