An admission number will be published showing the maximum number of pupils that the school will admit in the Autumn Term 2016. Parents are given the opportunity to express three preferences for a secondary school. Published criteria are used to decide which children should be offered the available places.
In secondary schools an equal preference system operates, whereby the three parental preferences are given equal status. Each preference will be considered equally against the admissions criteria.
The allocation of school places is based on parental preference following the High Court judgment against Rotherham LA. Parents/carers are required to submit applications under the arrangements set out in the co-ordinated admissions scheme.
Applications for pupils having statements of special educational needs/educational health and care plans (EHCP) will be dealt with in accordance with the Code of Practice on Special Educational Needs and disabilities. Where a school is named in part 4 of a child’s statement or recorded in the Educational Health and Care Plan, following consultation with the Head and Governors, the governing bodies are required to admit the pupil. After the allocation of statemented/EHCP pupils, where the number of applications is greater than the remaining places the following criteria will be applied in the order set out below:
(i) Residence is defined as the normal family address where the child resides. The qualification date is the closing date for applications under the co-ordinated admissions scheme. (Where families change normal address after the closing date but before the allocation process has finished this can be considered under the review procedure). Where parents live at separate addresses and have joint custody, the address used will be the one where the child spends the main part of the school week (i.e. Sunday night to Thursday night
inclusive). Childcare arrangements involving relative’s addresses do not qualify as normal family addresses for this purpose unless there is a court Residence Order in place.
(ii) Sisters include children with the same natural parents living at the same address, children with the same natural parents living at different addresses (e.g. due to separation of natural parents) half-sisters living at the same address, step-sisters living at the same address – children living as part of the same family unit with their parents/carers at the same address.
(iii) Brothers and sisters include children with the same natural parents living at the same address, children with the same natural parents living at different addresses (e.g. due to separation of natural parents) halfbrothers/ sisters living at the same address, step brothers/sisters living at the same address – children living as part of the same family unit with their parents/carers at the same address
(iv) The measurement of distance is the shortest available safe route for pedestrians along footpaths, using footpaths alongside roads marked on the current street map of the City. (The only exception to this is the maintained footpath across East Park from Hawkesbury Street to James Reckitt Avenue for access to Malet Lambert School. Front entrance of home property (residence) to main entrance of school site is used. The Authority will use Routefinder, a computer mapping system, to make measurements.
(v) The highest priority must be given to looked after children (1) and children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (2) (or became subject to a residence order (3) or special guardianship order (4)). Further references to previously looked after children in the Code means children who were adopted (or subject to residence orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been looked after.
To view the proposed arrangements for the admission criteria for Malet Lambert for 2018-19 please click here.