The governors will allocate places to children who have an EHC Plan which names the school as the appropriate provision.
Parents and Legal Guardians are required to complete a Bishop Stopford Supplementary Information Form (SIF) (A1) by ticking the box that most closely relates to their family situation. This form is available on the school website in the Admissions section or alternatively can be requested direct from the school. This Supplementary Information Form (SIF) (A1) needs to be returned direct to Bishop Stopford School by 31 October 2021.
If there are more applications than places available, the following oversubscription criteria will be used to allocate places:
- Looked after or previously looked after children
- Social and Medical needs (Up to 4 places)
Children whom the governors accept have exceptional medical or social needs. Applications will only be considered under this category if they are supported by a written statement from a medical consultant, senior social worker or educational psychologist. In each case there must be a clear connection between the child’s need and Bishop Stopford, and an explanation of the difficulties that would be caused if the child were to attend another school. If more than four students qualify under these criteria, then the tie-breaker will be used
Applications be will be ranked according to the religious affiliation selected by parents on the SIF. Those with siblings who will be on roll at the Academy (including Sixth Form) at the time of admission will be placed first within each priority.
The faith leader will be asked to complete a similar form (sent out by the Academy) to corroborate information. If there is a discrepancy between the two forms, the Governors will accept the faith leader’s priority score. In the event of a tie, the tie-breaker will be used. Applications under this criterion will be allocated on the basis of priorities 1 to 5 listed on the SIF. If all available places have been allocated and applicants of equal priority remain unplaced, then the tie-breaker will be used for all applicants (e.g. if priorities 1-4 are filled but only 3 available spaces remain in priority 5 with 8 applicants, all 8 will be subject to the tie-breaker).
Should there still be a tie; places will be awarded to those students who live nearest to the school at time of application. Distances are measured on a straight line basis from the address point of the child’s home address to the point of the school using NNC’s geographical information system.
Places in section 3 will be allocated on the basis of priorities 1-5 as listed on the SIF A1. If all available places have been allocated and applicants of equal priority remain unplaced, then the tie-breaker will be used for all applicants (e.g. if priorities 1-4 are filled, but only 3 available spaces remain in priority 5 with 8 applicants, all 8 will be subject to the tie-breaker).
Definitions of terms
Frequently: the family have participated fortnightly - or more regularly (i.e. 26 of more times a year) for a period of at least three consecutive years up to the date of application
Occasionally: the family have participated at least monthly (i.e. between 12 and 26 times a year) for a period of at least three consecutive years up to the date of application
Attached to: the family have participated fewer than 12 times a year.
Attendance should only be counted for the period when places of worship were open. The period from 20th March 2020 to 19th July 2021 should not be included as places of worship were closed to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The family is defined as the child for whom the application is made, and their parents. Applicants can supply copies of any legal documents to support the application if they are legal guardians rather than biological parents.
This is the child’s permanent home and is the address of the parent/legal guardian with whom they spend the majority of time during the school week. Proof of residence can be requested at any time during the admissions process. This will normally be in the form of a utility bill, (e.g. electricity, gas etc) fewer than 3 months old.
A sibling, sometimes known as a brother or sister, is:
- A brother or sister sharing the same parents
- A half brother or half sister where 2 children share one common parent
- A step-brother or step-sister, where two children are related by a parent’s marriage/partnership
- Adopted children
A sibling must be living at the same address when the application is made.
Churches Together in England (CTE)
For a full list of the full members of Churches Together in England (CTE), please visit their website. Any additions to full membership of CTE, up to the closing date for admission will be recognised.
The following religious groups are examples of those represented on the Interfaith network for the UK: Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Zoroastrian Communities.