Weston Favell Church of England Primary School: admissions information

​Weston Favell Church of England Primary School, Westwood Way, Northampton, NN3 3HH

Oversubscription criteria September 2019 entry

The governors will admit all pupils with an EHC Plan which names the school.

  1. Looked after children and children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after were adopted or became subject to a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order (see definition below).
  2. Children on social or medical grounds, where professionals have clearly identified that the school will best meet the needs of the child. These applications must be accompanied by documentary evidence from appropriate professionals within the Health or Social services* (see below).
  3. Children who have a sibling attending the school at the time of admission (see sibling definition below).
  4. Children of worshipping members * (see below) of any Church which is located in the ecclesiastical parish of St Peter’s, Weston Favell and is a member of Churches Together in England. These applications must be accompanied by form SIF/A available from the school. The completed SIF/A will then be sent to the minister with form SIF/B in order to verify church allegiance.
  5. Children of staff employed by the school (see definition below).
  6. Children living with their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) in the ecclesiastical parish of St Peter’s, Weston Favell (see residence definition below).
  7. Children of worshipping members* (see below) of any Church that is a member of Churches Together in England, this includes the Church of England. These applications must be accompanied by form SIF/A available from the school. The completed SIF/A will then be sent to the minister with form SIF/B in order to verify church allegiance.
  8. Children of parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of other faiths, or none, who wish their child to be educated in this church school and Christian environment.

Tiebreaker

If the admission number is exceeded within any criterion, priority will be given to those who live closest to the School. As to how this distance is measured, see 'Distance measurements' below.

Notes and definitions

Children in Care (i.e. Looked After Children (LAC) and Previously Looked After Children) are children who are:

  1. In the care of a local authority.
  2. Being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989) at the time of application to a school.

Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order).

Distance measurements

Distances are measured on a straight line basis from the address point of the child’s home to the address point of the School, using a geographical information system. Each address has a unique address point established by the most valuable elements from the National Land and Property Gazeteer (NPLG), Ordnance Survey Master Map, Royal Mail Postal Address File and The Valuation Office Agency. The address point for a property does not change.

In the case where there are multiple applications from the same shared dwelling (e.g. flats) or where there are two homes where the distance from the address point of the home to the address point of the school (using the system referred to above) is identical, random allocation, supervised by a suitable independent person, will be used to decide the priority in which applicants are selected in the event of a tiebreaker.

Definition of child’s home address or residence

The child’s home address means the permanent residence of the child at the time of application. Parents or carers may be asked to provide proof of a claim of residence at any time during the admission process.

The address must be the child’s only or main residence that is either:

  • owned by the child’s parent(s) or carer(s)
  • leased to or rented by the child’s parent(s) or carer(s) under a lease or written rental agreement of not less than 6 months duration. The property leased must be where the family lives.

Please note – if false or misleading information is used to try and gain a place, this may lead the GB to reject the application or to withdraw the offer of a place.

Children of 'worshipping members'

For parents or carers to be worshipping members, at least one of the parents or carers of the child needs to be regarded by the priest, minister or worship leader as being part of the worshipping community at the church or worship centre. This would not necessarily mean that the parent or carer is a 'Member' in the 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.

SIF A/B

If parents or carers wish their application to be considered in criterion 4 and 7, they must complete form SIF/A which is available from the School and return it to the School (not the local authority). This must be done by the deadline of 5pm on 15 January 2019. The School will submit the completed form SIF/A to the relevant minister with form SIF/B to verify the information. As SIF/B needs to be returned to the school in time for the school to rank admissions, it is very important to submit form SIF/A to the school as soon as possible.

Member Churches of Churches Together in England

Definition of sibling

A brother or sister living at the same address as the applicant (i.e. within a family unit) including:

  • 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 parents’ marriage or civil partnership
  • a child who has been adopted or is fostered by parents or carers who have other children

Separated parents

If a child lives with separated parents, the home address will be treated as the place where the child sleeps for most of the school week (i.e. Sunday night to Thursday night inclusive). If the child spends an equal amount of time at 2 addresses, the parents must decide which address they wish to use as the child’s main address for the application.

Please note – if false or misleading information is used to try and gain a school place, this may lead the GB to reject the application or to withdraw the offer of a place.

Children of staff at the school

  1. 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.
  2. The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

Oversubscription criteria 2018 to 2019 (in-year applications)

The governors will admit all pupils with a statement of Special Educational Needs which names the school.

  1. The governors will admit 'looked after children', or previously 'looked after children' but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order.
  2. The governors will admit children on social or medical grounds, where professionals have clearly identified that the school will best meet the needs of the child. These applications must be accompanied by documentary evidence from appropriate professionals within the Health or Social services* (see below).
  3. Children who have a sibling attending the school at the time of admission (see sibling definition below).
  4. Children of worshipping members of any Church which is located in the ecclesiastical parish of St. Peter’s, Weston Favell and is a member of Churches Together in England. These applications must be accompanied by form SIF/A available from the school. The completed SIF/A will then be sent to the minister with form SIF/B to verify church allegiance.
  5. Children living with their parent(s)/legal guardian(s) in the ecclesiastical parish of St. Peter’s, Weston Favell (see residence definition below).
  6. Children of worshipping members of any Church that is a member of Churches Together in England, this includes the Church of England. These applications must be accompanied by form SIF/A available from the school. The completed SIF/A will then be sent to the minister with form SIF/B to verify church allegiance.
  7. Children of parent(s)/legal guardian(s) of other faiths, or none, who wish their child to be educated in this church school and Christian environment.

Tiebreaker

Where there are more applications in any one category, applications will be prioritised on the distance from the address point of the child’s home to the address point of the school. Distances are measured on a straight line basis, using a geographical information system.

*Social/medical need: definition/evidence required

If you believe that your child has exceptional medical or social needs you will need to provide evidence of this from an appropriate professional. The needs must relate to your child and the evidence must detail how the needs of your child can only be met at your preferred school. This can be sent in a sealed envelope if you prefer. If accompanied by a professional’s letter, they MUST demonstrate in their judgement why Weston Favell CE Primary School can meet your child’s needs, and also demonstrate why other local schools cannot meet your child’s needs. It is not sufficient for a professional to say in their judgement only Weston Favell CE Primary can meet your child’s needs, they must state why schools B or C cannot meet the needs. The evidence is considered by the Admission Panel of governors.

Definition of residency

The child’s place of residence is the address of the parent or legal guardian with whom the child spends the majority of time during the school week (parent(s)/legal guardian(s) may be asked to produce evidence of residency/home address at any time during the admissions process.)

Definition of siblings

The definition of a brother or sister (sometimes referred to as a sibling):

  • 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

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

Parish boundaries

A map showing the parish boundary St. Peter’s, Weston Favell is available to view at the school and also online at http://www.achurchnearyou.com

Definition of residency*

The child’s place of residence is the address of the parent or legal guardian with whom the child spends the majority of the time during the school week (parents or legal guardians may be asked to produce evidence of residency or home address at any time during the admissions process).

Definition of siblings**

The definition of a brother or sister (sometimes referred to as a sibling):

  • 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
  • adopted children

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

Worshipping member

For your information, our guidance on the term 'worshipping member' is as follows:

At least one of the parents or guardians of the child is regarded by the priest/minister/worship leader as part of the worshipping community at the church/worship centre. This would not necessarily mean that the parent 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 on average once a month for a twelve month period.