All children whose Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans name the school will be admitted before any other places are allocated. If the school is not oversubscribed, all applicants will be offered a place.
When the Academy is oversubscribed, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:
- Looked after children and all previously looked after children
- Children who live in the linked area associated with the school: Alderton, Cosgrove, Deanshanger, Furtho, Grafton Regis, Old Stratford, Passenham, Paulerspury, Potterspury, Pury End, Puxley, Wicken, Yardley Gobion, Heathencote
- Children who have 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.
- Children of current staff working at the school where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made and/or the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
- Children attending the designated contributory primary schools and continuing in attendance until the final offer of places is made: Cosgrove Village Primary School, Deanshanger Primary School, John Hellins Primary School, Old Stratford Primary School, Paulerspury CE School, Yardley Gobion CE Primary.
- Other children
If the admission number is exceeded within any criterion, priority will be given to those who live closest to the school using the local authority's Geographical Information System. Distances are measured on a straight line basis from the address point of the child’s home address to the address point of the school.
In the case of 2 or more applications that cannot be separated, the school will use random allocation as a tie breaker to decide between applicants. This process will be independently verified.
Brother or sister (sibling)
The admission authority sees the benefits of children from the same family attending the same Academy and gives priority to brother and / or sister connections in its policy for allocating places.
However, where the Academy is over-subscribed no guarantee can be given that places will be available for brothers and sisters.
The definition of brother or sister includes step-brothers, step-sisters, half- brothers, half-sisters and adopted brothers and sisters living at the same permanent address. Brothers and sisters are required to be of compulsory Academy age within the oversubscription criteria. This means they must be attending in Years 7 to 11 at the time that the applicant would be joining the Academy.
Where the final place in a year group is offered to one of twins or other multiple births the parent has to decide which child will take up the place.
The child’s home address is defined as the address at which the child normally resides with their parent/carer at the time of application. 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 (i.e. Sunday night to Thursday night inclusive).
Documentary evidence of ownership or rental agreement may be required together with proof of actual permanent residence at the property concerned. If false or misleading information is used to try and gain a place, this may lead us to reject the application or to withdraw the offer of a place.