Admissions Policy 2016/17

The values of community cohesion, family cohesion and continuity of learning underpin Wootton Park School’s approach to admissions. The Admissions Policy will reflect that of the Local Education Authority (Northamptonshire County Council) and meet all requirements of the national Schools Admissions Code, Appeals Code and admissions legislation.

The school will open in September 2016 with the following published admission numbers:

• Reception – 60 places

• Year 7 – 120 places

The school will not select by ability and welcomes applications from parents of all children. If the school is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan or Statement of Special Educational Needs where the school is named in the EHCP or Statement, priority for admission will be given to those children that meet the criteria set out below, in the priority order shown:

1. Looked after children or children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became the subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or a special guardianship order.

2. Pupils with an older sibling attending the primary section of the school at the time of the admission of the younger child. Pupils with an older sibling attending the secondary section of the school at the time of the admission of the younger child.

3. 10% of places allocated to children eligible for the pupil premium (for 2016 intake – up to 6 places in  Reception and up to 12 places in Year 7.) If more than 10% of applicants eligible for the pupil premium apply, the nearest 10% will be admitted using the distance calculation set out in (4) below.

4. Children by distance from the school. Priority will be given under this criterion to children living nearest the school. Distances are measured from the address point of the home address to the address point of the school on a straight line basis.

Random allocation through supervised drawing of lots by an independent person of good standing will be used as a tie-break to decide the highest priority for admission if the distance between two or more children’s homes and the school is exactly the same.

All applicants refused a place, regardless of the reason, have a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel constituted and operated in accordance with the School Admissions Code. Details of this process are contained on the school’s website together with the deadline dates.

A full copy of our Admissions Policy for 2016/17 can be viewed here: