Admission arrangements and criteria

Admission arrangements

Shropshire Council set the admission arrangements for community and controlled schools in Shropshire. These are reviewed every year, and a consultation will take place if changes are proposed. Please refer to the feeder and school type list which shows if the state-funded primary schools are community controlled or academy. It also shows which north and south Shropshire secondary school catchment area the primary school falls within.

Shropshire Council schools

All academies, free schools, aided and foundation schools are admissions authorities and determine their own admission arrangements. 

Admissions criteria

There's a maximum number of children that can be admitted to a school in each year group. If more applications are received than available places, a school is said to be oversubscribed. When this happens, places have to be allocated in strict order of priority, according to the school’s oversubscription criteria.

Children with an education, health and care plan (EHCP) naming a particular school will be offered a place at that school. A set list of priorities for each school group then defines how remaining school places are allocated. 

Shropshire Council schools

Infant, primary and junior admissions criteria for Shropshire Council schools.

Own-authority schools

Admissions criteria for own-authority schools are detailed in the individual policies set by the school, and available on the schools’ own websites. This information is also available in the admission arrangements policies for the individual own authority schools, available in the links below.

Secondary schools in north and south Shropshire use criteria which refer to attending a state-funded primary school that lies within the secondary school's catchment area for more than a whole academic year immediately prior to transfer. Please refer to our list to find out which state-funded primary school is within each secondary school's catchment area.