Click here to apply online for a place in Year 7 for September and view Gloucestershire County Council's admissions procedure.

Click HERE to download an application form for other year groups or when transferring from another school.

The current published admission number (PAN) for The Forest High School is 90.  

The latest Forest High School Admissions Policy - can be found here 

Admissions Criteria for the School

Oversubscription Criteria

Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied, in the order set out below, to decide which children to admit:

  1. Where the child is 'Looked After'. A 'looked after child' or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship order[1]. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).
  2. Children who will have siblings attending the school at the time the applicant child is admitted. For this purpose, sibling refers to brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer's partner, and in every case, the child must be living in the same family unit at the same address, at the time of application.
  3. Children with the strongest geographical claim, measured in a straight line from the ordnance survey address point of the child's home address (including flats) to the ordnance survey address point of the school, using the Local Authority's computerised measuring system, with those living closer to the school receiving the higher priority.

Where any particular category at points 1-2 above is oversubscribed, criterion 3 (strongest geographical claim based on straight line distance) will be used to determine which child is offered a place.

In the event of a tie between two or more children when applying criterion 3 (strongest geographical claim based on straight line distance) where there are not enough places available to offer all children a place at the school, a process of random allocation will be followed by Governors. This will be in the form of a manual process which is overseen by an independent person. Where twins or children from multiple births are part of a random allocation process they will be considered as one applicant.

[1] An adoption order is an order under section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002. A 'residence order' is as an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live under section 8 of the Children Act 1989. Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 defines a 'special guardianship order' as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child's special guardian (or special guardians).


If your application for a school place is unsuccessful, you will be advised of the appeal process with the outcome of the application.

The School Admissions Appeals Code requires normal admission round appeals to be heard within the following timescales:

  • For applications made in the normal admissions round, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals
  • For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
  • For in year applications, appeals must be heard within 30 days of the appeal being lodged.

Appeals will be heard by an Independent Appeal Panel with an independent clerk.

 Click here to view Gloucestershire County Council's admissions procedure.

Waiting Lists

If the school is oversubscribed, a waiting list will be held.  The waiting lists are operated in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. Once placed on a waiting list a parent/carer can enquire as to their position on the waiting list by contacting the School. From time to time, the School will update the waiting list by contacting parents/carers who must confirm their wish to remain on the waiting list. The lists for Year 7, 8, 9 & 10 will continue into the next academic year. The waiting list will be prioritised according to the school's oversubscription criteria. The school has signed up to the In-Year Fair Access Protocols, which is managed by the Local Authority. Should a vulnerable child within these protocols require a place at the school, they will take precedence over any child on the waiting list.


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