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Community and voluntary controlled primary schools and academies

Places will be allocated in the following order of priority:

  1. A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to: an adoption; child arrangements; or special guardianship order. 

    Includes those who appear (to the admission authority) to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted. (see note i)

  2. Children who have a brother or sister (including step/half brothers and sisters):
    • permanently resident in the same household;
    • and currently attending the school or its related junior school. (Excluding pupils in their final year.)

  3. Other children.


  1. A ‘looked after child’ is a child who, at the time of making an application to a school, was.
    • In the care of a local authority, or;
    • Being provided with housing by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions.

      A child is regarded as having been in state care outside of England if in the care of or accommodated by:
    • A public authority;
    • A religious organisation, or;
    • Any other provider of care whose sole or main purpose is to benefit society.

  2. A sibling link cannot be claimed where a sibling in receipt of a Statement of an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) attends a resourced unit within a mainstream primary school.

  3. In the case of an oversubscription in any category. Children will be admitted in order of proximity of the child’s permanent address to the school. 

    Distances will be worked out using the Local Authority's Geographical Information System (GIS).  To ensure consistency applies, all measurements will be carried out by this method. No other method of measuring distance will be considered.

    Each property has a coordinate taken from Ordnance Survey Address-Point data.  This is the point from which distance measurements will be taken. 

  4. If two or more children live an equal distance from the school, as measured by the procedure above. The decision on which child will be allocated will be made using random allocation. This process will be independently verified.

  5. In voluntary controlled schools no account is taken of church membership or affiliation.

The over-subscription criteria for Community and Voluntary Controlled schools also applies to some academies, which are:

  • Beech Hill
  • Bowling Green Academy
  • Bradshaw
  • Burnley Road Academy
  • Mount Pellon Primary Academy
  • Scout Road Academy
  • The Greetland Academy
  • West Vale Academy

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