Buckton Fields Primary School

Home Farm Drive

Places will first be allocated to children with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan naming the school.

Oversubscription criteria

When the school is oversubscribed, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below in priority order.

  1. Looked after children and children who were previously looked after 
  2. Children with a brother or sister continuing at the school at the time of admission of the child
  3. Children who live closest to the school on a straight-line basis and live within the defined area
  4. Other children.

The defined area is the area within the Buckton Fields Housing development. A map is available from the school.


If in criterion 2-4 above a tie-break is necessary to determine which child is admitted the child living closest to the school on a straight-line basis will be given priority for admission. The Academy Trust will undertake the appropriate measurements. Distances are measured from the address point of your home to the address point of the school on a straight-line basis, using a geographical information system. 

Where two or more children share a priority for a place in criterion 2-4 above, e.g. where two children live equidistant from the school, these places will be allocated using random allocation undertaken by an independent body.  

However, if children of multiple births are tied for the final place those siblings will be admitted over the published admission number as permitted by infant class size rules.


Brother or sister (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.

Home address

The home address is where a child normally lives. Where a child lives with parents with shared parental responsibility, each for part of a week, the address where the child lives is determined using a joint declaration from the parents stating the pattern of residence. If a child’s residence is split equally between both parents, then parents will be asked to determine which residential address should be used for the purpose of admission to school.

If no joint declaration is received where the residence is split equally by the closing date for applications, the home address will be taken as the address where the child is registered with the doctor. If the residence is not split equally between both parents, then the address used will be the address where the child spends the majority of the school week.