Caroline Chisholm School

The Wooldale Centre for Learning, Wooldale Road, Wootton Fields, Northampton NN4 6TP

Oversubscription admission criteria

Primary

Places will be allocated to pupils who have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHC) that names the school as appropriate provision.

If the number of applications exceeds the number of places remaining, priority will be given to children in the following order:

  1. Looked After Children and Previously Looked After Children
  2. Pupils with a brother or sister continuing at the primary section of the school at the time of the admission of the child AND who live in the linked area of Grange Park, Wootton, Wootton Fields, St George’s Fields, Courteenhall and Quinton associated with the school
  3. Pupils who live in the linked areas of Grange Park, Wootton, Wootton Fields, St George’s Fields, Courteenhall and Quinton associated with the school
  4. Pupils who will have a brother or sister continuing at the primary section of the school at the time of admission of the child
  5. Children of staff who have been directly employed by Caroline Chisholm Education Trust (formerly Caroline Chisholm School) for a period of not less than 2 calendar years at the time of the child’s admission and continuing to be in direct employment at the time of the child’s admission AND children of staff recruited to fill a vacant post within Caroline Chisholm Education Trust where there is a demonstrable skills shortage
  6. Other pupils

Secondary

Places will be allocated to pupils who have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHC) that names the school as appropriate provision.

If the number of applications exceeds the number of places remaining, priority will be given to children in the following order:

  1. Children in public care (looked after children) or previously in public care - children who ceased to be in public care because they were adopted or became subject to a child arrangements or special guardianship order
  2. Pupils with a brother or sister continuing at the secondary section of the school at the time of the admission of the child AND who live in the linked area of Grange Park, Wootton, Wootton Fields, St George’s Fields, Courteenhall, and Quinton associated with the school
  3. Pupils who live in the linked areas of Grange Park, Wootton, Wootton Fields, St George’s Fields, Courteenhall and Quinton associated with the school (see note below on linked area)
  4. Pupils attending the designated contributory primary schools (i.e. Preston Hedges Primary School, Woodland View Primary School and Wootton Primary School) and continuing in attendance until the final offer of places is made
  5. Pupils who will have a brother or sister continuing at the secondary section of the school at the time of admission of the child
  6. Children of staff who have been directly employed by Caroline Chisholm Education Trust (formerly Caroline Chisholm School) for a period of not less than 2 calendar years at the time of the child’s admission and continuing to be in direct employment at the time of the child’s admission AND children of staff recruited to fill a vacant post within Caroline Chisholm Education Trust where there is a demonstrable skills shortage
  7. Other pupils

Linked area

Wootton Fields is defined by the A45 to the west, the B526 Newport Pagnell Road to the north, Wooldale Road to the south and south East and the extent of the Wootton Fields development accessed from Lady Hollow Drive.

Grange Park is defined by the development east of Saxon Avenue bounded by the M1 to the south, and to the north by Bridge Meadow Way, Little Field and Lark Lane.

St George’s Fields is defined as the housing development accessed directly from Poppyfield Road NN4.

The hamlet of Courteenhall and the village of Quinton lie to the east and south east respectively.

Distance tiebreaker

If the admission number is exceeded within criterion 3, places will be allocated on a random basis. Pupils will be placed in alphabetical order and numbered. These numbers are then put into a random order using an electronic randomizer. This denotes the order in which these places will be allocated within the criterion. If the admission number is exceeded within any other criterion, priority will be given to those who live closest to the school.

Child’s home address (where they live)

Defined as: The permanent residence of the child when the place is offered. The address must be the child’s only or main residence that is either:

  • Owned by the child’s parent, parents or guardian
  • Leased to or rented by the child’s parent, parents or guardian under a lease or written rental agreement of not less than six months’ duration. The property leased should be that in which the family lives and which is suitable for the family’s needs

Sibling

Defined as: Brothers or sisters sharing the same parents.

  • Half-brothers or half-sisters, where two or more children share one common parent
  • Step-brothers or step sisters, where two or more children are related by a parent’s marriage or partnership. (Partners must have lived together in a permanent exclusive relationship - as though they were husband or wife or civil partners - for at least two years)
  • Children adopted to parents with other children

For the sibling link to apply, a brother or sister must live at the same address when the application is made. If siblings live between two addresses, applicants must provide proof to show that the main address is the same for both children. Also the sibling must be in attendance at Caroline Chisholm School and must still be in attendance in the same phase of the school at the time of admission of the sibling being offered a place.

Children of Staff

For the purposes of the Admissions Criteria for Caroline Chisholm School, staff are defined as follows:

  • Full and/or part-time members of staff on a permanent employment contract who are directly employed by Caroline Chisholm School and receive their wages via the Caroline Chisholm School wages provider. The employment contract can be for any number of weeks or hours. This includes both teaching and non-teaching staff
  • Members of staff on a temporary or fixed term contract providing the term of their contract fits the timescales in the admissions criterion to qualify for staff status within the published criteria.