Children with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan which names the school as appropriate provision will first be admitted.
When there are more applications than places available, priority for admission will be given to children in the order shown below:
- Looked after children and all previously looked after children
- Children of staff at the school where either the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the schools is made, and/or, the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skills shortage
- Children who have a sibling attending the school at the time of admission of the child
Allocation of places up to published admission number (PAN)
If the PAN is exceeded within any criterion, priority will be given to those who live closest to the school. Distances are measured on a straight-line basis from the child’s home address to the address point of the school using a geographical information system.
Where there are two or more applications that cannot otherwise be separated, a randomiser will be used to decide who is allocated a place.
A sibling is defined as a child’s brother or sister. A sibling must be living at the same permanent address and as part of the same family unit (one or two parents plus children) to qualify under this criterion. For School Admissions purposes, the term sibling includes:
- half-brothers and half-sisters
- step-brothers and step-sisters
- adopted children
- children in foster care
- children living in the same family unit, even if they are not biological brothers and sisters – for example when the parents are not married/in a civil relationship.
Cousins are not regarded as siblings.
Home Address (child’s)
The child’s home address is defined as the address at which the child normally resides with their parent/carer on the closing date for applications.
When parents live separately and the child spends time with each parent, the home address will be treated as the place where the child sleeps for most of the school week (i.e. Sunday night – Thursday night inclusive).
If the child spends equal amounts of time at two addresses, the parents must agree which address they wish to be the child’s main address. Documentary evidence of ownership or rental agreement may be required together with proof of actual permanent residence at the property concerned.