Where the school is oversubscribed, places are allocated according to the over-subscription criteria as outlined below.
Looked after children
Looked after children and children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order, immediately following having been looked after.
Children whose permanent home address is in the school's designated catchment area (as shown on the maps in Appendices to the Parent’s Guides). Where necessary, priority will be given to siblings in catchment. The home address is taken to be the address at the closing date for applications in the normal admissions round (31 October 2013). Where parental responsibilities are equally shared, the home address will normally be considered to be with the parent/carer with whom the child spends the majority of time and nights Monday to Friday; this will normally beexpected to be with the parent/carer that receives the student's Child Benefit.
It is the child’s normal permanent home address where he or she lives with his or her parents/carers that is used to decide in which school’s catchment area the child lives. Temporary addresses cannot be used to obtain school places, eg temporary addresses whilst retaining a previous permanent home will not be accepted. If parents/carers are in the process of moving from the address at which they currently live, and want to use the new address for the school place allocations, evidence that they have moved and are living in the new address will need to be provided by 1 January 2014. Confirmation received after this date will not normally be taken into account until immediately after allocation dates and waiting lists adjusted accordingly. At all other times changes of address will be considered immediately on receipt of evidence.
Any child offered a school place based on fraudulent or intentionally misleading information concerning a catchment area permanent home address will have their place withdrawn and a new application will be required, by which time preferred schools may be full. This may also occur after the child has been admitted to a school.
The criteria below applies to children whose permanent home address is not within the preferred school's catchment area
Students with a brother or sister including step/foster sibling and children of the parent/carer’s partner living in the same family unit. All children living at the same address in a family unit are therefore deemed to be siblings even if there is no actual relationship between them. Children who are siblings but living at different addresses to each other will be treated as such for the purpose of admissions criteria. A sibling is considered to be one who is already on the roll of Denefield School, and in relation to admissions at Denefield School’s first point of entry, will continue to attend compulsory education at the school during the following academic year.
The children of a member of staff who has been employed at Denefield School for a minimum of two years, and/or were recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skills shortage.
All other applicants
Priority will be given within any of the above over-subscription criteria to the applicant whose permanent home address is nearest to the Denefield School. Distances will be measured using the West Berkshire Admissions Geographical Information System taking a straight line between the home address and the school using the unique property identification points within the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG).
In the case of multiple births, the parents/carers will be approached to decide which sibling or siblings will receive the available places.
Waiting lists will be maintained for the school and year groups where necessary for children not offered a school place. Position on the list will be determined by applying the over-subscription criteria. Waiting lists will remain until 1 September when parents will be asked to confirm in writing their wish to be placed on a newly constructed waiting list. Names will be removed from the lists if requested or if the offer of a place that becomes available is not accepted. Positions on waiting lists may change due to new applications or revised applications in respect of a change of preferred schools, and precedence is given to those subject to a direction or an admission in accordance with the In-Year Fair Access Protocol. The waiting list will be adjusted to take account of late, or in-year, applications.
Late applications are considered as detailed in the co-ordinated and in-year admissions scheme.