When the school is over-subscribed, we have to apply the following criteria to work out which children to admit, in line with the published Local Authority (LA) admissions criteria for Church of England Voluntary Controlled Schools, in priority order:
- Children in Local Authority Care - This is a child under the age of 18 years, for whom the Local Authority provides accommodation by agreement with their parents / carers (Section 22 of the children Act 1989) or who ceased to be so because they were adopted or who are subject to a care order under Part 1V of the Act. This does not include children who are looked after in an agreed series of short term placements, such as respite care.
- Current Family Association (i.e. a brother or sister attending the school at the time of entry where the family continue to live at the same address as when the sibling was admitted, or if they have moved, live within 2 miles of the school, or have moved to a property nearer the school than the previous property);
- Health and Special Access Reasons - Medical, health, social and special access reasons will be applied in accordance with the school's legal obligations, in particular those under the Equality Act 2010. Priority will be given to those children whose mental or physical impairment means that they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Equally, this priority will apply to children whose parent's/guardian's physical or mental health or social needs means that they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Such claims will need to be supported by written evidence from a suitably qualified medical or other practitioner which can demonstrate a special connection between these needs and the particular school that parents feel is the only school that can accommodate their child's needs. For the Reception intake, the evidence must be sent to the Primary Admissions Team before the closing date for applications for that particular year.
- Nearness of Children's Homes to School - KCC use the distance between the child's permanent home address and the school, measured in a straight line using Ordnance Survey address point data. Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child's home to a point defined as within the school as specified by Ordnance Survey. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody.
Parents who are unhappy with an admission decision may appeal in writing to the Local Authority.