Freedom of information response

Secondary school allocation process

Publication date: 
Friday 17 April 2020

1. I would like to find out what the allocation process of for secondary school.

2. I specifically would like to know how considerations are made in relation to geographical location of a child’s address in relation to a school or local schools.

3. How many children who are due to go to school in Harris Riverside Academy in Sept 2020 live in a) Purfleet, b)Thurrock, and c) outside Thurrock?


1. Each Thurrock Council school is its own admission authority and makes the decisions on the applications it receives. The admission authority for the school must rank all applicants in accordance with the published oversubscription criteria. The council co-ordinates the single offer process to ensure that each applicant within the local authority is offered a school place on National Offer Day, 1 March in each year. Each school’s published oversubscription criteria will outline how places are allocated at the school – this is published on the school’s website each year.

2. All distances for Thurrock Council schools are straight line measurements from a point at the applicant’s address to a determined point at the school i.e. the school gate or the centre point of the school site.

The determined admissions arrangements for a school outlines how an applicant’s address would be used in consideration for a place. If there are less applicants than the published admission number then the applicant’s address would not be relevant in consideration; all applicants would be offered.  However, if the school was oversubscribed the applicant address is used as a tiebreaker for applicants within a specific criterion. Those living closer to the school have a higher priority.

If determined admissions arrangements include priority admission areas then the geographical location of an address becomes more relevant. A child living in the priority admission area may live further away than a child who does not, and would have a higher priority for a place.


a)  78

b)  178

c)  Fewer than 5

We are unable to provide an exact number for question 3c above as:

  • There is a low number involved.
  • The release of this information could identify individuals which would constitute their personal data under the Data Protection Act
  • There is no prior expectation on the part of these individuals that their personal information would be published in the wider public domain under the FOI Act
  • Personal data of any other person is exempt under section 40 (2) of the Data Protection Act.

However in the interests of transparency we are able to provide this information to you categorised as fewer than 5 to give you an indication of the figures

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Request reference:
FOI 9927