Northants Parent wrote:
Is an 'Out of County' application treated the same as an 'Out of Catchment' one?
Yes (assuming that the catchment area doesn't cross the county boundary).
The Greenwich Judgement of 1989 established that LA schools may not give priority to children simply because of the fact that they live in the authority’s administrative area. (This does not
mean that admission authorities cannot use certain oversubscription criteria, such as the catchment area rule which is permitted under the Rotherham judgement of 1997.)
So, there's a distinction between "Who can apply?" (answer = anyone. There must be no discrimination), and
"What happens if the school is full?" (preference can be given to children in the catchment area, but not
to children in the rest of the LA's administrative area.)