The local authority will process applications outside the normal local authority process for coordinating school offers. This means you will need to complete your LA common application form for your other choices of school in addition to a separate application for Derby Cathedral School.
When the school is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care plan or a Statement of Special Educational Needs naming the school, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:
- 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*.
- Priority will next be given to children based on their exceptional medical or social needs. Each application must include evidence, from a medical specialist or social worker of the child’s need and why they must attend this school rather than any other, based on those needs. If evidence is not submitted to the local authority with the application, a child’s medical or social needs cannot be considered.
- Children eligible for the pupil premium. Evidence of eligibility will need to be submitted with the application.
- Priority will next be given to the children of staff who have been recruited to fill a skill shortage area.
- Siblings of pupils attending the school at the time the application is received. ‘Sibling’ means a natural brother or sister, a half brother or sister, a legally adopted brother or sister or half brother or sister, a stepbrother or sister, or other child living in the same household who, in any of these cases, will be living with them at the same address at the date of their entry to the school.
If in categories 2-5 above a tie-break is necessary to determine which child is admitted, the child living closest to the school will be given priority for admission. Distance is measured using the local authority Geographic Information System known as GIS to identify and measure the distance from the address point of an applicant’s home to the address point of Derby Cathedral School. Random allocation undertaken by a person of good standing with no association with the Trust or the school will be used as a tie-break in categories 2-5 above to decide who has highest priority for admission if the distance between a child’s home and Derby Cathedral School is equidistant in any two or more cases.
Random allocation will not be applied to multiple birth siblings (twins and triplets etc.) from the same family tied for the final place.
*A looked after child is a child who is (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).