All children whose Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan names the school will be admitted before any other places are allocated. If the school is not oversubscribed, all applicants will be offered a place.
If there are more requests than there are places available within the Academy’s admission number, places will be allocated in accordance with the following criteria and in the order shown:
- Looked after children and all previously looked after children
- Children who live in the catchment area who have a sibling on roll at the Academy at the time of application and who is expected to remain on roll at the point of admission
- Children who live in the catchment area and attend Rushden Academy feeder primary schools and continue in attendance until the final offer of places is made: Alfred Street Junior School, Denfield Park Primary School, Newton Road School, Rushden Primary Academy, South End Primary School or Whitefriars Primary School.
- Children living outside the catchment area who have a sibling on roll at the Academy at the time of application and who is expected to remain on roll at the point of admission
- Other children
Allocation of places up to published admission number (PAN)
Where there are more children in a particular criterion than there are places remaining to take the school up to its PAN, the children are ranked according to the distance from their home address to the Academy with priority being given to those who live closest to the Academy.
A straight-line measurement will be made, using a computerised mapping system, from the centre of the child's residence - to the centre of the Academy site. The address used must be the child's permanent home address.
Where there are two or more applications that cannot otherwise be separated, a randomiser will be used to decide who is allocated a place.
A child's home address is considered to be a residential property that is their only or main residence. Proof of permanent residence at the property may be required at any point during the admission process. Where a child lives with separated parents for different parts of the week, we will consider the child’s home address to be where the child sleeps for most of the school week (Sunday night to Thursday night). If a child spends equal amounts of time at the two addresses, parents must name the address to be used for the purpose of allocating a place.
If a place at the Academy is offered on the basis of an address that is subsequently found to be different from a child's normal and permanent home address, then that place is liable to withdrawal.
One of the aims of the Academy is to serve its neighbourhood and develop links with the local community. The catchment area for Rushden Academy is the area of Rushden, which is a town and civil parish located in East Northamptonshire.
Children of UK service personnel and other crown servants will be treated as meeting the residency criteria for a catchment area once proof of posting has been provided.
We see the benefits of children from the same family attending the same Academy and we give priority to sibling connections in our admissions policy. The definition of sibling includes step-brothers, step-sisters, half-brothers, half-sisters and adopted brothers and sisters and children living in foster care living at the same permanent address. However, where the Academy is over-subscribed no guarantee can be given that places will be available for brothers and sisters.
Twins and multiple births
In the case of twins or other siblings from a multiple birth, where there is only one place available in the Academy, these will be considered together as one application. The Academy’s admission number may be exceeded by one.
In the case of siblings in the same year group, where there is only one place available in the Academy, both will be considered together as one application. The Academy may go above its admission number as necessary to admit all the children.