As a voluntary controlled school, our admissions are managed by Bracknell Forest Council. We have no influence over their decisions and allocation of places. In the first instance, you should always contact the admissions team with any queries rather than the school directly.
Since many prospective parents visit this site it may be useful for you to know that in recent years the number of children joining the school from the immediate catchment area has varied and that a number of children each year have been admitted from outside of catchment, for reference this number has been as high as 8.
The school has a planned admission number each year of 30 children.
Winkfield St Mary’s serves the area of Winkfield, Winkfield Row and Maidens Green.
Applications for places at this school will be considered in the following order of priority:
Children with an Education Health and Care Plan that names a specific school must, by law, be admitted to that school. After this requirement has been satisfied the following rules will apply:
(A) Looked After Children and all previously looked after children. Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order) immediately following having been looked after.
(B) Children who appear to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted
(C) Children who have either medical or social grounds for admission to a particular school. This evidence must set out the particular reason why the school in question is the only suitable school and the difficulties caused if the child had to attend another school. The LA’s decision in these matters is final.
(D) Children of staff at a particular school. Where a member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made and/or the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is demonstrable skill shortage.
(E) Children who live in the designated area of the school and who have a sibling who will still be attending the school at the time of the child’s admission. Children must be living in the designated area at the closing date of 15 January 2024 to be considered under this criterion.
(F) Children who live in the designated area of the school. Children must be living in the designated area at the closing date of 15 January 2024 to be considered under this criterion.
(G) Children who do not live in the designated area of the school but who have a sibling who will still be attending the school at the time of the child’s admission
(H) All other children
Parents requesting a place for their child are welcome to visit the school by prior appointment - we encourage you to let us know if you or your child require support with access in order that we can make reasonable adjustments.
Applications for places at schools in Bracknell Forest are centrally managed by the LA and administered each spring for the following academic year. You can apply for a place for your child either online (using the link below) or by contacting the School Admissions Team at:
School Admissions Team
Tel: 01344 354023
For further information, visit the Bracknell Forest school admissions website
Children who are accepted for admission to the school are invited to spend an afternoon in their class during the term prior to their starting. Further visits can be arranged at the discretion of the class teacher and parents. If your child is refused admission, you have the right of appeal to an Independent Panel.