Wootton Park Free School admissions information

Wootton Park School will be joining the co-ordinated scheme from this year so parents will need to put this school as one of their preferences on the NCC Common application form.

Oversubscription criteria: September 2018 entry

Wootton Park School is part of the co-ordinated scheme. The school will not select by ability and welcomes applications from parents of all children. If the school is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan or Statement of Special Educational Needs where the school is named in the Education Health and Care Plan or Statement, priority for admission will be given to those children that meet the criteria set out below, in the priority order shown:

  1. Looked after children or children who were previously looked after children.
  2. Pupils with an older sibling continuing at the primary section of the school at the time of the
    admission of the younger child. Pupils with an older sibling attending the secondary section of the school at the time of the admission of the younger child. Sibling is defined in these arrangements as children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers and sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers and sisters.
  3. Children of Wootton Park School staff
  • Where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made.
  • The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
  1. Children by distance from the school. Priority will be given under this criterion to children living nearest the school. Distances are measured from the address point of the home address to the address point of the school on a straight line basis.

Tie break

If the admission number is exceeded within any of the criteria, priority will be given to those children who live closest to the school. Distances are measured from the address point of the home address to the address point of the school on a straight line basis. Should two distances be the same, a process of random allocation will be used.

Definition of home address

Home address means the permanent residence of the child at the 31 October in the year prior to admission. Where time is spent between two addresses the home address is the address the child normally lives, sleeps and goes to school from on the majority of school nights (Sunday to Thursday.) Proof of residence can be requested at any time. Where a child lives on a boat, distance will be measured from the authorised mooring point. If the family is itinerant, the mooring point will be that used on the closing date for the receipt of applications.

Oversubscription admission criteria: 2017 to 2018 entry

The school will not select by ability. If the school is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan or statement of special educational needs where the school is named in the statement, priority for admission will be given to those children that meet the criteria set out below, in order:

  1. Looked after children or children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became the subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or a special guardianship order
  2. Children with an older sibling attending the Secondary section of the school at the time of the admission of the younger child.
  3. 10% of places allocated to children eligible for the pupil premium up to 12 places in year 7. If more than 10% of applicants eligible for the pupil premium apply the nearest 10% will be admitted using the distance calculation set out in the tiebreaker below.

For the purposes of the school’s admission policy, children will be considered under this criterion if the parents, or the child, are in receipt of one of the following qualifying benefits at the closing date of the admissions process on 31 October in the year prior to admission:

  • universal credit
  • income support
  • income-based jobseeker’s allowance
  • income-related employment and support allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit (provided the parent is not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190 (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs)
  • entitled to the Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment someone receives for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit);
  • the guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  1. Children by distance from the school.

Tie breaker

If the admission number is exceeded within any criterion priority will be given to children living nearest the school. Distances are measured from the address point of the home address to the address point of the school on a straight line basis.

Random allocation will be used as an additional tiebreak to decide who has the highest priority for admission if the distance between two children’s homes and the school is the same.

Definitions

Home address means the permanent residence of the child at the 31 October in the year prior to admission. Where time is spent between two addresses the address used is the one which the child normally lives, sleeps and goes to school from on the majority of school nights (Sunday to Thursday.) Proof of residence can be requested at any time. Where time is spent between two addresses the address used is the one which the child normally lives, sleeps and goes to school from on the majority of school nights (Sunday to Thursday.) Proof of residence can be requested at any time.

Where a child lives on a boat, distance will be measured from the authorised mooring point. If the family is itinerant, the mooring point will be that used on the closing date for the receipt of applications.

Sibling

Sibling is defined in these arrangements as children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers and sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers and sisters.

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