Thomas Becket Catholic School

Becket Way, Kettering Road North, Northampton NN3 6HT

Oversubscription admission criteria

Children with an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) in which the school is named will be admitted according to the regulations and the policy of the Local Authority.

If there are more applications than places available, priority will be given as follows:

  1. "Looked after Children" or previously “Looked after Children” who are baptised in the Catholic Faith
  2. Baptised Catholic children who have a brother or sister in the school at the time of admission.
  3. Baptised Catholic children whose family are practising Catholics and whose application is supported by the Clergy of their parish.
  4. Other Catholic children.
  5. Other “Looked after Children” or previously “Looked after Children”
  6. Other children who have a brother or sister in the school at the time of admission.
  7. Children of families of other Christian denominations whose application is accompanied by a statement that the applicant is “a known and practising member of the congregation” and is supported by their Minister of religion.
  8. Children who currently attend Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Academy Trust (OLICAT) primary schools at time of admission: St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School, St. Gregory’s Catholic Primary School, The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School
  9. Children of staff.
  10. All other children whose parents or guardians wish their child to receive a Christian education.

If the admission number is exceeded within any criterion, priority will be given to those who live nearest to the school. Distances are measured from the address point of the school to the child’s home address on a straight line basis, using the Local Authority’s Geographical Information System. In the event of two distances being the same, random allocation will be used to determine which child should be offered the place.

Faith & Sibling Criteria

Applicants wishing to be considered under the school’s faith and sibling criteria should also complete the Supplementary Information Form available from the school and return it to the school by 5.00pm on 31st October 2020 with the relevant section completed by their Parish clergy, minister or faith leader. Although these forms are not mandatory, if one is not received the Governors may not be able to fairly apply their admission criteria. In this circumstance the application will be considered under admission criterion 10 “All other children”.


Brother or sister (Sibling) - means a brother or sister sharing the same parents, or a half-brother or half-sister where two children share one common parent, or a step-brother or step-sister, where two children are related by a parent’s marriage/partnership, including adopted or fostered children. A brother or sister must be living at the same address when the application is made.

Baptised Catholic 

This means children who have been baptised as Catholics, or have been formally received into the Catholic Church. All applicants seeking admission under this criterion will be asked to provide evidence that the child has been baptised as a Catholic or has been received into the Catholic Church. A baptismal certificate or a letter from their Parish Clergy confirming their baptism into the Catholic Church will be required.

Children of Staff

The parent must have been employed at the school for two or more years when the application is made, or the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.


This means a member of a church which is part of Churches Together in England.


This means parents, step-parents and grandparents.

Home address 

This is the permanent residence of the child when the place is made. Where a child lives between two parents, the address is where the child sleeps the majority of the school week.

Known and Practising Member of the Congregation

This means the family of the child is regarded by the priest/minister/worship leader as part of the worshipping community of the church/worship centre. This would not necessarily mean that the parent is a ‘Member’ in a technical sense (e.g. through baptism, confirmation or electoral roll) but would imply a pattern of attendance at worship (on Sunday or at other times) that is more than ‘occasional’ and has been sustained for more than six months in the year prior to the date of signature.

Children of Other Christian Denominations 

This means children who belong to other churches and ecclesial communities which, acknowledge God’s revelation in Christ, confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the Scriptures, and, in obedience to God’s will and in the power of the Holy Spirit commit themselves: to seek a deepening of their communion with Christ and with one another in the Church, which is his body; and to fulfil their mission to proclaim the Gospel by common witness and service in the world to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. An ecclesial community which on principle has no creedal statements in its tradition, is included if it manifests faith in Christ as witnessed to in the Scriptures and is committed to working in the spirit of the above.

All members of Churches Together in England and CYTÛN are deemed to be included in the above definition, as are all other churches and ecclesial communities that are in membership of any local Churches Together Group (by whatever title) on the above basis.

Practising Catholic

This means that one parent or grandparent attends Mass on days of obligation, unless excused for a serious reason (for example, illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by their own pastor. Evidence of this commitment must be provided by their Parish Clergy where the family normally worship through a certificate of catholic practice.