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Designated Areas

Cornwall Council has divided Cornwall into geographical areas called ‘designated areas’ (or 'catchment areas') which are each served by a specific school or schools.  Designated areas help Cornwall Council to ensure that there are enough school places and are also used to determine entitlement to home to school transport.  Please note that the designated school for an address may not always be the one nearest to that address.

Please be aware that not all schools include ‘living in the designated area’ as a priority in their oversubscription criteria (the criteria that will be used to decide who should be allocated places when there are more applications than places available).

However, entitlement to transport to all schools is determined by Cornwall Council with regard to whether the school is in the designated area for a child’s home address or is their nearest school.

In some towns in Cornwall, more than one school may be designated for an address.  These are called 'shared designated areas'.  These towns and the schools that are included in the shared area can be seen in the Shared Designated Areas document.

Which is the designated school (or schools) for my address?

View the secondary school designated areas

View the primary school designated areas

To view the designated schools in your area simply select the appropriate link above. When you enter your postcode and click on your house, the designated area will be displayed and the designated school or schools listed. If you live on or close to a designated area line/border, please contact the School Admissions Team for advice (see details on the right).