Admissions Arrangements

The Bramcote School is a member of The White Hills Park Federation Trust. The School follows the standard admissions criteria used by Nottinghamshire Schools. This is outlined below and can also be found on the Nottinghamshire County Council website.

Standard admission Criteria for Year 7

Along with most Nottinghamshire community and voluntary controlled schools we use the standard admission oversubscription criteria detailed below.

Special consideration for all year groups

Special consideration may be given to applications that are supported by written evidence from a doctor, social worker or other relevant professional giving reasons why the school is the only school which could cater for the child’s particular needs. This might include medical needs, mobility support needs, special educational needs or other social circumstances. The evidence must be presented at the time of application. The Directors will consider the written evidence provided to decide whether the application may be processed as special circumstances. Admission under special circumstances will have priority over all but the first numbered criterion. Children of nomadic travelers will be allocated a place at their catchment area school.

The White Hills Park Federation Trust have adopted the Local Authorities stance on Fair Access Protocols.

Local Authorities are required to have Fair Access Protocols in order to make sure that unplaced children who live in the home local authority, especially the most vulnerable, are offered a place at a suitable school as quickly as possible. This includes admitting children above the published admissions number to schools that are already full’.

In the event of oversubscription, the following criteria will be applied, in priority order, to decide which applications will be granted once places have been allocated to pupils who have a statement of special educational needs which names the school:

1. Children who are looked after or previously looked after.

2. Children who live in the catchment area and who, at the time of admission, will have a brother or sister attending the school.

3. Other children who live in the catchment area.

4. Children who live outside the catchment area but who are attending a linked primary phase school on the closing date for applications preceding admission to secondary school, and who will have a brother or sister attending the preferred secondary school at the time of admission.

5. Children who live outside the catchment area and who, at the time of admission, will have a brother or sister attending the preferred secondary school.

6. Children who live outside the catchment area but who are attending a linked primary phase school on the closing date for applications preceding admission to secondary school.

7. Other children who live outside the catchment area. Attending school is taken to be on roll at a school for the purposes of admissions.

In the event of oversubscription, within any criterion, preference will be given to children who live nearest to the school as the crow flies. Distances are measured from the entrance to the child’s home to the principal entrance of the main administrative building of the school, using the County Council’s distance measuring software.

How do I appeal?

For the 2017/18 Admissions Round for a school place starting in Year 7 September 2017.

If you wish to appeal against a decision to refuse a place for your child at Alderman White School you can appeal either online or in writing to Nottinghamshire County Council. Information on how to appeal can be found via by calling 0300 500 80 80.

Appeals Timetable
Offer Date - 1st March 2017
Deadline for lodging appeals - 28th March 2017
Deadline for hearing on-time appeals  - 15th June 2017

Note: Appeals lodged after 28th March 2017 will, where possible, be heard by 15th June 2017. Where it is not possible to hear the appeal by 15th June 2017 it will be heard within 30 school days of the date of receipt.

If your application was made after 31st October 2016 (closing date for the receipt of applications for secondary school places) appeals will, where possible, be heard by 15th June 2017. Where it is not possible to hear the appeal by 15th June 2017 it will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

Letters notifying parents of appeal dates and times are sent out in line with statutory guidance. These letters will be sent out at least 10 school days in advance of the hearing (unless you have agreed to a shorter period than this).

If you wish to submit any further information other than that which you included with your appeal form, we ask that this is sent to Nottinghamshire County Council no later than 5 days prior to your hearing. This is to enable the additional information to be circulated to all parties giving the panel and school the opportunity to consider the information in advance of the hearing. Please note that if significant information is received after this deadline your hearing may have to be adjourned to a later date.

Decision letters are sent out within 5 school days of the hearing wherever possible.

In-Year and Transfer Appeals
For other appeals such as transfer and in-year admissions please send a written request to Executive Headteacher, The Bramcote School, Derby Road, Bramcote, Nottingham, NG9 3GD.

Waiting lists

Waiting lists are held where the number of applications received is greater than the number of available places in the intake year group. The order of places on a waiting list is decided by the admission oversubscription criteria for the school. No reference will be made to the date we receive your application or whether you have chosen to appeal. Your position on a waiting list may change. If any late applications have a higher priority within the admission oversubscription criteria, they will be placed higher than those who have been on the list for some time. If your child is offered a place at a higher preferred school, their name will be removed from any waiting lists for lower preferences.

The White Hills Park Federation Trust will notify the LA when to write to offer a place to the applicant at the top of the waiting list if the number of allocated places falls below the published admission number for the school. Children’s names will only be added to a school’s waiting list if they are refused a place.

In-year Admissions

The White Hills Park Federation Trust participates in Nottinghamshire County Council's in-year coordinated scheme.

Home Address
The child’s place of residence is taken to be the parental home, other than in the case of children fostered by a local authority, where either the parental address or the foster parent(s) address may be used. Where a child spends part of the week in different homes, their place of residence will be taken to be their parent or parents’ address. If a child’s parents live at separate addresses, the address where the child permanently spends at least three ‘school’ nights (i.e. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) will be taken to be the place of residence. Addresses of other relatives or friends will not be considered as the place of residence, even if the child stays there for all or part of the week. Evidence that a child’s place of residence is permanent may also be sought.

The evidence should prove that a child lived at the address at the time of the application and will continue to live there after the time of admission.

Informal arrangements between parents will not be taken into consideration. The Directors may also seek proof of residence from the courts regarding parental responsibilities in this matter.

In all cases all those with parental responsibility must be in agreement with the preferences made.

In the event of two distances being equal, lots will be drawn and independently verified.

Looked after children or previously looked after children
The revised School Admissions Code 2012, Section 1, 1.7, has expanded on who should be given priority in admission arrangements with regards to looked after children and children who were previously looked after.

A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order 1. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989)

1. An adoption order is an order under section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002.
A ‘residence order’ is an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live under section 8 of the Children Act 1989. Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians)

Admission authorities must give highest priority to children in care in their admission oversubscription criteria.


  • The mother of the child.
  • An adoptive parent.
  • The father of the child where he was married to the mother either when the child was born or at a later date.
  • The father of the child if (since 1 December 2003) he was registered as the father on the birth certificate.
  • Any other person who has acquired ‘parental responsibility’ through the courts. We may require evidence of this.

Siblings (brothers or sisters)

  • A brother or sister who shares the same parents.
  • A half-brother, half-sister or legally adopted child living at the same address.
  • A child looked after by a local authority placed in a foster family with other school age children.
  • A stepchild or children who are not related but live as a family unit, where parents both live at the same address as the child.

Multiple births
Where one child of a multiple birth can be admitted, the other child/children will also be admitted.

Nomadic Travellers
Highly Mobile Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children and young people who are temporarily resident in Nottinghamshire, for example, staying on a temporary roadside encampment, or in the County as part of a travelling fairground or circus.
The Federation works with the LA for in year applications. Applications should be made through Nottinghamshire County Council.

The PAN for The Bramcote School is 151.