The school will first admit all children who have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan which names the school as appropriate provision.
When there are more applications for places than there are places available, priority will be given in the following order:
- Looked after children and all previously looked after children
- Children of a member of staff – to ensure the highest quality of teaching staff, priority will be given to children of staff where the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage or where the member of staff has been employed at the Academy for two or more years at the time when the application for admission to the Academy is made;
- Sibling link – children who, at the time of their admission, will have an older sibling attending the Academy in Years 7 to 13 or had a sibling in Year 13 on National Secondary Offer Day. A sibling includes step siblings, foster siblings, adopted siblings and other children living permanently at the same address. A sibling link does not apply to cousins or other more distant relations or to any sibling living at a different address. A twin or children from a ‘multiple birth’ will be given a sibling link as soon as the first child is allocated a place. This is to avoid the situation where only one sibling of a multiple birth is successful in obtaining a place;
- Other pupils
Tiebreaker – distance to the Academy
Where more than one child is equally entitled to a place under any of the oversubscription criteria, a distance tiebreaker will be applied with priority being given to those living closest to the school. Distances are measured on a straight line basis from the address point of the child’s permanent address to the address point of Northampton Academy, using a geographical information system. In the event of two or more distances being the same, random allocation will be used to decide the priority given to each application.
The child’s permanent address is where he or she normally lives and sleeps and goes to school from on the majority of school nights (Sunday to Thursday).
Proof of residence can be requested at any time throughout the admissions process. If false or misleading information is used to gain entry to the Academy, the offer of a place may be withdrawn and the application cancelled.