The Academy will first accept all pupils with a statutory right to a place at the Academy through an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan naming the Academy.
Oversubscription criteria will be applied for the remaining places in the order in which they are set out below:
- Looked after children and previously looked after children
- Children with a sibling attending the Academy at the time of application and admission (see note below)
- Children who live closer to the Academy than any other school
- Other children
If the admission number is exceeded within any criterion, priority will be given to those who live closest to the Academy. Distances are measured from the property to the address point of the Academy. It is measured on a straight line basis using a geographical information system.
If two children are tied for the last place, after the above distance tie-break has been applied, then a process of random allocation, undertaken by someone independent of the Academy, will determine who is allocated the last place.
Siblings are defined as children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers and sisters or another child normally living for the majority of term time in the same household, where an adult in the household has parental responsibility as defined by the Children Act 1989, or any child in the household where an adult in the household is defined as a parent for the purposes of Section 576 of the Education Act 1996. This could include a person who is not a parent but who has responsibility for him/her.
The child’s place of residence is the address of the parent or legal guardian with whom the child spends the majority of time during the school week. Parents or guardians may be asked to produce evidence of residency or home address at any time during the admissions process.
If a child’s parents live at separate addresses, the address where the child permanently spends at least three ‘school’ nights (i.e. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) will be taken to be the place of residence. If a child spends equal amounts of time at the two addresses, the parents must agree which address they wish to be the child’s main address.
Twins and multiple births
In the case of twins or other siblings from a multiple birth, where there is only one place available in the Academy, these will be considered together as one application. The Academy’s admission number may be exceeded by one; the school admissions code makes an exception to the infant class limit in this situation.
In the case of siblings in the same year group, where there is only one place available in the Academy, both will be considered together as one application. The Academy may go above its admission number as necessary to admit all the children, except in cases where infant class regulations, as stated in the schools admissions code, prevent this from happening.