If you have any questions regarding Admissions please contact Mrs Gill Cooper, telephone 01243 832702 or email

Proposal for variation to the admissions arrangements for September 2021

As Chair of the Board of Directors, I write to confirm that the Board of Directors of this school resolve to propose that a variation be made to the admissions arrangements for admission to Year 7 in September 2021, in respect of the over-subscription criteria relating to church attendance.

The variation requested is that "In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these admissions arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship".

This request is made in order that parents seeking admission to the school can readily determine what the admissions oversubscription criteria are and how they may be met, and thereby enable the school to deal lawfully, fairly and transparently with admissions matters in the exceptional circumstances of the COVID19 pandemic.

For convenience, given that we understand a large number of similar requests are being made, the Board of Directors consents to the Diocese submitting this request on our behalf, along with those of other schools making such requests for this variation.

This request is made in accordance with the DfE guidance on governing body business during the pandemic, as it is a matter of importance and is time limited, given the relevant admissions timescales.

Nigel Hoggarth - Chair of Board of Directors, Bishop Luffa School


You can appeal for a place at your preferred school if it has not been offered to you and you have received the refusal in writing.  Appeals for Bishop Luffa School are scheduled to take place on Tuesday 26th - Thursday 28th April. These will be held via telephone due to current Covid restrictions.  Details of how to appeal can be found at

ARRANGEMENTS FOR ADMISSIONS 2022 (from para. 7 Admissions Arrangements 2022)

All parents applying for a place, whether Foundation or Community, should complete their Local Authority Application Form, which requires parents to state three schools in order of preference. This form should be completed online at no later than 31 October 2021.

Foundation Places

In addition, parents applying for Foundation Places should complete the Bishop Luffa School Foundation Supplementary Information Form, which includes details of the church attended. This form is available at our Open Evening in October 2021, or online and from the School the following day.  The form should be returned to the School no later than 31 October 2021.

Those applying for Foundation Places should make an appointment to see their priest or minister and ask them to complete a Church Support Form. These are sent to clergy by the School; clergy who do not receive these forms may obtain them direct from the School. They should be returned by clergy to the Directors no later than Friday 26 November 2021 for consideration by the Directors in December 2021. Applications can only be considered for categories, A, B, D and E if they are supported by a Church Support Form. The decision of the Directors’ Admissions Committee will be conveyed to the Local Authority who will notify parents on 1 March 2022.

Category C Places

Those who apply for Category C must provide appropriate documentation or a letter from a qualified person (normally a doctor or a social worker) stating clearly the exceptional reasons why the child should attend Bishop Luffa School.

Community Places

Parents applying for Community Places should complete the Local Authority Application Form. This form should be completed online at no later than 31 October 2021. A Supplementary Information Form does not need to be completed for Community places (but please see note to 4.1 in the attached Admissions document).

Note: Those applying for a Foundation place whose applications are unsuccessful are automatically considered for a Community place if they live within three kilometres of the School. Parents who have any church connection or seek a Christian education for their child should always apply for a Foundation place and are not disadvantaged by doing so.

Order of Preference

Parents should note that the Directors will draw up the list of places solely in the order stated in Section 4. The Local Authority’s role is that, if an applicant is in the position where she/he could be offered a place at more than one school, the order of preference given on the Local Authority’s application form will be used by the Local Authority to determine the school at which the applicant is offered a place.

Late applicants

Applications and Supplementary Information forms submitted after the specified deadline are ranked after all those applications received on time.

Proof of residency and change of address

Directors follow the West Sussex County Council’s policy. Information regarding the address used for admissions, supporting evidence which may be required and the deadline for applicants who move into the area after 31 October 2021 can be found in the ‘Information for Parents booklet’ which is available on the West Sussex County Council website:

In the event of a change of address you should also notify the Admissions Officer at the school.

Admission Limits

The Published Admission Number (PAN) relates to the Year 7 intake and is shown below.
Admission limits for other year groups are as follows:





Year 7

240 240 240

Year 8

240 240 240

Year 9

240 240 240

Year 10

240 240 240

Year 11

240 240 240

These limits are reviewed regularly by the Directors’ Admissions Committee.