Bishop Stopford School: admissions information

​Bishop Stopford School, Headlands, Kettering, Northants NN15 6BJ

Oversubscription criteria

The governors will allocate places to children who have a statement of special educational needs which names the school as the appropriate provision.

In addition, governors will allocate places to children: without any reference to ability, aptitude or ethnic background; according to the Admissions Policy; up to the stated admission number (216).

If there are more applications than places available, the following oversubscription criteria will be used to allocate places:

  1. Looked after or previously looked after children, but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order.
  2. Social and medical needs (up to 4 places). Children whom the governors accept have exceptional medical or social needs. Applications will only be considered under this category if they are supported by a written statement from a medical consultant, senior social worker or educational psychologist. In each case there must be a clear connection between the child’s need and Bishop Stopford, and an explanation of the difficulties that would be caused if the child were to attend another school. If more than four students qualify under this criterion then the tie-breaker will be used.
  3. Religious criteria

    Parent(s) will be required to complete form A1 by ticking the box that most closely relates to the family situation This form must be received in school by 3pm 31 October 2015. The faith leader will also be asked to complete a similar form A2 (sent out by the school) to corroborate information. If there is a discrepancy between the two forms, the governors will accept the faith leader priority score. Governors must receive both forms (the parent form and the faith leader form) in order to assess the application. In the event of a tie, the tie-breaker will be used. Priority will be given as stated in the policy to those applicants who can demonstrate an affiliation to their place of worship.

Religious affiliation – Parents' Form A1 (please see Parents' Guidance Notes from school) Priority:

 As a family...

  1.  …you frequently attend the Church of England or the Methodist Church, and you are at the heart of that church. 

    • … you frequently attend a Christian Church (other than Church of England or Methodist) which has full membership of Churches Together in England, and you are at the heart of that church or
    • …you frequently attend a Christian Church which is a member of a Local churches together group or a religious group represented on the Interfaith Network for the UK, and you are at the heart of that place of worship.

    • …you frequently attend a Christian Church which has full membership of Churches Together in England (including Church of England or Methodist) or
    • …you frequently attend a Christian Church which is a member of a Local churches together group or a religious group represented on the Interfaith Network for the UK.

    • …you occasionally attend a Christian Church which has full membership of Churches Together in England (including Church of England or Methodist) or
    • …you occasionally attend a Christian Church which is a member of a Local churches together group or a religious group represented on the Interfaith Network for the UK.

    • …you are attached to a Christian Church which has full membership of Churches Together in England (including Church of England or Methodist) or
    • …you are attached to a Christian Church which is a member of a Local churches together group or a religious group represented on the Interfaith Network for the UK.
  2. Other

Attendance

Frequently: you (they) have participated fortnightly – or more regularly – for a period of at least three years consecutive years up to the date of application.

Occasionally: you (they) have participated monthly or more often (but not frequently as defined above) for a period of at least two consecutive years up to the date of application.

Attached to: you (they) participate in the life of your (their) faith community.

Commitment

At the heart of: are substantially involved in the life of your faith community.

Places in section 3 will be allocated on the basis of priorities 1–6 listed in the policy. If all available places have been allocated and applicants of equal priority remain unplaced, then the tie-breaker will be used for all applicants (e.g. if priorities 1–4 are filled, but only 3 available spaces remain in priority 5 with 8 applicants, all 8 will be subject to the tie-breaker.)

Tiebreaker

Those with siblings who will be on the roll (including Sixth Form) at the school at the time of admission will be given first priority. Should there still be a tie; places will be awarded to those students who live nearest to the school. We will use the Northamptonshire County Council’s GIS computer system to determine the distance of the applicant’s permanent home from the school’s address point.

Definitions of terms used in the Bishop Stopford application form:

Sibling

A sibling, sometimes known as a brother/sister, is: 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; Adopted children; A sibling must be living at the same address when the application is made.

Home

 This is the child’s permanent home and is the address of the parent/legal guardian with whom they spend the majority of time during the school week. Proof of residence can be asked for at any time during the admissions process. This will normally be in the form of a utility bill, (e.g. electricity, gas etc) fewer than 3 months old.

Family

The family is defined as the child for whom the application is made, and their biological parent(s), or the person(s) with legal responsibility for the child for whom the application is being made. You may wish to supply copies of any legal documents to support your application if you are a legal guardian.

Parent(s)

The biological parent(s), or the person(s) with legal responsibility for the child for whom the application is being made. You may wish to supply copies of any legal documents to support your application if you are a legal guardian.

See full admissions policy and guidance notes on the school website for any further clarification.

 

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