Sponne School

Brackley Road, Towcester, Northants NN12 6DJ

Oversubscription admission criteria

All students whose Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan names the school as appropriate provision will be admitted.

If the school is oversubscribed, then the following criteria are used to determine the allocation of places:

  1. Children in public care (looked after children) and children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements order, or special guardianship order;
  2. Children who appear (to the admission authority of the school) to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted. A child is regarded as having been in state care in a place outside of England if they were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation or any other provider of care whose sole purpose is to benefit society;
  3. Children of current staff working at the school where the member of staff has been employed at the school for at least two years at the time at which the application for admission is made and/or the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable shortage;
  4. Children who will have an older brother or sister continuing at Sponne School during the year of application of the younger child and who live at the same address;
  5. Students who live in the linked area associated with the school, i.e. Abthorpe, Adstone, Blakesley, Bradden, Caldecote, Easton Neston, Farthingstone, Foxley, Greens Norton, Litchborough, Maidford, Silverstone, Slapton, Tiffield, Towcester, Wappenham, Whittlebury, Wood Burcote and Woodend;
  6. Students attending the designated contributory primary and continuing in attendance until the final offer of places is made: Blakesley CE Primary School, Greens Norton CE Primary School, Nicholas Hawksmoor Primary School, Silverstone CE Primary School, Tiffield CEVA Primary School, Towcester CE Primary School, Whittlebury CE Primary School;
  7. Other children.

If the admission number is exceeded within criterion 4 priority will be given to those who live furthest 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.

Distances will be measured in a straight line from door to school gate using postcodes and house numbers. The school uses a GIS via OS to establish the straight line distance from the House where the student lives to the front gate of the school when applying the distance tiebreaker criterion.