In accordance with the 1996 Education Act the allocation of academy places for children with a statement of special educational needs will take place first. We will then allocate the remaining places in accordance with this policy.
For entry into Y7 in September we will allocate places to parents who return an application before we consider any parent who has not returned one.
The over subscription criteria are listed in order. Words marked with a number are explained separately in the definition and notes section.
Over subscription criteria
- The child is in the care of the local authority or had previously been in care.
- There is a brother or sister (2) at the school who will still be attending when the child is due to start.
- The distance from the home to the academy. Priority will be given to the child living nearest the academy, as defined in note 3.
Definitions and notes
- A child in the care of the local authority is provided with accommodation by them in accordance with section 22 of the Children’s Act 1989 at the time of application. This includes any child that has previously been in care and who is now adopted or who is subject to a residence order or special guardianship order
- Brother or sister.
- A full brother or sister, whether or not resident in the same household.
- Another child normally living for the majority of term time in the same household, where an adult in the household has parental responsibility as defined by the Children Act 1989. Or any child in the household where an adult in the household is defined as a parent for the purposes of Section 576 of the Education Act 1996.
- In the case of twins, or brothers and sisters in the same year group, where there is only one place available in the academy, both will be considered together as one application. The academy will be allowed to go above its admission number by one
- The nearest address to the academy is found by measuring the distance from your address to the academy by driving distance along public highways. We measure electronically along public highways using the post office address point of the home to the post office address point of the academy. By home we mean the address where the child lives for the majority of the academy term time with a parent who has parental responsibility as defined in the Children Act 1989. Or any child in the household where an adult in the household is defined as a parent for the purposes of Section 576 of the Education Act 1996. This could include a person who is not a parent but who has responsibility for her or him. It could include a child’s guardians but will not usually include other relatives such as grandparents, aunts, uncles etc unless they have all the rights, duties, powers and responsibilities and authority, which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and their property. Where the child lives normally during the school week with more than one parent at different addresses, the home address for the purposes of admission will be that of the parent who lives closest, as measured by driving distance, to the academy. If the child has more than one home, we will take as the home address the address where the child normally lives for the majority of the school term time
- If any of the oversubscription criteria have too many applicants then the tie-break will be by distance using the method in note 3.
- For admission into Year 7 the academy will keep a waiting list. If a parent does not get a place at their first preference school the child is automatically put on the reserve list for other schools. This list is in the order of the oversubscription criteria. Names can move down the list if someone moves into the area and is higher placed on the oversubscription criteria. The list is kept by the Schools Admission Team until the end of August. After this the academy will keep the waiting list until the end of the autumn term and possibly longer, parents should contact the academy for information about the waiting list. The academy is not required to keep any lists for any other year groups. If a parent wishes their child to join the academy at other times they can ask if a waiting list is kept. Any waiting list will be in the order of the oversubscription criteria. The time the child has been on the list is not taken into account.
- If the distance criterion is not sufficient to distinguish between two applicants for the last remaining place then a lottery will be conducted by an independent person.
- In order to meet the government’s military covenant aimed at helping service personnel, and Crown Servants returning from abroad we have adopted the following arrangements. For late co-ordinated applications and mid year applications we will aim to remove any disadvantage to UK service personnel (UK Armed Forces) by applying the academy’s oversubscription criteria to their address. We will check to see if the address is within the distance of the last child admitted in the last admission round that was oversubscribed on offer day. If the address is within the distance the governors will be asked to consider admitting providing all children in public care and siblings have already been admitted. This will be irrespective of the fact that the academy has had appeals or appeals are scheduled. It may be that the governors still cannot admit because of organisational or curriculum difficulties within the academy. If this is the case, the Local Authority will approach the second and third preferences stated.