Places will be allocated to pupils who have an EHC plan that names the school as appropriate provision. When there are more applications for places than there are places available, priority will be given in the following order:
- Children in public care or previously in public care but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence / child arrangements order or special guardianship order.
- Pupils with a sibling at the school at the time of admission of the younger child. Siblings are a brother or sister living at the same address as the applicant (within a family unit) including adopted children, step-brothers, step-sisters and children in foster care.
- Pupils who live closer to the school than any other school.
- Other pupils.
If the admission number is exceeded within criterion (3) priority will be given to those who live further from the nearest alternative school. If the admission number is exceeded within any other criterion, priority will be given to those who live closest to the school.
The distance used in a ‘tiebreaker’ for any oversubscribed criterion will be a straight line distance from the address point of the child’s home to the address point of the school. Distances will be determined by the Local Authority measured on a straight line basis using a geographical information system.
Where it is necessary to choose between two or more applicants with a criterion for a final place, the tiebreaker will be distance, with the child who resides the nearest to Towcester C of E Primary School being given the place. Where there is more than one applicant at the relevant distance, then the tiebreaker will be random allocation. The random allocation process will be independently supervised.
Children in Care (i.e. Looked After Children (LAC) and Previously Looked After Children)
Children who are either:
- In the care of a local authority.
- Being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989) at the time of application to a school.
Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order).
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. Each address has a unique address point established by the most valuable elements from the National Land and Property Gazeteer (NPLG), Ordnance Survey Master Map, Royal Mail Postal Address File and The Valuation Office Agency. The address point for a property does not change.
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 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.
Please note – if false or misleading information is used to try and gain a place, this may lead the LGB to reject the application or to withdraw the offer of a place.
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 or civil partnership
- a child who has been adopted or is fostered by parents or carers who have other children
Joint custody arrangements
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. 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. Documentary proof may be sought, such as a medical card.
Please note – if false or misleading information is used to try and gain a school place, this may lead LGBs to reject the application or to withdraw the offer of a place.