Help and advice on applying for a school place

Intake Number of preferences Hints, tips and recommendations
Nursery 4
  • Include your catchment-area school even if it is your lowest preference
  • There is no guarantee your child will get a place in reception in the same school
  • Read our booklet for more information
Reception 4
  • Include your catchment-area school even if it is your lowest preference
  • Children attending the nursery do not usually get a higher priority for a place
  • If you are not offered a place at one of your preferred schools you will be offered a place at the nearest school with a vacancy after all the offers are made
  • Read our booklet for more information
Junior 3
Secondary 5
14-19 Education 4

Most schools receive more applications than places available. All of the applications are put in priority order, according to the admission criteria. You can find out the admission criteria for each school (link to schools page).

Find out if your preference for a school is realistic by working out your priority and comparing with how places have been offered in previous years.

Follow this example. Imagine you are applying for School A:

Priority 1

a) Looked after children or adopted children who were looked after

(b) Children with exceptional social or medical reasons

Is your child in foster care or adopted?



Does your child have exceptional social or medical reasons

No
Priority 2 Children living in the catchment area for School A You can check this using our Online Maps service No
Priority 3 Children with an older brother or sister at the school Will an older brother or sister be attending School A next September? No
Priority 4 Children of staff
This does not apply to all schools
Are you a member of school staff at School A? No
Priority 5 Living outside the catchment area How far do you live from School A? You can check this using our Online Maps service 1.6 miles

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.

This means that 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 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.

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