Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the published admission number, applications will be considered against the oversubscription criteria set out below. Applications from families eligible for 30 hours free day care (see eligibility criteria below) will be considered alongside those for the 15 hours free day care. After the admission of students with an Education, Health and Care Plan naming the Academy will take priority. The criteria will then be applied in the order in which they are set out below:
Initial allocations will involve only those applications received by the published closing date and accepted as ‘on time’.
a) Children in public care (looked after children) and children who were adopted (or subject to residence orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been looked after.
- Children in care are children who are in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by that local authority in accordance with section 22 of the Children Act 1989.
b) Children for whom a particular school is appropriate on exceptional medical grounds. Such applications will be considered under this criterion only if they are supported by an attached written statement from a doctor. This must demonstrate that there is a very specific connection between the child’s medical need and the school requested.
c) Children with a brother or sister, sibling, who will be attending the school at the time of proposed admission. The children concerned must be living at the same address. The term “sibling” means a full, step, half, adopted or fostered brother or sister, but not cousins. The sibling link will be withdrawn for any future siblings of any child who has started at a school and it was subsequently found that they had gained a place on the basis of a fraudulent application.
d) Children whose parent is a member of staff who has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time of application and/or children of a member of staff who has been recruited to fill a vacancy for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
e) Children living nearest to the school measured as the crow flies, that is, in a straight line from the child’s home to the main entrance of the school on South Street. Travel by private car or public transport will not be taken into account. All distances will be calculated by Enfield Council’s admissions IT system using Address Base Premium. This provides a national grid co-ordinate and a unique reference for each postal address in Great Britain. The grid reference is provided to a resolution of 0.1 metre (10cm). The accuracy of Address Base Premium is such that each point will fall within the addressed building. In the case of a multi-occupancy building such as flats where there may only be one address point, priority will be given to the applicant whose door number is the lowest numerically /or alphabetically.
The child’s permanent home address is where he or she normally lives and sleeps and goes to school from. Proof of residence will be requested at point of application of admissions process. If false or misleading information is used to gain entry to the Academy, the offer of a place will be withdrawn.
Where two or more children live in a flat or other multi-home dwelling and it is not possible to determine which applicant lives closest to the preferred school as measured in a direct line from the building to the school; the available place(s) will be allocated by drawing lots.
If there are more applicants than there are places remaining within a particular category, random allocation will be used to allocate the final available place(s). The random allocation process will be independently verified.
Parents of three and four year olds will need to meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for 30 hours free childcare:
- You (and your partner, if you have one) are in work - or getting parental leave, sick leave or annual leave
- each earning at least the National Minimum Wage or Living Wage for 16 hours a week - this is £125.28 if you’re over 25
- This earnings limit does not apply if you’re self-employed and started your business less than 12 months ago.
A parent will not meet the criteria when:
- Your child does not usually live with you
- Either parent has an income of more than £100,000
- Either parent is a non-EEA national and subject to immigration control (and has no recourse to public funds)