We believe that Lea Manor High School should serve the needs of the children in our local community and those outside our catchment area that choose to come here. Students are admitted without reference to ability or aptitude up to the planned admission number of 240 as set by the Governing Body.

The school operates an equal preference system which means applications will be considered according to the following criteria regardless of any indicated preference ranking.

All admissions to the school are administered by Luton Council.

For information relating to our selection and over-subscription criteria, please see our Admissions Policy or contact the admissions team at:

Admissions team
Town Hall,
George Street,
Luton, Bedfordshire,
Tel: 01582 548016
Fax: 01582 548118

Click here to go to the Luton Council School Admissions webpage


Should there be more applications than places available, the following criteria will be applied at the time of application, in the order set out below, to decide which children to admit:-

• A ‘looked after child or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements or special guardianship order1 including those who appear to the Council to have been in state care2 outside of England and ceased to be in care as a result of being adopted. 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 (section22(1) of the Children Act 1989)

• Students having their permanent residence within the present LA designated catchment area and whose parents have expressed a written preference for the school.

• Siblings of children attending the school at the time of proposed admission and whose parents have expressed a written preference for the school.

• Students seeking admission on medical grounds (supported by a medical certificate that has been agreed by the Health Authority) and whose parents have expressed a written preference for the school.

• Any other applicant.

• Where the number of places allocated within any of the above criteria reaches the planned admission number, “The distance criteria will be used as a tie-breaker. The distance criterion is measured on a straight line distance between the school reception entrance to a point of the home address identified in the Local Land and Property Gazetteer.”

• With the Headteachers discretion, we will be asked to admit students into the school using the In-Year Fair Access Protocol.

• Where it is not possible to agree on all applications, a waiting list will be devised.

Late Admissions

Late applications for the Year 7 intake will be dealt with by Luton Borough Council Admissions Team and will be considered only after those were received by the closing date.

Where parents have submitted a transfer form before the closing date, but then seek to change their preference after the closing date, this late expression of preference will be treated as a ‘late’ application and will not be considered in the initial allocation of places. Late applications and late changes of preferences will be processed as soon as possible after the offer date.

Late applications for a place at Lea Manor High School should be routed through Luton Borough Council in accordance with coordinated admission arrangements.

In-Year Admissions

If a parent wished to apply for an in-year admission they will be required to complete and return the Council’s In-Year Application Form. In-Year admissions are applications to enter a year group that has already started at the school. Therefore, parents seeking a place at Lea Manor High School should complete the Councils In-Year Application Form and return this form directly to the Council.

Admissions of children outside of their normal age group

Parents seeking a place for their child outside of the chronological age group should submit their written case to the Admissions Committee. Parents should include information regarding the child’s academic, social and emotional development and whether they have previously been educated outside of their normal age group. If the child has been born prematurely, parents should include these details in their application. Applications relating to the Year 7 admissions round will also be discussed with relevant local authority professionals. Decisions will be made based on the circumstances of each case and parents will be informed of the reasons for the decision in writing.

Details of Lea Manor High School’s catchment area can be found at: 

Catchment area lists are also available from Luton Borough Council by telephoning the Admissions Helpline on 01582 548016.


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