Children with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan where the academy is named as appropriate provision will first be admitted.
Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the published admission number, applications will be considered against the oversubscription criteria the order set out below:
- Looked after children and previously looked after children
- Children with a sibling continuing at the school at the time of the admission of the younger child (see note below)
- Children who live closer to the preferred school than any other school
- Other children
If the admission number is exceeded within criterion 3, priority will be given to those who live furthest from their nearest alternative school. If the admission number is exceeded within any other criterion, priority will be given to those who live closest to the school. Measurements are carried out in a straight line basis from the child’s home address to the address point of the school.
In the case where multiple applications for the same shared dwelling occurs (e.g. flats), a randomiser will be used to decide the priority in which the pupils within the shared dwelling are selected in the event of a tie. The random allocation process will be subject to independent verification.
Where a child lives or their "home address" will be determined at the time of application. The child’s home address is defined as the address at which the child normally resides with their parent or carer. If a child lives with their separated parents for different parts of the week, the Trust will treat their home address as the place the child sleeps for the majority of the school week. If the child spends equal periods at the two addresses, the parents must agree to nominate one address to be taken as the home address.
Documentary evidence of ownership or rental agreement may be required together with proof of actual permanent residence at the property concerned. Places cannot be allocated on the basis of intended future changes of address unless house moves have been confirmed through the exchange of contracts or the signing of a formal lease agreement. The Trust reserves the right to seek further documentary evidence to support your claim to residence. The Trust will withdraw any place allocated if the address is found to be false.
A sibling link will arise where one of the conditions below is satisfied:
- a brother or sister living at the same address, who shares the same parents
- a half-brother or half-sister living at the same address, where two children share one common parent
- a step brother or step sister living at the same address, where two children are related by a parent’s marriage
- adopted or fostered children living in the same household
Additional sibling link information:
Although the definition of "sibling" does not specify whether the sibling should be younger or older, it should be noted that for admissions to the primary or secondary phases of education, the sibling link will only be valid where the older sibling is on roll at the academy (or linked Junior Academy) at the time of application and is expected to be still on roll at the time of admission.
Twins and multiple births
Where possible twins and multiple births will be placed at the same school. In cases where there is one place left and the next child on the list is one of a twin, triplet or multiple birth, the local authority will contact the parents and discuss the options with them where this is known at the time of application. The parents will need to decide whether to accept one place at the school or to keep the children together by accepting another school.