Admission Arrangements

The majority of our pupils join us in Reception, although we frequently receive applications for children wishing to join other year groups and are happy to accommodate them, spaces permitting.

Request more information

The first port of call is usually to request a School prospectus which will give you a good overview of our School.  A copy can obtained via the School Office, either by phone 01726 870402 or by email

School Tours

The school always welcomes parents, and prospective pupils to come and have a look around the school. Please contact Mrs Sandy our School Secretary, to arrange an appointment on 01726 870402 or email

It is the policy of Cornwall Council that admissions to schools during the academic year go through themselves. Please follow the link below to Cornwall Council website to view the latest admission guidance

Applying for a place

Polruan Academy Admission Arrangements for 2017 / 18

The school is part of the Bridge Multi-Academy Trust who are the Admissions Authority for the school. The Trust participates fully in Cornwall Council’s Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme for starting school and applying for a place during the school year.

Applying for a place

If you are applying for a place in Reception Class commencing September 2018 and live in Cornwall you should complete Cornwall Council’s Common Application Form, available electronically at or in paper form in their reception class prospectus.

Completed forms should be returned to Cornwall Council by the date required on the form. Applicants from outside Cornwall should complete the form provided by their own council.

How places are allocated

If you apply for a place in the school and the number of applications is not greater than the published admissions number then you will be automatically offered a place. However if this number is exceeded, then after the admission of pupils where the school is named in their Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care Plan then the criteria below will be applied in the following order of priority:

Oversubscription criteria:

1. Children in care and children who were previously in care but immediately after being in care became subject to an Adoption, Child Arrangement, or Special Guardianship Order.

2. Children who live in the designated area of the school, or whose parents/carers can provide evidence that they will be living in the designated area of the school by the beginning of the autumn term of the 2017/18 school year.

If there are more designated area children wanting places at a school than there are places available, the following criteria 3 to 5 will be used to decide which of these children should have priority for admission.  If there are still places available after all the designated area children have been allocated places, criteria 3 to 5 will be used to decide which of the remaining children should have priority for any spare places.

3. Children with an unequivocal professional recommendation from, for example, a doctor, school medical officer or educational psychologist, that non-placement at the preferred school would not be in the best interest of the child and that placement at the preferred school is essential. Such recommendations must be made in writing to the Cornwall Council School Admissions Team and must give full supporting reasons.

4. Children with siblings who will still be attending the school at the time of their admission.

5. All other children.


If these criteria leave more children with an equal claim than places available, the following tie-breakers will be used:

(a) Distance

Where two or more children fulfil the same criterion, priority will be given to the child who lives nearer to the school.

(b) Random allocation

Should this leave children with an equal claim because distances are exactly the same, random allocation will be used to decide on priority.

Notes and definitions

1.Children in care and children who were in care

A ‘child in care’ is also referred to as a ‘looked after child’ and 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).

A ‘child arrangement 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).

For further information see the full Admissions Code


‘Siblings’ means brothers and sisters. They are defined as children with at least one natural or adoptive parent in common, living at the same or a different address. Children living permanently in the same household at the same address would also be counted as siblings, regardless of their actual relationships to each other.

To qualify as a sibling a child must be on the roll of the school in question at the date of application, allocation and admission.

1.Multiple birth siblings

Where applications are received on behalf of twins, triplets, etc. or brothers and sisters whose dates of birth place them in the same chronological year group, every effort will be made to offer multiple places at the school, but an offer cannot be guaranteed.

Designated area (‘catchment’ area)

A map of the catchment area is available on the council’s website.


Home to school distances used for tie-breaking will be measured by a straight-line measurement as determined by Cornwall Council’s nominated Geographical Information System (currently DataMap). Measurements will be between your home address using Ordnance Survey’s Address Point dataset (usually the centre of the main building of the property) and the main gate of the school (as determined by Cornwall Council).

1.Home address

Each child may have one registered address only for the purposes of determining priority for admission. This should be the place where the child is normally resident. If there is shared residence of the child or a query is raised regarding the validity of an address, it may be necessary to use the address of the person receiving child benefit for the child. If this is inconclusive, the registered address would be considered to be the address at which the child spends the majority of days during the school week.

The final decision with regard to establishing the home address will rest with the Trust.

Late Applications

Late applications will be processed at a later stage so it is possible that all places will have been filled. For further information please see the council’s website.

Waiting Lists

If you are unsuccessful in obtaining a place at the school you can request to be placed on a waiting list – which is regularly monitored by the school and maintained for 12 months. Please be aware that the length of time you have been on a waiting list does not confer any additional priority – if a place becomes available and there are two or more children on the waiting list then the over-subscription criteria explained above will be applied.

In-Year Admissions

Applications for In-Year admissions are made in the same way as those made during the normal admissions round. If a place is available and there is no waiting list your child will be offered a place. If there are no places available then you can choose to be put on a waiting list.

Deferred entry

Places in reception will be allocated as full time from September.  However, parents/carers are able to request that the date their child is admitted to school is deferred until later in the academic year or until the term in which the child reaches compulsory school age or request

that their child takes up the place part-time until they are of compulsory school age.  Parents/carers should direct any request to the Headteacher.

Admission of children outside their normal age group

Although most children will be admitted to the school with their own age group, from time to time parents seek places outside their normal age group. For example, if the child is gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health. Those wishing to request placement outside the normal age group should contact the Headteacher.  Such requests will be considered on a case by case basis and in the best interests of the child concerned.  Guidance can also be found at

While it would not normally be appropriate for a child to be placed in a year group that is not concurrent with their chronological age, the school will consider these requests carefully, and will make a decision based on the particular circumstances of each case.


Applicants refused a place at the school have the right of appeal. Appeals are heard by an independent appeals panel [arranged by Cornwall Council on behalf of the Trust]. Applicants can only appeal again for a place in the same school within the same academic year if the Trust has accepted a further application because there has been a significant and material change in the circumstances of the parent or carer, child or school (e.g. a change of address into a school’s designated area), but has determined that the new application must also be refused.

Please be aware that the circumstances in which an appeal might be successful are fairly limited. The school’s Local Governing Body recommends that any parent considering an appeal arranges an informal discussion with the Headteacher before proceeding.


View the following documents within your web browser or download to read later

Polruan Access Plan 2016-17.pdf
Polruan Access Plan 2016-17.pdf
Polruan Admission Arrangements 2019.20.pdf
Polruan Admission Arrangements 2019.20.pdf




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