Admissions Policy

General information

Thomas Estley adhere to the Leicestershire County Council Admissions policy, and applications are made via LCC School Admissions

Further information on school admissions and funding is available on the Department for Education (DfE) Academy Admissons.


Parents considering an out of catchment application are advised and strongly encouraged to visit the College. All out of catchment applications are dealt with by the Allocations Section of the Access and Welfare Unit in the Education Department of Leicestershire County Council. The College has to give priority for admission to the children of those parents who live within the catchment area up to its Planned Admission Number (PAN).

Over and above this priority, decision about out of catchment admissions are made depending upon spaces being available and according to the following criteria up to Summer 2021. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ORDER OF THE CRITERIA WILL CHANGE FROM AUTUMN 2021 ADMISSION ONWARDS - SEE OUR ADMISSIONS POLICY FROM AUGUST 2021 WHICH YOU CAN DOWNLOAD BELOW.

  1. Children who are in public care and those children who were previously looked after children
  2. Pupils who live in the catchment area
  3. Pupils who will have an older brother or sister attending the same school at the same time
  4. Pupils who have a serious medical condition or exceptional social or domestic needs that make it essential they attend the school requested. (Professional documentation confirming the situation must be submitted with the application)
  5. Pupils who will have attended a feeder school for at least two years before the time of transfer
  6. Pupils transferring to High School who will have an older brother or sister attending the linked Upper School at the same time
  7. Pupils basing their application on religious belief
  8. Pupils living nearest to the school measured in a straight line distance (home to school front gate)

Only the local authority (Leicestershire County Council) can confirm secondary school places to pupils, whether the child lives in the catchment area or otherwise.


Each case is considered after consultation with the previous school/college and any other

agencies involved.

It is the policy of the College to consider the well-being of all its students. The Principal and

Governing Body would always consider the impact a child with proven difficulties would have on the existing College population.

The Principal and Governing Body also take into consideration the level of support offered by the local authority and all other agencies to ensure a successful transfer to a new school / college and to help with problems of integration into a new environment. The local authority’s hard to place protocol applies to such students and their placement.

Year 5 and 6 parents!

Learn about our curriculum and download our College Prospectus here.

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Open College Week takes place in the second week of September each year, where we offer parents and pupils the opportunity to tour the school during an ordinary day to find out more about life at Thomas Estley. Visit the college during the day for a no-frills, authentic taste of the daily learning experience, when you can tour a variety of lessons and ask our students and staff about college life. 

We also host a year 5/6 Open Evening on the second Wednesday of September for prospective parents to find out more about the school, its ethos and values, curriculum and transition arrangements; as well as having a chance to visit subject departments to see examples of student work and speak with specialist teachers from different areas.

Year 5 and 6 pupils who are currently at our official catchment primary schools will receive information directly from Thomas Estley about our Open College week via their primary school teacher. If your child attends an out of catchment school or does not receive the information please do contact us to request an information pack in the post. 

Download the full current College Admissions Policy here, in operation up until Summer 2021