Admissions Policy 2014/15 - page 5

Great Torrington School Admissions Policy 2014-15
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6. Children of members of staff employed for more than 2 years by the School
or recruited within the past 2 years to fill a vacancy for which there was a
skills shortage.
7. Children living outside the School’s designated area – with a sibling who will
be attending the School on the date of application.
8. Other children living outside the School’s designated area.
8. Notes
1. If it is necessary to differentiate between children in categories 2 or 6 for
normal round admissions, those children attending a linked primary school
will have priority over other children within that category.
2. If it is necessary to distinguish between children in a particular category
(or between pupils in a sub-category of category 2 or 6 for normal round
admissions – see note (a) above), priority will be determined on the basis
of distance between home and School measured as a direct line from the
entrance of the property (residential dwelling), to the School as plotted on
Geographical Information System (GIS) (i.e. the shorter the distance, the
higher the priority). (Parents should note that the direct line policy does
not apply to school transport decisions).
3. If the tie-breaker at 8.2 above is not sufficient to distinguish between
applicants in a particular category, there will be a random ballot. This will
be undertaken by the LA Admissions Manager in the presence of a School
representative by the operation of an electronic random number
4. Where applications are received from families with multiple birth siblings
(twins, triplets, etc.) places will be allocated together at the School
wherever possible, including offering place(s) above the (PAN).
5. Where applications are made at the same time for two children not falling
within multiple birth siblings, (sometimes referred to as contemporaneous
admissions) the application will not be considered under the ‘sibling’
6. Waiting lists are kept where there are more applications than places
available. They are held in order of oversubscription criteria until the point
at which the co-ordinated scheme ends (31 August 2013) at which point
lists will be recalculated on the basis that children will no longer be
attending linked primary schools. A waiting list will be kept so long as
there is at least one name on it.
7. Where two or more children reside within a block of flats, they will be
deemed to live at an equal distance from the School.
8. For children of UK Service personnel and other Crown Servants the
School Admissions Code requires schools to treat a family posted to their
area as meeting residence criteria for the designated area even if a
residential address has not been identified. This would require
confirmation in the form of a letter from the relevant government
department (for example, the Ministry of Defence, the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office or Government Communications Headquarters).
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