Oakley Vale Primary School

Cheltenham Road
Oakley Vale
NN18 8RH

The Academy will first admit children with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan that names the school as appropriate provision.

Oversubscription Criteria

When there are more applications for places than there are places available, priority will be given in the following order: 

  1. Looked after children and all previously looked after children
  2. Children who live in the linked area and who have a sibling link 
  3. Other children who live in the linked area
  4. Children of staff where that member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, and/or the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage in the area 
  5. Other children who do not live in the linked area and who have a sibling link (see note below). 
  6. Other children
The linked area comprises the Oakley Vale Estate. A map is available from the school upon request.

Distance tie-breaker 

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

Home address

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/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.]

Sibling link

A sibling link will arise where one of the conditions in each of A and B are satisfied. 

Condition A: 

  • 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. 

Condition B: 

For the sibling link to apply, one of the siblings must be a registered pupil at the named Academy at the time of application and is expected to remain on roll at the point of admission. 

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 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 or 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 school admissions team 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.