Medical Grounds/Exceptional Circumstances
A panel of specialist officers will determine whether the evidence provided is sufficiently compelling to meet the requirements for this criterion. If you think your child has a particular medical or social need to go to a certain school, you must provide supporting evidence from a doctor, psychologist or other professional involved with your child. The supporting evidence must relate specifically to the school you are claiming medical grounds/ exceptional circumstances for, and clearly demonstrate why it is only that school that can meet your child’s needs in a way that no other school can. If you are applying online for a place under this criterion, please send your supporting evidence to the Admissions Team by the closing date, which should include your child’s name and date of birth. NB: Exceptional social reasons do not, in the view of the Authority, include domestic inconvenience arising from parents’ work patterns, child-minding problems, separation from particular nursery/primary school friends. Problems of this kind are widespread and cannot be classed as exceptional. Medical reasons do not include temporary conditions. They are permanent medical conditions which require special treatment available at the preferred school only. Medical evidence must be provided and the Authority’s officers must be satisfied that the child would suffer to a significant degree if he/she went to any other school.
Distance will be measured by a straight line distance measurement from the (ordnance survey) address point of the child’s home address to the (ordnance survey) address point of the school, using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system, with those living closer to the school receiving the higher priority.
Criteria 1 Applications
Applications from children who are looked after must be accompanied by a letter from the Social Worker confirming the legal status of the child and the reasons for the school preferences. Any change of legal status and/or placement arrangements must be notified to the Admissions Team. Applications for previously looked after children must be accompanied by a copy of any Special Guardianship Order, Adoption Order or Child Arrangements Order.
Criteria 2 Applications
To obtain a school place under the sibling criteria the sibling must still attend the school at the time when the child for whom the place is sought joins the school. This criterion only applies to siblings who are of compulsory school age, not younger siblings who attend a nursery setting attached to a school.
Criteria 4 Applications
A panel of officers will determine whether the evidence provided is sufficiently compelling to meet the requirements for this rule. The evidence must relate specifically to the school applied for under Criteria 4 and must clearly demonstrate why it is the only school that can meet the child’s needs. Criteria 4 applications will only be considered at the time of the initial application, unless there has been a significant and exceptional change of circumstances within the family since the initial application was submitted.
Evidence should make clear why only one school is appropriate.
How to apply under Criteria 4
Please ensure that you submit all relevant information including professional evidence, with your application. If you apply online, written information should be received before the closing date for applications and include your child’s name and date of birth. Information provided after the closing date will only be considered when there are significant changes of circumstances. ?
We can only consider applications under Criteria 4 which are supported by a letter from a professional involved with your child or family, for example, a doctor, psychologist or police officer. We suggest you provide the relevant professional with a full copy of the guidance provided on these pages. Please ensure that the supporting evidence demonstrates why only one named school can meet the social/medical needs of your child or family.
Your child is not guaranteed a place at an admission zone school. If you are unsure which admission zone you live in please refer to letter contained within the application pack issued to you, or alternatively contact the Admissions Team.