Malcolm Arnold Academy

Trinity Avenue, Northampton NN2 6JW

Oversubscription admission criteria

This school requires a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) to be completed if you would like your child to be considered under the Faith criterion. The form is available from the school/on their website and must be returned to the school by 31 October 2020. She below for more information.

In accordance with legislation, the allocation of places for children with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan naming the school in the plan will take place first.

If there are more applications than places available, we will apply the oversubscription criteria listed below:

  1. Looked After Children and Previously Looked After Children
  2. Group A – up to 60 places allocated to students who attend Malcolm Arnold Preparatory School at the time of application to Malcolm Arnold Academy.
  3. Group B - up to 120 places allocated to those expressing a preference for admission under Faith Grounds (as defined below in the Definitions section), such places being awarded using the following sub- criteria in descending order:
    i. Applicants who have demonstrated the required religious allegiance (as certified in a satisfactorily completed Form SIF/B) to the Church of England or any other church that is a member of Churches Together in England and the student is currently attending a designated link school. The following schools are defined as designated link schools: All Saints CEVA Primary School; Collingtree CEVA Primary School; St Andrew’s CEVA Primary School; St James’ CEVA Primary School; St Luke’s CEVA Primary School; Weston Favell CEVA Primary School.
    ii. Other applicants who have demonstrated the required religious allegiance (as certified in a satisfactorily completed Form SIF/B) to the Church of England or any church that is a member of Churches Together in England.
    iii. Applicants who have demonstrated the required religious allegiance (as certified in a satisfactorily completed Form SIF/B) to another faith, which is represented on the Interfaith Network for the UK as listed below.
  4. Group C - up to 24 students who display an aptitude for learning music. A child with aptitude is one who is identified as being able to benefit from the teaching in Music, or who demonstrates a particular capacity to succeed in this subject. To be considered under this criterion you must complete a Common Application Form (CAF) and return it to your local authority by 31 October and apply for a musical aptitude test and Beckwith scholarship by 16 October 2020. Applications for the musical aptitude test can be made online here. Aptitude testing will take place at the academy on 20 October 2020. There will be no further test days after the application deadline. Parents will be notified of the result of aptitude testing by 22 October.
  5. Group D - places are allocated on Community Grounds as follows (and as defined further below in the definitions section), with the remaining places being awarded using the following criteria in descending order:
    i. Admission of students whose siblings currently attend either Malcolm Arnold Preparatory school, or Malcolm Arnold Academy and who will continue to do so on the date of admission.
    ii. Admission of students currently attending a named feeder school. The named feeder schools of Malcolm Arnold Academy are: Briar Hill Primary School, Cedar Road Primary School, Eastfield Academy, Kings Heath Primary School, The Arbours Primary Academy.
    iii. Children of staff where that member of staff has been employed at for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, and/or the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage in the area.
  6. Other children

Allocation of Places up to PAN

If there are more applicants that meet a given criterion or sub-criterion above, than there are remaining places available, the distance from the child’s permanent home address point to the Academy address point will be used to determine which children are admitted. Those children living nearest to the Academy will be given preference. The distance will be measured using the NCC’s computerised measuring system.

Home Address

Where a child lives normally during the school week with more than one parent at different addresses, the permanent home address for the purposes of school admissions will be the one where the child spends the majority of school nights Sunday – Thursday. If the child spends an equal amount of time at two addresses, the parents must decide which address they wish to use as the child’s main address for the application.

Tie Breaker

If two or more children live the same distance from the Academy and there is only one place available random allocation will be used to decide which child is admitted.

Multiple Births and Brothers and Sisters in the Same Year Group

If twins or multiple birth children are split by operation of the oversubscription criteria, the school will go above its published admission number to accommodate all children unless this would make the class too large and prejudice the education of the other children.

If brothers and sisters in the same year group are split by operation of the oversubscription criteria, the school will go above its published admission number to accommodate all children unless this would make the class too large and prejudice the education of the other children.

Definitions

Group B – ‘Faith Grounds’

‘Religious allegiance’ is demonstrated and defined as at least one of the parents or guardians of the child being regarded by the priest, minister or worship leader as part of the worshipping community at the church or worship centre. This would not necessarily mean that the parent or child 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 a short, very recent period of time.

For the full list of members, please visit the Churches Together in England webiste

The following religious groups are represented on the Interfaith Network for the UK: Baha'i; Buddhist; Christian; Hindu; Jain; Jewish; Muslim; Sikh; Zoroastrian communities.

Group C – ‘Aptitude for the learning of Music’

Up to 24 students who display an aptitude for learning music. A child with aptitude is one who is identified as being able to benefit from the teaching in Music, or who demonstrates a particular capacity to succeed in this subject. Admission of students on the basis of Musical Aptitude will be subject to completion by the applicant student’s parent of the Academy’s form SIF/3 and a musical ability test.

Group D – ‘Community Grounds’

Sibling is defined in these arrangements as children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers and sisters. NOTE: A brother or sister must be living at the same address when the application is made.

The named feeder schools of Malcolm Arnold Academy are: Briar Hill Primary School. Cedar Road Primary School, Eastfield Academy, Kings Heath Primary School, The Arbours Primary Academy.