Hayfield Cross Church of England School

​Hanwood Park Avenue
NN15 5FJ

Oversubscription admission criteria

The governing board will admit all pupils with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan which names the school.

If the number of applications exceeds the Published Admission Number, places will be allocated according to the criteria below in the following order:

  1. Looked after children and previously looked after children
  2. Children who live within the Hanwood Park development
  3. Children who have a sibling attending the school at the time of admission
  4. Other children


Applications within each category will be prioritised on the distance from the child’s home to school. Distances are measured on a straight line basis from the address point of the child’s home to the address point of the school, using a geographical information system.

In the case where there are multiple applications from the same shared dwelling (e.g. flats) or where there are two homes where the distance from the address point of the home to the address point of the school (using the system referred to above) is identical, random allocation, supervised by a suitable independent person, will be used to decide the priority in which applicants are selected.

Home address

The home address of a child is considered to be the permanent residence of the child in a residential property on the statutory closing date for primary allocations. The address must be the child’s only or main residence and is either:

  • Owned by the child’s parent, parents, or carers or guardian
  • Leased to or rented by the child’s parent, parents, carers or guardian under lease or written rental agreement of not less than six months’ duration. The property leased must be where the family lives.

Documentary evidence of ownership or rental agreement may be required together with proof of actual permanent residence at the property concerned. Places cannot be allocated on the basis of intended future changes of address unless house moves have been confirmed through the exchange of contracts or the signing of a formal lease agreement. The governing board reserves the right to seek further documentary evidence to support a claim to residence.

Parents, carers and guardians must notify the school of any change of address during the admissions procedure.


Pupils who will have a brother or sister continuing on the school roll at the date of starting at the school. The definition of a brother or sister (sometimes referred to as a "sibling") is:

  • A brother or sister sharing the same parents
  • A half-brother or half-sister, where two children share one common parent
  • A step-brother or step-sister, where two children are related by a parent’s marriage or partnership. The partners must have co-habited in a permanent exclusive relationship (as if they were husband and wife or civil partners) for a minimum of 2 years prior to the statutory closing date for primary allocations
  • A child who has been adopted or is fostered by parents/carers who have other children

Siblings must be living at the same address on the statutory closing date for applications.

Joint custody arrangements

Where a child lives between two parents the qualifying address will be where the child sleeps the majority of the school week. If the child spends equal amounts of time at the two addresses parents must nominate which address they wish to be the child’s main address.

A map of Hanwood Park can be obtained from the school.