The Duston School (Secondary phase)

Berrywood Road

​This school requires applicants to complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF). The SIF is available from the school and on their website. It must be returned to the school by 31 October 2021.

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.

Oversubscription criteria

In the event that the school receives more applications than the number of places it has available, places will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in order until all places are filled.

  1. LAC - Children in public care (looked after children) or previously in public care
  2. Children of a member of staff defined in accordance to the School Admissions Code 1.39: Admission authorities may give priority in their oversubscription criteria to children of staff in either or both of the following circumstances: a) where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for the admission to the school is made, and/or b) the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage;
  3. Year 6 students already on roll at The Duston School (primary phase) that apply for a place at The Duston School (secondary phase) on-time via the Local Education Authorities coordinated admission scheme.
  4. Priority will next be given to children with siblings at the school. Siblings include step siblings, foster siblings, adopted siblings and other children living permanently at the same address. Priority will not be given to children with siblings who are former pupils of the school.
  5. Pupils who live in the area defined as NN5 4 and NN5 6
  6. Pupils who live in the area defined as NN5 5, NN5 7 and NN5 9
  7. Other pupils


In the case of 2 or more applications that cannot be separated by the oversubscription criteria outlined above, the school will use the distance between the school and a child’s home as a tie breaker to decide between applicants. Priority will be given to children who live closest to the school. Distance will be measured in a straight line from the child’s home address to the address point of the school. 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. 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.