Sywell CE Primary School

Overstone Road

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 2022.

Children with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan which names the school as appropriate provision will first be admitted.

Oversubscription criteria

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:

  1. Looked after children and all previously looked after children
  2. Children living with their parent(s) or carer(s) in the civil parish of Sywell (see residence definition and notes on Civil Parish Boundary below)
  3. Children who have an older sibling at the school at the time of application (see sibling definition below)
  4. Children of worshipping members (see definition below) of the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Sywell with Overstone, which is located in the ecclesiastical parish of Sywell and Overstone. 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
  5. Children of worshipping members (see definition below) of any Church that is a member of Churches Together in England (this includes the Church of England), or the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches or any other church or ecclesial community of other Christian denominations in membership of any local Churches Together Group, by whatever title. These applications must be accompanied by form SIF/A available from the school. The school will then send a copy of the completed SIF/A to the appropriate minister with form SIF/B to verify church allegiance
  6. Children of parent(s) or carer(s) of other faiths, or none, who wish their child to be educated in a church school and Christian environment.


Where there are more applications than places available in any one criterion, applications will be prioritised on the distance from the address point of the child’s home to the address point of the school on a straight line basis (priority being given to the children who live closer to the school). Distances are measured on a straight-line basis, using a geographical information system.

Parish boundaries (ecclesiastical parishes)

Please consult the map on A Church Near You, put in your postcode, select where you live and the name of your parish will be shown.

Civil parish boundary

For the civil parish boundaries of Sywell, please see map in school or on the school website.

Residency definition

The child’s home address means the permanent residence of the child at the time of application. 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 a child spends equal 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 siblings

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; 
  • children living in the same family unit, even if they are not biological brothers and sisters

Definition of worshipping member

At least one of the parents or guardians of the child is regarded by the priest, minister or worship leader as part of the worshipping community at the church or worship centre. This would not necessarily mean that the parent is a “member” in a 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/carers wish their application to be considered under criterion 4 or 5 they must complete a form SIF/A which is available from the school and return it to the school (not the local authority). This must be completed by the deadline published on the form. The school will then submit the completed form to the relevant minster with form SIF/B to verify the information. As the SIF/ B needs to be returned to the school in time for the school to rank applications it is very important to submit form SIF/A to the school as soon as possible.