To make the allocation of school places fairer, a priority order criteria is used. A copy of the criteria can be found in the Which Secondary School? Booklet.
When deciding on your preferences, be aware of how your child will measure against the criteria. The higher the ranking, the more likely you are to be offered a place, the lower, the more unlikely.
If your child has a particular interest in a subject, you may want to consider a school that specialises in that area.
When choosing a school, it is important that you consider how your child will get to and from the school each day, especially if the school is not in walking distance.
If your child needs to use a bus to get to the school, you will not automatically be entitled to transport assistance and will be responsible for paying the bus fare.
To see if you are eligible for a bus pass, please contact School Transport on 0116 252 7802 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org to apply on-line.
If you are considering a voluntary aided school, you will need to complete and submit two application forms – the Local Authority form and the school’s own form. Again, this should be done before the closing date of 19th October 2007.
Voluntary Aided schools allocate places according to a Priority Criteria, this Criteria is different to that published by the Local Authority. To view the voluntary aided school’s Criteria, you can contact the school direct or speak to the Choice & Inclusion Advisor on 252 7899.
• Religious Conviction
If you are making application based upon your religious conviction
Prepare a letter that demonstrates why you feel your religious conviction is an important factor in your reasons for applying for a particular school.
Obtain a letter of support from your priest or religious leader, which outlines how this prefer school meets your religious conviction
Take a copy and submit the originals with your applications before the closing date of 19th October 2007.