Stanion C of E (aided) Primary School: admissions information

​Stanion C of E (aided) Primary School, Cardigan Road, Stanion, NN14 1BY

Oversubscription criteria September 2019 entry

When there are more applications than there are places available, the governors will admit pupils according to the following criteria which are listed in order of priority. The governors will admit children with an EHC Plan which names the school. 

  1. A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship order. A looked after child is a child who is either: 
    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).
  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.
  3. Children living with their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) resident in the villages of Stanion or Little Oakley.
  4. Children who have a sibling attending the school at the time of admission.
  5. Children of parent(s)/legal guardian(s) resident outside the villages of Stanion or Little Oakley who can demonstrate they are a worshipping member of the Church of England or the Methodist Church. These applications must be accompanied by form SIF/A available from the school (see definition below). The completed SIF/A will be sent to the minister with form SIF/B for confirmation.
  6. Children of parent(s) or legal guardian(s) resident outside the villages of Stanion or Little Oakley who can demonstrate they are 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 form will be sent to the minister with form SIF/B for confirmation.
  7. Children of parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of other faiths, or none, who wish their child to be educated in a 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.

Children in Care (i.e. Looked After Children (LAC) and Previously Looked After Children)

Children who are either:

  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/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 Governing Body 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/carers wish their application to be considered in criterion 5, 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.

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

Oversubscription criteria 2018 to 2019 (in-year applications)

When there are more applications than there are places available, the governors will admit pupils according to the following criteria which are listed in order of priority. The governors will admit children with a statement of Special Educational Needs which names the school.

  1. '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. Children living with their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) resident in the villages of Stanion or Little Oakley (see residence definition below)
  3. Children who have a sibling attending the school at the time of admission.
  4. Children of parent(s)/legal guardian(s) resident outside the villages of Stanion or Little Oakley who can demonstrate they are a worshipping member of the Church of England or the Methodist church. These applications must be accompanied by form SIF/A available from the school. The completed SIF/A will be sent to the minister with form SIF/B for confirmation.
  5.  Children of parent(s)/legal guardian(s) resident outside the villages of Stanion or Little Oakley who can demonstrate they are 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 form will be sent to the minister with form SIF/B for confirmation.
  6. Children of parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of other faiths, or none, who wish their child to be educated in a church school and Christian environment.

Please note: for the purposes of this policy 'villages' is defined as being within the relevant civic parish boundary - for details please refer to www.churchnearyou.com.

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 (this will be determined by the Local Authority using their standard method as described in the published information to parents).

Notes and definitions

Village boundaries

Maps are held in school to show the areas covered in the villages of Stanion and Little Oakley or by visiting www.achurchnearyou.com

Residency

The child’s place of residence is the address of the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) 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
  • adopted children.

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

Worshipping member

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 of 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 more than 'occasional' and has been sustained for more than a short, very recent period of time.