Oversubscription Criteria


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:

  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.
  2. Next, 10% of the PAN will be allocated to children who have demonstrated an aptitude in our specialist subject area which is Sports.
  3. Priority will next be given to the children of staff who have been recruited to fill a skill-shortage area.
  4. Priority will next be given to children attending one of the following feeder schools, Stifford Clays, Deneholm, Chadwell-St-Mary, Little Thurrock and Woodside.
  5. Other children

Applications will be ranked within each of the over-subscription criteria according to their proximity to the school. Distance is measured between the child’s front door and for 2020 intake only to postcode RM16 2QH – Thurrock Rugby Club. The distance will be measured in a straight line using a digital mapping system.

The address on the application must be your child’s permanent place of residence, not a business, relative, or carer/childminder’s address. You may not use a temporarily rented address to secure a school place for your child.

The address will normally be the parents’ address. If the parents do not live together, it should be the address of the parent with whom the child spends the majority of time with. This will normally be the address held by the primary school and the address of the parent who receives child benefit in respect of the child.

If the final place allocated is to a family with twins or multiple births, the Academy will offer a place to the additional students.

If there is a tie for the final place where the students are from separate families, a place will be offered to both students.


Orsett Heath Academy are consulting on an amendment to their oversubscription policy. The amendment is to include a sibling criteria. Details can be found HERE. All comments should be sent to [email protected] by 4th December 2020.