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Thorpe Lea Primary School

'A dedicated community working together, nurturing a safe, happy school where all children can achieve their potential'

Admission Arrangements

By law, children must be in full-time education no later than the beginning of the term following their 5th birthday.


Schools will admit pupils up to their published admission number. When there are more applications than places available, Surrey's policy is to admit children in the following priority order:


  1. Exceptional Arrangements, for example, special educational needs, medical grounds or other sensitive, individual or compelling family circumstances
  2. Siblings (an older brother or sister attending the school at the time of the younger sibling's admission)
  3. Children resident within the Admission Priority Area (to be agreed on an annual basis for the intake year in question only if the school is oversubscribed, on first preference applications)
  4. Children for whom the school is nearest to their home.


The nearest school is defined as the school closest to their home address admitting pupils of the appropriate age range, as measured along roads and made up of footpaths using the Admissions and Transport Team's Geographical Information System. The measurement for these purposes does not take into account the mode of transport used. The distance is measured from the address point of the pupil's house as set by Ordnance Survey, to the nearest gate available for pupils to use. Parents should note that if they apply for free transport, different criteria apply and the distance from home to school may be measured using a different route.

Full details on applying for admission to the school are given in the county's publication "Information for Parents" and are available via the weblink below.