Bourne Primary School


Admissions – Reception to Year 6

To apply for a place at Bourne School you must contact East Sussex County Council. The council handles all admissions and will be able to give you information on the cut off dates for applications.


National Curriculum Year

Key Stage




Early Years Foundation Stage




Year 1

Key Stage 1


Year 2


Year 3

Key Stage 2


Year 4


Year 5


Year 6

Click here for more information on East Sussex County Council school admissions

Even if your child attends Bourne School Nursery or you have another child in the school you must still apply to East Sussex for a place in Reception. Please also remember that a place at Bourne Nursery is no guarantee of a place in the main school.

The main point of entry to the school is in Reception. Legally a child must be attending school the term after their fifth birthday.

The school place will be allocated based on the address at which your child spends the majority of weekday nights – so this is the address that you should use on your application.

We can't hold back places at any schools for children moving into the area after the closing date. If you move within or into East Sussex after the closing date, you can still state your preferences but if your preferred school is full, your child will be allocated a place at the nearest school with vacancies.

We will only use a new address for the purpose of allocating a school place when contracts have been exchanged or when a tenancy agreement (usually of 12 months) has been signed. Without this evidence, we will process your application based on your existing address.

We may also ask for additional evidence to confirm a move has taken place. This may include getting you to provide a copy of a council tax or utility bill for your new address or evidence that you will not be returning to your previous address.

If you give two addresses, we will decide which address should be used as the main residence for the purpose of processing your application as we only accept one current address. We may ask for evidence to confirm the address given.


Admission Criteria for Bourne County Primary School


If there are more applications than the number of places available, places will be offered according to the following order of priority:

  • Children who are ‘looked after’ and children who were adopted (or subject to residence orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been ‘looked after’. A child looked after is a child in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by that authority in accordance with Section 22 of the Children Act 1989. An adopted child is defined by section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002. A residence order is defined by section 8 of the Children Act 1989. A special guardianship order is defined by section 14A of the Children Act 1989.
  • Other children whom the Director of Children’s Services accepts have an exceptional medical, social or other need that the school is particularly able to meet. Applications in this category will be considered only if they are supported by an attached written statement from a doctor, social worker or other appropriate professional. Parents must demonstrate that there is a very specific connection between the child’s need and the particular school. Difficulties with child care arrangements because of work or other commitments would not be grounds for priority under this category. Information not provided at the time the application is submitted may not be considered at a later date.
  • Children who, at the time of admission, have a sibling (brother or sister) living at the same address who already attends the school, or the linked school in the case of separate infant and junior schools. Siblings would include half, step, adoptive and foster siblings provided they also live at the same address as the applicant.
  • Children living within the individual school’s defined area, with priority given to those who live closest to the school when measuring distance in a straight line.

Unless otherwise stated distances are measured from the address point for the child’s home, supplied by the Post Office, to the school’s main gate. The distance between these points is calculated using the Council’s computerised geographical information system.

Tie Breaker – distance will be used as a tie-breaker within each category.

Final Tie Breaker – applicants from the same block of flats, or applicants who live the same distance from the school will be selected in random order and places will be offered accordingly.

Applications made on behalf of twins or triplets – if only one place is available at the school and the next child who qualifies for a place is one of multiple birth siblings, we will ask community schools to go over their published admission number to support the family. These children will be deemed as ‘excepted’ pupils under infant class size legislation.