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School admission guides

The below guides have been produced to assist you with the school admissions process. They are all available to read as PDFs. If you would like the information in an alternative format, please get in touch with:

Co-ordinated admission scheme for the 2024-2025 academic year

The local authority also has a statutory duty to formulate a scheme to co-ordinate admission arrangements for all publicly-funded schools within their area for phase transfer, for example, moving from primary to secondary school.

We are required to consult with other local authorities and admission authorities where a change is proposed to the existing scheme.

There are no changes to the co-ordinated admission scheme for the 2024-2025 academic year.  The Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme for RBWM (PDF) outlines the scheme for the 2024/25 academic year. 

School admission arrangements for the 2024-2025 academic year

Each year we review the admission arrangements for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead community and voluntary controlled schools. These arrangements set out how places are offered at our schools and include the over-subscription criteria.

When there are changes proposed to the admission arrangements we must consult to ensure all views are heard. There are no proposed changes for September 2024-2025 for community and voluntary controlled schools. The Determined Admissions Arrangements 2024/25 (PDF) outlines the latest determined arrangements.

What is an Own Admitting Authority (OAA), and how do their arrangements differ?

An OAA is a school that has permission to set their own admissions arrangements. Some schools follow the same arrangements as community or local authority schools. Some schools, such as free schools, are required to include certain criteria into their admissions arrangements due to their funding agreements.

All academies, free schools and voluntary aided schools in the borough are their own admitting authority and determine their own admission arrangements. Their arrangements can be found on their individual webpages, and we strongly recommend parents look at these before applying for a specific school. 

What schools are currently in consultation to change their admission arrangements?

There are no schools in consultation to change their admissions arrangements at this time. 

How can I object to a school’s admission arrangements? 

Any objections to the admission arrangements determined by the local authority or other admission authorities must be referred to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator