Caroline Chisholm: Admission Information

​Caroline Chisholm, The Wooldale Centre for Learning, Wooldale Road, Wootton Fields, Northampton NN4 6TP

Oversubscription admission criteria

Primary

Places will be allocated to pupils who have a statement of Special Education Needs or Education, Health, and Care (EHC) plan that names the school as appropriate provision. Where there are spaces available for allocation, priority will be given to children in the following order:

  1. Children in public care (looked after children) or previously in public care.
  2. Pupils with an older brother or sister continuing at the Primary section of the school at the time of the admission of the younger child AND who live in the linked areas of Grange Park, Wootton, Wootton Fields, Courteenhall and Quinton associated with the school.  
  3. Pupils who live in the linked areas of Grange Park, Wootton, Wootton Fields, Courteenhall and Quinton associated with the school.*
  4. Pupils who will have an older brother or sister continuing at the primary section of the school at the time of admission of the younger child. 
  5. Other pupils.

* Wootton Fields is defined by the A45 to the west, the B526 Newport Pagnell Road to the north, Wooldale Road to the south and south East and the extent of the Wootton Fields development accessed from Lady Hollow Drive. Grange Park is defined by the development east of Saxon Avenue bounded by the M1 to the south, and to the north by Bridge Meadow Way, Little Field and Lark Lane. The hamlet of Courteenhall and the village of Quinton lie to the east and south east respectively.

For the sibling link to apply, the older sibling must still be in attendance at Caroline Chisholm School Primary phase at the time of admission of the younger child.

Tiebreakers

Within the above criteria:

  • If the admission number is exceeded within criterion 3, places will be allocated on a random basis. Pupils will be placed in alphabetical order and numbered. These numbers are then put into random order using an electronic randomizer. This denotes the order in which these places will be allocated within the criterion.
  • If the admission number is exceeded within any other criterion priority will be given to those who live closest to the school.

Secondary

Places will be allocated to pupils who have a statement of special educational needs that names the school as appropriate provision. When there are more applications than places available, priority will be given in the following order:

  1. Children in public care and previously in public care (looked after children).
  2. Pupils with an older brother or sister continuing at the secondary section of the school at the time of admission of the younger child and who live in the linked areas of Grange Park, Wootton, Courteenhall, Quinton and Wootton Fields associated with the school**.
  3. Pupils who live in the linked areas of Grange Park, Wootton, Courteenhall, Quinton and Wootton Fields associated with the school**. 
  4. Pupils must be attending the designated contributory primary schools (i.e. Preston Hedges, Woodland View and Wootton) and continuing in attendance until the final offer of places is made. 
  5. Pupils who will have an older brother or sister continuing at the secondary section of the school at the time of admission of the younger child. 
  6. Children of staff who have been directly employed by Caroline Chisholm School for a period of not less than two calendar years at the time of the child's admission and continuing to be in direct employment at the time of the child's admission. 
  7. Other pupils.

Distance tiebreaker

Within the above criteria:

  • If the admission number is exceeded within criterion 3, priority will be given to those who live furthest away from the nearest alternative school
  • If the admission number is exceeded within any other criterion, priority will be given to those who live closest to the school 

Distances are measured on a straight line basis from the child’s home address to the address point of the school using a geographical information system provided by Northamptonshire County Council.

Child’s home address (where they live)

Defined as: The permanent residence of the child when the place is offered. The address must be the child’s only or main residence that is either:

  • Owned by the child’s parent, parents or guardian.
  • Leased to or rented by the child’s parent, parents or guardian under a lease or written rental agreement of not less than six months duration. The property leased should be that in which the family lives and which is suitable for the family’s needs.

We may require written proof of ownership or a rental agreement and proof of actual permanent residence at the property. We reserve the right to seek further written proof to support your claim to residence.

Siblings defined as:

  • Brothers or sisters sharing the same parents
  • Half-brothers or half sisters, where two or more children share one common parent
  • Step-brothers or step sisters, where two or more children are related by a parent’s marriage or partnership. Partners must have lived together in a permanent exclusive relationship (as though they were husband or wife or civil partners) for at least two years.
  • Children adopted to parents with other children.

For the sibling link to apply, a brother or sister must live at the same address at the time of application and continue to do so until the final offer of places is made. If siblings live between two addresses, applicants must provide proof to show that the main address is the same for both children.

For the sibling link to apply, the older sibling must still be in attendance at Caroline Chisholm School, secondary phase at the time of admission of the younger child.

Designated contributory Primary Schools:   Woodland View Primary School, Preston Hedges Primary School, Wootton Primary School all located in the linked area.

For criteria 4 to apply, the child must be in attendance at one of these schools at the time the application is made and continue to be in attendance until the final offer of places is made. *Admission number of 279 includes the pupils already in Year 6 at Caroline Chisholm School (60 pupils).
 
* Evidence may be required to support an application for a child who has been previously in public care.

** Grange Park is defined by the development East of Saxon Avenue bounded by the M1 to the South and to the North by Bridge Meadow Way, Little Field and Lark Lane. Wootton Fields is defined by the A45 to the West, the B526 Newport Pagnell Road to the North, Wooldale Road to the South and the extent of the Wootton Fields development to the East and South East. The hamlet of Courteenhall and the village of Quinton lie to the East and South East of the school respectively.

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