You must complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) if you would like your child to be considered under any of the Faith criteria. The SIF is available from the school and must be returned to the school by 15 January 2021.
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
- The governors will admit children 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
- Children of parents or guardians resident in the parishes of Staverton, Hellidon and Catesby who can demonstrate an allegiance to the Church of England or any church affiliated to Churches Together in England, through attendance. 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
- Children of parents or guardians resident in the ecclesiastical parishes of Staverton, Hellidon and Catesby (see residence definition)
- Children who have a sibling attending the school at the time of admission (see sibling definition)
- Children of parents or guardians resident outside the parishes of Staverton, Hellidon and Catesby who can demonstrate allegiance to the Church of England or to any church that is a member of Churches Together in England, through attendance. 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
- Children of parents or legal guardians of any faith or none, who express a preference for an education in a Church of England school
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)
- 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.
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
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. A list of full members of Churches Together in England can be found on the Churches Together website
If parents or carers wish their application to be considered under the faith criterion (3 and 6), they must complete form SIF/A which is available from the academy and return it to the academy (not the local authority). This must be done by the deadline of 5pm on 15 January 2021. The academy 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 academy in time for the academy to rank admissions, it is very important for parents or carers to submit form SIF/A to the academy as soon as possible.