Ofsted are changing the way they inspect and report on schools.
With the new Education Inspection Framework coming into force in September 2019, they have written a short ‘explainer text’ for parents on how these changes will affect them.


A child can start school in the September after they turn four.

If you want to apply for a place at a junior or middle school, visit this page.

If you want to apply for a place at a secondary or upper school, visit this page.

All applications for a starting school place in September 2020 must be made to your home authority – this is who you pay your council tax to.

If you are unsure if your child lives in Somerset, you can check whether we are your local authority for school admissions here.

If your child is due to start school in September 2020 you are advised to carefully read the Primary Admissions Guide before making your application. This contains everything you need to know in order to make your school place application including information on the different types of school, published admission numbers and the criteria used to allocate places at schools and academies.

New Wellington Primary School for September 2020
We anticipate that a new school called Isambard Kingdom Brunel Primary School will open in Wellington in September 2020 with a single reception class in the first instance. There will be 30 reception places available and the new primary school will be an academy sponsored by the Castle Partnership Trust.

Details about admission arrangements and how to apply for a reception place for 2020 are published on the new school website

However, you must also apply for other schools through us. The closing date for all applications is 15 January 2020. As places may potentially be offered by us and the Castle Partnership Trust, you will then be contacted after the outcome date – 16 April 2020 – to confirm which school place you will be accepting.