In the event of over-subscription, the following criteria will be applied, in priority order, to determine which applications will be granted once places have first been allocated to pupils who have a statement of special educational needs which names the school:
• Children looked after by a local authority.
• Children who live in the catchment area and who, at the time of admission, will have a brother or sister attending the school or linked junior/primary school.
• Other children who live in the catchment area.
• Children who live outside the catchment area and who, at the time of admission,
will have a brother or sister attending the school or the linked junior/primary
• Other children who live outside the catchment area.
In the event of over-subscription within any criterion, preference will be given to children who live nearest to the school as the crow flies. Distances are measured from the entrance to the child’s home to the principal entrance to the main administrative building of the school.
The following groups of children will be given special consideration in their application for a particular school:
Children whose particular medical needs, mobility support needs, special educational needs or social circumstances are supported by written evidence from a doctor, social worker or other relevant professional stating that the school is the only school which could cater for the child’s particular needs. The evidence must be presented at the time of application. The Local Education Officer will consider each case on its merits and determine the allocation of any such place on the basis of the written evidence. Admission under ‘special circumstances’ will take precedence over all but the first of the numbered criteria. Children of nomadic Travellers will be allocated a place at their catchment area school.
Admissions to year groups other than the intake year
Applications for admission to other year groups will normally be considered in relation to the published admission limit which applied when the year group was first admitted to the school, although infant class size restrictions will also need to be considered. If places are available within the year group, applications will be considered in accordance with the above admission criteria. If places are available, the child will normally be admitted to the school.
Further guidance on the way in which applications are dealt with including
• Preferences for more than one school
• Late applications
• The way waiting lists are maintained and used can be found in Nottinghamshire County Council’s “Admissions to Schools” booklet
The Director of Education in consultation with the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Governing Body may agree in particular cases to accord a higher priority to an individual, so long as this is reported to the Governing Body as soon as possible.
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