The Local Authority, Milton Keynes Council, is the admissions authority for all community and voluntary controlled schools, and as such co-ordinates all admission requests for Ashbrook School. Information about school admissions in Milton Keynes can be found on their website here.
Parents of children starting school for the first time (Reception) must apply online via the Milton Keynes Council Citizen Portal. The deadline to apply for a place is usually mid-January, prior to the September start.
We regularly hold open events and tours in which you are able to visit us here at Ashbrook School in support of you choosing which school your child will be attending.
We hope that through our tours you will get to meet our children and staff, understand why Ashbrook School is so special and why our children enjoy and speak so positively of their time here.
Applying for a school place – Starting school for the first time
If your child was born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020 they will be due to start school in September 2024.
You must apply online by the closing date (15th January 2024). If you do not apply by the deadline your child will not be considered until after all those who applied on time. This may adversely affect the chance of your child being offered a place.
School place offer dates
For applications received before 15 January 2024 the national offer day is 16 April 2024.
If you applied online, you can log into the Citizen Portal to find out what school place has been offered. An email will be sent to you confirming the details (please note, emails will be sent out throughout the day). If you sent a paper application you will be sent a letter. We have no control over how long the post will take to reach you.
If it has not been possible to allocate a place at your preferred school you will be advised on how you can appeal against that decision.
For information the over-subscription criteria which applies to this school is shown below.
Places are allocated at this school in line with Milton Keynes Council’s admissions criteria subject to parents/carers completing and returning an application form and taking into account the class size limits for pupils aged 5, 6 or 7 at Key Stage 1.
Children who have a Statement of Special Education Needs will be given priority for admission with the normal admission round for children starting school for the first time (Reception) or at 7+ (Year 3).
Where there is oversubscription the following criteria will be used to allocate places.
- Children who are in care
- Children who live in the defined area* served by the school and have a sibling on roll at the time of admission. Proof of residence may be required.
- Children who live in the defined area* served by the school. Proof of residence may be required.
- Children who live outside the defined area and have a sibling on roll at the time of admission.
- Children of staff at the school where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years and/or the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
- Children who live outside the defined area served by the school.
In the event of over-subscription places will be allocated in distance order, using the distance between the child’s normal home address and the school’s main entrance, using the shortest appropriate route.
Changes in your circumstances
Please make sure that the information you provide when you apply for a school place is correct. If you move address this could affect your application. You must let the Education Access Team know as soon as possible so they can reconsider your application.
If your move means you are no longer in the defined area then you may wish to change your preference.
You will need to write to the Education Access Team giving your new address and attaching a copy of your council tax bill as proof and confirming which school/s (to a maximum of three) you would like your child considered for.
In Year Admissions - changing school during the year
If you are moving within Milton Keynes and want to apply for a different school place, you must apply online via the Milton Keynes Council Citizen Portal providing up to four preference schools. Information about in-year transfers and school admissions in Milton Keynes can be found here.
When completing the application, ensure that all information has been completed correctly and no information missed. Any mistakes could affect your application.
For in-year applications, an offer is based on what is available at the time of application. Often the most popular schools are full and it is advisable to include your catchment school.
Parents can state up to four preferences on the application form. If it is not possible to offer a place at any of your preferred schools, Milton Keynes Council will approach the school nearest to your home address with a vacancy to request a place.
Processing of applications
Milton Keynes Council aim to process your application within 15 school days, (excluding weekends and school holidays). Once a decision has been made, if an email address has been provided on the application form, the outcome will be emailed to you. If not, the outcome will be sent to you via second class post.
What happens next?
Once you receive an offer you must contact the school within 10 school days to accept the place or you must contact the school admissions team to decline the offer. If you do not make contact Milton Keynes Council will assume you do not want the school place and they will withdraw the offer.
Education Access Team – Contact details
1 Saxon Gate East
Central Milton Keynes
Telephone 01908 253338