Malcolm Arnold Prep School

Trinity Avenue
Northampton
NN2 6JW

You must complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) if you would like your child to be considered under the Faith criterion. The SIF is available from the school and must be returned to the school by 15 January 2021.

Children with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan naming the school will be offered places.

Oversubscription criteria

If there are more applications than places available, we will apply the oversubscription criteria listed below:

  1. Looked after children and previously looked after children
  2. Children with a social or medical reason. 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. Written evidence should be submitted directly to Malcolm Arnold Preparatory School by 15 January
  3. 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:
    i. Applicants who have demonstrated the required religious allegiance (as certified in a satisfactorily completed SIF) to the Church of England or any church that is a member of Churches Together in England.
    ii. Applicants who have demonstrated the required religious allegiance (as certified in a satisfactorily completed SIF) to another faith, which is represented on the Inter Faith Network .
  4. Siblings of children who will still be attending either Malcolm Arnold Preparatory School or our sister school Malcolm Arnold Academy in the academic year of admission. Sibling is defined in these arrangements 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. A brother or sister must be living at the same address when the application is made
  5. Children of staff in the academy 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 school is made, and/or the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage
  6. Other children

Allocation of places up to published admission number (PAN)

For applicants expressing a preference under faith grounds (3), places will be allocated in the following order:

  1. To applicants under sub-criterion 3(i) with siblings (see definition above) at the school
  2. To applicants under sub-criterion 3(i) without siblings at the school
  3. To applicants under sub-criterion 3(ii) with siblings at the school
  4. To applicants under sub-criterion 3(ii) without siblings at the school

If, at any point in the allocation of the places under criterion 3, the number of applicants exceeds the remaining places available, the remaining faith applications will be considered under the next applicable criterion for each applicant. The remaining faith applications will be considered alongside all other applications without any consideration being given to faith.

If the PAN is reached within any criterion or sub-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.

Home 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.

Worshipping members

‘Religious allegiance’ is demonstrated and defined as at least one of the parents or guardians of the child being regarded by the priest, minister or 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.

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.