Shropshire Council

Admissions arrangements and criteria

There is currently a live consultation on the admission arrangements for 2022/23 which will end on 25 January 2021

Admissions arrangements

Shropshire Council sets 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.

For 2021-22 the only change proposed to Shropshire Council admission arrangements for 2021/22 was the reduction of the published admission number for St. Lawrence’s CE Primary School in Church Stretton from 36 to 34. Consultation took place from Wednesday 11 December 2019 for a period exceeding six weeks until Friday 24 January 2020. The admission arrangements were then determined by cabinet on 12 February 2020.

Following determination of these arrangements, objections can be made to the schools adjudicator before 15 May 2020.

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

Secondary schools in north and south Shropshire use a criteria which refers 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.

Use the links at the bottom of the page to view the admissions arrangements by year.

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, the school is said to be oversubscribed. When this happens, places have to be allocated in strict order of priority, according to the oversubscription criteria.

Children with a statement of special educational needs or EHC plan 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.

View the oversubscription criteria for Shropshire Council community and controlled schools by clicking on the relevant links at the bottom of the page.

Own authority schools admissions criteria are detailed in the individual policies, set by the school. This information is available in the admission arrangements policies for the individual own authority schools, available in the table and links below.

Admission arrangements

Shropshire Council schools

2019 / 20 2020 / 21 2021 / 22

Own-authority schools

2019 / 20 2020 / 21 2021 / 22