Admissions and Transport Policies
The Isle of Wight School Admissions Policy is set in accordance with the School Admissions Code of practice published by the Department for Education. The Isle of Wight Council is the Admissions Authority for all Community and Voluntary Controlled schools on the Island. Voluntary Aided and Foundation and Trust schools are responsible for their own admissions arrangements, as are Academies. The Admissions Code of Practice also requires local authorities to formulate a scheme for co-ordinating admission arrangements for all maintained schools in their area.
The Code of Practice requires local authorities to consult each year on the admission arrangements for those schools for which they are responsible unless their admission arrangements were consulted on in one or both of the two previous years and they are the same as the arrangements consulted on previously. The Admissions Policies for Local and Community Schools published on this website have been consulted on during 2018 - 19 for September 2020 intake. The Admissions Policies for all maintained, aided, foundation, trust schools and academies on the Island can be accessed below, or by contacting the School Admissions office.
If you are moving from overseas please read the government guidance on applications for overseas children.
Home to School Transport
There are no priority/catchment areas for primary and secondary schools on the Island, parents/guardians are encouraged to apply for the school nearest to their home address. If you would like to search for the primary and/or secondary school nearest to your home address, please view the online map.
For admissions purposes, a pupils nearest school is calculated by direct distance, which is a straight line from the centre of the home address to the centre of the school using the local authority’s geographical information system (GIS). Home to School Transport is assessed on whether they are attending their nearest school (direct distance or walking route) and whether the shortest walking route is over the qualifying distance. For further information on qualifying distances please refer to the Home to School Transport Policy.
Policies for In Year Admission to Isle of Wight Schools
The Isle of Wight operates a two tier system of schools which comprises primary schools with an age range of 4 to 11 years and secondary schools with an age range of 11-19. The majority of schools are either primary or secondary, there is one school that is an all-through school for ages 4 - 16. The admissions policies for these schools can be found through the links below:
In Year Admissions Policies for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools
Policies for Admission to Isle of Wight Schools September 2020 – 2021
Admissions Policies for Voluntary Aided, Foundation and Trust Schools and Academies 2020 – 2021
All Through School Years 0 - 11:
Policies for Admission to Isle of Wight Schools September 2021 – 2022
Admissions Policies for Voluntary Aided, Foundation and Trust Schools and Academies 2021 – 2022
All Through School Years 0 - 11:
Additional Reports and Policies
A new education inspection framework (EIF) was implemented by Ofsted from September 2019. View additional information on the new education inspection framework (EIF).