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Oversubscription criteria for community maintained secondary schools.1. Children in the care of a Local Authority or who were previously in the care of a local authority. (See note 3)
2. Children who are on the ‘list of children subject to child protection plans’ and need
to attend an alternative school to avoid the abuser. 3. Children who are both living in the catchment area served by the school and have brothers or sisters still attending the school at the time of their application and admission. Siblings must be in Year 8, 9 or 10 at the time of admission. (See note 4)
4. Other children living in the catchment area at the time of application and admission.
5. Children who do not live in the catchment area served by the school but who have brothers or sisters attending the school at the time of their application and admission. Siblings must be in Year 8, 9 or 10 at the time of admission (See note 4)
6. Children of parents / carers fleeing ‘Domestic Violence’. (Subject to verification by a senior Social Worker or current City Council procedures for housing reallocation in cases of recognised domestic violence).
7. Other children whose parents have requested a place. 8. Children whose parents did not request a place by the closing date.
Within each criterion priority will be given to the children who live closest to the school. Distance will be measured on a straight line basis using a geographical information system measuring from the GEO code reference point for the child’s home address to the GEO CODE reference point for the school.
In the unlikely event that two applicants within a category live exactly the same distance from the school and only one place remains, the place will be offered to one applicant on the basis of lots drawn by an officer of the city council who is not involved in the administration of school admissions.
Multiple births: If the final place available at a school is offered to a twin or triplet and the remaining sibling(s) would ordinarily be refused, places will be offered to the remaining sibling(s) at the same school.
Note 3: A ‘looked after child’ is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions at the time of making an 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 residence order or special guardianship order.
Note 4: By siblings we mean a brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or a child of the parent / carer’s partner and in every case the child must be living in the same family unit at the same address.
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