Admission arrangements

The BSN Schools' admission arrangements will be simple and transparent, prioritising a primary or secondary place for new residents living within the BSN planning area. They will broadly follow HCC's admission rules for co-ordinated admissions. These rules are subject to consultation.

For both primary and secondary schools, and in line with the DfE School Admission Code 2014, all children whose statement of special educational needs or Education, Health and Care plan names the school must be admitted. If the school is undersubscribed all other applicants will be admitted. If oversubscribed the applications will be prioritised in accordance with the following criteria.

Primary school admission oversubscription rules in order of importance:

  1. Children looked after: This also includes children who used to be looked after, but were then adopted (or given a residence order or special guardianship order).
  2. Medical or social need: Medical priority is given to children for whom it can be demonstrated that they have an exceptional illness or disability (for example, restricted mobility) which means that they can only go to one school. Social priority is given to children for whom it can be demonstrated that their education would be seriously affected if they did not go to a particular school.
  3. Siblings: Children who have a sibling on the roll of the school at the time of application i.e. reception through to year 5;
  4. Children of Staff where (a) the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, and/or (b) the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage;
  5. Priority Area: Those children whose families live within Bishop's Stortford North Planning Area
  6. Distance from the school: Children for whom it is their nearest school (including community or voluntary controlled schools or other own admitting schools or academies that use Hertfordshire County Council's admission rules).

Secondary School oversubscription rules in order of importance:

  1. Children looked after: This also includes children who used to be looked after, but were then adopted (or given a residence order or special guardianship order).
  2. Medical or social need: Medical priority is given to children for whom it can be demonstrated that they have an exceptional illness or disability (for example, restricted mobility) which means that they can only go to one school. Social priority is given to children for whom it can be demonstrated that their education would be seriously affected if they did not go to a particular school.
  3. Siblings: Children who have a sibling on the roll of the school at the time of application;
  4. Children of Staff where (a) the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, and/or (b) the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage
  5. Priority Area: Those children whose families live within Bishop's Stortford North Planning Area
  6. Distance from the school: Children for whom it is their nearest school (including community or voluntary controlled schools or other own admitting schools or academies that use Hertfordshire County Council's admission rules).

On the basis that BSET is successful, we are uniquely positioned to provide effective contingency admission arrangements across all our schools so that new residents moving into BSN before the new schools are built will have dual registration at an existing primary or secondary school before moving across to the new schools when complete.