The process for applying to a place in Reception at The Meadows School for September 2020 opens on (to be updated). Our Published Admission Number is 90 children per year group.

Our admissions process followings Birmingham authority criteria. If we receive more applications than we have places available, the places will be offered in the following criteria order:

  1. Looked after children (in public care) or previously looked after children.
  2. Siblings (brother or sister who will still be in attendance in September 2020).
  3. Distance (children who live nearest the school).

Within each of these categories, priority is given to those who live nearest the school. This is calculated on the basis of a straight line measurement between the child’s home address and the school (usually measured to the centre point of the school). There is no guarantee that the same admission pattern and ‘cut off’ distances will apply for 2020.


Looked after children

Looked after children refers to children who are currently looked after or children who were previously looked after however were immediately subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship.

This includes any child or young person who is subject to a Full Care Order, an interim Care Order, accommodated under Section 20 of the Children Act 1989, is remanded or detained into Local Authority accommodation under Criminal Law or who has been placed for adoption.

Birmingham Local Authority’s School Admissions Service will obtain names of all children who are looked after or were previously looked after, within the appropriate age range.


Within the school context, a sibling is child who has a brother/sister already at the school (who will still be in attendance at the time the new child begins school). Siblings (brothers/sisters) are considered to be those children who live at the same address and either:

  • have one or both natural parents in common
  • are related by a parent’s marriage
  • are adopted or fostered by a common parent
  • are unrelated but live at the same address due to their parents living as partners


To make an application, please click here.

Parents who are residents in Birmingham local authority, are required to submit their EYFS preferences via the online application form. This form is to also be used to apply for schools in other local authorities.

Please find Birmingham City Council’s admissions arrangements 2020 by clicking here.

How to make an in-year application

Applications made outside the normal admission round (in-year admissions) must be made directly to the school(s) concerned. The local authority will provide an in-year application form for parents to complete.