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Admission Arrangements for 2019-20

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 2018, you should contact the Admissions and Transfers Team, Shire Hall, Gloucester, GL1 2TP.

Online applications must be made by January 2019. 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.

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.