All students with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan which 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:
Looked after children and all previously looked after children
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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<
- 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.
Where the distance between 2 children's homes and the school is the same, random allocation will be used to decide between them. This process will be independently verified.
A child's home address will be considered to be where he or she is resident for the majority of nights in a normal school week.
A sibling is defined as a child’s brother or sister. A sibling must be living at the same permanent address and as part of the same family unit (one or two parents plus children) to qualify under this criterion. For School Admissions purposes, the term sibling includes:
- half-brothers and half-sisters
- step-brothers and step-sisters
- adopted children
- children in foster care
- children living in the same family unit, even if they are not biological brothers and sisters – for example when the parents are not married/in a civil relationship.
Cousins are not regarded as siblings.