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Admission Arrangements for 2020-21

The School Admissions Code 2012 places a statutory duty on Local Authorities (LA), schools and governing bodies to act in accordance with its provisions. For English Bicknor C of E Primary School, the admissions authority is the LA.

The LA has set our Planned Admission Limit (PAL) of 11 children in each year group.

The Admissions Guidance Booklet, is available online at If you have not received a letter regarding admission to school, by the end of November, you should contact the Admissions and Transfers Team, Shire Hall, Gloucester, GL1 2TP.

Online applications must be made by January. Paper application forms must be returned to the Admissions Team by this date.

Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available in any year group (both in the normal round of admissions and for in-year admissions), the following criteria will be applied, in order of priority, set out below:

  • A 'looked after child' or a child who was previously looked after but who, immediately after being looked after, became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship order3. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).
  • Children who will have siblings attending the school at the time the applicant child is admitted.
  • Children with the strongest geographical claim, measured in a straight line from the ordnance survey address point of the child’s home address (including flats) to the ordnance survey address point of the school, using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system, with those living closer to the school receiving the higher priority.

Where any particular category at points 1-2 above is oversubscribed, criterion 3 (strongest geographical claim based on straight line distance) will be used to determine which child is offered a place.

In the event of a tie between two or more children when applying criterion 3 (strongest geographical claim based on straight line distance) where there are not enough places available to offer all children a place at the school, a process of random allocation will be followed by the Local Authority. This will be in the form of a manual process which is overseen by an independent person from the Legal Services & Monitoring Team. Where twins or children from multiple births are part of a random allocation process they will be considered as one applicant.

Waiting Lists

If the school is oversubscribed during the normal admission round for entry to the school, a waiting list will be held by the LA until the end of the December term.

All waiting lists will be prioritised according to the school’s oversubscription criteria, regardless of the date the application was made, and should any places become available at the school they will be offered to the child at the top of the waiting list.


Where an application for a place is unsuccessful the parent or carer has the legal right to appeal. If your application for a school place is unsuccessful, you will be advised of the appeal process with the outcome of the application.

The School Admissions Appeals Code requires normal admission round appeals to be heard within the following timescales:

  • For applications made in the normal admissions round, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals
  • For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
  • For in year applications, appeals must be heard within 30 days of the appeal being lodged.

Requests for appeals relating to the main entry year of the school should be made to the Democratic Services Unit after Stage 2 of the admissions process detailed in the co-ordinated scheme for Gloucestershire.

Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (GCC School/Academy Admissions booklet)

If you think that your child needs to go to a special school/academy, you are advised to talk to your child’s playgroup, nursery or early years centre in the first instance.

It is important to remember that no places can be guaranteed at schools/academies suggested or recommended as being suitable for your child by staff at your child’s primary school/academy or by other advisers.

If your child has an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) or a Statement of Special Educational Needs there is a different admission procedure for applying for a reception place

At the Annual Review there should be an opportunity to discuss which primary school/academy may be suitable to meet your child’s needs. A copy of the Annual Review will be sent to the County Council’s Special Educational Needs (SEND) Casework Team, who will then contact the school/academy named in the report to request a place for your child.

Applications do not need to be submitted for children with an EHCP as places are automatically allocated in the school that has been named in the child’s EHCP. If an application is made then this will be discarded. If you wish a different school for your child other than the one currently named in your child’s EHCP you will need to contact the GCC SEND Casework Team on 01452 324068.

Children who have additional learning needs or a disability but do not have an EHCP or a Statement of Special Educational Needs, will need to apply for a reception place following the same admissions procedures as all other children.

If you have concerns about the process or the choice of a suitable school/academy, you may find it helpful to discuss this with your child’s pre-school setting or other professionals involved with your child’s education and welfare.  

In Year Application

Should you wish for your child to change school, the 'Gloucestershire In Year Common Application Form' must be completed and submitted, with the relevant documentation, to the school at the following address:
School Admissions English Bicknor C of E Primary School, English Bicknor, Coleford, Glos GL16 7PG.
The Gloucestershire In Year Common Application Form and useful information can be found at the following site: or by telephone 01452 426015

We welcome and encourage potential parents and pupils to visit the school and meet with the staff. Please contact us by telephone 01594 860367 or email to make an appointment.