Malcolm Arnold Academy: admissions information

​Malcolm Arnold Academy, Trinity Avenue, Northampton NN2 6JW

Oversubscription criteria:

In the event of oversubscription, the Academy Trust will allocate places first to students who have a statement of special educational need or an EHC plan which names the Academy. The remaining places will be allocated using the following criteria in descending order:

  1. Children in public care or previously in public care.
  2. Group A - Up to 120 places allocated to those expressing a preference for admission under faith grounds (as defined below), such places being awarded using the following sub criteria in descending order:
    • Applicants who have demonstrated the required religious allegiance (as certified in a satisfactorily completed Form AR/2) to the Church of England or any other church that is a member of Churches Together in England and the student is currently attending a designated link school.
    • Other applicants who have demonstrated the required religious allegiance (as certified in a satisfactorily completed Form AR/2) to the Church of England or any other church that is a member of Churches Together in England.
    • Applicants who have demonstrated the required religious allegiance (as certified in a satisfactorily completed Form AR/2) to another faith, which is represented on the Interfaith Network for the UK.  
  3. Group B - Up to 24 students who display an aptitude for learning music. A child with aptitude is one who is identified as being able to benefit from the teaching in Music, or who demonstrates a particular capacity to succeed in this subject.
  4. Group C - Remaining places are allocated on Community Grounds as follows (and as defined further below), with the remaining places being awarded using the following categories in descending order:  
    • Admission of students whose siblings currently attend the Academy and who will continue to do so on the date of admission. 
    • Admission of students currently attending a named feeder school (and as defined further below in this Annex B).
    • Admission of students where the student and/or their parent are resident in the Borough of Northampton. 
    • Admission of other students resident elsewhere.

Tiebreaker

If there are more applicants that meet a given criterion or sub-criterion above, than there are remaining places available, excluding criterion 1 ‘Children in Public Care’, distance from the child’s permanent home address to the main entrance of the Academy will be used as a tiebreaker to determine which children are admitted. Those children living nearest to the Academy will be given preference. The distance will be measured from the address point of the school to the address point of the child's home address. Measurements are made on a straight line basis, using the NCC's computerised measuring system. If two or more children live the same distance from the Academy and there is only one place available random allocation will be used to decide which child is admitted.

The definition of child’s home address is the permanent home address of the parent at the time of application. Proof of residence can be asked for at any time during the admissions process. This will normally be in the form of a recent council tax bill or a utility bill less than 3 months old. Alternatively a tenancy agreement or exchange of contracts on a new home that will be occupied at the date of admission can be required. If parents live at different addresses and both have parental responsibility the address for child allowance purposes will be used to determine the child's permanent address.

The Academy Trust recognise the connection with Church of England Schools within the Borough of Northampton. These following schools are defined as designated link schools:

  • All Saints CEVA Primary School
  • Collingtree CEVA Primary School 
  • St Andrew’s CEVA Primary School 
  • St James’ CEVA Primary School 
  • St Luke’s CEVA Primary School 
  • Weston Favell CEVA Primary School

See Appendix A for a list of churches that are members of Churches together in England and those faiths represented in the Interfaith Network for the UK.

Definitions relating to Group A - 'Faith grounds'.  

'Religious allegiance' is demonstrated and defined as at least one of the parents or guardians of the child being regarded by the priest, minister or worship leader as part of the worshipping community at the church or worship centre. This would not necessarily mean that the parent or child 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 at other times) that is more than ‘occasional’ and has been sustained for more than a short, very recent period of time.

Definitions relating to Group B - 'Aptitude for the learning of music'

Up to 24 students who display an aptitude for the learning of music. A child with aptitude is one who is identified as being able to benefit from the teaching in Music, or who demonstrates a particular capacity to succeed in this subject.

Definitions relating to Group C - 'Community grounds'

The definition of a brother or sister referred to as a 'sibling' is as follows:

  • a brother or sister sharing the same parents
  • a half brother or half sister where 2 children share one common parent
  • a step-brother or step sister, where two children are related by a parent’s marriage/partnership 
  • adopted children

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

The named feeder schools of Malcolm Arnold Academy are:

Malcolm Arnold Preparatory School, Briar Hill Primary School, Cedar Road Primary School, Eastfield Academy, Kings Heath Primary School, The Arbours Primary Academy, Newnham Primary School, Abbey CE Academy, Falconer's Hill Junior School, Welton CE Academy.

The Borough of Northampton consists of the following Council ward districts: Abington, Billing, Boughton Green, Castle, Delapre, East Hunsbury Eastfield, Ecton Brook, Headlands, Kingsley, Kingsthorpe, Lumbertubs, Nene Valley, New Duston, Old Duston, Parklands, Spencer, St James, St Crispin, St Davids, Thorplands, West Hunsbury, and Weston.

Please note the Northamptonshire County Council 'Home to School' transport policy will apply. 

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