Bishop Stopford School

Headlands, Kettering, Northants NN15 6BJ

Oversubscription admission criteria 

The governors will allocate places to children who have an EHC Plan which names the school as the appropriate provision.

Parent (s) / 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 wwwbishopstopford.com in the Admissions section or alternatively can be requested direct from the school as part of the admission pack. This Supplementary Information Form (SIF) (A1) needs to be returned direct to Bishop Stopford School by 3:30pm Friday 30th October 2020.

All Supplementary Information Forms (A1) received after this date will be treated as late applications. The School issues receipts for all Supplementary Information Forms (A1) received. If you hand deliver your Form, a receipt will be issued by our Reception Team. If you post your Form, we ask that you enclose a stamped addressed envelope. If you do not receive a receipt, email admissions@bishopstopford.com before the deadline. It is the applicants’ responsibility to ensure a receipt is issued and kept.

If there are more applications than places available, the following oversubscription criteria will be used to allocate places:

  1. Looked after or previously looked after children;
  2. 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;
  3. Religious Criteria (see below). The faith leader will be asked to complete a similar form (sent out by the school) to corroborate information. If there is a discrepancy between the two forms, the Governors will accept the faith leader priority score. Governors must receive both forms (the parent form and the faith leader form) in order to assess the application. In the event of a tie, the tie-breaker will be used;
  4. Other

Tie-breaker

Those with siblings who will be on the roll (including Sixth Form) at the school at the time of admission will be given first priority. 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 NCC’s Geographical Information System.

Religious Criteria

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).

Priority 1

As a family you frequently attend the Church of England or the Methodist Church.

Priority 2

As a family:

  • you frequently attend a Christian Church (other than Church of England or Methodist*) which has full membership of Churches Together in England, or
  • you frequently attend a Christian church which is a member of a Local churches together group or a religious group represented on the Interfaith Network for the UK.

Priority 3

As a family:

  • you regularly attend a Christian Church which has full membership of Churches Together in England (including Church of England or Methodist*) or
  • you regularly attend a Christian church which is a member of a Local churches together group or a religious group represented on the Interfaith Network for the UK.

Priority 4

As a family:

  • you occasionally attend a Christian Church which has full membership of Churches Together in England (including Church of England or Methodist*) or
  • you occasionally attend a Christian church which is a member of a Local churches together group or a religious group represented on the Interfaith Network for the UK.

Priority 5

Other

* Due to the covenant between the Church of England and the Methodist church in Great Britain and Ireland

Definitions of terms

Attendance (at a public act of worship)

  • Frequently: you (they) have attended fortnightly - or more regularly – for a period of at least three consecutive years up to 20 March 2020 (due to the closing of places of worship caused by Covid).
  • Regularly: you (they) have attended less than monthly for a period of at least two consecutive years up to 20 March 2020 (due to the closing of places of worship caused by Covid).
  • Occasionally: you (they) occasionally attend – at least three times a year for a period of at least two consecutive years up to the date of application.

Sibling

A sibling, sometimes known as a brother/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
  • Foster children

A sibling must be living at the same address when the application is made.

Home address

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 asked for 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.

Family

The family is defined as the child for whom the application is made, and their biological parent(s), or the person(s) with legal responsibility for them. You may wish to supply copies of any legal documents to support your application if you are a legal guardian.

Parents 

The biological parent(s), or the person(s) with legal responsibility for the child for whom the application is being made. You may wish to supply copies of any legal documents to support your application if you are a legal guardian.

Churches Together in England (CTE)

The following denominations are full members of Churches Together in England (CTE) (list correct as of 1.1.20 www.cte.org.uk)
Antiochian Orthodox Church, Indian Orthodox Church, Apostolic Pastoral Congress, International Ministerial Council of Great Britain, Armenian Orthodox Church, Ixthus Church Council, Assemblies of God, Joint Council of Churches for All Nations, Baptist Union of Great Britain, Mar Thoma Church in Europe, Calvary Church of God in Christ, Methodist Church, Catholic Bishop’s Conference of England & Wales, Moravian Church, Church of England, New Testament Assembly, Church of God of Prophecy, New Testament Church of God, Church of Scotland (Presbytery of England), Oecumenical Patriarchate, Churches in Communities International, Pioneer, Congregational Federation, Redeemed Christian Church of God, Coptic Orthodox Church, Religious Society of Friends, Council of African and Caribbean Churches UK, Ruach Network of Churches, Council of Lutheran Churches, Roman Catholic Church, Council of Oriental Orthodox Christian Churches, Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), Elim Pentecostal Church, Salvation Army, Evangelical Lutheran Church of England, Transatlantic Pacific Alliance of Churches, Exarchate of Orthodox Parishes of the Russian Tradition, Unification Council of Cherubim & Seraphim Churches, Free Church of England, United Kingdom World Evangelism Trust, Ground Level, United Reformed Church, Ichthus Christian Fellowship, Wesleyan Holiness Church, Independent Methodist Churches.

Any additions to full membership of CTE, up to the closing date for admission will be recognised.

Local Churches Together groups

e.g. Churches Together in Northampton, Churches Together in Market Harborough, etc. Evidence of membership may be asked for in support of the application.

Interfaith Network

The following religious groups are examples of those represented on the Interfaith Network for the UK (www.interfaith.org.uk).
Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Zoroastrian Communities