Newquay Education Trust is the admitting authority for Brannel School


The main principle of admission to Brannel School is to maintain the comprehensive character of the school, providing for the needs of young people within the 11-16 age range who live in the China Clay community, provided that they can be accommodated within the agreed admission limits. We are an inclusive school and welcome all applications.

We collaborate closely with our primary schools in aspects of curriculum development, staff training and educational philosophy. Prior to pupils beginning at Brannel we work in close partnership with our local primary schools to establish good relationships with younger pupils, and to provide opportunities that ensure their transition to secondary school is as smooth as possible and a pleasurable experience. We run a series of Transition Days for Year 5 and 6 pupils to help them get a feel for what we do here. These sessions are focused on giving young students and their parents the opportunity to experience learning the Brannel way. In addition, we provide the opportunity for pupils and parents to come and talk to teaching staff from each subject during our Open Evening and Open Mornings that take place each September.

In order to support the continued development of these strong links with our partner primary schools, applications from students attending our partner primary schools will be considered as high priority in our oversubscription criteria. The ‘oversubscription criteria’ is the criteria used to decide on the allocation of places when a school has more applications than places available.

We also recognise that a large number of our students are siblings and have therefore placed siblings as one of the highest oversubscription criteria.

School Admission Code


Our Admissions Policy is published on the School Policies page of this website.

Our Admissions Policy is written with full adherence to and in accordance with the School Admission Code (2012). All statutory obligations defined within this code apply, including the operation of an equal preference scheme.

Students will be admitted to Year 7 without reference to ability or aptitude using the procedures detailed in this document, which includes arrangements and criteria that will be applied in the event of oversubscription.

Children with a Statement of special educational needs that names Brannel School will be admitted. In-year admissions will be coordinated by Brannel School: parents and carers should contact us in the first instance.

We participate in the Local Authority’s Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme and applicants should adhere to all procedures and deadlines within that. All applications for places in Year 7 must be made on the common application form known as the (Cornwall Admission) Common Application Form (CACAF). There is no additional application form or information required by Brannel School. Full details of the Scheme, including the CACAF, are available on Cornwall Council’s website via the link below:

>> Cornwall Council School Admissions