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Pupil's Home Address

Overview

A pupil’s home address is considered to be a residential property that is the child’s only or main residence, and is either:

  • owned by the child’s parent(s) or the person with parental responsibility for the child; or
  • leased to or rented by the child’s parent(s) or the person with parental responsibility under a lease or written rental agreement of not less than twelve months duration

Evidence of ownership or rental agreement may be required, plus proof of permanent residence at the property concerned.

Where parents have shared responsibility for a child, and the child lives with both parents for part of the week then the main residence will be determined as the address where the child lives the majority of the week. Parents may be requested to supply documentary evidence to support the address used when offering places.

Distances
We measure from the address point of your home to the centre of the school (unless otherwise stated) using a computerised mapping system called Cartology.

Distances are in metres and are calculated on the basis of a straight line measurement. We consider this to be the fairest way to treat all applicants. It does not take into account walking, cycling, or driving routes.

Websites which provide a distance measuring facility do not measure home to school distances as defined by us and therefore will produce different measurements.

If you move house after you have submitted your preference form you should contact School Admissions and Pupil Placements who will advise if the change in circumstances can be considered. (See contact detail in the essential information section)

Essential Information
  • If your current home address is different from that on the personalised letter you received inviting you to apply online or if you failed to receive a letter, you will need to provide proof of address.
  • If your child attends a Birmingham primary school their name and address will be printed on the personalised letter you received inviting you to apply online for a secondary school place.

    If your current home address is different from that which is printed on the letter, or you did not receive a personalised letter, you will need to provide proof of address.

    Please send proof of address, with your child’s name, date of birth and your online application reference number to the School Admissions and Pupil Placements Service. (See contact detail in the essential information section)

    Acceptable proof of adress:

    This may include:

    • a copy of your council tax bill; or
    • if you are purchasing a new property, a solicitor’s letter stating that contracts have been exchanged and specifying a completion date

    We may carry out a home visit without prior notice to verify a pupil’s home address.

    If a school is offered on the basis of an address that is subsequently found to be different from a child’s normal and permanent home address, then that place is liable to be withdrawn.

    If a parent / carer knowingly and willingly provides a false statement, which would affect the success of their application, they may have the place withdrawn.

  • Coventry City Council
    www.coventry.gov.uk
    Telephone: 02476 832499 / 02476 831577

    Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
    www.dudley.gov.uk
    Telephone: 01384 814223

    Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
    www.sandwell.gov.uk
    Telephone: 0121 569 8138 / 8212

    Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
    www.solihull.gov.uk
    Telephone: 0121 704 6693

    Staffordshire
    www.staffordshire.gov.uk
    Telephone: 01785 278593

    Walsall Council
    www.walsall.gov.uk
    Telephone: 01922 686355 / 01922 686357

    Warwickshire County Council
    www.warwickshire.gov.uk
    Telephone: 01926 742037 (Secondary Team)

    Wolverhampton City Council
    www.wolverhampton.gov.uk
    Telephone: 01902 551459

    Worcestershire County Council
    www.worcestershire.gov.uk
    Telephone: 01905 822700