Alert close - icon Fill 1 Copy 10 Untitled-1 tt copy 3 Untitled-1 Untitled-1 tt copy 3 Fill 1 Copy 10 menu Group 3 Group 3 Copy 3 Group 3 Copy Page 1 Group 2 Group 2 Skip to content

Admissions criteria for secondary schools

Here is a description of the admissions criteria for different types of schools and schools in the Eckington area.


Community and voluntary controlled schools

Individual pupils who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or/and Education, Health and Care Plan which names the school will be admitted.

In deciding on admissions to all community and voluntary controlled secondary schools in Derbyshire, the following order of priority will be adopted. The Eckington area, however, has different rules. These are set out under the heading 'Eckington Area'.

  1. Looked after children and children who were looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).

  2. Children living in the normal area served by the school at the time of application and admission who have brothers or sisters attending the school at the time of application and admission. (For a definition of living in the normal area, see note 1 under 'Definitions').

  3. Children living in the normal area served by the school at the time of application and admission.

  4. Children not living in the normal area served by the school but who have brothers or sisters attending the school at the time of application and admission (see note 2under 'Definitions').

  5. In the case of voluntary controlled church schools, children whose parents request a place on religious grounds.

  6. Other children whose parents have requested a place.

Where, in the case of 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, choices have to be made between children satisfying the same criteria, those children living nearest to the school (measured by the standard straight line) will be given preference. See note 3 under 'Definitions'.

Please note, attendance at a particular primary school gives no priority for admission to a particular secondary school, except in the Eckington area.

Eckington Area

Following a legal ruling some years ago different arrangements operate in the Eckington area.

The admissions criteria for schools in the Eckington area are as follows:

Eckington School (secondary)

Individual pupils who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or/and Education, Health and Care Plan which names the school will be admitted.

(i) Looked after children and children who were looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).

(ii) Children attending the school's main contributory primary schools that is Eckington Junior, Camm's Endowed Primary, Renishaw Primary, Ridgeway Primary, Marsh Lane Primary, Killamarsh Junior, Killamarsh St Giles CE Primary and Immaculate Conception Catholic Primary (those pupils not proceeding to St Mary's Catholic High School in Chesterfield) and who have older brothers or sisters (see note 2) already attending Eckington School at the time of application and admission.

(iii) Children attending the school’s main contributory schools (as listed) at the time of application

(iv) Children who have brothers or sisters (see note 2) already attending Eckington School at the time of application and admission.

(v) Other children whose parents have requested a place.

If choices have to be made between children in categories (ii), (iii),(iv) and (v), children who live nearest to the school - measured by the standard straight line - should be given preference.

Eckington Junior and Killamarsh Junior Schools

(i) Looked after children and children who were looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).

(ii) Children attending these schools' main contributory infant schools, that is Birk Hill Infant and Killamarsh Infant schools respectively and who have brothers or sisters (see note 2) already attending the school at the time of application and admission.

(iii) Children attending these schools main contributory infant schools (Birk Hill Infant and Killamarsh Infant Schools) at the time of application and admission.

(iv) Children whose parents have requested a place at the school who have brothers or sisters (see note two) attending the school at the time of application and admission.

(v) Other children whose parents have requested a place.

Eckington Birk Hill Infant and Killamarsh Infant, Marsh Lane Primary, Ridgeway Primary and Renishaw Primary Schools

(i) Looked after children and children who were looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).

(ii) Children whose parents have requested a place at the school who have older brothers or sisters (see note two) in attendance at the time of application and admission.

(iii) Other children whose parents have requested a place. If there is insufficient room to admit all applicants, those children living nearest to the school - measured by the standard straight line - would have priority (see note 3).

Where in the case of (ii), (iii) ,(iv) and (v), choices have to be made between children satisfying the same criteria, those children living nearest to the school - measured by the standard straight line - will be given preference (see note 3).

Definitions

Note 1

'Living in the normal area', is defined as the child having settled residence in a property which is the child's only or main residence. Documentary evidence including proof of actual permanent residency at the property concerned may be required, for example, council tax / utility bills, sale / rental agreements.

We reserve the right to withdraw any offer of a school place which has been obtained as a result of misleading or fraudulent information.

Note 2

The term brother or sister includes:

(a) a half-brother and/or a half-sister
(b) a legally adopted child being regarded as a brother or sister
(c) a step-brother and/or step-sister residing in the same family unit

Note 3

We have a Geographic Information System (GIS) to measure the straight line route. It is measured by a standard straight line distance calculated to within two metres.

This measurement is taken from the postal address file, normally the house front door. For schools the grid reference is taken from the nearest gate or entrance to the school. Footpaths that are known and assessed as suitable by the council when places are allocated will be used in distance calculations.

Not all footpaths are recorded on the GIS system and not every route is assessed as suitable. If you are seeking to rely on a footpath or a newly developed route as your nearest available route, you may wish to check with us that the route is one recognised by us for school admission purposes before making your application as this could impact on the place your child is offered. You can email: admissions.transport@derbyshire.gov.uk to check if a route is recognised. Routes which are brought to the attention of the council will be added to the GIS system if they are assessed as suitable. However, new routes recognised after school places have been allocated during a normal admissions round will not be taken into account during the same admissions round.

Residence - in all categories

The home address used for school admission purposes is the address where the child is residing at the time of both application and admission. Where an application includes more than one address due to shared parental responsibility, we will use the address where the child resides for the majority of the school week (where they usually or mainly sleep between Monday and Friday.

Parents and carers are required to submit full details with supporting information to enable us to determine which address to use for the purpose of admission.

Where parents provide evidence that the child resides equally at both addresses during the school week, and we are unable to reach a decision based on the information received, parents will be asked to notify us of the mutually agreed address to be used for the purposes of school admissions. Please note the same address will be used in the assessment of eligibility for home to school transport assistance.

Where we have reasonable grounds for believing the home address is not the child's only or main residence we reserve the right to carry out investigations which may include visits to the property.

What to do if both parents cannot agree on the school(s) to be applied for

Parents are expected to consult with each other and agree on the school(s) for which they wish to express a preference. We are unable to investigate whether applications have been agreed, or to resolve disagreements between parents. In the absence of agreement between parents we will process the preference of the parent who has care of the child for the greater part of the school week (see definition of residence). In cases where we are unable to determine the home address (see definition of residence) and / or there is no parental agreement or Court Order, we will be unable to process the application further until the matter has been resolved. Parents are encouraged to resolve disagreements as soon as possible, as delays may affect the availability of places at preferred schools.

Once a school place has been offered, any disagreement on the child’s placement will be a matter for parents to resolve.

Please note

In situations where late applications are received and the school's admission number has been reached, but subsequently a place becomes available - if choices need to be made between normal area applications, those children living nearest to the school (measured by the nearest available route) will be given preference.

Voluntary aided, academy and foundation schools

The criteria for admissions to aided, academy and foundation schools are decided by each school's governing body and are listed in 'Summary of admission policies for voluntary aided, academy and foundation schools'. Full details can be obtained directly from the school.

Withdrawing an offer

For admission procedures to be fair it is important that all the information you provide is accurate. If we find that any information provided by parents is misleading or fraudulent, we reserve the right to withdraw any offer of a school place.