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What does the official Suffolk County Council document say?

Below is a direct excerpt from the Suffolk County Council – Directory of Schools in Suffolk, which reinforces the information above.

‘If a school receives more applications than it has places available (‘oversubscribed’) then the school’s published oversubscription criteria are used to decide which applicants will be offered a place. We will offer your child a place at the highest ranked school where possible.

Where there are more applications than places available we will rank your application using Suffolk County Council’s admissions oversubscription criteria below.


Children who have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan which names the school must by law be offered a place at that school.


  1. Children in care (looked after children) and children who were previously in care (children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order, immediately following having been in care, including those who appear [to the admission authority] to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted).


  1. Sibling: where the child has a sibling in the school or a sibling has already been offered a place at the school, and where the sibling will still be attending the school at the time of admission but not in a specialist unit or a specialist resource base for Hearing Impaired provision, a nursery or in the sixth form. Priority will begiven, where necessary, to applications where there is the smallest age gap.


  1. Children who are ordinarily resident in the catchment area who live nearest to the school. We will measure the distance by a straight line (‘as the crow flies’). All straight line distances are calculated electronically by Suffolk County Council using data provided jointly by the Post Office and Ordnance Survey. The data plots the co-ordinates of each property and provides the address-point between which the straight line distance is measured and reported to three decimal places. Where there is more than one home within a single building (for example apartments) we will measure to a single point within that building irrespective of where those homes are located.


  1. Children who live outside the school’s catchment area who live nearest to the school. We will measure the distance by a straight line (‘as the crow flies’) as set out in criterion 3. above.’


Where can I view the official Suffolk County Council document?

Click here to view the PDF: ‘Suffolk County Council Directory of Schools in Suffolk’.
Click here to view the PDF: ‘Admissions to Schools in Suffolk’.
Click here to view the PDF: ‘Changes to School Transport ‘
Click here to view the Common Admissions Form (CAF1)

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