Starting school in the 2024/25 School Year

Please read the Schools Admission Arrangements for Bath and Wells Multi Academy Schools located in the Bath and North East Somerset Local Authority Area.

The full Trust Board have agreed the following oversubscription criteria:

Priority A – A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements, or special guardianship order. A looked after child is a child who, at the time of application, 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 (section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989 applies).

Priority B – Children who, at the time of application, have a sibling attending Bathford Church School.

Priority C – Children living closest to the school, as measured in a direct line.

Please see Section 1.5 of Schools Admissions Arrangements for definition of Siblings.

Appeals timetable 2024 2025

How to make an application for a child to start school for the first time in the Reception year:

Bathford Church School is part of the Bath and North East Somerset’s (B&NES) Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme. All applications for admission for a Reception place must be submitted to your home Local Authority (LA) by the published closing date (15 January 2024 for 24/25). B&NES will forward all applications for Bathford Church School to the school and the Admission Committee of the Governing Body will rank all applications against the school’s admission criteria should they be oversubscribed. The ranked list will then be returned to the Local Authority under the co-ordinated admissions scheme and they will make a single offer of a place on the published offer date (on 16 April 2024 for 24/25)

Published Admissions Number

Bathford Church School has a Published Admission Number of 30 which means it will admit 30 children into Reception each year.

Special Educational Needs

The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice requires the Admission Authority to admit any children with an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or with a Statement of Special Educational Needs naming Bathford Church School.  Children with an Educational Health and Care Plan will be dealt with through the SEND Code of Practice and their placement is determined through the statutory assessment process or an annual review of their statement. All schools are consulted before being named on a pupil’s Statement or Educational Health and Care and schools have the opportunity to draw attention to any difficulties arising from oversubscribed year groups. If a school is named on a Statement or Educational Health and Care Plan this will take priority over the Admissions Criteria, although, wherever possible the place will be offered within the Admission Number for the school.  Parents/carers who wish to transfer their child from a setting named in the Education Health and Care Plan must seek approval to do so via the Local Authority that issued the plan before applying for an In-Year transfer.


Appeals timetable 2023 2024


BANES 2023-2024 Admissions Arrangements

BANES 2024-2025 Admissions Arrangements

BANES 2025-2026 Admissions Arrangements

To talk to someone at Bath & North East Somerset Admissions and Transport Service about school admissions, contact them on 01225 394312.

Telephone lines are open Monday to Thursday from 8.30am to 5.00pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Facsimile: 01225 394296.  Email: or

Write to us at: School Admissions and Transport Service, PO BOX 25, Riverside, Temple Street, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 IDN.

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