Children with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan where the Academy is named in the plan will first be admitted.
Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available, priority for admission will be given in the following order:
- Looked after children and previously looked after children
- Children whose home address is within the Academy’s defined catchment area
- Children who have a sibling currently attending the Academy
- Children of staff members; where the member of teaching and non-teaching staff has been employed at Priors Hall – a Learning Community for two or more years, when the application for admission to the Academy is made and/or the member of teaching and non-teaching staff is recruited to fill a vacant post, for which there is a demonstrable skills shortage
- Other children
Where it is necessary to choose between two or more applicants, the tiebreaker will be distance with the child who resides the nearest to the Academy being given the place. Where there is more than one applicant at the relevant distance, then the tie-breaker will be random allocation.
The random allocation process will be independently supervised. Measurements will be straight line distances taken using the local authority’s geographical information system.
In these admission arrangements a sibling is defined as:
- 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 be living together in a permanent relationship (as if they were husband and wife or civil partners)
- adopted or fostered children
In all cases, a sibling must be living at the same address when the application is made.
The child’s home address is the address of the parent or legal guardian with whom the child spends the majority of the time during the Academy week (Sunday to Thursday nights). 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.
If we receive more than one application for the same child (made by separated parents) and where the home address and/or the preferences do not match, neither application will be processed until such time that the parents can agree on both the address and the preferences. If no agreement can be made, parents are recommended to seek legal advice. If an agreement cannot be reached before the closing date, this may affect the chances of your child being allocated a place at the school.
Parents or legal guardians may be asked to produce evidence of residency or home address at any time during the admissions process. The address used must be the home address at the time of application. If a house move is planned the new address may only be used once exchange of contracts has taken place or a tenancy agreement has been signed.
The academy’s catchment area is the area within the line marked on the map available from the school. Where there is a dispute as to whether a particular address is within the catchment area, the academy’s decision shall be final.