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.
The Governing Body will admit children with an Educational, Health and Care (EHC) plan which names the school.
Where there are more applications than there are places available, children will be admitted according to the following criteria, which are listed in order of priority:
- Looked After Children and all previously Looked After Children
- Children on social or medical grounds, where professionals have clearly identified that this school will best meet the needs of the child. These applications must be accompanied by documentary evidence from appropriate professional with Health or Social Services (see note below)
- Children living with their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) in the civil parish of Hackleton. This includes Piddington, Horton, Preston Deanery and the relevant parts of Wootton Fields (1 to 9 & 2 to 12 The Ashes, 3 to 23 and 2 to 10 The Choakles, 43 to 45 and 30 to 42 Long Meadow, 1 to 37 and 4 to 60 Milton Bridge and 7 to 17 Thrupp Bridge), Salcey Lawn (Hartwell) and Eakley Lanes (Stoke Goldington) (see definition of child’s home address/residence below)
- Children who have a sibling attending the school at the time of admission (see sibling definition below)
- Children of parent(s) or legal guardian(s) who worship at St John the Baptist, Piddington. These applications must be accompanied by form SIF/A which is available from the school (see note below)
- Children of worshipping members of any Church that is a member of Churches Together in Great Britain and Ireland (see note below). These applications must be accompanied by form SIF/A which is available from the school (see note below)
- Children of parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of other faiths, or none, who wish their child to be educated in a 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.
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 (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 in the event of a tiebreaker.
Definition of child’s home address or 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
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/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.
In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these admission arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship.
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 of 5pm on 15 January 2022. 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.
Churches together in Great Britain and Ireland
Please see the
Churches Together in Great Britain and Ireland website for list of member churches.
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
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. Please note – if false or misleading information is used to try and gain a school place, this may lead the Governing Body to reject the application or to withdraw the offer of a place.
Medical or Social Needs
If you believe that your child has exceptional medical or social needs, you will need to provide evidence of this from an appropriate professional. The needs must relate to your child and the evidence must detail how the needs of your child can only be met at your preferred school. This can be sent in a sealed envelope if you prefer. If accompanied by a professional’s letter, they must demonstrate in their judgement why Hackleton School can meet your child’s needs, and also demonstrate why other local schools cannot meet your child’s needs. It is not sufficient for a professional to say in their judgement only Hackleton School can meet your child’s needs, they must state why schools B or C cannot meet the needs. Hackleton governors’ admissions panel, having read the evidence received will make the final decision whether or not to admit the child.