Admissions for September 2013
You can view the level of over or under subscription (PDF 1.5MB) (first preferences) based on initial allocation
The data contained in the spreadsheet showing the number of first preferences received for Central Bedfordshire schools for September 2012 in the initial allocation are shown as the number of applications received and as a percentage of the schools published admission number (PAN).
The information below may assist you when viewing the data for these schools.
If a school is oversubscribed (more applications received than places available) does this indicate the school is popular?
There are many factors that affect whether a school will be over or undersubscribed. A higher than average catchment intake can increase the number of applications resulting in oversubscription at a school that may have been undersubscribed the previous year. Some parents may prefer a faith based education for their child and therefore state a preference for a school for this reason. Faith schools may also be oversubscribed because there are fewer faith schools than non-faith schools.
If a school is undersubscribed (applications received below the schools published admission number) does this mean the school not performing as well as it should?
No there are many reasons that affect parental preference, including parental perception of a school, which may change. What may appear to be an unpopular school now may change in future years.
Could under subscription mean the school is unpopular?
Not necessarily - the area served by the school could have a smaller cohort of children compared to previous years because the birth rate in the area has dropped. Similarly the school could be in an area where there is modest migration and the children in the village could already be attending the school or have moved onto the middle or upper school and no ‘new’ families with young children have moved in to the area.
What factors can affect the number of applications received by a school?
A parent may apply for a place at a school where they are not living in the catchment area but already have an older sibling at the school. Or they may state a preference for a school based on their child care arrangements – such as the wrap around care available at the school or if grandparents who assist with child care live in the area.
Where lots of applications have been received for a school could this be because of housing development?
Yes it could be, in an area of growth, where a significant number of homes are being built, often families with school age children are likely to move to the area. The Local Authority will look at providing extra places where the development requires them or indeed where a new school is needed, but this can take some time to be implemented and often requires other local schools to work with the Council to manage the growth in pupil numbers in the interim by increasing their intake above the usual admissions number.