Weston Favell Academy: admissions information

​Weston Favell Academy, Booth Lane South, Northampton NN3 3EZ

Oversubscription criteria: September 2018 entry

The Weston Favell Academy will first accept all pupils with a statutory right to a place  through a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education Health and Care Plan naming the Academy. After the admission of these pupils, criteria will be applied for the remaining places in the order in which they are set out below:

  1. Looked after children or previously looked after children.
  2. A child with a sibling* on roll at the Academy at the time of application and admission.
  3. Children of staff in either or both of the following circumstances: 
  • Where the member of staff has been employed at the Academy for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the Academy is made; and the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skills shortage.
  1. Other children.

Tie breaker

In the event of over-subscription using the above criteria, priority will be given to those living nearest to the Academy as defined by the straight line distance from the Academy.** In the event that two or more distances are exactly the same, the Academy will use a method of random allocation by lot, drawn by an independent person outside of the Academy.

Definitions

*Definition of siblings and the position of twins

A sibling is defined 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 or another child normally living for the majority of term time in the same household, where an adult in the household has parental responsibility as defined by the Children Act 1989, or any child in the household where an adult in the household is defined as a parent for the purposes of Section 576 of the Education Act 1996. This could include a person who is not a parent but who has responsibility for him/her.

In the case of twins or other siblings from a multiple birth, where there is only one place available in the Academy, these will be considered together as one application. The Academy’s admission number may be exceeded by one.

In the case of siblings in the same year group, where there is only one place available in the Academy, both will be considered together as one application. The Academy may go above its admission number as necessary to admit all the children.

** Definition of the straight line distance to an intending pupil’s home

Distance will be determined from the child’s home to the nearest access point to the Academy grounds on a straight line basis using a geographical information system. Each address has a unique address point established by the Ordnance Survey and the Royal Mail address files.

Where two dwellings with the same front entrance are located on different floors of the same building, a lower floor will be regarded as being closer to the Academy than any above it.

Where two or more dwellings with the same front entrance are located on the same floor of the same building, the closest dwelling to the front door, counting clockwise, will be regarded as being closer to the Academy than any subsequent dwelling counted clockwise.

Oversubscription criteria: 2017 to 2018 entry 

The Weston Favell Academy will first accept all pupils with a statutory right to a place at the Academy through a statement of special educational needs or an Education Health and Care Plan naming the Academy. After the admission of these pupils, criteria will be applied for the remaining places in the order in which they are set out below. For this age group after the admission of children with statements of special education need which name the Academy on the statement, the criteria are, in order:

  • Looked after children or previously looked after children (see definitions).
  • A child with a sibling on roll at the Academy at the time of application and admission.
  • Children of staff in either or both of the following circumstances:
    • Where the member of staff has been employed at the Academy for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the Academy is made.
    • The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skills shortage.
  • Other children.

Tiebreaker

In the event of over-subscription using the above criteria, priority will be given to those living nearest to the Academy as defined by the straight line distance from the Academy* (see definitions). In the event that two or more distances are exactly the same, the Academy will use a method of random allocation by lot, drawn by an independent person outside of the Academy.

Definitions

‘Looked after’ children

In accordance with the Education (Admissions of Looked After Children) (England) Regulations 2006 and in accordance with Section 22 of the Children Act 1989, a ‘looked after child’ is defined as:

  • A child who is ‘looked after at the time of an application for admission to a school is made’ or who was ‘looked after’ and formerly ‘looked after’ children who have since been adopted or made subject to a residence or special guardianship order.
  • A child in relation to whom the local authority has confirmed will still be ‘looked after’ at the time when the child will be admitted to the Academy.

Siblings and the position of twins

Sibling is defined as:

  • a brother or sister who share one or both parents, whether or not resident in the same household
  • a half brother or half sister who share one common parent
  • a step brother or step sister where two children are related by a parent’s marriage
  • an adopted or fostered child living in the same household under the terms of a residence order
  • another child normally in residence for the majority of term time in the household for whom the adult in the household has parental responsibility and also has parental responsibility for the child currently attending the academy.

In the case of twins or other children from multiple births (or two or more siblings in one year group) and where there is only one place available, the application will be considered together as one application.)

Straight line distance to an intending pupil’s home

Distance will be determined from the child’s home to the address point of the Academy on a straight line basis using a geographical information system. Each address has a unique address point established by the Ordnance Survey and the Royal Mail address files.

Where two dwellings with the same front entrance are located on different floors of the same building, a lower floor will be regarded as being closer to the Academy than any above it.

Where two or more dwellings with the same front entrance are located on the same floor of the same building, the closest dwelling to the front door, counting clockwise, will be regarded as being closer to the Academy than any subsequent dwelling counted clockwise.

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