Applying for a Place at The Piggott School
Applications for Year 7
To apply for a place in Year 7 for September 2020, all applications should be made to the Local Authority in which you reside. All applications are forwarded to Wokingham Borough Council and subsequently to The Piggott School for processing.
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To apply for a place outside of the normal year 7 admissions round, applications should be made directly to The Piggott School. Applications for an in-year place should be submitted no earlier than the term before the place is needed. Please complete the below form and return to the school by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications to the sixth form
The Piggott School Admissions Policy 2019-20 (Determined)
The Piggott School Admissions Policy 2020-21(Determined)
The Piggott School Admissions Policy 2021-2022 (Determined)
The Piggott School Admissions Policy 2022-2023 (Determined)
It is a statutory requirement for all state funded schools to consult on their Admissions Arrangements every 7 years. In line with this requirement, The Piggott School last consulted on its Admissions Arrangements for 2021/2022 following a judgement by the Office of the Schools’ Adjudicator.
Date of last consultation period: Friday 20th November 2020 to Monday 4th January 2021
Following a recent judgement by the Office of the Schools’ Adjudicator, The Piggott School was directed to revise its admissions arrangements. This is to ensure children living in the rural north of the designated area are not treated unfairly by not being offered places at The Piggott School on national offer day, and thus facing a longer journey to an alternative school. Therefore, The Piggott School went to consultation on the admissions arrangements for 2021/22 and 2022/2023.
The full report detailing the Official Schools Adjudicator's decision can be found on the gov.uk website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-piggott-school--2
Please find below a summary of the changes to both policies:
- The Published Admission Number (PAN) will be increased from 203 to 206 for 2021, and 2022, entry to Year 7.
- A High Priority Admissions Area (HPAA) will be defined for those who have limited access to alternative schools within the Wokingham borough. The HPAA will include all of the current* Crazies’ Hill Primary School designated area which lies within Wokingham borough.
- A total of 15 places will be reserved for applicants within the HPAA. This is the same number as the current* PAN for Crazies’ Hill Primary School. Historical analysis shows that this is far greater than applications received for places from parents living in Crazies’ Hill’s designated area.
- The criterion for deciding a place for those living within the HPAA will be straight line distance from the school gate, with those living furthest away receiving priority over those living nearest.
*As at 20th November 2020
The following map gives a guide to the designated area of the Piggott that is used in its over subscription criteria:
Piggott Designated Area - Detailed map (for reference only)
Please note that you can check your eligibility on the Wokingham Borough website here to find your catchment schools.
Admissions Criteria - 2020/21
The admissions criteria for The Piggott School are given below in descending order of priority:
In the event of there being a greater demand for admission than there are places available, a child with a statement of special educational need (or Educational Health Care Plan – EHC), which names The Piggott School will always be admitted. Once places have been offered to these children, the following criteria will be applied in the order set out below:
A. All looked after children or children who were previously looked after: By a “looked‐after child” we mean one in the care of a local authority or being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of its social services function. An adoption order is one made under the Adoption Act 1976 (Section 12) or the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (Section 46). A ‘child arrangements order is one settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live (Children Act 1989, Section 8, as amended by the Children and Families Act 2014, Section 14). A ‘special guardianship order’ is one appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian/s (Children Act 1989, Section 14A). Applications under this criterion must be accompanied by evidence to show that the child is looked after or was previously looked after (e.g. a copy of the adoption, child arrangements or special guardianship order).
B. Pupils whose permanent home address is in the school’s designated area and who have a sibling living at the same address who already attends the school (in any Key Stage, i.e. EYFS2 (Reception year) – KS5) by the deadline for applications. (For the definition of sibling see full document);
C. The children of staff at The Piggott School where that member of staff is the legal parent and guardian of that child, has a permanent contract to work at the school and where that member of staff has been employed at the school for 2 or more years at the time of application for the place or the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post within a demonstrable skill shortage.
D. Pupils whose permanent home address is in the school’s designated area but who do not fall into criterion B;
E. Pupils whose permanent home address is not in the school’s designated area but who would otherwise fall into criterion B;
F. Pupils who attend one of the linked primary schools, who have not been admitted in an earlier criteria namely The Colleton, Crazies Hill CE, Knowl Hill CE, St Nicholas CE and Sonning CE (Aided) primary schools and Polehampton CE and Robert Piggott CE junior schools;
G. All other pupils.
Appeals for Year 7 Admissions
The Piggott School has commissioned Wokingham Borough Council to hear appeals on the school’s behalf. Details of how to appeal and the timeline can be found at
Useful Links From the Wokingham Authority Website
- Care and support for children and families: www.wokingham.gov.uk/families
- Services directory: www.wokingham.gov.uk/services-directory
- The Wokingham Borough’s Local Offer: www.wokingham.gov.uk/lo
- Watch our guide to the online Local Offer: https://youtu.be/Hv_QNrtMQWk
For queries relating to admissions, please email email@example.com