Malcolm Arnold Preparatory School, Trinity Avenue, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN2 6JW
Where the school receives more applications than it has places available, the criteria listed below will apply, after the admission of children with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan which names Malcolm Arnold Prep School, the oversubscription criteria will be:
- Looked-after children or children who were previously looked-after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence and child arrangements order or special guardianship order.
- Children with a social or medical reason.
- Up to 50% of the remaining places allocated to those expressing a preference for admission under Faith Grounds such places being awarded using the following sub-criteria in descending order:
- Applicants who have demonstrated the required religious allegiance – see (2.a below) (as certified in a satisfactorily completed Supplementary Information Form) to the Church of England or any church that is a member of Churches Together in England (see 2.b below)
- Applicants who have demonstrated the required religious allegiance (as certified in a satisfactorily completed Supplementary Information Form) to another faith, which is represented on the Interfaith Network for the UK (see 2.c below)
- Siblings of children who will still be attending the school in the academic year of admission (see 3. below).
- Distance from the school with priority for admission given to children who live nearest (see 4. below).
For applicants expressing a preference under Faith Grounds (criterion 3), places will be allocated in the following order:
- to applicants under sub-criterion (A) without siblings at the school (defined at Criterion 4)
- to applicants under sub-criterion (A) with siblings at the school
- to applicants under sub-criterion (B) without siblings at the school (defined at Criterion 4)
- to applicants under sub-criterion (B) without siblings at the school.
If, at any point in the allocation of these places, the number of applicants exceeds the remaining places available, the distance criterion (5) will be used as a tie-break. The remaining faith applications will be considered alongside all other applications without any consideration being given to faith.
For applicants not expressing a preference under Faith Grounds
The distance criteria as set out in criterion 5 will be applied as a tie-break in criteria 2 and 4 above.
For all applicants
In the event of two or more applications that cannot otherwise be separated, random allocation carried out by the by an independent person of suitable standing will take place. This will involve drawing lots as a tie-break.
Social and medical
Applications must be supported by written evidence from a professional such as a doctor or social worker involved in the case and must demonstrate why only this school can meet the needs of the child.
- ‘Religious allegiance’ is demonstrated and defined as at least one of the parents or guardians of the child being regarded by the priest / minister / worship leader as part of the worshipping community at the church or worship centre. This would not necessarily mean that the parent or child is a ‘member’ in a technical sense (e.g. through baptism, confirmation or electoral roll) but would imply a pattern of attendance at worship (on Sunday or at other times) that is more than ‘occasional’ and has been sustained for more than a short, very recent period of time.
- The member churches are listed on
- The faiths represented by the Interfaith Network UK can be found on
Children are siblings if they are step-siblings, adopted or foster brothers or sisters living in the same family unit at the time when the child is due to start in the school.
Distance will be measured by a straight line on a map from the child’s home address to the school address point using the NCC’s measuring systems.