It was inspirational to witness parents speak about how they felt ‘so blessed’ to have their children at Wootton Park School. They all felt that their children were so secure and engaged in learning and had made so much progress and were clearly enjoying the experience. They felt that the teachers went the ‘extra mile’....
Anne Spencer, IQM Assessor, July 2018
Admissions: 2020-2021 Intake
We opened in 2016 with two Reception classes of 30 children each and four Year 7 classes of 30 children each and grow by adding two more Reception classes and four more Year 7 classes each year until we reach our full capacity of 1,260 pupils when the first pupils reach Year 13 in 2022.
Wootton Park School uses the Local Authority (LA) co-ordinated admissions process and is within the LA admissions booklet.
The Admissions Policy reflects that of the Local Education Authority (Northamptonshire County Council) and meet all requirements of the national Schools Admissions Code, Appeals Code and admissions legislation.
Published admission numbers:
Reception - 60 places
Year 7 - 120 places.
The school will accordingly admit up to these figures in the relevant age group if sufficient eligible applications are received. All eligible applicants will be admitted if a smaller number than the agreed admissions number applies to Reception or Year 7 applications.
The school will not select by ability and welcomes applications from parents of all children. If the school is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan or Statement of Special Educational Needs where the school is named in the Education Health and Care Plan or Statement, priority for admission will be given to those children that meet the criteria set out below, in the priority order shown:
1. Looked after children or children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became the subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or a special guardianship order. A looked after child is a child who is a) in the care of the local authority or b) being provided with accommodation by the local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).
2. Primary Intake: Pupils with an older sibling continuing at the primary section of the school at the time of the admission of the younger child.
Secondary Intake :Pupils with an older sibling attending the secondary section of the school at the time of the admission of the younger child.
Sibling is defined in these arrangements as children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers and sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers and sisters.
3. Children of Wootton Park School staff
Where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two 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
4. Children by distance from the school: Reserved percentage. To fulfil the school’s role as a community school, after places have been filled under the first three criteria, up to 60% of any remaining places will be offered to those children who live nearest to the school. Distances are measured from the address point of the home address to the address point of the school on a straight line basis.
5. After places have been allocated under the first four criteria, remaining places will be offered to other children. Where the number of applicants in this category exceeds the number of places, offers will be determined by random allocation.
Twins, triplets or other multiple births
In the case of twins/multiple births from the same household, places will be offered above the published admission number to the other twin or multiple birth children whose twin or multiple birth sibling was offered a place within the admission number. If the qualifying sibling withdraws, then the second place (or other places) is forfeit.
If the admission number is exceeded within criteria 1-4, priority will be given to those children who live closest to the school. Distances are measured from the address point of the home address to the address point of the school on a straight line basis. Should two distances be the same, a process of random allocation will be used.
Home address means the permanent residence of the child at the 31st October in the year prior to admission. Where time is spent between two addresses the home address is the address the child normally lives, sleeps and goes to school from on the majority of school nights (Sunday – Thursday.) Proof of residence can be requested at any time. Where a child lives on a boat, distance will be measured from the authorised mooring point.
This is done by allocating places in a statistically random order generated by computer. Wootton Park School uses an independent witness to verify the randomisation process ensuring that Wootton Park School has acted in accordance with Section 1.35 of the School’s Admissions Code 2014. The independent person signs and dates a declaration to that effect.
Right of appeal
All applicants refused a place, regardless of the reason, have a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel constituted and operated in accordance with the School Admission Code. Parents should lodge their appeal with Northamptonshire County Council.Details of this process are contained on Northamptonshire County Council’s website together with the deadline dates.
Where the school receives more applications for places than there are places available at any of the admission ages ,a waiting list will operate. For reception and year 7 intakes, these will be maintained by Northamptonshire County Council during the co-ordinated scheme. At all other times, the school maintains the waiting list. It will be open to any parent to ask for his or her child's name to be placed on the waiting list following an unsuccessful application. A child's position on the waiting list will be determined in accordance with the oversubscription criteria and not the date order of receipt.
Each year admissions authorities are required to carry out a consultation to ensure that any proposed changes in schools' published admission numbers (PANs) or oversubscription admission criteria can be subject to a process of open consultation.
"My son has had a wonderful start to his time in secondary school. We as parents can see that the school is well led and are supporting our child above and beyond expectations. Keep up the great work! Thank you."