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What else do I need to consider in completing my application?

Find out which schools serve your area

Some schools serve Areas of Prime Responsibility (APR). Where an APR exists, the area indicates to parents/carers the schools which normally serve the home address. South Gloucestershire Council gives priority to those children who live within the APR of the school, though there is no guarantee that places will be offered to all those living within the APR. Maps showing the location of each school are provided at the end of the Infant, junior and primary schools section along with details of the APR where appropriate. Further details for the schools in South Gloucestershire are also provided in this section. If you are unsure which schools serve your area please telephone South Gloucestershire Council.

We strongly recommend that you indicate a preference for a school that normally serves your home address (your APR school or a local school). This will increase your chances of getting a place at a local school, in the event that your highest ranking preference cannot be met (if, for example, your highest ranking school is over-subscribed from applicants living within that school’s APR or living closer than you and/or any higher priority applications). Please note that not all schools have an APR.

Local sibling links – younger brothers and sisters

Many parents/carers express a preference for younger brothers and sisters to attend the same school. South Gloucestershire’s over-subscription criteria for allocating places to community and voluntary controlled schools gives some priority to local siblings. You should be aware that a local sibling is not the same as a sibling. In South Gloucestershire children are defined as local siblings if:

  • they live within the APR; or,
  • where there is no APR, local siblings will be deemed to be those living up to a maximum of two miles from school by straight line measurement; or,
  • where the distance is over two miles but the school is still the nearest school

AND

  • they are full or half brother or sister; or
  • they are adoptive brother or sister; or
  • they are children of the same household

AND

  • the older sibling is already in attendance at the preferred school and will be in attendance in September 2018 (Statutory school age only)

Please note that the offer of a place at any particular school does not guarantee an offer of a place for a sibling at a later date. Different authorities will vary in the priority that they give to siblings. You will need to consult the relevant admission authority for further advice.

You should note that your child will not be considered under the local sibling criterion if you do not meet the sub-criteria above. It is therefore important that you state a preference for your local/nearest school, particularly if you have younger children who you would like to attend the same school in later years.
Some schools receive more applications than there are places. While we will do our best, there is no guarantee that we will be able to offer you a place at your preferred school even if you meet the admission criteria.

Things to consider in advance of a house move

Parents/carers considering a house move in advance of submitting an admission application will very often want to research the local schools that serve their new address. In particular, parents/carers of more than one child may want to reassure themselves that their younger child will have a good chance of obtaining an offer of a school place at the same school as their elder sibling. In these circumstances, parents/carers are advised to consider the following:

  • the schools closest to your new home address/which schools serve your new local area
  • the admission arrangements for your preferred school(s) for the relevant year of admission
  • the consequences of moving house on the outcome of your admission application for younger children
  • the distance from your new home to your preferred school(s) and how you will get your child to school

Please be aware that sometimes a house move can mean that families with more than one child no longer qualify for admission to their preferred school(s) under the local sibling criterion. This can cause disappointment for families who want their children to attend the same school. While there can be no guarantee about the outcome of admission applications, parents/carers are advised to read and understand the information contained in this admission booklet.

Please note: all admission authorities are required to publish details of their admission arrangements 18 months in advance of the school year before the arrangements are to apply. For admission in September 2018 this means that parents/carers were able to read and access the arrangements from March 2017 onwards.

Use your child’s permanent home address

You must apply using your child’s permanent home address as at 15 January 2018. The home address is considered to be where the child lives most of the time with his or her parent(s) or carer(s). Further details are provided in the Glossary of terms.

Please note that we cannot accept the address of a business, relative, friend, childminder, a temporary address, or an address of a house you intend to move to.

Consider how you will get your child to school

It is your responsibility as a parent/carer to get your child to school. You must think very carefully about the distance from home to school and about how your child will travel to school. The majority of children are not eligible for free travel assistance to school.

You may wish to contact your local school and ask for details of their school travel plan. The plan identifies various measures the school has put into place to help reduce the number of car journeys made to and from school. Alternative travel options and schemes include: walking buses; road safety workshops; and, cycle training.

Tell us if your circumstances change

If your circumstances change during the application process or if you know in advance that your circumstances are going to change, for example you are planning to move house before your child starts school, it is important that you tell us.

Be honest – we may ask for documentary evidence

Ensure the information you give us is accurate. In fairness to all parents/carers, South Gloucestershire Council reserves the right to require documentary evidence in support of the application and to make its own enquiries. Examples of evidence which may be requested include a birth certificate, a copy of a court order, a solicitor’s letter confirming exchange of contracts (and completion date on a new property), a rental agreement, a letter from an employer, a letter from a bank or building society, a utility bill or evidence of child’s residency. Please be aware that South Gloucestershire Council may withdraw an offer of a place where an application is fraudulent or intentionally misleading.

What if I change my mind before the closing date?

Any change in preference received before the closing date will supersede all previous applications. Previous applications will be withdrawn.

Please remember if you submit your application online and make changes to or view your application you will need to ensure you re-submit your application.

Applications or changes of preference received after the closing date are ‘late applications’ and will not normally be considered for the initial allocation of places.

What happens if my application is late?

If your application is late it will affect your chances of getting a place at one of the schools you have stated as a preference for your child. On time applicants will be allocated a school place before late applicants. In exceptional circumstances, South Gloucestershire Council will consider the reasons why the application is late before deciding whether or not to consider it along with the on time applications. The same over-subscription criteria are applied to late applications but will be considered after the initial allocation of places.