We appreciate the importance that parents attach to expressing their school preferences. Harrold Priory is a very popular school and admission cannot always be guaranteed.

The school serves surrounding villages, drawing its catchment from, in the main, Harrold, Carlton, Turvey, Podington, Wymington, Hinwick & Farndish, Chellington and Odell. There are also significant numbers of children joining the school from outside the catchment area.

Parents are advised to ensure that they are fully aware of the procedures for selecting a new school.

Parents will be notified of the school’s allocation of places in the spring term. Should the number of applications for admission exceed 90; Governors will allocate places according to the admission criteria.

Admission to Harrold Priory

The Governing Body, as the admission authority, determines the school’s admission policy and arrangements, for taking decisions on applications for admission.                                   

Admission Appeals

Any parent (except, temporarily, the parent of a child who has been permanently excluded from two schools) who is refused a school place for which they have applied, has the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel. The panel is independent of the Governing Body and the Local Authority Admissions Team. The panel will consist of people who have experience in education and acquainted with the area.Should the committee find in favour of the parent, the decision is binding on the school. Further details regarding the law on admissions and appeals can be obtained from the Local Authority Admissions Team, you can do this online at  Alternatively you can get a copy of the appeal form and booklet by telephoning 01234 228523, via email or by writing to the Office of the Clerk to the Appeal Panel,Committee Services, Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford MK42 9AP