School Admissions Policies

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead is now delivering its school admissions service through Achieving for Children, a community interest company set up in partnership with the Royal Borough of Kingston and the London Borough of Richmond.

The Admissions Team operates a call back service only. Priority will be given to calls where the information is not available on the website or in the relevant guides.

School Admission Arrangements 2023-2024

Each year we review the admission arrangements for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead community and voluntary controlled schools. These arrangements set out how places are offered at our schools and include the over-subscription criteria.

When there are changes proposed to the admission arrangements we must consult to ensure all views are heard. 

Removal of Denominational Criterion for all Voluntary Controlled Schools

The local authority, in consultation with the Head Teachers and Governors of The Royal Borough Voluntary Controlled Schools, consulted on removing rule 8 of the admissions arrangements which gives priority to parents who choose a voluntary controlled school on denominational grounds. During the pandemic, interpreting this rule has become more difficult. The Local Authority caught up with the Oxford Diocese who informed us that it is their policy that no Church of England School should have a denominational criterion, therefore, they are in agreement that this change should be made. 

We received some feedback from residents in favour of this change and we did not receive any objections, therefore, this change has been agreed. 

Reduction of Published Admission Number (PAN) at Kings Court First School for all Year Groups

All schools have a PAN that is used to decide how many children can be admitted into a year group. We consulted on a proposed change to the PAN for Kings Court First School. 

The Local Authority, in consultation with the Head Teacher and Governors of Kings Court First School is proposing to reduce the PAN for the school from 45 to 30 from 2023 intake year. This school is currently under-subscribed in all year groups. The reduction in PAN would enable the school to organise its classes and resources more effectively. 

The Office of the Schools Adjudicator has agreed a variation to the determined admission arrangements for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 to allow the PAN to be reduced to Thursday 30 for September 2021 and September 2022 intakes. 

We did not receive any feedback or objections to this change and it has been agreed. 

Change to the Cookham Rise Designated Area

We consulted on the removal of a small area around the Cookham Dean Cricket Club, which is currently in the designated area of both Cookham Rise Primary School and Cookham Dean CE Primary School; only one residential address will be affected by the proposed change. A map of the proposed change to the Cookham Rise designated area can be found here - Change to the Cookham Rise Designated Area

We did not receive any feedback or objections to this change and it has been agreed. 

The Consultation Process

The consultation has now closed and the determined arrangements can be found here - Determined Admission Arrangements 2023/24

The admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools for previous academic years are linked at the bottom of this page in the 'Download Documents' Section.

Other Admission Authorities

Academies, Voluntary Aided and Free Schools

Academies, free schools and voluntary aided schools in the borough are their own admitting authority and determine their own admission arrangements. Their arrangements can be found by clicking on the school names below.

The following school has recently converted to Academy status but is still following the Local Authority's admissions arrangements detailed above: 

  • Oakfield First School

Primary age schools

Bisham CofE Academy

Braywick Court Free School

Burchetts Green CE Infant School

Cheapside CE Primary School

Clewer Green CE First School

Cookham Dean CE Primary School

Datchet St. Mary's CE Primary School

Dedworth Green First School

Eton Porny C of E First School

Holy Trinity CE Primary School (Sunningdale)

Holyport CE Primary School

Knowl Hill CE Primary School

Lowbrook Academy

Oakfield First School - Currently following Admission Arrangements for RBWM Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools

The Royal School

St. Edmund Campion Catholic Primary School

St. Edward's First School

St. Francis Catholic Primary School

St. Luke's CE Primary School

St. Mary's Catholic Primary School

St. Michael's CE Primary School

Trinity St. Stephen's First School

White Waltham CE Academy

Secondary age schools

Altwood CE Secondary School

Charters School

Churchmead School

Dedworth Middle School

Desborough College

Furze Platt Senior School

Holyport College

Newlands Girls' School

St. Edward's Royal Free Middle School

St. Peter's CE Middle School

The Windsor Boys' School

Trevelyan Middle School

Windsor Girls' School

Any objections to the admission arrangements determined by the local authority or other admission authorities must be referred to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator

Admissions criteria

Each school has a published admission number for each year group and this is the maximum number of children that can be admitted. If there are more children who want a place than there are places available, the school is said to be oversubscribed. When this happens, we use the published admission criteria, also known as a set of admissions rules, to prioritise who the places should be offered to.

Children with an Education Health Care plan naming a particular school must be offered a place at that school.

Co-ordinated admission scheme for academic year 2023-2024

The Local Authority also has a statutory duty to formulate a scheme to coordinate admission arrangements for all publicly-funded schools within their area for phase transfer, for example, moving from primary to secondary school.

We are required to consult with other local authorities and admission authorities where a change is proposed to the existing scheme. There are no changes to the coordinated admission scheme for 2023-2024 and the determined scheme can be found here - Determined Coordinated Admission Scheme for 2023-2024.

The determined coordinated admissions schemes for previous years can be found in the Document Downloads section at the bottom of this page. 

Document downloads

School admissions : Contact details

For further information, please contact us by:

School Admissions - Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
Town Hall, St Ives Road
Maidenhead SL6 1RF
Telephone: 01628 683870