Glossary of Terms

These terms form part of the oversubscription criteria. We have provided this glossary so can parents can fully understand definition of words:

‘Looked after child’ has the same meaning as in Section 22 of the Children Act 1989, and means any child in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by them for example children with foster parents.

'Parent' means the adult or adults with legal responsibility for the child.

'Sibling' means brother or sister, to include adopted brothers and sisters, half brothers and sisters or step brothers and sisters. A sibling relationship does not apply when the older child(ren) leave before the younger one starts.

‘Catholic’ means a member of a Church in full communion with the See of Rome. This includes the Eastern Catholic Churches. Normally there is a Certificate of Baptism in a Catholic church, or a Certificate of Reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church.

‘Practising Catholic’ means a Catholic child from a practising Catholic family where this practice is verified by a reference from a Catholic priest. 'Family' includes the Catholic or Catholics who have legal responsibility for the child.

‘Catechumen’ means a child who is a member of the catechumenate of a Catholic Church. Normally there is a Certificate of Reception into the Order of Catechumens.

‘Eastern Christian Church’ includes Orthodox Churches, and a Certificate of Baptism or Reception from the authorities of that Church.

'Christian' for the purposes of this policy, means a member of one of the Churches affiliated to 'Churches Together in Britain and Ireland'.

'Resident' – A child is deemed to be resident at a particular address when he/she resides there for more than 50% of the school week.

Parish Boundaries

For the purposes of this Policy, the parish boundary of St Peter and St Paul is indicated and shown on the PDF map†. Other parish boundaries can be found on the Diocese of Westminster website under Parish boundaries.

'Distance' – Applicants are prioritised by distance starting with the nearest to schools. This is measured on a computerised mapping system using a straight-line distance measurement. Routes are calculated from the home address (as defined by the Land and Property Gazetteer) to the midpoint of the school grounds (as determined by the London Borough of Islington).

How we calculate home to school distances:

We use the Capita ONE System to calculate the distance from your child’s home (the start point) to the school (the end point). This system calculates the distance in miles to three decimal places. The routing data base system uses two-dimensional maps, which does not take into account any contours or terrains.

The start point (applicant’s home)

For calculation purposes, the local authority uses the Nation Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) Database to determine the start point from the applicant’s address. Calculations are based on the assumption that the child’s home address is classified at the point of application as a residential property. If you live in a block of flats where you use a communal entrance, the local authority use the NLPG point from the block and not the centroid of your individual flat calculation.

The end point (school)

The centre of the school ground is used as the end point for calculation purposes of home to school distance as defined by the local authority.

You cannot compare distances procedure on the local authorities Capita ONE System to those calculated using any personal or online geographical information system software you may have access to such as satellite navigation systems or Google maps.

Islington residents can obtain an approximate distance measurement to any Islington school by clicking on ‘Find My Nearest Schools’ at the following address: Alternatively, you can call the school admissions team for an approximate measurement on: 020 7527 5515.