The Academy Governance Committee (AGC) will admit all pupils with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan which names the school.
When there are more applications than there are places available, the governors will admit pupils according to the following oversubscription criteria which are listed in order of priority:
- Looked after children and previously looked after children
- Children who live in Ringstead
- Children with an older brother or sister continuing at the school at the time of admission of the younger child (see note below)
- Other children
If the admission number is exceeded with 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 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 is identical, random allocation, supervised by a suitable independent person, will be used to decide the priority in which applicants are selected.
Home address or residence
The child’s home address means the permanent residence of the child at the time of application. Parents or carers may be asked to provide proof of a claim of residence at any time during the admission process. The address must be the child’s only or main residence that is either:
- owned by the child’s parent(s) or carer(s) or
- leased to or rented by the child’s parent(s) or carer(s) under a lease or written rental agreement of not less than 6 months’ duration. The property leased must be where the family lives.
If a child lives with separated parents, 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 an equal amount of time at 2 addresses, the parents must decide which address they wish to use as the child’s main address for the application.
Definition of sibling
A brother or sister living at the same address as the applicant (i.e. within a family unit) including:
- 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 parents’ marriage or civil partnership
- a child who has been adopted or is fostered by parents or carers who have other children