Little Houghton Church of England Primary School: admissions information

​Little Houghton Church of England Primary School, Lodge Close, Little Houghton, NN7 1AF

When there are more applications than there are places available, the governors will admit pupils according to the following criteria which are listed in order of priority. The governors will admit children with a statement of special educational needs which names the school.

Oversubscription criteria

  1. Looked after children. A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship order. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1898).
  2. Children who have a sibling who will be attending the school at the time of admission (see sibling definition below).
  3. Children living with their parent(s)/legal guardian(s) within the ecclesiastical parishes of the church of St Mary the Virgin, Little Houghton and the church of St Mary the Blessed Virgin, Great Houghton. (See residency definition and note on parish boundaries below.)
  4. Children of worshipping members of any church that is a member of Churches Together in England (this includes the Church of England). These applications must be accompanied by form SIF/A available from the school. The completed SIF/A will then be sent to the minister with form SIF/B for verification.
  5. Children of parent(s)/legal guardian(s) of other faiths, or none, who wish their child to be educated in this church school and Christian environment.


Where there are more applications in any one category, applications will be prioritised on the distance from the address point of the child’s home to the address point of the school. (This will be determined by the Local Authority using their standard method as described in the published information for parents.)

Parish boundaries

For parish boundaries, please visit, put in your postcode, click on where you live and name of your parish will be shown.

Definition of residency

The child’s place of residence is the address of the parent or legal guardian with whom the child spends the majority of time during the school week (parent(s)/legal guardian(s) may be asked to produce evidence of residency/home address at any time during the admissions process).

Definition of siblings

  • The definition of a brother or sister (sometimes referred to as a sibling)
  • a brother or sister sharing the same parents
  • a half- brother or half- sister where two children share one common parent
  • a step-brother or step-sister, where two children are related by a parent’s marriage/partnership. The partners must have co-habited in a permanent exclusive relationship (as if they were husband and wife or civil partners) for a minimum of 2 years
  • adopted children

A brother or sister must be living at the same address when the application is made.

Definition of a worshipping member

For your information, our guidance on the term “worshipping member” is as follows: At least one of the parents or guardians of the child is regarded by the priest/minister/worship leader as part of the worshipping community at the church/worship centre. This would not necessarily mean that the parent 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 other times) that is more than “occasional” and has been sustained for more than a short, very recent period of time.

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