No one has the right to choose the school their child will go to - parents have the right to express preferences. Most schools receive more applications than places available. All of the applications are put in priority order, according to the oversubscription criteria and places are offered in this order.
You should look at the oversubscription criteria for your preferred schools and work out which priority would be given to your application. These definitions may help you to understand the oversubscription criteria. You can check your distance using online maps.
Compare your priority and distance with how places have been offered in previous years - this will give you an indication of how successful your application might be.
If you live in Solihull we strongly recommend that you include your catchment-area school, even if it is your lowest preference - if you don’t the school is likely to be full with applicants who have applied. If you do not qualify for a place at any of your preferred schools you will be offered a place at the nearest school with a vacancy after all the offers are made.
Rank the schools in preference order, putting your favourite school first.
Making a realistic application example
This is an example and does not imply the outcome of an application.
Imagine you are applying for School A - find out your priority by checking your circumstances against the oversubscription criteria like this:
|1(a) Looked after children or adopted children who were looked after ||Is your child in foster care or adopted after being in foster care? ||No |
|1(b) Children with exceptional social or medical reasons ||Does your child have exceptional social or medical reasons? ||No |
|2 Children living in the catchment area for School A ||You can check this using online maps ||No |
|3 Children with an older brother or sister at the school ||Will an older brother or sister be attending School A next September? ||No |
|4 Children of staff (this does not apply to all schools) ||Are you a member of school staff at School A? ||No |
|5 Living outside the catchment area ||How far do you live from School A? ||1.6 miles |
Your application has priority 5 and you live 1.6 miles from the school. The last person offered a place at School A for last September was priority 5 - 1.194 miles. This means that your child would not have been offered a place because you live too far away. However, this is only a guide and does not mean your application would be unsuccessful every year. The number of places available in priority 5 will vary depending on how many applications are made and how many children live in the catchment area.
The distance of the last person offered a place will also vary, for example, it will not always be 1.194 miles for School A. You can still apply for this school and if it is the school you want the most you should put it first on your application, but you should include other schools on your application where you may have a better chance of being offered a place.
Find out your priority and distance for all of your preferences. If you have a higher priority or the same priority and live closer to the school you have a good chance of being offered a place. If you have the same priority and live further away your chance of being offered a place is not good. You can find out how places have been offered in previous years by looking at the details for each school.
If the school you want to apply for is a Catholic school it is likely that they will give priority to children who are baptised Catholic and/or those who live in the parish. Solihull Catholic schools require you to fill in a supplementary information form as well as include the school name on your application.