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 2016, 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:
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.