Oversubscription criteria: September 2018 entry
The Green Oaks Primary Academy will first accept all pupils with a statutory right to a place at the Academy through a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education Health and Care Plan naming the Academy. After the admission of these pupils, criteria will be applied for the remaining places in the order in which they are set out below:
- Looked after children or previously looked after children.
- Children with a sibling attending the Academy at the time of application and admission.
- Children who live closer to the preferred school than any other school.
- Other children.
- If the admission number is exceeded within criterion 3 above, priority will be given to those who live furthest from the nearest alternative school. If the admission number if exceeded within any other criterion above, priority will be given to those who live closest to the academy.
- Distances are measured from the property to address point of the academy. It is measured on a straight line basis using a geographical information system. Each address has a unique address point established by the Ordnance Survey and the Royal Mail address files. The address point for a property does not change.
- If two children are tied for the last place, after the above distance tiebreak has been applied, then a process of random allocation, undertaken by someone independent of the academy, will determine who is allocated the last place.
Definition of ‘Looked after’ and previously ‘Looked after’ children
In accordance with Section 22 of the Children Act 1989, a ‘Looked after child’ is defined as:
- a child who is in the care of a Local Authority at the time an application for admission to the Academy is made
- a child who is being provided with accommodation by a Local Authority in the exercise of their social services functions in accordance with section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989 at the time of making an application to the Academy
Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because
they were adopted¹ (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order). This includes children who were adopted under the Adoption Act 1976 and Section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002.
Definition of siblings and the position of twins
A sibling is defined as:
- Sibling is defined as children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers and sisters or another child normally living for the majority of term time in the same household, where an adult in the household has parental responsibility as defined by the Children Act 1989, or any child in the household where an adult in the household is defined as a parent for the purposes of Section 576 of the Education Act 1996. This could include a person who is not a parent but who has responsibility for him or her.
- In the case of twins or other siblings from a multiple birth, where there is only one place available in the academy, both will be considered together as one application. The academy’s admission number may be exceeded by one; the School Admissions Code makes an exception to the infant class limit in this situation.
- In the case of siblings in the same year group, where there is only one place available in the academy, both will be considered together as one application. The academy may go above its admission number as necessary to admit all the children, except in cases where infant class regulations, as stated in the Schools Admissions Code, prevent this from happening.
- Distances are measured on from the property to the nearest access point to the academy grounds. It is measure on a straight line basis using a geographical information system. Each address has a unique address point established by the Ordnance Survey and the Royal Mail address files. The address point for a property does not change.
- Home address
- The child’s place of residence is taken to be the parental home, other than in the case of children fostered by a Local Authority, where either the parental address or the foster parent(s) address may be used. Where a child spends part of the week in different homes, their place of residence will be taken to be their parent or parents’ address.
- If a child’s parents live at separate addresses, the address where the child permanently spends at least three ‘school’ nights (i.e. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) will be taken to be the place of residence. Evidence that a child’s place of residence is permanent may also be sought.
If a child spends equal amounts of time at the two addresses, the parents must agree which address they wish to be the child’s main address.
- Where parents share custody of their child but cannot agree on either the home address or school preferences, the academy will only consider the application of the parent who receives Child Benefits for the child.
- A fraudulent claim to an address may lead the academy to withdraw an offer of a place.