Admissions Policy

Map of catchment area

Admissions Policy 2025-26


The school has an agreed admission number of 225 pupils for entry into year 7 September 2025. 

All September 2025 applications for year 7 must be made in accordance with the co-ordinated admission scheme operated by the child’s home local authority. The deadline for these applications is 31 October 2024. Details on how to apply can be found on the Essex County Council website.

All mid-term applications should be made directly to William de Ferrers School. The application form can be found by visiting the Essex County Council website.

Determined admissions criteria for year 7 September 2025

The school will accordingly admit up to 225 pupils in the relevant year group if sufficient applications are received. All applicants will be admitted if fewer than 225 apply.

If the school is oversubscribed (after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan where the school is named in the plan) priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in order: 

1: A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after 

A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption,child arrangements, or special guardianship order including those who appear (to the admission authority) to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted. A looked after child 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).

2: Students attending the following primary schools:

  • Cold Norton Primary School

  • Collingwood Primary School

  • Elmwood Primary School

  • St Joseph’s R.C. Primary School

  • St Mary’s C. of E. Primary School Woodham Ferrers

  • Trinity St. Mary’s C. of E. Primary School

  • Woodville Primary School

At the time of the closing date for applications for a September intake.


Children with a sibling already attending the William de Ferrers School at the time of the application and in any year group excluding the final year (year 13). A sibling is determined as a brother, sister, adopted brother or sister or step brother or step sister living in the same family unit in the same family household. Biological siblings will be treated as siblings irrespective of place of residence.  Children residing in the same household as part of an extended family, such as cousins, will not be treated as siblings.

4: Children living in the priority admission area

Please see the map which details our priority admission area

5: Children of William de Ferrers School staff

To children of staff in both of the following circumstances:

a) where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, and/or

b) the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

6: Any remaining applications

Other children by distance from the school, with priority for admission given to children who live nearest to the school as measured using Ordnance Survey data to plot an address in this system. Distances are measured as the crow flies from the main entrance of the school to the main entrance of the child's home as specified by the local authority’s Geographic Information System.

For further clarification please refer to Secondary Education in Essex booklet produced by Essex County Council under ‘Essential Information for Parents’.

Children with a statement of special educational needs are required to be admitted if the school is named subject to relevant legislation set out in Schedule 27, paragraph 3 of the Education Act 1996.

The admission procedure is administered by Planning and Admissions, Essex County Council; whose service the school buys into on an annual basis.

Waiting list

The Local Authority will maintain a waiting list for the year 7 intake until the end of August 2025. This list is then maintained by the school through to the end of year 11 and is updated regularly.

Right to appeal

For applicants not awarded a place as a result of the above they may appeal to an independent statutory appeals panel established under the current regulations especially for this purpose.