With so much information out there, some accurate and some not here’s the information that matters.

Click here to access the official Local Authority page that will keep you as up to date as any of us can be on all the detail surrounding admissions to Bury Schools Partnership schools. Please also see the excerpts below as a quick guide to admissions priorities and how links with your local church can affect admissions to King Edward VI School as a Church of England school.

King Edward’s is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled School and, as such follows an admissions policy defined by the County Council after consultation with the Diocesan authorities.

That policy gives a degree of priority to parents/carers who are applying for a secondary school place on the basis that they are practising members of the Church of England. This applies to all applications equally, but may be particularly relevant if your son or daughter has attended a Voluntary Controlled or Voluntary Aided Primary School. However, it is important for us to reinforce that the criteria are relevant to any school – not just church schools.

What do I need to be aware of?

  • Regular attendance at church is given higher priority than distance from the school in the list of admissions criteria, (as laid out by Suffolk County Council)
  • You will need a letter from your Parish Priest confirming that you attend church at least once a month to satisfy this priority condition in the admissions policy.
  • For these criteria to apply, the school will need to be oversubscribed based on applications to the Local Authority. This is highly likely to be the case for King Edward VI School from 2016 onwards as the PAN (Pupil Admission Number) will reduce to 220
  • Churches that qualify: all Church of England churches
  • Churches that do NOT qualify: Methodist; Baptist; United Reformed Church (URC) and Roman Catholic (RC)
  • There is a box on the CAF1 application form (just below the preference section on the back of the form) where you can indicate that you are applying because King Edward’s is a Church of England school.

King Edward VI School takes its status as a Church of England school seriously, and that is reinforced by its grading as Outstanding in its recent (March 2014) SIAMS inspection. You can read the inspector’s report via the school’s website at

What does the official Suffolk County Council document say?

Below is a direct excerpt from Section 2 of the Suffolk County Council – Directory of Schools in Suffolk, which reinforces the information above. We have highlighted the parts that are most relevant to Church attendance in RED for your convenience. You can also view the official County Council document by clicking here.

“If there are more applications than places available, the following oversubscription criteria shows the order of priority for places at community and voluntary controlled schools.

We will offer you a school place on the following basis:

Children who have a statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care plan (EHC plan) which names the school must by law be offered a place at that school.

We will treat all your preferences (up to three) as equal. We will look to see if a place is available at each of your preferences and offer you a place at your highest preference school with a place available.

1) Looked after children (children in care) and previously looked after children (children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order, immediately following having been looked after).

2) Siblings (children who are brothers and sisters of, or who live as a family at the same address) of pupils who are already at the school or who have already been offered a place, and who will still be there at the time of admission (but not in the sixth form). Priority will be given, where necessary, to applications where there is the smallest age gap. If you have more than one child at the school, please name the youngest one.

3) Children who are ordinarily resident in the catchment area.

Places will be allocated in the following priority order:

a) If the school is voluntary controlled, children whose parents/carers are applying on the grounds that the child and/or the family are practising members of the Church of England. (You must provide a letter at the time of application from a priest or minister. This letter must specifically state that you and/or your child are a practising member of the Church of England and that you and/or your child go to church regularly, that is to say at least once a month.)

b) Children who live nearest to the school. We will measure the distance by a straight line (‘as the crow flies’). All straight line distances are calculated electronically by Suffolk County Council using data provided jointly by the Post Office and Ordnance Survey. The data plots the co-ordinates of each property and provides the address-point between which the straight line distance is measured and reported to three decimal places. Where there is more than one home within a single building (for example, apartments), we will measure to a single point within that building irrespective of where those homes are located.

4) Children who live outside the school’s catchment area in the same priority order as set out in (a) and (b) above.”

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