Admissions Policy - 2015/16 - page 5

Great TorringtonSchool AdmissionsPolicy
2015-16
Page 5 of 18
Any child whose Statement of Special Educational Needs names Great Torrington School will be
admitted.
Where the number of applications exceeds the number of places available (the agreed admission
limit) theAcademyTrust will use the following oversubscription criteria to prioritise applications:
1. Children in Care or who were in Care but ceased to be in Care because they were
adopted
after 31 December 2005 or
made the subject of a residence order or a
special guardianshiporder.
2. Children forwhomanexceptionalmedical or social need isdemonstrated.
3. Children who live in the school’s designated area, with a sibling on roll at
application.
4. Other childrenwho live in theschool’sdesignated area.
5. Children of members of staff employed for more than two years by the school or
recruited within the past two years to fill a vacancy for which there was a skills
shortage.
6. Children who live outside the school’s designated area, with a sibling on roll at
application.
7. Other children.
Notes toOversubscriptionCriteria
a) A School Supplementary Information Form (SIF)
will be available to applicants seeking
priority for children of staff. This should be returned to the Governing Body by
31October
2014
.
Applications without a SIFwill be consideredwithout reference to priority for children
of staff.
b) If it is necessary to differentiate between children in categories 3 or 7 for normal round
admissions, those children attending a linked primary school will have priority over other
childrenwithin that category.
c) If it is necessary to distinguish between children in a particular category [or between pupils
in a sub-category of category 3 or 7 for normal round admissions – see note (a) above],
priority will be determined on the basis of distance between home and the School
measured as a direct line from the entrance of the residential dwelling, to the School as
plotted on Geographical Information System (GIS) [ie the shorter the distance, the higher
the priority]. (Parents should note that the direct linemeasurement policy does not apply to
Devon LA‟s school transport decisions).
d) If the tie-breaker at c) 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 on behalf of the School by the operation of an electronic random number
generator. Thismay be in thepresence of another School representative.
e) 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 thePAN.
f) 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 consideredunder the „sibling‟ criteria.
g) 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 Devon‟s co-ordinated
secondary admissions scheme ends (
31 August
2015
) at which point lists will be
recalculated on the basis that childrenwill no longer be attending linked primary schools. A
waiting list will be kept so long as there is at least one name on it.
h) Where two or more children reside within a block of flats, they will be deemed to live at an
equal distance from theSchool.
i) For normal round admissions, the term “at application” means at the closing date for
applications or any time between then and the LA processing date for applications on
9
February 2015
. It will be a parental responsibility to inform the LA that a place has been
offered at Great Torrington School
for a child who would then qualify as a sibling for this
purpose.
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