School catchment areas

All types of school - community, voluntary controlled, foundation and trust schools, as well as some voluntary aided schools - are surrounded by a defined geographical area known as their catchment area. Your catchment school is not necessarily your nearest school. 

Living in a catchment area may give pupils a higher priority for admission to a school over other pupils who live outside the catchment area. However, not all schools consider living within the catchment area as a priority within their oversubscription criteria. There is no guarantee of a place for pupils resident within a catchment area or for pupils who subsequently move at a later date. You should check individual school oversubscription criteria for further information.

Catchment areas for church schools are generally based on parish boundaries and often cover a wide area. Sometimes, they 'overlap' catchment areas for other schools; sometimes they have an area which no other school serves.

Catchment areas help schools to identify their communities and give parents an indication of their local school.

Although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information the Council hold on catchment areas, anomalies do exist. You are advised to discuss your full details with a member of the school admissions team before carrying out any action as a result of search findings.

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