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Meadow Park Academy

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How to apply for a place

Applications for places at Meadow Park are made through Brighter Futures for Children's co-ordinated admissions scheme, and parents should complete their home Local Authority Standard Application Form.

For new admissions for September 2022 please click here.

Each year our admissions process follows the schedule below to fit in, wherever possible, with the common timetable agreed by Reading Borough Council.

In-year admissions

For in-year admissions please click here. In-year admissions can be made throughout the school year. All applications are completed online. If you require a paper copy please contact Brighter Futures for Children Admissions Team. 

Admissions timeline*

*Please note that exact dates within the months may vary from year to year.

September - We will publish information about the arrangements for admission, including oversubscription criteria, for the following September (e.g. in September 2019 for admission in September 2020). This will include details of open evenings and other opportunities for prospective pupils and their parents to visit the school.

Please note that, to be considered for admission, all applicants must complete and submit their home Local Authority’s Standard Application form, including Meadow Park as one of their preferences. The school will also provide information to the Local Authority for inclusion in the composite prospectus, as required.

September/October – We will provide opportunities for parents to visit Meadow Park.

November – Parents receive the Standard Application Form from their home Local Authority to complete, returning it by mid-January to their home Local Authority to process.

February – Reading Borough Council receives the admissions data for Meadow Park Academy and forward this admissions data to the school (regardless of preference).

March – The school sends a list of their 60 offers of places to Reading Borough Council.

April – Reading Borough Council returns the names of the students being offered a higher preference elsewhere. Meadow Park Academy submits replacement offers.

April – An offer of a place at the school is sent out by post to parents by Reading Borough Council. Parents of children who do not live in Reading will be notified by their home Local Authority.

For further information about Admissions, please see our Admissions Policy below.

Arrangements for appeals panels

Parents will have the right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel if they are dissatisfied with an admission decision of Meadow Park Academy. The arrangements for Appeals will be in line with the Code of Practice on School Admission Appeals published by the Department for Education. The determination of the Appeal Panel will be made in accordance with the Code of Practice on School Admission Appeals and is binding on all parties. The school will prepare guidance for parents about how the appeals process will work and provide a named contact who can answer any enquiries they may have about the process.

This is the timetable that is on BFfC website: (Please note it does say on their website that we manage our own appeals)

For primary school entry into Reception in September 2022



Thursday 19 April 2022

Primary national offer day

Monday 17 May 2022

Deadline for submitting appeals

June 2022 to July 2022

Appeals heard

Appeal timescales



Deadline for submitting appeal

20 school days from national offer day

Appeals submitted by the deadline

Heard within 40 school days of the deadline for submitting appeals

Late appeals and appeals for in-year admission

Heard within 30 school days of the appeal being submitted

Parents informed of appeal date by letter

At least 10 school days before appeal hearing

Admission Authority to submit its information for appeal to the Clerk

Approximately 2 weeks before appeal hearing

Circulation of paperwork for appeal to all parties by the Clerk

Approximately 1 week before appeal hearing

Deadline for parents to submit any additional information for appeal

5 working days before the appeal hearing

Decision letter sent

Within 5 school days of decision being made (may take longer during May, June and July)