Places will first be allocated to children who have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan that names the school as offering the appropriate provision.
When there are more applications for places than there are places available, priority will be given in the following order:
- Looked after children and all previously looked after children
- Children of staff at the school where either the member of staff has been employed at the school fot two or more years at the time at which the application for admissions to the school is made, and/or the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skills shortage
- Children who have a sibling attending the school at the time of admission of the child
Allocation to published admission number (PAN)
If the admission number is exceeded within any criterion, priority will be given to those who live closest to the school.
Distances are measured on a straight line basis from the address point of the child’s home address to the address point of the school using WNC’s geographical information system.
If two or more applications cannot otherwise be separated and there is only one place available, a random allocation process will be used to determine who should be allocated the place.
A sibling is defined as a child’s brother or sister. A sibling must be living at the same permanent address and as part of the same family unit (one or two parents plus children) to qualify under this criterion. For school admissions purposes, the term sibling includes:
- half-brothers and half-sisters
- step-brothers and step-sisters
- adopted children
- children in foster care
- children living in the same family unit, even if they are not biological brothers and sisters - for example when the parents are not married or in a civil relationship.
Cousins are not regarded as siblings.
Multiple birth groups:
In the case of twins or other siblings from a multiple birth, if the last child to be admitted is from a multiple birth group, the other children in the group will also be offered places, even if it means exceeding the Published Admission Number (PAN).
In the case of siblings (see definition above) in the same year group, where there is only one place remaining which is to be offered to one sibling, the other too will be offered a place.
Home address (child's)
The child’s home address is defined as the address at which the child normally resides with their parent or carer on the closing date for applications. If a child lives with parents who are separated, the home address will be treated as the place where the child sleeps for most of the school week (i.e. Sunday night to Thursday night inclusive).
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.
Documentary evidence of ownership or rental agreement may be required together with proof of actual permanent residence at the property concerned.