School admissions 2011

Distance criteria

One of the factors that determines if a child will be offered a place is the distance from their home to the school, measured in a straight line.

How is the distance measured?

Distance is calculated by the straight line measurement from the applicant’s home address location to the centre point (‘centroid’) of the preferred school.

(All measurements are subject to prepositional accuracy changes.)

On entering the address into the admissions system, the address is PAF (Postal Address File) matched against address-point data held in the system.

When an address is PAF matched, the system looks up a six-figure grid reference (e.g. 123456, 123456) for that property known as an Address-Point Location Co-ordinate (APLC). Each property has a unique APLC.

The straight line distance from this address point to the centroid (a six-figure grid reference) is then calculated to the nearest 0.001 mile. The PAF file held by Oldham Council is supplied by Royal Mail and is updated quarterly.

Flats and apartments

Where applications are made from the same multiple dwelling sharing a single address point, such applications in a single criterion will be considered initially by distance between the address point and the school in the normal way.

Where there are insufficient places to admit all those applicants, the individual priority for each applicant will be set by random allocation (lottery).