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Calculating distances from schools

When thinking about which schools to list as preferences, one of the factors we take into consideration is the child’s distance from the school.

We calculate the distance using a computerised system based on ordinance survey coordinates. These are calculated as a straight line measurement, in metres, between the pupil’s home address and an agreed point at the school site (refer to the Secondary School admissions criteria 2018 for details). It does not take into account walking, cycling or driving routes.

Other websites that provide distance measuring facilities (such as, don’t measure home to school distances as defined by us, so may produce different measurements.

We may carry out a home visit without prior notice to verify a child’s home address. We may also ask you to provide proof of address, such as a copy of your council tax bill. If a school place is offered on the basis of an address that we later find is different to the child’s normal and permanent home address, then that place is liable to be withdrawn.

If you move house after you’ve submitted your preference form you should contact us to let us know. We’ll tell you whether the change in circumstances can be considered.

What is a pupil’s home address?

A pupil’s home address is the child’s only (or main) home and is either:

  • owned by the child’s parent(s), or the person responsible for the child
  • leased to or rented by the child’s parent(s), or the person responsible for the child for 1 year or more