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Over-Subscription Criteria

  • Education Health Care Plans. In accordance with legislation the allocation of places for children with the following will take place first; Statement of Special Educational Needs (Education Act 1996) or Education, Health and Care Plan (Children and Families Act 2014) where the school is named. Remaining places will be allocated in accordance with this policy.


If the school receives more applications than it has places the governors will apply the following criteria in the order given:


  1. Looked after children and all previously looked after children. 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 (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989) 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 child arrangements order or special guardianship order). This includes children who were adopted under the Adoption Act 1976 (see section 12 adoption orders) and children who were adopted under the Adoption and Children’s Act 2002 (see section 46 adoption orders). Child arrangements orders are defined in s.8 of the Children Act 1989, as amended by s.12 of the Children and Families Act 2014. Child arrangements orders replace residence orders and any residence order in force prior to 22 April 2014 is deemed to be a child arrangements order. Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians).
  2. There is a sibling who will be on the school roll when the child applies for a school place. A sibling is considered to be:
  • A full brother or sister, whether or not resident in the same household
  • Another child normally resident for the majority of term time in the same household, for whom an adult in the household has parental responsibility as defined in the Children Act 1989.
  •  A brother or sister attending the school at the time of application, or who will be attending the school at the expected time of admission. In addition, in the case of infant schools a brother or sister attending Nettleham Junior school or will be attending Nettleham Junior School at the time of admissions.
  1. The distance from the child’s home to the school, meaning that children who live closest to the school are given priority.

• Straight-line distance in miles, as measured electronically, calculated to three figures after the decimal point (e.g. 1.543 miles) by Lincolnshire County Council school admissions team from the Post Office Address Point of the home to the Post Office Address Point of the Academy.
• Home address is defined as the address where the child lives for the majority of the school term time with a parent who has parental responsibility as defined in the Children Act 1989 and a parent includes a person who is not a parent but who has responsibility for her/him. This could include a pupil’s guardians but will not usually include other relatives such as grandparents, aunts, uncles etc unless they have all the rights, duties, powers and responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and her/his property.
• Where a child lives normally and habitually during the school week with more than one parent at different addresses, the home address for the purpose of school admissions will be that of the parent who lives closest, as the crow flies, to the school in question.
• Equally, where a family possesses more than one home, the Governing Body will take as the home address (place of residence) the address where the family and child habitually and normally live for the majority of the school term time.


The Governing Body has the right to investigate any concerns it may have with respect to the accuracy of information provided by parents on an application form and to withdraw the offer of a school place if there is evidence that parents have made fraudulent claims, e.g. concerning parental responsibility or place of residence. N.B. Attendance at Nettleham  Nursery does not constitute an automatic offer of a place at Nettleham Infant School