Admissions Criteria

Priority will be given to a child who is in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by that authority (as defined by Section 22 of the Children Act 1989).

Whether there are specific medical or social circumstances that can be met only by the child’s attendance at the Academy.

Whether siblings attend the school and will still be attending the school at the time of admissions.  For admission purposes, a sibling is a child who resides at the same address as the child for whom a place is being requested, and is one of the following:

  • Brother/sister.
  • Half brother/sister (i.e. share one common parent).
  • Stepbrother/sister (i.e. related by a parent’s marriage).
  • Any other child for whom it can be demonstrated that s/he is residing permanently at  the same address (e.g. under the terms of a residence order).

The sibling connection only applies where families have a sibling attending the school at the time of the application as well as at the time of admission.

How close the child lives to the school requested, with those living closest to the school getting the highest priority. The measurement between home and school will be determined by a straight line measurement from the designated seed point of the home address to the designated seed point of the school using the authority’s computerised system.

The home address of a pupil is considered to be the permanent residence of a child in a residential property when the place is offered. Documentary evidence relating to house moves taking place between National Offer Day on 1st March and the start of the academic year in September 2010 will be considered. The address must be the child’s only or main residence and is either:

  • Owned by the child’s parent(s) or guardian(s).
  • Leased to or rented by the child’s parent(s), carer(s) or guardian(s) under lease or written rental agreement.

Where parents have shared responsibility for a child and the child lives with both parents for part of the week then the main residence will be determined as the address where the child lives for a majority of the school week. If the child equally shares living with both parents, the parents must inform the local authority which address should be used for admission purposes and which parent will make the application. Parents may be requested to supply documentary evidence to support the address used for the application.