A tiebreak is used if 2 applications have addresses that measure the same distance from a school.
For example, if 2 applications had identical home to school distance measurements, a random tiebreak would be used to decide which applicant is offered a place.
Every applicant is given a unique random number for each of their school preferences. When a random tiebreak is needed, this random number is used to allocate the place – the lowest number is given priority.
If 2 applications were received from the same block of flats, the applicant with the lower door number would be classed as nearest and offered a place because they are likely to be closer to the ground floor and, therefore, the school.
This tiebreak method is used for all schools that we manage admissions for.