What does the official Suffolk County Council document say?
Below is a direct excerpt from the Suffolk County Council – Directory of Schools in Suffolk, which reinforces the information above.
“If there are more applications than places available, the following oversubscription criteria shows the order of priority for places at community and voluntary controlled schools.
We will offer you a school place on the following basis:
Children who have a statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care plan (EHC plan) which names the school must by law be offered a place at that school.
We will treat all your preferences (up to three) as equal. We will look to see if a place is available at each of your preferences and offer you a place at your highest preference school with a place available.
1) Looked-after children (children in care) and previously looked after children (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, immediately following having been looked after).
2) Siblings (children who are brothers and sisters of, or who live as a family at the same address) of pupils who are already at the school or who have already been offered a place, and who will still be there at the time of admission. Priority will be given, where necessary, to applications where there is the smallest age gap. If you have more than one child at the school, please name the youngest one.
3) Children who are ordinarily resident in the catchment area.
Children who live nearest to the school. We will measure the distance by a straight line (‘as the crow flies’). All straight line distances are calculated electronically by Suffolk County Council using data provided jointly by the Post Office and Ordnance Survey. The data plots the co-ordinates of each property and provides the address-point between which the straight line distance is measured and reported to three decimal places. Where there is more than one home within a single building (for example, apartments) we will measure to a single point within that building irrespective of where those homes are located.
4) Children who live outside the school’s catchment area
Where can I view the official Suffolk County Council document?
Click here to view the PDF: ‘Suffolk County Council Directory of Schools in Suffolk’.
Click here to view the PDF: ‘Admissions to Schools in Suffolk’.
Click here to view the PDF: ‘Changes to School Transport ‘
Click here to view the Common Admissions Form (CAF1)
More information available at: www.suffolk.gov.uk/admissions