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The Pineham Barns Academy

Pineham Barns is an Academy due to open in September 2017 so for this year only please do not name the school as one of your 3 preferences on the NCC common application form.

Application Process

The Pineham Barns Academy will process applications for reception places at the school outside the normal process of co-ordination. This means that you will need to make a separate application for this school. Applications should be sent to Claire Clayson at the following address: or by post to Claire Clayson, Preston Hedges Primary School, Wootton Hope Drive, Wootton Fields, Northampton, NN4 6BU.

Applications open on 12th September 2016 and the closing date for applications is 15th January 2017.

Offers will be made on 18th April 2017. If the Academy Trust has not entered into a funding agreement with the Secretary of State opening the school by that date, they will be conditional offers and will be confirmed once the Academy has a signed funding agreement in place. The application form can be obtained from Pinehambarns School.

The oversubscription criteria for Pineham Barns will be available on the Pineham Barns Academy website as well as the full admissions policy, application form and a map outlining the linked area and position of the school.

In-year applications: Applications for a place at the academy will normally be for the start of reception. If you are moving into the area or wish to change schools during the school year or at the start of the school year but in a different age group from the reception year i.e Year 1 or Year 2, you will need to make an application for an in year place. This type of application should be made as soon as possible and preferably by the deadline of 15 January 2017. Places for Year 1 and 2 will be offered on 18th April 2017 provided that those in year applications were received by the deadline of 15 January 2017.

To apply for an in-year place at the academy (ie for Year 1 and 2) the application form can be obtained from Pinehambarns School.

Completed forms should be returned to Claire Clayson at the following address: or by post to Claire Clayson, Preston Hedges Primary School, Wootton Hope Drive, Wootton Fields, Northampton, NN4 6BU. Applications open on 12 September 2016.

The Academy Trust will offer in year places up to the overall capacity of the year group. If you move into the linked area a place cannot be guaranteed at the school if the number of children has reached the overall capacity in years 1 and 2. All in-year applications will be considered, depending on the availability of places and prioritised according to the oversubscription criteria.

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Admission Criteria

Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available, after the admission of children with Statements of Special Educational Needs or EHC Plans, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in order:

  1.  Looked After Children and Previously Looked After Children
  2.  Children who are residents within the school’s defined catchment area.
  3.  Children who have a sibling currently attending the school.
  4.  Where the member of teaching and non-teaching staff has been employed at the school
     for two or more years, at the time of which the application for admission to the school is
     made and/or the member of teaching and non-teaching staff is recruited to fill a vacant
     post, for which there is a demonstrable skills shortage.
  5.  Proximity of the child’s home address to the school, those living nearer being accorded
     the higher priority. Measurements will be straight line distances taken using the Local
     Authority’s computerised measuring system.


Where it is necessary to choose between two or more applicants, the tiebreaker will be distance with the child who resides the nearest to the school being given the place. Where there is more than one applicant at the relevant distance, then the tiebreaker will be random allocation. The random allocation process will be independently supervised.

Definition of:

Catchment Area

The school’s catchment area is shown on the map available from the school. Where there is a dispute as to whether a particular address is within the Catchment area, the school’s decision shall be final.

Home address

The child’s home address is the address of the parent or legal guardian with whom the child spends the majority of the time during the school week (Sunday–Thursday nights). Parents/legal guardians may be asked to produce evidence of residency/home address at any time during the admissions process. The address used must be the home address at the time of application. If a house move is planned the new address may only be used once Exchange of Contracts has taken place or a Tenancy Agreement has been signed.


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 or partnership. The partners must be living together in a permanent relationship (as if they were husband and wife or civil partners).

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