South Wigston High School is an 11-16 mixed comprehensive with 850 students on roll. Students are admitted to the school from the age of 11+ with an admissions numbers of 160 in Year 7 for September 2020.

The school’s admission arrangements are managed by Leicestershire County Council:

Year 7 transfer – applications must be made online.

Mid-year transfer – applications must be made online.

The online process begins on 1st September 2018 with a closing date for applications of 31st October 2018. Parents will be notified of school places in early March 2019.

Apply for school transfers here

Further information

Further information regarding admission into Leicestershire schools can be obtained by clicking here.

Contact the schools admission team at Leicestershire County Council:

School Admissions

0116 3056684

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the application/admissions process then please contact Miss Emma Chamberlain at South Wigston High School:

0116 2782388

Admissions Policy

Catchment Area Map

Oversubscription Criteria

Parents/carers wishing to ensure their child secures a place at South Wigston High School should identify us as their first choice. Oversubscription criteria are used if there are more children wanting a place than there are places available. The number of places available is called the Published Admission Number (PAN). Our PAN for each year group is 160.

The priority order for places in Year 7 and mid-term transfers will be in accordance with the LEA criteria for allocation of school places.

The only exception to this is if a child’s Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) names South Wigston High School. In this case, the child must be admitted regardless of the criteria below.

Priority Criteria for Entry Autumn 2019 Admissions and Mid-term Applications during 2019/2020 Academic Year

If there are too many requests priority will be given to children, whose parents applied on time, in the following order:

1st Children who are in public care and those children who were previously looked after children. (See note ii.)

2nd Pupils who live in the catchment area. (See note iii.)

3rd Pupils who will have an older brother or sister attending the same school at the same time. (See note iii.)

4th Pupils who have a serious medical condition or exceptional social or domestic needs that make it essential they attend the school requested. (Professional documentation confirming the situation must be submitted with the application.) (See note iv.)

5th Pupils who will have attended a feeder school for at least two years before the time of transfer. (See note v.)

6th Pupils living nearest to the school measured in a straight line distance (home to school front gate). (See note vi.)


i. 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 at the time of making an application to a school. ‘Previously looked after children’ are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order Section 19 or special guardianship order).

ii. The child’s place of residence is taken to be the parental home. Living in the catchment area does not guarantee you a place at your catchment school.

iii. The term “brother or sister” includes half brother or sister or legally adopted child being regarded as the brother or sister.

iv. If criterion 4 is used, professional supporting documentation from the Lead Professional must be supplied and must be submitted with the application. The following list are the areas that are considered exceptional:

  • Crown Servants
  • Children subject to Child Protection Plans
  • Hard to Place children – who fall under the Fair Access Protocol
  • Parents suffering domestic violence (This is dependent on documentary evidence by a lead professional)
  • A child for who transfer to the catchment area school would involve attending a different school until he/she is the right age for transfer. (This is dependent on the child having attended the present school for at least a year.)
  • Each case will be assessed on its individual merits.

v. For criterion 5 above, the child must have been enrolled at the feeder school on or before the start date of the Autumn Term two years before transfer.

vi. For criterion 8 above, measurement of distance is in a straight line from the centre point of the property to the school’s main designated front gate, using a computerised mapping system (Geocoding). Where there is equal distance then lots will be drawn, supervised by an independent officer.