Oversubscription admission criteria
The school will first admit children with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan naming the school.
When the academy is oversubscribed, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:
- Looked After Children and Previously Looked After Children
- Children who will have a brother or sister continuing at the school at the time of admission (see Note 1)
- Children of Staff (see Note 2)
- Children who are eligible for Pupil Premium and/or Service Premium (see Note 3)
- Children who live closer to Bracken Leas Primary School than any other school
- Other children
Where it is necessary to choose between two or more applicants within a criterion for a final place, the tiebreaker will be distance, with the child who resides the nearest to Bracken Leas Primary School being given the place.
The distance used will be a straight line distance from the address point of the school to the address point of the applicant’s address using a Geographical Information System.
Where there is more than one applicant at the relevant distance, then the tiebreaker will be random allocation. The random allocation process will be independently supervised.
Note 1 - Definition of a brother or sister (sometimes referred to as a ‘sibling’)
'Sibling’ means a natural brother or sister, a half brother or sister, a legally adopted brother or sister or half-brother or sister, a step brother or sister or other child living in the same household as part of the same family who, in any of these cases, will be living at the same address at the date of their application for a place. A brother or sister must be living at the same address when the application is made.
Note 2 - Children of staff who are employed at Bracken Leas
The school may give priority in their oversubscription criteria to children of staff where 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.
Note 3 – Pupil Premium and Service Premium
Proof of eligibility for Pupil Premium and/or Service Premium will be required for places allocated under this criterion. Children given priority under this criterion fall into the following categories:
- children currently registered as eligible for free school meals
- children who have been registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years
- children whose parent(s) are serving in the regular UK armed forces
- children of ex regular UK armed forces personnel who were serving in the last 3 years
- children where at least one parent died while serving in the UK armed forces and the child is in receipt of a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and the War Pensions Scheme (WPS)
The home address or child’s place of residence is the address of the parent or legal guardian with whom the child spends the majority of the time during the school week. Where a child lives with one of their separated parents for different parts of the week, we will consider the child’s home address to be where the child sleeps for most of the school week (e.g. Sunday night – Thursday night). 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 their application.