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Putteridge Primary School

Putteridge Primary School

School Admission Arrangements

If you are considering sending your child to Putteridge Primary School, we will be very pleased to arrange for you to visit the school, see the children working in their classrooms and have an opportunity to meet the Headteacher. 

Admission to County and Voluntary Controlled Schools are determined on the basis of a catchment area. All parents of pupils will need to apply for a place by completing the admission forms available when you register your child.   All parents must now request admission to school for their children even if their preferred school is the catchment area school.

Parents will need to apply to the Local Education Authority for their child’s statutory place by completing a ‘Going to School at Five’ application.

Admissions Criteria 2017

The number of places in each year group in the school is limited to 90.  If the number of places in a particular year group is not sufficient to meet the request of parents, then the following criteria will be applied in rank order shown to determine how the places will allocated to both the Early Years Unit and for Statutory School places.

In accordance with the Education Act 1996, children with a Statement of SEN or EHC Plan are required to be admitted to the school named in the Statement/Plan.  Thereafter, the following priorities will apply:

  1. A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements, or special guardianship order[1].  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 (section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).
  2. Brothers and sisters of pupils attending the school or the linked junior school when the pupil starts at the school.
  3. Pupils living in the catchment area of the school.
  4. On medical grounds supported by medical evidence.
  5. Children of staff who work at the School.
  6. On the shortest distance, measured in a straight line, between the main entrance[2] of the school site and the pupil’s home address[3], with those living closer to the school being accorded higher priority.

The admissions criteria will be applied separately and sequentially until all places are filled.  Priority is not given within each criterion to children who meet other criteria.  If the Council is unable to agree a place for all applicants meeting a specific criterion, the distance criterion (priority 6) will be used as a tiebreaker.

For infant/primary school admissions where one twin/child of multiple birth qualifies for a place and the other sibling(s) do not qualify for a place, both twins/multiple birth children will be promoted to the sibling criterion.  This approach will also apply to siblings in the same year group who live together at the same address.

In the event of (a) two or more children living at the same address point (e.g. children resident in a block of flats) or (b) two addresses measuring the same distance from the school, the ultimate tie-breaker will be random selection, witnessed by a Council officer, independent of the Admissions Team.


[1] An adoption order is an order under the Adoption Act 1976 (see section 12 adoption orders) and children who were adopted under the Adoption and Children’s Act 2002 (see section 46 adoption orders).  A ‘child arrangements order’ is an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live under Section 8 of the Children Act 1989 as amended by s.14 of the Children and Families Act 2014.  Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians).

[2] The main entrance of the School means the door used to access the School’s main reception.  Please note that this measuring point for Tennyson Road Primary School is the mid-point (straight line distance) between both of its sites.

[3] The home address is measured from a point at the address identified in the Local Land and Property Gazetteer.