The Arbours Primary Academy

​St. Gregory’s Road
Northampton
NN3 3QF

Oversubscription admission criteria

Places will first be allocated to children who have an education, health and care (EHC) plan that names the school as offering the appropriate provision.

If there are more applications than places available, the oversubscription criteria will be applied in the order listed below:

  1. Looked after children and previously looked after children
  2. Children with a sibling on roll at the time of application. Siblings include:
    • a brother or sister who share the same parents
    • a half-brother or half-sister
    • a legally adopted child living at the same address
    • a child looked after by a local authority placed in a foster family with other school age children
    • a stepchild or children who are not related but live as a family unit, where parents both live at the same address as the child
  3. Children who live closer to the school than any other school
  4. Other children

Allocation of places up to published admission number (PAN)

If the admission number is exceeded within criterion 3, priority will be given to those who live furthest from the nearest alternative school. If the admission number is exceeded within any other criterion priority will be given to those who live closest to the school.

All distances are measured on a straight line basis from the child’s home address point to the address point of the school. Distances are provided by the local authority and are measured using a geographical information system.

Tie-breaker

Where there are two or more applications that cannot otherwise be separated, a randomiser will be used to decide who is allocated a place.

Child’s address

Where a child lives normally during the school week with more than one parent at different addresses, the permanent home address for the purposes of school admissions will be the one where the child spends the majority of school nights Sunday – Thursday. 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 before we can process the application.

Twins and multiple births

If twins or multiple birth children are split by operation of the oversubscription criteria, the school will go above its published admission number to accommodate all children unless this would make the class too large and prejudice the education of the other children.

If brothers and sisters in the same year group are split by operation of the oversubscription criteria, the school will go above its published admission number to accommodate all children unless this would make the class too large and prejudice the education of the other children or when this would breach infant class size limits.