Wootton Park Free School admissions information

Oversubscription criteria

If the school is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an education, health and care plan where the school is named in the education health and care plan, priority for admission will be given to those children that meet the criteria set out below, in the priority order shown:

  1. Looked after children or children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became the subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or a special guardianship order.
  2. Pupils with an older sibling continuing at the primary section of the school at the time of the admission of the younger child. Sibling is defined in these arrangements as children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers and sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers and sisters.
  3. Children of Wootton Park School staff:  
    • 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, and/or
    • The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
  4. Children by distance from the school: Reserved percentage.
    To fulfil the school’s role as a community school, after places have been filled under the first three criteria, up to 60% of any remaining places will be offered to those children who live nearest to the school. Distances are measured from the address point of the home address to the address point of the school on a straight line basis.
  5. After places have been allocated under the first four criteria, remaining places will be offered to other children. Where the number of applicants in this category exceeds the number of places, offers will be determined by random allocation.

Tiebreaker

If the admission number is exceeded within 1 to 4, priority will be given to those children who live closest to the school. Distances are measured from the address point of the home address to the address point of the school on a straight line basis. Should two distances be the same, a process of random allocation will be used.

Definition of home address

Home address means the permanent residence of the child at the 31 October in the year prior to admission. Where time is spent between two addresses the home address is the address the child normally lives, sleeps and goes to school from on the majority of school nights (Sunday to Thursday.) Proof of residence can be requested at any time.

Where a child lives on a boat, distance will be measured from the authorised mooring point. If the family is itinerant, the mooring point will be that used on the closing date for the receipt of applications.