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Admissions Policy

Greenfield Community College follows the standard admission policy adopted by Durham Local  Authority. The school annual admission limit is 160.
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When there are more requests for places than those available, the following criteria will be used to allocate places strictly in order of priority:

 1.         Children who are ‘looked after’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship order*.  A looked after child is a child who is, at the time of making an application to a school, (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).

 2.        Medical Reasons 

Pupils with very exceptional medical factors directly related to school placement

3.        Sibling Links

Pupils who have a sibling**  already attending the school and who is expected to be on roll at the school at the time of admission.

4.         Applicants to their nearest School

Those children who have applied for a place at the nearest school to their home address measured by the shortest walking route***

5.         All other applicants


Where the school is oversubscribed within any of the above categories the following tiebreakers will be applied:

(a)       For those children who have applied for a place at the nearest school to their home address (category 4), priority will be given to those who would otherwise have to travel the furthest distance to the next nearest school1

(b)       For other children (category 5), priority will be given to those children who live nearest to the school applied for

In the unlikely event of the school being oversubscribed within categories 1, 2 or 3 tiebreaker (b) will apply.

Footnote1:  ‘School’ means any maintained secondary school or a DFE maintained Academy in County Durham.  Distance will be measured by the shortest walking route. Those parents who live in County Durham and have children in year 6 in primary schools maintained by Durham County Council will be told which school is nearest to their home address according to the official measuring system.  The same information will be provided for any other applicant on request.

* An adoption order is an order under section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002.  A ‘residence order’ is an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live under section 8 of the Children Act 1989.  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).

**  Sibling is defined as children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, half brothers or sisters, adopted brothers or sisters, step brothers or sisters and children of the parent/carer’s partner.

*** In assessing home to school distance the LA measures by the shortest walking route.  Routes are measured from the centre point of the pupil’s house, or in the case of a flat from the centre point of the building, to the nearest school entrance.  A Geographic Information System (GIS) is used to identify and measure the shortest walking route.  The GIS identifies routes on the Ordnance Survey Integrated Transport Network and Urban Paths Network, which are national recognised datasets.  The routes include all man-made paths, i.e. those that are metalled or surfaced.