Ranelagh Admissions

We are often asked questions about admission to Ranelagh Church of England Secondary School. The school has an excellent reputation, a high record of academic achievement and is rated ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED. But the school only admits 155 children each year, and is always oversubscribed. 
Ranelagh is a Church of England Voluntary Aided School that provides education for children who are affiliated to, and practising members of, the Anglican Church within the deaneries of Bracknell and Sonning. All the Churches within this booklet fall within that area. Affiliation is determined by confirmation that the applicant‘s name is included on the ecclesiastical Electoral Roll of the Warfield Churches (forms are available for you to join the Electoral Roll from any of the welcome team at any of our services). As a church, we are asked to answer two questions on the admissions applications:

1. How long has the parent/guardian been on the Electoral Roll?
2. Do they attend regularly?
The first question is answered by our office staff checking when the applicant joined the Electoral Roll and recording the number of years. Those with the most years on the Electoral Roll have the strongest chance of admission. For the 2012 intake, nobody with less than three years attendance was admitted in the first round. In the past it has been less, but there have also been years when it has been four or five years. The Warfield Churches are more than happy to support the applications for children who are part of our churches towards entrance to Ranelagh. We are less inclined to support the applications of those whose parent(s) attend but the child does not. After all, it is the child who will be attending the faith based school. Our preference is therefore to request that the whole family attend our services to qualify for admission to Ranelagh. The Warfield Churches are more than happy to support the applications for children who are part of our churches towards entrance to Ranelagh. 


[1] Ecclesiastical parish Electoral Roll is distinct from the civil parish electoral register. There are qualifying criteria for joining as indicated on the form itself.
[2] If you have joined us from another Anglican church and you were on the Electoral Roll there, the number of years on the ER there can be added to the number here, subject to confirmation from the previous church.