Admissions

Admissions Criteria 2017/18
 
When applying for a place at Alfriston School we use the local authority admissions criteria below to decide how the places are allocated. In general
 
  • If we have places for everyone who has applied, then all children will be allocated a place.
  • If we receive more applications than places available, the admissions criteria below will be used to decide which children will be offered places.
Priority 1: Looked After Children and previously looked after children. Looked after children and children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or subject to residence orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following being looked after.
 
Priority 2: Children who will have a brother or sister at the school at the time of admission and who live at the same address, within the pre-defined community area. Children are ‘siblings’ if they are full, half, adoptive or foster brother or sister living in the same household including siblings attending sixth forms. Each home address in the county falls within a community area although living in our community area does not guarantee a place. Click here for more information about community areas.
 
Priority 3: Children living within a pre-defined community area. Each home address in the county falls within a community area although living in our community areas does not guarantee a place. Click here for more information about community areas.
 
Priority 4: Children who will have a brother or sister at the school at the time of admission who live at the same address, outside our pre-defined community area. Children are ‘siblings’ if they are full, half, adoptive or foster brother or sister living in the same household including siblings attending sixth forms. Each home address in the county falls within a community area although living in our community area does not guarantee a place. Click here for more information about community areas.
 
Priority 5: Other children.
 
Please note:
Children who have a brother or sister who joined the school prior to 1 September 2017 and who is still on roll will be admitted under the previous arrangement which gave priority to brothers and sisters regardless of whether they live in our predefined community area or not.
 
Where a child has been unable to secure a place at a school in his/her community area and has been directed to attend a school outside the community area as an alternative, any applications for younger siblings to attend the school will be treated as if the family were resident in our community area, as long as the sibling will still be attending the school when the younger child starts.
 
Tiebreaker
In the event of oversubscription within any priority, place allocation will be decided by prioritising applications on the basis of home to school distance measured in a straight line. This will be measured from the address point in the school (supplied by Ordnance Survey) to the address point in the family home. Previously, distances were measured by the shortest passable route from home to school. In the event that applicants cannot be prioritised using the tiebreaker above because the distance measurements are the same, the Authority will use random allocation to decide which children will be offered the remaining places. This will be done electronically using the Authority’s admissions software.
 
Criteria Changes from Previous Years
From September 2017, the admissions criteria gives priority to children living in a community area (priority 3) above siblings who live outside of the area served by the school (priority 4). You can still apply for and get schools outside of your community area. However, there is no guarantee that younger children in your family will be able to follow their brother or sister. You will therefore need to consider the possibility that your children may end up at different schools if you send your child to a non-local school.
 
How to Apply - If you live in East Sussex
If you live in East Sussex and would like to apply for a place at Alfriston School you should apply online, please click here to be directed to the East Sussex County Council admissions page.
 
If you want to apply before you move, you are able to do so but you will probably need to give evidence of your move such as a signed tenancy agreement or a copy of exchange of contracts.
 
If your child is starting school for the first time at the age of 4+ applications should be made through East Sussex County Council, please click here to be directed to their admissions page.
 
How to Apply - If you live outside of East Sussex
If you live outside East Sussex and would like to apply for an in-year admission at Alfriston School you should apply through East Sussex County Council, please click here to be directed to the admissions page.
 
If your child is starting school for the first time at the age of 4+ and you are interested in them attending Alfriston School, you must apply through your ‘home’ local authority. Your local authority will then pass us details of your application for us to consider. They will be responsible for letting you know the outcome of your application.