Admissions and Transport Policies
The School Admissions Policy is set under the School Admissions Code of practice. The council is the admissions authority for all Community and Voluntary Controlled schools.
- Voluntary Aided,
- Foundation schools,
- Trust schools,
Are responsible for their own admissions.
The School Admissions Code requires local authorities to plan a scheme. The scheme must co-ordinate admission arrangements for all maintained schools in their area.
When changes are proposed to admissions arrangements, all admissions authorities must consult on their admissions arrangements (including any supplementary information form) that will apply for admissions applications the following school year. Where the admissions arrangements have not changed from the previous year there is no requirement to consult, subject to the requirement that admission authorities must consult on their admissions arrangements at least once every 7 years, even if there have been no changes during that period. The admissions policy for local and community schools was consulted on during 2018/19 academic year, for implementation from September 2020.
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. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to apply for the school nearest to their home address. If you would like to search for the school nearest to you please view the online map.
A pupils nearest school is calculated by direct distance. This is a straight line from the centre of the home address to the centre of the school. This is calculated 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 download or print off the Home to School Transport Policy.
Policies for In Year Admission to Isle of Wight Schools
The admissions policies for these schools can be found through the links below, please download or print of the documents as required. If you are applying to transfer In-Year to Northwood Primary School, Ryde Academy or The Island Free School, please contact the school direct as they administer their own In-Year admissions.
In Year Admissions Policies for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools
Admission to Isle of Wight Schools for 2022 to 2023 Academic Year Intake
Admissions Policies for Voluntary Aided, Foundation and Trust Schools and Academies 2022 to 2023
All Through School Years 0 to 16:
Policies for Admission to Isle of Wight Schools for 2023 to 2024 Academic Year Intake
Admissions Policies for Voluntary Aided, Foundation and Trust Schools and Academies 2023 to 2024
All Through School Years 0 to 11:
Additional Reports and Policies
A new education inspection framework (EIF) was implemented by Ofsted from September 2019. Download or print off the additional information on the new education inspection framework (EIF).