Thomas Becket Catholic School: admissions information

​Thomas Becket Catholic School, Becket Way, Kettering Road North, Northampton NN3 6HT

Oversubscription criteria

Children with statements of Special Need in which the school is named will be admitted according to the regulations and the policy of the Local Authority. The Governors will give priority to Catholic children. If there are more applications than places available priority will be given as follows:

  • Baptised Catholic Looked after Children or previously Looked after Children.
  • Children of staff.
  •  Baptised Catholic children who have a brother or sister in attendance at the school at the likely time of admission.
  • Practising Baptised Catholic children whose application is supported by the Clergy of their parish. Other Looked after
  • Children or previously Looked after Children.
  • All other children who have a brother or sister in the school at the time of admission.
  • Children of other Christian denominations whose application is supported by the Leader of their church.
  • All other children whose parents or guardians wish their child to receive a Christian education. It is presumed that any parent/Carer applying for a school place is sympathetic to the Catholic ethos of the school.


If the admission number is exceeded within any of these criteria priority will be given to those who live nearest to the school. Distances are measured from their home address to the address point of the school. Measurements are made on a straight line basis, using a geographical information system in accord with the Local Authority’s admission procedures. The Local Authority’s computerised measuring system will be used in these cases.

In the event that the distance criteria results in two or more applicants being equally distant from the school the final space will be allocated according to the LA practice.


Brother or sister means a brother or sister sharing the same parents, or a half-brother or half-sister where two children share one common parent, or a step-brother or step-sister, where two children are related by a parent’s marriage/partnership, including adopted or fostered children. A brother or sister must be living at the same address when the application is made.

Baptised Catholic means children who have been baptised as Catholics, or have been formally received into the Catholic Church. All applicants seeking admission under these criteria will be asked to provide evidence that the child has been baptised as a Catholic or has been received into the Catholic Church. A baptismal certificate or a letter from their Parish Clergy confirming their baptism or reception into the Catholic Church will be required.

Children of Staff will be admitted where either the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years when the application is made, or the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

Christian means a member of the Churches Together in England. A list of these Churches is available from the school office.

Families means parents, step parents and grandparents.

Home address means the permanent residence of the child when the place is offered. Where a child lives between two parents the qualifying address is where the child sleeps the majority of the school week.

"Known and Practising Member of the Congregation" means at least one of the parents or guardians of the child is regarded by the priest/minister/worship leader as part of the worshipping community of the church/worship centre. This would not necessarily mean that the parent is a ‘Member’ in a technical sense (e.g. through baptism, confirmation or electoral roll) but would imply a pattern of attendance at worship (on Sunday or at other times) that is more than ‘occasional’ and has been sustained for more than a six months in the year prior to the 1st of September of the year for which admission is applied for.

Looked after Children means children who are in the care of a local authority or who are being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).

Previously Looked after Children means children who were in the care of a local authority, but who ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order.

Practising Catholic means that one parent or grandparent attends Mass on days of obligation, unless excused for a serious reason (for example, illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by their own pastor. Evidence of this commitment must be provided by the Clergy of their parish at the church where the family normally worship.