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Admissions criteria for secondary schools

Where a school receives more applications than places available, each preference will be ranked against the schools published admissions criteria. Full details of the criteria, for each city secondary school for entry in 2021-22, can be found below.

Leicester City secondary schools

Please read the criteria carefully as it will help you decide whether your child has a good chance of being offered a place at your preferred school.

Each school has a limited number of places and this is known as the published admission number (PAN). This number considers how many pupils each school can accommodate and is shown within each drop-down below.

Published admission number: 180

A supplementary information form will need to be completed and returned directly to the school.

Where the school is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care plan, priority for admission will be allocated to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in the following order of priority:

Criterion 1: Looked after children1 and previously looked after children who became subject to adoption, a childarrangements order or special guardianship order immediately after being looked after.

Criterion 2. Children with a sibling2 attending Avanti Fields School or Krishna Avanti Primary School, Leicester at the
time of application. Details of sibling to be included in the Common Application Form submitted to the Local
Authority.

Criterion 3. Children who attend Krishna Avanti Primary School (Leicester) at the time of application.

Criterion 4. Children of a member of the School’s staff who:

a. Has been employed at the School for two or more years at the time of application; and/or

b. Was recruited to fill a vacant post for which there was a demonstrable skill shortage.

For the avoidance of doubt, “a” and “b” above do not denote an order of priority – all children falling within this category will be treated equally.

Criterion 5. All other children. For the avoidance of doubt, geographical distances will be taken from the school’s permanent site: Manor Farm site in Thurmaston Lane, LE5 0TF.

For the full admissions policy, please visit the Avanti Fields School website.

Published admission number: 270

Places will be allocated to pupils who have a statement of special educational needs or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan which names the school before any other allocations are made.

These allocations will reduce the number of places available.

Criterion 1: Children in the care of a local authority within England or who were previously in the care of a local authority within England (see note 1).

Criterion 2: Children who were previously in care outside of England (see  note 1).

Criterion 3: Pupils who have a serious medical condition or exceptional social or domestic needs that make it essential they attend the school requested (see note 2).

Criterion 4: Children whose home address is in the catchment area of the secondary school with a sibling at the school, who will still be on roll in years 8 – 11 when the applicant starts school (see note 3).

Criterion 5: Children whose home address is outside the catchment area of the secondary school with a sibling at the school, who will still be on roll in years 8 – 11 when the applicant starts school (see note 3).

Criterion 6: Children whose home address is in the catchment area of the secondary school.

Criterion 7: Children who are sons / daughters of staff working at the school for at least 2 years at the time of application (see note 4).

Criterion 8: Children whose home address is outside the catchment area of the school and who have requested a place.

Tiebreaker: Within each criterion priority will be given to children living closest to the school, as measured on a straight-line basis using a geographical information system measuring from the geo-code reference point from the child’s home address to the geo-code reference point for the school.

If two applicants within a category live exactly the same distance from the school and only one place remains, the place will be offered to one applicant on the basis of lots drawn by an officer of the local authority not involved in the administration of school admissions.

Guidance notes

Note 1: A “looked after” child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority in England, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in England, in the exercise of their social services function at the time of making an application to the school. A “previously looked after” child is a child who was looked after, either in England or outside* of England, but ceased to be because they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order.

Note 2: All schools in Leicester have experience in dealing with children with diverse social and medical needs. However, there may be exceptional cases where there are compelling reasons why it is essential they attend the school requested. For further details please refer to the Leicester Scheme.

Note 3: Sibling means a brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister or child of the parent/carer’s partner. In every case, the child must be living in the same family unit at the same address. Siblings must be on roll at the point of entry. In the case of twins, triplet or other children of multiple births, if the final place is offered to one child, and the remaining sibling(s) would ordinarily be refused, places will be offered to the remaining sibling(s).

Note 4: Priority will be given to children of staff in the following circumstances:

  • Where the member of staff has been employed at the school for 2 or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made; and/ or
  • The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

Published admission number: 210

Places will be allocated to pupils who have a statement of special educational needs or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan which names the school before any other allocations are made.

These allocations will reduce the number of places available.

Criterion 1: Children in the care of a local authority within England or who were previously in the care of a local authority within England (see note 1).

Criterion 2: Children who were previously in care outside of England (see  note 1).

Criterion 3: Pupils who have a serious medical condition or exceptional social or domestic needs that make it essential they attend the school requested (see note 2).

Criterion 4: Children whose home address is in the catchment area of the secondary school with a sibling at the school, who will still be on roll in years 8 – 11 when the applicant starts school (see note 3).

Criterion 5: Children whose home address is outside the catchment area of the secondary school with a sibling at the school, who will still be on roll in years 8 – 11 when the applicant starts school (see note 3).

Criterion 6: Children whose home address is in the catchment area of the secondary school.

Criterion 7: Children who are sons / daughters of staff working at the school for at least 2 years at the time of application (see note 4).

Criterion 8: Children whose home address is outside the catchment area of the school and who have requested a place.

Tiebreaker: Within each criterion priority will be given to children living closest to the school, as measured on a straight-line basis using a geographical information system measuring from the geo-code reference point from the child’s home address to the geo-code reference point for the school.

If two applicants within a category live exactly the same distance from the school and only one place remains, the place will be offered to one applicant on the basis of lots drawn by an officer of the local authority not involved in the administration of school admissions.

Guidance notes

Note 1: A “looked after” child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority in England, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in England, in the exercise of their social services function at the time of making an application to the school. A “previously looked after” child is a child who was looked after, either in England or outside* of England, but ceased to be because they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order.

Note 2: All schools in Leicester have experience in dealing with children with diverse social and medical needs. However, there may be exceptional cases where there are compelling reasons why it is essential they attend the school requested. For further details please refer to the Leicester Scheme.

Note 3: Sibling means a brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister or child of the parent/carer’s partner. In every case, the child must be living in the same family unit at the same address. Siblings must be on roll at the point of entry. In the case of twins, triplet or other children of multiple births, if the final place is offered to one child, and the remaining sibling(s) would ordinarily be refused, places will be offered to the remaining sibling(s).

Note 4: Priority will be given to children of staff in the following circumstances:

  • Where the member of staff has been employed at the school for 2 or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made; and/ or
  • The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.


Published admission number: 240

When the school is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care plan naming the school, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:

Criterion 1: Looked after children and children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order.

Criterion 2: Priority will next be given to children based on their exceptional medical or social needs or those of their parents.

Each application must include evidence, from a medical specialist or social worker of the child’s/parent’s need and why they must attend this school rather than any other, based on those needs. If evidence is not submitted to the Academy with the application, a child’s or parent’s medical or social needs cannot be considered.

Criterion 3: Priority will next be given to the siblings of pupils attending the Academy at the time the application is received. Parents have a right to express a preference for the school under this criterion.

Criterion 4: Priority will next be given to 90 children eligible for the pupil premium. Evidence of eligibility will need to be submitted with the application.

Criterion 5: Priority will next be given to the children of staff who have been recruited to fill a skill-shortage area.

Criterion 6: Priority will next be given to children living within the Leicester City area. Children living on the boundary line will be considered to be living within the catchment area.

Criterion 7: Other children.

Tiebreaker: If in categories 2-7 above a tie-break is necessary to determine which child is admitted, the child living closest to the Academy will be given priority for admission. Distance is measured from the child’s home to the front gates of the Academy in a straight line. The Academy uses a geographical information system measuring from the Geo-code reference point for the child’s home address to the Geo-code reference point for the Academy.

For the full admissions policy, please visit the Brook Mead Academy website

Published admission number: 240

When the school is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care plan naming the school, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:

Criterion 1: Looked after children and children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order.

Criterion 2: Priority will next be given to children based on their exceptional medical or social needs or those of their parents.

Each application must include evidence, from a medical specialist or social worker of the child’s/parent’s need and why they must attend this school rather than any other, based on those needs. If evidence is not submitted to the Academy with the application, a child’s or parent’s medical or social needs cannot be considered.

Criterion 3: Priority will next be given to the siblings of pupils attending the Academy at the time the application is received. Parents have a right to express a preference for the school under this criterion.

Criterion 4: Priority will next be given to 90 children eligible for the pupil premium. Evidence of eligibility will need to be submitted with the application.

Criterion 5: Priority will next be given to the children of staff who have been recruited to fill a skill-shortage area.

Criterion 6: Priority will next be given to children living within the Leicester City area. Children living on the boundary line will be considered to be living within the catchment area.

Criterion 7: Other children.

Tiebreaker: If in categories 2-7 above a tie-break is necessary to determine which child is admitted, the child living closest to the Academy will be given priority for admission. Distance is measured from the child’s home to the front gates of the Academy in a straight line. The Academy uses a geographical information system measuring from the Geo-code reference point for the child’s home address to the Geo-code reference point for the Academy.

For the full admissions policy, please visit the Castle Mead Academy website.

Published admission number: 240

Places will be allocated to pupils who have a statement of special educational needs or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan which names the school before any other allocations are made.

These allocations will reduce the number of places available.

Criterion 1: Children in the care of a local authority within England or who were previously in the care of a local authority within England (see note 1).

Criterion 2: Children who were previously in care outside of England (see  note 1).

Criterion 3: Pupils who have a serious medical condition or exceptional social or domestic needs that make it essential they attend the school requested (see note 2).

Criterion 4: Children whose home address is in the catchment area of the secondary school with a sibling at the school, who will still be on roll in years 8 – 11 when the applicant starts school (see note 3).

Criterion 5: Children whose home address is outside the catchment area of the secondary school with a sibling at the school, who will still be on roll in years 8 – 11 when the applicant starts school (see note 3).

Criterion 6: Children whose home address is in the catchment area of the secondary school.

Criterion 7: Children who are sons / daughters of staff working at the school for at least 2 years at the time of application (see note 4).

Criterion 8: Children whose home address is outside the catchment area of the school and who have requested a place.

Tiebreaker: Within each criterion priority will be given to children living closest to the school, as measured on a straight-line basis using a geographical information system measuring from the geo-code reference point from the child’s home address to the geo-code reference point for the school.

If two applicants within a category live exactly the same distance from the school and only one place remains, the place will be offered to one applicant on the basis of lots drawn by an officer of the local authority not involved in the administration of school admissions.

Guidance notes

Note 1: A “looked after” child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority in England, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in England, in the exercise of their social services function at the time of making an application to the school. A “previously looked after” child is a child who was looked after, either in England or outside* of England, but ceased to be because they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order.

Note 2: All schools in Leicester have experience in dealing with children with diverse social and medical needs. However, there may be exceptional cases where there are compelling reasons why it is essential they attend the school requested. For further details please refer to the Leicester Scheme.

Note 3: Sibling means a brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister or child of the parent/carer’s partner. In every case, the child must be living in the same family unit at the same address. Siblings must be on roll at the point of entry. In the case of twins, triplet or other children of multiple births, if the final place is offered to one child, and the remaining sibling(s) would ordinarily be refused, places will be offered to the remaining sibling(s).

Note 4: Priority will be given to children of staff in the following circumstances:

  • Where the member of staff has been employed at the school for 2 or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made; and/ or
  • The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.


Published admission number: 180

A supplementary form will need to be completed and returned directly to the school – this can be found on our website at leicester.gov.uk/admissions.

In accordance with legislation pupils with an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP) (a plan made by the Local Authority under Section 37 of the Children and Families Act 2014 which specifies the special educational provision required for a child) which names the school will be allocated a place first. This will reduce the number of places available.

Criterion 1: Catholic children who are ‘looked after’ or who were ‘previously looked after’.

Criterion 2: Catholic children.

Criterion 3: Other children who are ‘looked after’ or who were ‘previously looked after’.

Criterion 4: Catechumens, candidates and members of Eastern Christian Churches.

Criterion 5: Children of other Christian denominations whose membership is evidenced by a minister of religion.

Criterion 6: Children of other faiths whose membership is evidenced by a religious leader

Criterion 7: Any other children.

First priority within the individual criteria will be given to applications from children who attend one of the partner primary schools.

Second priority within the individual criteria will be given to applications for children who will have siblings attending the school in years 7-11 at the proposed time of admission.

For full details of definitions, terms and notes please visit the English Martyrs Catholic School website.

 

Published admission number: 300

Places will be allocated to pupils who have a statement of special educational needs or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan which names the school before any other allocations are made.

These allocations will reduce the number of places available.

Criterion 1: Children in the care of a local authority within England or who were previously in the care of a local authority within England (see note 1).

Criterion 2: Children who were previously in care outside of England (see  note 1).

Criterion 3: Pupils who have a serious medical condition or exceptional social or domestic needs that make it essential they attend the school requested (see note 2).

Criterion 4: Children whose home address is in the catchment area of the secondary school with a sibling at the school, who will still be on roll in years 8 – 11 when the applicant starts school (see note 3).

Criterion 5: Children whose home address is outside the catchment area of the secondary school with a sibling at the school, who will still be on roll in years 8 – 11 when the applicant starts school (see note 3).

Criterion 6: Children whose home address is in the catchment area of the secondary school.

Criterion 7: Children who are sons / daughters of staff working at the school for at least 2 years at the time of application (see note 4).

Criterion 8: Children whose home address is outside the catchment area of the school and who have requested a place.

Tiebreaker: Within each criterion priority will be given to children living closest to the school, as measured on a straight-line basis using a geographical information system measuring from the geo-code reference point from the child’s home address to the geo-code reference point for the school.

If two applicants within a category live exactly the same distance from the school and only one place remains, the place will be offered to one applicant on the basis of lots drawn by an officer of the local authority not involved in the administration of school admissions.

Guidance notes

Note 1: A “looked after” child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority in England, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in England, in the exercise of their social services function at the time of making an application to the school. A “previously looked after” child is a child who was looked after, either in England or outside* of England, but ceased to be because they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order.

Note 2: All schools in Leicester have experience in dealing with children with diverse social and medical needs. However, there may be exceptional cases where there are compelling reasons why it is essential they attend the school requested. For further details please refer to the Leicester Scheme.

Note 3: Sibling means a brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister or child of the parent/carer’s partner. In every case, the child must be living in the same family unit at the same address. Siblings must be on roll at the point of entry. In the case of twins, triplet or other children of multiple births, if the final place is offered to one child, and the remaining sibling(s) would ordinarily be refused, places will be offered to the remaining sibling(s).

Note 4: Priority will be given to children of staff in the following circumstances:

  • Where the member of staff has been employed at the school for 2 or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made; and/ or
  • The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

Published admission number: 240

Places will be allocated to pupils who have a statement of special educational needs or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan which names the school before any other allocations are made.

These allocations will reduce the number of places available.

Criterion 1: Children in the care of a local authority within England or who were previously in the care of a local authority within England (see note 1).

Criterion 2: Children who were previously in care outside of England (see  note 1).

Criterion 3: Pupils who have a serious medical condition or exceptional social or domestic needs that make it essential they attend the school requested (see note 2).

Criterion 4: Children whose home address is in the catchment area of the secondary school with a sibling at the school, who will still be on roll in years 8 – 11 when the applicant starts school (see note 3).

Criterion 5: Children whose home address is outside the catchment area of the secondary school with a sibling at the school, who will still be on roll in years 8 – 11 when the applicant starts school (see note 3).

Criterion 6: Children whose home address is in the catchment area of the secondary school.

Criterion 7: Children who are sons / daughters of staff working at the school for at least 2 years at the time of application (see note 4).

Criterion 8: Children whose home address is outside the catchment area of the school and who have requested a place.

Tiebreaker: Within each criterion priority will be given to children living closest to the school, as measured on a straight-line basis using a geographical information system measuring from the geo-code reference point from the child’s home address to the geo-code reference point for the school.

If two applicants within a category live exactly the same distance from the school and only one place remains, the place will be offered to one applicant on the basis of lots drawn by an officer of the local authority not involved in the administration of school admissions.

Guidance notes

Note 1: A “looked after” child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority in England, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in England, in the exercise of their social services function at the time of making an application to the school. A “previously looked after” child is a child who was looked after, either in England or outside* of England, but ceased to be because they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order.

Note 2: All schools in Leicester have experience in dealing with children with diverse social and medical needs. However, there may be exceptional cases where there are compelling reasons why it is essential they attend the school requested. For further details please refer to the Leicester Scheme.

Note 3: Sibling means a brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister or child of the parent/carer’s partner. In every case, the child must be living in the same family unit at the same address. Siblings must be on roll at the point of entry. In the case of twins, triplet or other children of multiple births, if the final place is offered to one child, and the remaining sibling(s) would ordinarily be refused, places will be offered to the remaining sibling(s).

Note 4: Priority will be given to children of staff in the following circumstances:

  • Where the member of staff has been employed at the school for 2 or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made; and/ or
  • The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

Published admission number: 90

A supplementary information form will need to be completed and returned directly to the school.

After the admission of pupils with EHC plans or statements, the governing body will apply the criteria below in the order in which they are set out:

a. Looked after Muslim children and previously looked after Muslim children who meet the religious practice check.

b. Muslim children who meet the religious practice check and who have or will have a sibling in the school or the co-located girls’ school at the time of admission.

c. Muslim children who meet the religious practice check and who have a parent employed at the school for two or more years at the time of application.

d. Muslim children who meet the religious practice check. In the event of more applications than places under criteria b, c or d, priority will be given to those who have the highest scores in the religious practice check. In the event of tied scores in the religious practice check and fewer places than three applications, then places will be offered to those living closest to the school measured by the straight-line distance from the child’s home to the school.

e. Any other looked after children or previously looked after children.

f. Children of other faiths whose application is supported by a letter from a minister of religion which confirms that the child has worshipped in that faith at least twice a month for a period of a year.

g. Any other children.

For full details of definitions, terms and notes please visit the Mandi Boys' School website.

Published admission number: 90

A supplementary information form will need to be completed and returned directly to the school.

After the admission of pupils with EHC plans or statements, the governing body will apply the criteria below in the order in which they are set out:

a. Looked after Muslim children and previously looked after Muslim children who meet the religious practice check.

b. Muslim children who meet the religious practice check and who have or will have a sibling in the school or the co-located boys’ school at the time of admission.

c. Muslim children who meet the religious practice check and who have a parent employed at the school for two or more years at the time of application.

d. Muslim children who meet the religious practice check. In the event of more applications than places under criteria b, c or d, priority will be given to those who have the highest scores in the religious practice check. In the event of tied scores in the religious practice check and fewer places than three applications, then places will be offered to those living closest to the school measured by the straight-line distance from the child’s home to the school.

e. Any other looked after children or previously looked after children.

f. Children of other faiths whose application is supported by a letter from a minister of religion which confirms that the child has worshipped in that faith at least twice a month for a period of a year.

g. Any other children.

For full details of definitions, terms and notes please visit the Madani Girls' School website.

Published admission number: 210

Places will be allocated to pupils who have a statement of special educational needs or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan which names the school before any other allocations are made.

These allocations will reduce the number of places available.

Criterion 1: Children in the care of a local authority within England or who were previously in the care of a local authority within England (see note 1).

Criterion 2: Children who were previously in care outside of England (see  note 1).

Criterion 3: Pupils who have a serious medical condition or exceptional social or domestic needs that make it essential they attend the school requested (see note 2).

Criterion 4: Children whose home address is in the catchment area of the secondary school with a sibling at the school, who will still be on roll in years 8 – 11 when the applicant starts school (see note 3).

Criterion 5: Children whose home address is outside the catchment area of the secondary school with a sibling at the school, who will still be on roll in years 8 – 11 when the applicant starts school (see note 3).

Criterion 6: Children whose home address is in the catchment area of the secondary school.

Criterion 7: Children who are sons / daughters of staff working at the school for at least 2 years at the time of application (see note 4).

Criterion 8: Children whose home address is outside the catchment area of the school and who have requested a place.

Tiebreaker: Within each criterion priority will be given to children living closest to the school, as measured on a straight-line basis using a geographical information system measuring from the geo-code reference point from the child’s home address to the geo-code reference point for the school.

If two applicants within a category live exactly the same distance from the school and only one place remains, the place will be offered to one applicant on the basis of lots drawn by an officer of the local authority not involved in the administration of school admissions.

Guidance notes

Note 1: A “looked after” child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority in England, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in England, in the exercise of their social services function at the time of making an application to the school. A “previously looked after” child is a child who was looked after, either in England or outside* of England, but ceased to be because they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order.

Note 2: All schools in Leicester have experience in dealing with children with diverse social and medical needs. However, there may be exceptional cases where there are compelling reasons why it is essential they attend the school requested. For further details please refer to the Leicester Scheme.

Note 3: Sibling means a brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister or child of the parent/carer’s partner. In every case, the child must be living in the same family unit at the same address. Siblings must be on roll at the point of entry. In the case of twins, triplet or other children of multiple births, if the final place is offered to one child, and the remaining sibling(s) would ordinarily be refused, places will be offered to the remaining sibling(s).

Note 4: Priority will be given to children of staff in the following circumstances:

  • Where the member of staff has been employed at the school for 2 or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made; and/ or
  • The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

Published admission number: 210

Places will be allocated to pupils who have a statement of special educational needs or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan which names the school before any other allocations are made.

These allocations will reduce the number of places available.

Criterion 1: Children in the care of a local authority within England or who were previously in the care of a local authority within England (see note 1).

Criterion 2: Children who were previously in care outside of England (see  note 1).

Criterion 3: Pupils who have a serious medical condition or exceptional social or domestic needs that make it essential they attend the school requested (see note 2).

Criterion 4: Children whose home address is in the catchment area of the secondary school with a sibling at the school, who will still be on roll in years 8 – 11 when the applicant starts school (see note 3).

Criterion 5: Children whose home address is outside the catchment area of the secondary school with a sibling at the school, who will still be on roll in years 8 – 11 when the applicant starts school (see note 3).

Criterion 6: Children whose home address is in the catchment area of the secondary school.

Criterion 7: Children who are sons / daughters of staff working at the school for at least 2 years at the time of application (see note 4).

Criterion 8: Children whose home address is outside the catchment area of the school and who have requested a place.

Tiebreaker: Within each criterion priority will be given to children living closest to the school, as measured on a straight-line basis using a geographical information system measuring from the geo-code reference point from the child’s home address to the geo-code reference point for the school.

If two applicants within a category live exactly the same distance from the school and only one place remains, the place will be offered to one applicant on the basis of lots drawn by an officer of the local authority not involved in the administration of school admissions.

Guidance notes

Note 1: A “looked after” child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority in England, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in England, in the exercise of their social services function at the time of making an application to the school. A “previously looked after” child is a child who was looked after, either in England or outside* of England, but ceased to be because they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order.

Note 2: All schools in Leicester have experience in dealing with children with diverse social and medical needs. However, there may be exceptional cases where there are compelling reasons why it is essential they attend the school requested. For further details please refer to the Leicester Scheme.

Note 3: Sibling means a brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister or child of the parent/carer’s partner. In every case, the child must be living in the same family unit at the same address. Siblings must be on roll at the point of entry. In the case of twins, triplet or other children of multiple births, if the final place is offered to one child, and the remaining sibling(s) would ordinarily be refused, places will be offered to the remaining sibling(s).

Note 4: Priority will be given to children of staff in the following circumstances:

  • Where the member of staff has been employed at the school for 2 or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made; and/ or
  • The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

Published admission number: 210

Places will be allocated to pupils who have a statement of special educational needs or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan which names the school before any other allocations are made. 

These allocations will reduce the number of places available. 

Criterion 1: Children in the care of a local authority within England or who were previously in the care of a local authority within England. 

Criterion 2: Children who were previously in care outside of England. 

Criterion 3: Pupils who have a serious medical condition or exceptional social or domestic needs that make it essential they attend the school requested. 

Criterion 4: Children whose home address is in the catchment area of the secondary school with a sibling at the school, who will still be on roll in years 8 – 11 when the applicant starts school. 

Criterion 5: Children whose home address is outside the catchment area of the secondary school with a sibling at the school, who will still be on roll in years 8 – 11 when the applicant starts school. 

Criterion 6: Children whose home address is in the catchment area of the secondary school. 

Criterion 7: Children who are sons / daughters of staff working at the school for at least 2 years at the time of application. 

Criterion 8: Children whose home address is outside the catchment area of the school and who have requested a place. 

Tiebreaker: Within each criterion priority will be given to children living closest to the school, as measured on a straight-line basis using a geographical information system measuring from the geo-code reference point from the child’s home address to the geo-code reference point for the school. 

If two applicants within a category live exactly the same distance from the school and only one place remains, the place will be offered to one applicant on the basis of lots drawn by an officer of the local authority not involved in the administration of school admissions.

Published admission number: 324

Places will be allocated to pupils who have a statement of special educational needs or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan which names the school before any other allocations are made. 

These allocations will reduce the number of places available. 

Criterion 1: Children in the care of a local authority within England or who were previously in the care of a local authority within England. 

Criterion 2: Children who were previously in care outside of England. 

Criterion 3: Pupils who have a serious medical condition or exceptional social or domestic needs that make it essential they attend the school requested. 

Criterion 4: Children whose home address is in the catchment area of the secondary school with a sibling at the school, who will still be on roll in years 8 – 11 when the applicant starts school. 

Criterion 5: Children whose home address is outside the catchment area of the secondary school with a sibling at the school, who will still be on roll in years 8 – 11 when the applicant starts school. 

Criterion 6: Children whose home address is in the catchment area of the secondary school. 

Criterion 7: Children who are sons / daughters of staff working at the school for at least 2 years at the time of application. 

Criterion 8: Children whose home address is outside the catchment area of the school and who have requested a place. 

Tiebreaker: Within each criterion priority will be given to children living closest to the school, as measured on a straight-line basis using a geographical information system measuring from the geo-code reference point from the child’s home address to the geo-code reference point for the school. 

If two applicants within a category live exactly the same distance from the school and only one place remains, the place will be offered to one applicant on the basis of lots drawn by an officer of the local authority not involved in the administration of school admissions.

Published admission number: 180

A supplementary information form will need to be completed and returned directly to the school.

In accordance with legislation pupils with an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP) (a plan made by the Local Authority under Section 37 of the Children and Families Act 2014 which specifies the special educational provision required for a child) which names the school will be allocated a place first. This will reduce the number of places available.

Criterion 1: Catholic children who are ‘looked after’ or who were ‘previously looked after’.

Criterion 2: Catholic children.

Criterion 3: Other children who are ‘looked after’ or who were ‘previously looked after’.

Criterion 4: Catechumens, candidates and members of Eastern Christian Churches.

Criterion 5: Children of other Christian denominations whose membership is evidenced by a minister of religion.

Criterion 6: Children of other faiths whose membership is evidenced by a religious leader

Criterion 7: Any other children.

First priority within the individual criteria will be given to applications from children who attend one of the partner primary schools.

Second priority within the individual criteria will be given to applications for children who will have siblings attending the school in years 7-11 at the proposed time of admission.

For full details of definitions, terms and notes please visit the St Paul's Catholic School website.

Published admission number: 240

Places will be allocated to pupils who have a statement of special educational needs or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan which names the school before any other allocations are made.

These allocations will reduce the number of places available.

Criterion 1: Children in the care of a local authority within England or who were previously in the care of a local authority within England (see note 1).

Criterion 2: Children who were previously in care outside of England (see  note 1).

Criterion 3: Pupils who have a serious medical condition or exceptional social or domestic needs that make it essential they attend the school requested (see note 2).

Criterion 4: Children whose home address is in the catchment area of the secondary school with a sibling at the school, who will still be on roll in years 8 – 11 when the applicant starts school (see note 3).

Criterion 5: Children whose home address is outside the catchment area of the secondary school with a sibling at the school, who will still be on roll in years 8 – 11 when the applicant starts school (see note 3).

Criterion 6: Children whose home address is in the catchment area of the secondary school.

Criterion 7: Children who are sons / daughters of staff working at the school for at least 2 years at the time of application (see note 4).

Criterion 8: Children whose home address is outside the catchment area of the school and who have requested a place.

Tiebreaker: Within each criterion priority will be given to children living closest to the school, as measured on a straight-line basis using a geographical information system measuring from the geo-code reference point from the child’s home address to the geo-code reference point for the school.

If two applicants within a category live exactly the same distance from the school and only one place remains, the place will be offered to one applicant on the basis of lots drawn by an officer of the local authority not involved in the administration of school admissions.

Guidance notes

Note 1: A “looked after” child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority in England, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in England, in the exercise of their social services function at the time of making an application to the school. A “previously looked after” child is a child who was looked after, either in England or outside* of England, but ceased to be because they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order.

Note 2: All schools in Leicester have experience in dealing with children with diverse social and medical needs. However, there may be exceptional cases where there are compelling reasons why it is essential they attend the school requested. For further details please refer to the Leicester Scheme.

Note 3: Sibling means a brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister or child of the parent/carer’s partner. In every case, the child must be living in the same family unit at the same address. Siblings must be on roll at the point of entry. In the case of twins, triplet or other children of multiple births, if the final place is offered to one child, and the remaining sibling(s) would ordinarily be refused, places will be offered to the remaining sibling(s).

Note 4: Priority will be given to children of staff in the following circumstances:

  • Where the member of staff has been employed at the school for 2 or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made; and/ or
  • The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

Published admission number: 312

Places will be allocated to pupils who have a statement of special educational needs or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan which names the school before any other allocations are made.

These allocations will reduce the number of places available.

Criterion 1: Children in the care of a local authority within England or who were previously in the care of a local authority within England (see note 1).

Criterion 2: Children who were previously in care outside of England (see  note 1).

Criterion 3: Pupils who have a serious medical condition or exceptional social or domestic needs that make it essential they attend the school requested (see note 2).

Criterion 4: Children whose home address is in the catchment area of the secondary school with a sibling at the school, who will still be on roll in years 8 – 11 when the applicant starts school (see note 3).

Criterion 5: Children whose home address is outside the catchment area of the secondary school with a sibling at the school, who will still be on roll in years 8 – 11 when the applicant starts school (see note 3).

Criterion 6: Children whose home address is in the catchment area of the secondary school.

Criterion 7: Children who are sons / daughters of staff working at the school for at least 2 years at the time of application (see note 4).

Criterion 8: Children whose home address is outside the catchment area of the school and who have requested a place.

Tiebreaker: Within each criterion priority will be given to children living closest to the school, as measured on a straight-line basis using a geographical information system measuring from the geo-code reference point from the child’s home address to the geo-code reference point for the school.

If two applicants within a category live exactly the same distance from the school and only one place remains, the place will be offered to one applicant on the basis of lots drawn by an officer of the local authority not involved in the administration of school admissions.

Guidance notes

Note 1: A “looked after” child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority in England, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in England, in the exercise of their social services function at the time of making an application to the school. A “previously looked after” child is a child who was looked after, either in England or outside* of England, but ceased to be because they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order.

Note 2: All schools in Leicester have experience in dealing with children with diverse social and medical needs. However, there may be exceptional cases where there are compelling reasons why it is essential they attend the school requested. For further details please refer to the Leicester Scheme.

Note 3: Sibling means a brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister or child of the parent/carer’s partner. In every case, the child must be living in the same family unit at the same address. Siblings must be on roll at the point of entry. In the case of twins, triplet or other children of multiple births, if the final place is offered to one child, and the remaining sibling(s) would ordinarily be refused, places will be offered to the remaining sibling(s).

Note 4: Priority will be given to children of staff in the following circumstances:

  • Where the member of staff has been employed at the school for 2 or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made; and/ or
  • The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

Published admission number: 240

Places will be allocated to pupils who have a statement of special educational needs or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan which names the school before any other allocations are made.

These allocations will reduce the number of places available.

Criterion 1: Children in the care of a local authority within England or who were previously in the care of a local authority within England (see note 1).

Criterion 2: Children who were previously in care outside of England (see  note 1).

Criterion 3: Pupils who have a serious medical condition or exceptional social or domestic needs that make it essential they attend the school requested (see note 2).

Criterion 4: Children whose home address is in the catchment area of the secondary school with a sibling at the school, who will still be on roll in years 8 – 11 when the applicant starts school (see note 3).

Criterion 5: Children whose home address is outside the catchment area of the secondary school with a sibling at the school, who will still be on roll in years 8 – 11 when the applicant starts school (see note 3).

Criterion 6: Children whose home address is in the catchment area of the secondary school.

Criterion 7: Children who are sons / daughters of staff working at the school for at least 2 years at the time of application (see note 4).

Criterion 8: Children whose home address is outside the catchment area of the school and who have requested a place.

Tiebreaker: Within each criterion priority will be given to children living closest to the school, as measured on a straight-line basis using a geographical information system measuring from the geo-code reference point from the child’s home address to the geo-code reference point for the school.

If two applicants within a category live exactly the same distance from the school and only one place remains, the place will be offered to one applicant on the basis of lots drawn by an officer of the local authority not involved in the administration of school admissions.

Guidance notes

Note 1: A “looked after” child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority in England, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in England, in the exercise of their social services function at the time of making an application to the school. A “previously looked after” child is a child who was looked after, either in England or outside* of England, but ceased to be because they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order.

Note 2: All schools in Leicester have experience in dealing with children with diverse social and medical needs. However, there may be exceptional cases where there are compelling reasons why it is essential they attend the school requested. For further details please refer to the Leicester Scheme.

Note 3: Sibling means a brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister or child of the parent/carer’s partner. In every case, the child must be living in the same family unit at the same address. Siblings must be on roll at the point of entry. In the case of twins, triplet or other children of multiple births, if the final place is offered to one child, and the remaining sibling(s) would ordinarily be refused, places will be offered to the remaining sibling(s).

Note 4: Priority will be given to children of staff in the following circumstances:

  • Where the member of staff has been employed at the school for 2 or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made; and/ or
  • The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

Published admission number: 180

Places will be allocated to pupils who have a statement of special educational needs or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan which names the school before any other allocations are made.

These allocations will reduce the number of places available.

Criterion 1: Children in the care of a local authority within England or who were previously in the care of a local authority within England (see note 1).

Criterion 2: Children who were previously in care outside of England (see  note 1).

Criterion 3: Pupils who have a serious medical condition or exceptional social or domestic needs that make it essential they attend the school requested (see note 2).

Criterion 4: Children whose home address is in the catchment area of the secondary school with a sibling at the school, who will still be on roll in years 8 – 11 when the applicant starts school (see note 3).

Criterion 5: Children whose home address is outside the catchment area of the secondary school with a sibling at the school, who will still be on roll in years 8 – 11 when the applicant starts school (see note 3).

Criterion 6: Children whose home address is in the catchment area of the secondary school.

Criterion 7: Children who are sons / daughters of staff working at the school for at least 2 years at the time of application (see note 4).

Criterion 8: Children whose home address is outside the catchment area of the school and who have requested a place.

Tiebreaker: Within each criterion priority will be given to children living closest to the school, as measured on a straight-line basis using a geographical information system measuring from the geo-code reference point from the child’s home address to the geo-code reference point for the school.

If two applicants within a category live exactly the same distance from the school and only one place remains, the place will be offered to one applicant on the basis of lots drawn by an officer of the local authority not involved in the administration of school admissions.

Guidance notes

Note 1: A “looked after” child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority in England, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in England, in the exercise of their social services function at the time of making an application to the school. A “previously looked after” child is a child who was looked after, either in England or outside* of England, but ceased to be because they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order.

Note 2: All schools in Leicester have experience in dealing with children with diverse social and medical needs. However, there may be exceptional cases where there are compelling reasons why it is essential they attend the school requested. For further details please refer to the Leicester Scheme.

Note 3: Sibling means a brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister or child of the parent/carer’s partner. In every case, the child must be living in the same family unit at the same address. Siblings must be on roll at the point of entry. In the case of twins, triplet or other children of multiple births, if the final place is offered to one child, and the remaining sibling(s) would ordinarily be refused, places will be offered to the remaining sibling(s).

Note 4: Priority will be given to children of staff in the following circumstances:

  • Where the member of staff has been employed at the school for 2 or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made; and/ or
  • The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

Published admission number: 120 - As Tudor Grange Samworth Academy is an all-through school, they have 60 places that are taken up by children who transfer from their year 6 group.

After the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) where the Tudor Grange Samworth Academy is named on the statement, the criteria will be applied in the following order:

  1. Children who are in the care or interim care of a local authority pursuant to S31 and 38 of the Children Act 1989, or children who are accommodated by a local authority, pursuant to S20 of the Children Act 1989 “Looked After Children”.

  2. Children with a professionally supported medical or social need for a place at the Tudor Grange Samworth Academy who live in the Designated Geographical Area (DGA).

  3. Children of parents living in the DGA.

  4. Children based on proximity to the school using straight line measurement from the main entrance of The Academy to the main entrance of the child’s home.

Criterion D will act as a tie break in the event of the admission number being reached through criterion A to C.

For full details of definitions, terms and notes please visit the Tudor Grange Samworth Academy website.


Leicestershire schools

The following schools are located close to the city border but fall under Leicestershire County Council:

  • Beauchamp College
  • Brockington College Brookvale High School, Groby
  • Countesthorpe Leysland Community College
  • Gartree High School
  • Manor High School
  • South Wigston High School
  • The Cedars Academy
  • The Martin High School, Anstey
  • The Roundhill Academy
  • The Winstanley School
  • Wigston Academy
  • Wreake Valley Academy

For full details of their admissions policies, along with details of their open evenings, please visit Leicestershire County Council’s website.

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