After the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care plan naming the school, if there are more applicants than places available, priority will be given in the following order to:
(1) Looked after children and previously looked after children who have been adopted or become subject to child arrangements or special guardianship order, immediately following having been looked after, including foster care. Including internationally adopted previously looked after children. (new).
(2) Children or their immediate family member with a chronic medical condition or social care need that can only be met if a child attends a particular school.
Applicants need to set out the reasons why the school can best meet needs and the implications for the child or immediate family member if a place was not obtained at the school. Evidence of the condition or need must be submitted with the application, such as a letter from a registered health professional or practitioner i.e. a doctor or social worker.
(3) Children who have a sibling (brother or sister) living at the same address who will be attending the school at the time of the child’s admission.
Sibling means a full, half, step brother or sister. This does not include siblings attending a school’s sixth form provision.
(4) Children of staff working at the academy
(5) Other children based on home to school distance.
Distance from home to school is measured as a straight line from the centre of the home address to the centre of the school site. In the event that two or more applicants have equal right to a place under any of the above criteria, priority will be given to those who live nearest to the school. Should two or more applicants live an equal distance from the school, including instances where more than one applicant lives in a multi-occupancy building, the offer of a place will be decided by random allocation.
The home address is considered to be where the child resides as their only or principal residence. Proof of liability for Council Tax will be required. If the child resides equally between both parents, the principal home address will be considered to be the address of the parent who is in receipt of any benefits for the child (if applicable) and named on the child’s passport, the address at which the child is registered with a GP and at primary school. However, this is not an exhaustive list and all evidence will be taken into account. If the child’s residence is not split equally between both parents, then the address used will be the address where the child spends the majority of the school week.
In establishing the principal home address we reserve the right to ask for further information (such as proof of the tenancy period) and to check records held within the Council and with external agencies. If a false address is given and an offer of a school place is made on the basis of that address, we reserve the right to withdraw the offer of a school place at any stage during the secondary admissions process.
Waiting lists are maintained in the same order as the published admission criteria. Priority is not given on the basis of when a child’s name was added to the list or whether an offer of an alternative school has been accepted. Waiting lists are maintained for the entire academic year.
Admission of children outside their normal age group
Any request for a child to be educated outside their normal age group must be put in writing. Supporting documentation may be provided to support such a request. A decision will be based on the individual merits of the case. The decision and how it was reached will be confirmed in writing. There is no formal right of appeal.