Culworth Church of England Primary Academy

The Green
OX17 2BB

You must complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) if you would like your child to be considered under either of the Faith criteria. The SIF is available from the school and must be returned to the school by 15 January 2022.

Places will be allocated to pupils who have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan that names the school as providing appropriate provision.

Oversubscription criteria

When there are more applications for places than there are places available, the governors will admit pupils according to the following criteria which are listed in order of priority:

  1. Looked After Children and all previously Looked After Children
  2. The governors will admit pupils on social or medical grounds, where professionals have clearly identified that the school will best meet the needs of the child. These applications must be accompanied by documentary evidence from appropriate professionals within the Health or Social services. These applications will go to the Local Authority but the evidence will need to go directly to the school. Parents should submit this by the 15th January
  3. Children living with their parent(s)/legal guardian(s) in the villages of Culworth, Moreton Pinkney, Sulgrave and Thorpe Mandeville
  4. Children who have a sibling attending the school at the time of admission (see note below)
  5. Children of worshipping members of St. Mary the Virgin, Culworth; St. James the Less, Sulgrave; St. John Baptist, Thorpe Mandeville; St. Peter and St. Paul, Chipping Warden; St. James, Edgcote and St. Mary the Virgin, Moreton Pinkney. These applications must be accompanied by form SIF/A available from the school. The completed SIF/A will then be sent to the minister with form SIF/B to verify church allegiance
  6. Children of worshipping members of any Church that is a member of Churches Together in England, this includes the Church of England. These applications must be accompanied by form SIF/A available from the school. The completed SIF/A will then be sent to the minister with form SIF/B to verify church allegiance
  7. Children of parents or legal guardians of other faiths, or none, who wish their child to be educated in this church school and Christian environment


If the admission number is exceeded within any criterion, priority will be given to those who live closest to the School.

All distances are measured on a straight line basis from the child’s home address point to the address point of the school. Distances are provided by the Local Authority and are measured 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 (using the system referred to above) is identical, random allocation, supervised by a suitable independent person, will be used to decide the priority in which applicants are selected.

Definition of child’s home address (residence)

The child’s home address means the permanent residence of the child at the time of application. Parents and 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)
  • 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

Separated parents

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 – 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.

Children of “worshipping members”

For parents or carers to be worshipping members, at least one of the parents or carers of the child needs to be regarded by the priest, minister or worship leader as being part of the worshipping community at the church or worship centre. This would not necessarily mean that the parent or carer is a “Member” in the technical sense (e.g. through baptism, confirmation or electoral roll) but would imply a pattern of attendance at worship (on Sunday or at other times) that is more than “occasional” and has been sustained for more than a short, very recent, period of time.


If parents or carers wish their application to be considered under criterion 5 or 6, they must complete form SIF/A which is available from the School and return it to the School (not the local authority). This must be done by the deadline. The School will submit the completed form SIF/A to the relevant minister with form SIF/B to verify the information. As SIF/B needs to be returned to the School in time for the School to rank admissions, it is very important to submit form SIF/A to the School as soon as possible.

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/civil partnership
  • a child who has been adopted or is fostered by parents/carers who have other children