Places will first be allocated to children who have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan that names the school as offering the appropriate provision.
When there are more applications that there are places available, priority will be given in the following order:
- Looked after children and previously looked after children
- Sibling link – where a brother or sister is continuing at The Ferrers School at the time of admission of the child
- Children who attend Higham Ferrers Junior School or Henry Chichele Primary School and continue in attendance until the final offer of places is made.
- Children who live within the designated area, i.e. Chelveston-cum-Caldecott, Higham Ferrers, Higham Park and Rushden, and who live closer to the Ferrers School than any other school.
- Children who live within the designated area (see criterion 4)
- Children who live outside the designated area.
If the admission number is exceeded within any criterion, priority will be given to those who live closest to the school. 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 using NNC’s Geographical Information System.
If two or more applications cannot otherwise be separated and there is only one place available, a random allocation process will be used to determine who should be allocated the place.
Siblings include step siblings, half siblings, foster siblings, adopted siblings and other children living permanently at the same address or siblings who are current students of the school.
The address used for the purpose of admission is the child’s usual place of residence. Applications based on future addresses can only be considered up to 6 teaching weeks before the child is expected to take up the place and upon confirmation of tenancy or exchange of contracts with details of the proposed completion date. Parents are expected to notify either the Academy or their home local authority of any changes of address as this may affect the allocation of a place.