Admission Criteria

Holloway School is one of six community secondary schools in Islington. Community schools are schools that are built and looked after by Islington Council.

Apply online for a school place (a paper application form is available by calling the admissions team on 0207 527 5515).

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Admission Criteria to Islington Community Secondary Schools: 2017/18

Applicants with a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) will be admitted (via the SEN process as outlined in Section 324 of the Education Act 1996) to the school named in the Statement or EHCP.

In the event of over-subscription to a community secondary school, the following criteria will be applied in the order listed below:

1) Looked-after children and children who have been adopted (or made subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order) immediately after being looked-after.

2) Sibling: A sibling is defined as a brother or sister, half brother or sister, step brother or sister or adopted brother or sister whose main residence is at the same address. This criterion will apply to applicants with a sibling living at the same address who is on the roll of the preferred school (Years 7 to 11), or co-located Special School, at the time of proposed admission in the new academic year. 

3) Exceptional Social, Medical or Special Educational Needs: The Director of Children’s Services, on an individual basis, may give priority to applicants who can demonstrate that admission to a particular school is necessary on the grounds of professionally supportedexceptional medical, social or special educational needs. Parents must supply details of any such special factors at the time of the original application (together with recent supporting documentation), to enable these factors to be considered. 

4) Distance: Applicants who live nearest to the preferred school. Nearness to the school will be determined by a computerised mapping system using a straight line distance measurement.  Routes will be calculated from the home address (as defined by the Land & Property Gazetteer) to the midpoint of the school grounds (as determined by Islington Local Authority).

Distance will be used as a tiebreaker for over-subscription criteria 1- 3.

Multiple births

If only one place is available at the secondary school and the next child who qualifies for a place is one of multiple birth siblings, we will ask community secondary schools to admit the siblings and go over their published admission number to support the family.