The Duston School (Primary phase)

​Berrywood Road

Oversubscription admission criteria

You must complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) for this school. The SIF is available from the school and must be returned to the school by 15 January 2022.

All children with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan naming the school will be admitted before any other places are allocated.

In the event that the school receives more applications than the number of places it has available, places will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in order:

  1. Looked after children and previously looked after children
  2. Children of staff at the school where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, or where the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage
  3. Children with siblings at the school. Siblings include step siblings, foster siblings, adopted siblings and other children living permanently at the same address and continuing at the school at the time of admission
  4. Children who live in the area defined as NN5 4 and NN5 6
  5. Children who live in the area defined as NN5 5, NN5 7 and NN5 9
  6. All other children


In the case of 2 or more applications that cannot be separated by the oversubscription criteria outlined above, the school will use the distance between the school and a child’s home as a tie breaker to decide between applicants. Priority will be given to children who live closest to the school.

Distance will be measured in a straight line from the address point of the child’s home address to the address point of the school using the Local Authority’s Geographical Information System.

Where the distance between 2 children’s homes and the school is the same, random allocation will be used to decide between them. This process will be independently verified.

Home address

A child’s home address will be considered to be where he or she is resident for the majority of nights in a normal school week. If the child spends equal amounts of time at two addresses, the parents must agree which address they wish to be the child’s main address before we can process the application.