Academies, Free and Voluntary Aided schools are required to consult with:

  • all other city schools
  • the council
  • parents in the city who have children between the ages of 2 and 16

about their proposed admission arrangements for 2022-23 unless the arrangements are unchanged from last year and have been consulted upon within the last 7 years. 

This section has details of the consultation arrangements and proposed arrangements.
 

Consultation on admission arrangements for Cardinal Newman Catholic School for 2022 to 2023 academic year

Notice is hereby given in accordance with legislation that the governing body as the admissions authority of Cardinal Newman Catholic School is formally consulting on its proposed admission arrangements.

As an admissions authority, we are required to consult the following:

  1. Other persons in the ‘relevant area’ who in the opinion of the admission authority have an interest in the proposed admissions - for example: 

    • local priests
    •  other deanery Catholic schools
  2. Other primary and secondary schools in the ‘relevant area’
  3. The Local Authority (LA)
  4. The Education Service of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton.

The 6 week (minimum) consultation will begin on Monday 9 November 2020 with the closing date for submitting comments being midnight on Monday 21 December 2020. The proposed admission arrangements - policy and supplementary information form (SIF) can be viewed on the school website.

Alternatively, if you do not have access to the internet and you wish to request a printed copy of the admissions arrangements, please contact the admissions officer at Cardinal Newman Catholic School.

Comments on the proposed admission arrangements should be sent to Cardinal Newman Catholic School by the closing date (latest midnight on Monday 21 December 2020).

Comments should be emailedvto: admissions@cncs.co.uk

Cardinal Newman Catholic School Admission policy for 2022 to 2023

Cardinal Newman Catholic School

A Catholic School in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton

The Upper Drive, Hove, East Sussex BN3 6ND

Phone 01273 558 551    

Email: admissions@cncs.co.uk

Go to their website

Age range for school: 11 to 19

Expected number on roll in September 2022:  2455

Admissions Policy for admission in 2022 to 2023

Cardinal Newman Catholic School was founded by the Catholic Church to provide education for children of Catholic families. The school is conducted by its governing body as part of the Catholic Church in accordance with the trust deed of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, its instrument of government, and seeks at all times to be a witness to Jesus Christ.

As a Catholic school, the governors aim to provide a Catholic education for all pupils. At a Catholic school, Catholic doctrine and practice permeate every aspect of the school’s activity. The governors ask all parents applying for a place to respect this ethos and its importance to the school community.

Although Catholic children have priority of admission, this does not affect the right of an applicant who is not Catholic to apply for a place for their child at the school. The school welcomes applications from those of other denominations and faiths, or of none. 

The primary schools which are named feeder schools for Cardinal Newman Catholic School are:

Cottesmore St Mary’s Catholic Primary School        

The Upper Drive, Hove

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School          

High Street, Rottingdean, Brighton

St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School                  

Preston Road, Brighton

St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School            

Whitehawk Hill Road, Brighton

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary                                    

Davey Drive, Hollingdean, Brighton

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School                            

Church Road, Portslade

St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School           

Spring Street, Brighton

St Peter’s Catholic Primary School                           

Sullington Way, Shoreham-by-Sea

Annecy Catholic Primary School                               

Sutton Avenue, Seaford

St Pancras Catholic Primary School                         

De Montfort Road, Lewes

The governing body is the admissions authority and has responsibility for admissions to this school, including setting the priority of admissions when the school is oversubscribed. The Local Authority undertakes the co-ordination of admission arrangements during the normal admission round. The governing body has set its admission number at 360 pupils to be admitted to Year 7 in the school year which begins in September 2022.

Visiting the School

Parents/carers are encouraged to visit our school in order to find out more about how we work and the education we offer. Parents/carers are welcome to arrange a visit by contacting the school admissions officer on 01273 558551 ext. 238.  However, such visits do not form part of the process of deciding which children are to be offered a place at the school.

An open evening is held in October of each year, at which interested families may look round the school and meet the Headteacher and staff.  The School Prospectus and Supplementary Information Form for admission are available at the Open Evening or at any time from the school website www.cncs.co.uk.

A New Parents’ evening is held in July of each year for all new students and their parents/carers.

Pupils with an Education Health and Care Plan (see note a.)

The admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan is dealt with by a completely separate procedure.  Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan that names the school must be admitted. Where this takes place before the allocation of places under these arrangements, this will reduce the number of places available to other children.

Oversubscription Criteria

At any time where there are more applications for places than the number of places available, places will be offered according to the following order of priority: 

  1. Catholic looked after children or previously looked after children (see note b. and c.).
  2. Catholic children with a brother or sister at Cardinal Newman Catholic School at the time of admission (see note f.).
  3. Catholic children currently attending one of the named feeder schools (see note h.). The application must be supported with a certificate of Catholic baptism or reception into the Catholic Church (see note c.).
  4. Catholic children who are not currently attending one of the named feeder schools (see note h.). The application must be supported with a certificate of Catholic baptism or reception into the Catholic Church (see note c.).  
  5. Other looked after children or previously looked after children (see note b.).
  6. Catechumens, Candidates for Reception into the Church and children who are members of an Orthodox Church (see note d. and e.). If application is being made for a place at the school where the parent/carer is a Catechumen or Candidate for reception into the Church, evidence of their being a member of the Catechumenate of a Catholic Church or a Candidate for reception will be required. Proof of acceptance into the catechumenate, and evidence for a candidate, should be by letter from the appropriate priest. Applications for children from an Orthodox Church must be supported with a certificate of baptism and/or a letter confirming membership of the applicable Orthodox Church, signed by the appropriate priest.
  7. Other children with a brother or sister at Cardinal Newman Catholic School at the time of admission (see note f.)
  8. Children of Staff in either or both of the following circumstances:
    1. A permanent member of staff that has been employed at the school for at least two years at the time of application (see note m.)
    2. A member of staff recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage (see note m.)
  9. Other children currently attending one of the named feeder schools (see note h.)
  10. Children of other Christian denominations (see note k.) whose membership is evidenced by a minister of religion. The application must be supported by a letter confirming membership of the Christian denomination, signed by the minister of religion.
  11. Children of other faiths (see note l.) whose membership is evidenced by a religious leader. The application must be supported by a letter confirming membership of that faith, signed by the faith leader.
  12. Any other children.

Final Tiebreaker 

Priority will be given to children living closest to the school determined by the shortest distance (see note j.).

Application Procedure

To apply for a place at this school in the normal admissions round, you should complete and return the following two forms:

  1. The COMMON APPLICATION FORM  (CAF)

All applications for places must be made on the Common Application Form which is available either from the Local Authority (where the parent lives) or through that Local Authority’s website.  For a valid application, the completed CAF must be returned either online or in the paper form by 31 October 2021.

  1. The school’s SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION FORM  (SIF) 

This is available from the school and the school website and allows the governors to put all applicants in order of priority for admission in line with the published admission policy.  

If you are expressing a preference for a place for your child at this school and wish to apply in connection with one of the faith criteria, you need to complete the SIF.

If you do not complete the SIF and return it to the school with all supporting documents by the closing date, your child may not be placed in the appropriate faith criterion.  This is likely to affect your child’s chance of being offered a place. 

For a Year 7 admission in the normal admissions round for the year 2022-23, the completed SIF, together will all supporting documents, should be returned to the school by 31 October 2021.  Note: If the school receives an incomplete SIF, this might affect your child’s chance of being offered a place.

You are advised to keep copies of the forms for your records (whether completed online/on paper).

Late Applications

All pieces of paperwork should be returned before the published closing dates referenced above. You are encouraged to ensure that your application is received on time.

Any late applications will be dealt with in accordance with the Local Authority’s Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme. 

Admission of Children Outside their Normal Age Group

Please note that it is the view of the Government, the Diocese, the LA and the Governing Body of this school that a child is educated alongside his/her age equivalent peers, in almost all cases.

Should a parent/carer request to have a decelerated entry to school, that is to start later than other children in their chronological age group, they should initially apply for a school place in accordance with the deadlines that apply for their child’s chronological age.

If the request is accepted, the application for the normal year group may be withdrawn before a place is offered.  The parent/carer will be required to apply in the usual way the following year, along with the cohort of applicants for that year group.  It should be noted that the application will not receive priority over or above any other applicant for this year group and the application will be considered alongside all other applicants to the school.

If a parent/carer requests to have an accelerated entry to school ie to start earlier than other children in the chronological age group, they should initially apply for a school place at the same time that other families are applying for that cohort.  If the governing body agrees for the child to have an accelerated entry, the application will be processed.  If it is not agreed for the child to have an accelerated entry they will be invited to apply again in the following year for the correct cohort.

In relation to the request, decisions are made on the basis of the circumstances of each case and in the best interests of the child.  The governing body will expect the parent/carer to supply them with appropriate information and evidence. What the governing body will take into account will include:

  • views of parent/carer
  • information relating to the child’s academic, social and emotional development, where relevant
  • medical history and the views of a medical professional
  • any previous history of being educated outside of their normal age group
  • if the child may naturally have fallen into a lower age group if it were not for being born prematurely
  • view of the headteacher of the school.

Please note that parents/carers do not have the right to insist that their child is admitted to a particular age group.  It is the governing body who, having considered the circumstances of each individual case, will make a decision.  The governing body will set out clearly for the parents/carers concerned the reasons for their decision in each case.

If the parent/carer is unhappy with a decision about which year group their child will be admitted to, the following applies.  Parents/carers who are refused a place at a school for which they have applied have the right of appeal to an independent admission appeal panel.  However, there is not a right of appeal if the child has been offered a place and it is not in the year group the parent/carer would like.  In such cases, the parent/carer could make a complaint through the school’s complaint procedure.

Waiting Lists

In addition to their right of appeal, if a place is not offered to a Year 7 child, because of over-subscription, the child’s name will be placed on a waiting list. For the application to go on the Waiting List, parents/carers should put their request in writing to the Admissions Officer, Cardinal Newman Catholic School.  The list will be in the descending hierarchical order of the categories in the admissions criteria.  The list will continue for the year group until the end of the academic year. If a place is offered and declined the child’s name will be removed from the waiting list.

The names of the children in the other year groups (8-11) who have not been offered a place due to oversubscription will be put on a waiting list.  The list will be in the descending hierarchical order of the categories in the admissions criteria.  The list will continue for the year group until the end of the academic year.

Parents/carers who wish their child’s name to remain on a waiting list beyond this time are requested to contact the school in writing by the end of July 2023.  If a place is offered and declined the child’s name will be removed from the waiting list.

It should be noted that no matter how long a child’s name has been on the waiting list, his or her position on the list may change if the school adds a child’s name to the list, which has a higher priority according to the oversubscription criteria. The school is also under a duty to admit children who are presented for admission under the Local Authority’s ‘Fair Access Protocol’. These children must take precedence over any children already on the waiting list.

In Year Admissions   

The oversubscription criteria in this admission policy will also apply to applications made outside the normal age of entry to secondary education (Year 7) i.e. in succeeding years or during the academic year.

Applications for places other than at the start of Year 7 should be made directly to the school and the Local Authority contacted. The school’s Supplementary Information Form should be completed and returned to the school. If there is a vacancy in the relevant year group and no other family has applied for it, the school will allocate a place as soon as possible. If there is no vacancy, or if the number of applications is greater than the number of vacancies, the governors will at once establish a waiting list for the relevant Year Group, or add the applicant’s name to an already established waiting list. Places will be offered to applicants whose names appear on the waiting list strictly on the basis of the oversubscription criteria.

Offer of a Place

The Local Authority will inform you of your allocated place on the national offer date of 1 March 2022.  Note: If this day falls on the weekend/bank holiday, it will be the first working day after.

Appeals

If your child is not offered a place at Cardinal Newman Catholic School, you have the right to appeal against that decision to an Independent Appeal Panel (set up in accordance with sections 88 and 94 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998).

Appeals must be made in writing and must set out the reasons on which the appeal is made.  Appeals should be made to the Admissions Officer at the school address.  Appeals should be lodged with Brighton and Hove City Council no later than 20 school days after the National Offer Day for secondary schools (1 March 2022). Completed paperwork must be received by the school no later than 29 March 2022, and will be heard within 40 school days. The appeals system is operated independently from the school.  Parents/carers have the right to make oral representations to the Appeal Panel.

Late application appeals will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

In-year applications will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

Fair Access Protocol (FAP)

The school is committed to taking its fair share of children who are vulnerable and/or hard to place, as set out in locally agreed protocols.  Accordingly, outside the normal admission round, the governing body is empowered to give absolute priority to a child where admission is requested under any locally agreed protocol. Alternatively, where a FAP headteacher panel is in place, the governing body may authorise the headteacher (or nominated representative) to partake in placement decisions under the LA agreed FAP. The governing body has this power even where admitting the child would mean exceeding the published admission number.

Giving the school false information

If a parent/carer is found to have supplied false or incorrect information to gain a place at this school, the governing body reserves the right to withdraw any offer of a place even if the child has already started school. An example of false or incorrect information would be the use of an address that is not the child’s normal residence.

Notes - these form part of Cardinal Newman's admission arrangements

a. An ‘Education, Health and Care Plan’ is a plan made by the Local Authority under section 37 of the Children and Families Act 2014, specifying the special educational provision required for a child.

b. A ‘Looked after child’ has the same meaning as in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989, and means any child who is (i) in the care of a local authority or (ii) being provided with accommodation by them in the exercise of their social services functions (e.g. children with foster parents) at the time of making application to the school. A ‘Previously looked after child’ is a child who was looked after but ceased to be so because he or she was adopted or became subject to a child arrangement order or special guardianship order.   

c. ‘Catholic’ means a member of a Church in full communion with the See of Rome.  This includes the Latin Rite (Roman Catholics) and the Eastern Catholic Churches (see Appendix 3 of the Diocesan Admissions Guidance for a list of Churches in full communion with the See of Rome). This will normally be evidenced by a certificate of Baptism in a Catholic Church or a certificate of reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church. For the purposes of this policy, it includes a looked after child who is part of a Catholic family where a letter from a priest demonstrates that the child would have been baptised or received into the Church if it were not for their status as a looked after child (e.g. a looked after child in the process of adoption by a Catholic family).

For a child to be treated as Catholic, evidence of baptism or reception into the Church will be required. In terms of an application to this school, a child will not be treated as Catholic if the date for baptism or the ceremony of acceptance into the Catholic Church is after the closing date for applications. Those who have difficulty obtaining written evidence of baptism should contact their parish priest who, after consulting with the Diocese, will decide how the question of baptism is to be resolved and how written evidence is to be produced in accordance with the laws of the Church.

d. ‘Catechumen’ means a person who wishes to be baptised and has been accepted into the Order of Catechumens through the appropriate liturgical rite. ‘Candidate’ means a baptised member of a non-Catholic denomination who is preparing for admission into full communion with the Catholic Church. Proof of acceptance into the catechumenate, and evidence for a candidate should be by a letter from the appropriate priest.

e. ‘Orthodox Churches’ are those eastern Churches not in full communion with the Catholic Church, who have retained the Catholic tradition regarding the sacraments. In this group are included (for the purpose of admissions) members of other Churches which the Apostolic See judges to be in the same position as the aforesaid eastern Churches as far as the sacraments are concerned. Membership is normally evidenced by a certificate of baptism or reception from the authorities of that Church.

f. ‘Brother or sister’: For admission to this school, a brother or sister is defined as a natural brother or sister (i.e. another child of the same parents, whether living at the same address or not), or a half-brother/ half-sister or a step-brother/ step-sister or an adoptive or foster brother/ sister, living at the same address.  A child will be given a ‘brother or sister’ priority if they have a brother or sister at the school at the time of the child’s admission.

g. Parents/Carers: A parent/carer means all natural parents, any person who is not a parent but has parental responsibility for a child, and any person who has care of a child.

h. Cardinal Newman Catholic School named  feeder schools:  For the purposes of admissions to Cardinal Newman Catholic School, the named feeder schools are: Cottesmore St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Hove; Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School, Rottingdean; St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School, Brighton; St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School, Brighton; St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School; St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Portslade; St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School, Brighton; St Peter’s Catholic Primary School, Shoreham-by-Sea; Annecy Catholic Primary School, Seaford; St Pancras Catholic Primary School, Lewes.

i. Multiple Births: In the event of applications from parents/carers relating to children of multiple births (e.g. twins or triplets etc.), the governing body will admit twins and all siblings from multiple births within the same criterion.  Where there are children from a multiple birth from the same criterion, the children will be ranked consecutively following the random allocation for the first multiple birth sibling i.e. the ranking of the first multiple birth child will determine the ranking of the second and so on.

j. Distance: Distance will be measured by the shortest route from the child’s home to the nearest of the school’s gates. This will be measured by specialist Local Authority School Admissions computer software based on Ordnance Survey and Postal Address data. It measures using the road network supplied by Ordnance Survey and some other public rights of way which are paved and lit.

A child’s home address is considered to be a residential property that is the child’s only/main residence and not an address that is sometimes used due to certain domestic/special arrangements. The address must be the pupil’s home address that applies at the closing date for applications and which is either owned by the child’s parent, parents, or guardian OR leased or rented by the child’s parent, parents or guardian under a lease or written rental agreement OR, if it is a relative’s address or temporary address, it is the ‘main place of residence’. If parents live separately but share responsibility for the child, and the child lives at two different addresses during the week, the ‘home address’ will be regarded as the one at which the child benefit is paid or where the child is registered with a doctor.  If two addresses are provided, the Local Authority will decide which address should be used as the main residence for the purpose of processing the application as they only accept one current address. Parents/carers must notify the school about any address changes during the application deadlines to ensure all applications are treated in the same way.

In some cases, applicants who live in the same block of flats may share the same address point. In such cases, applicants will be considered to be living equidistant from the school. In the unlikely event that any two or more children live equidistant from the school, and in all other ways have equal eligibility for a place, the names will be issued a number and drawn randomly to decide which child receives priority. This will be supervised by a person independent of the school.

k. ‘Children of other Christian denominations’ means children who belong to other churches and ecclesial communities which, acknowledging God’s revelation in Christ, confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the Scriptures, and, in obedience to God’s will and in the power of the Holy Spirit commit themselves: to seek a deepening of their communion with Christ and with one another in the Church, which is his body; and to fulfil their mission to proclaim the Gospel by common witness and service in the world to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. An ecclesial community which on principle has no credal statements in its tradition, is included if it manifests faith in Christ as witnessed to in the Scriptures and is committed to working in the spirit of the above.

All members of Churches Together in England and of Churches Together in Wales are deemed to be included in the above definition, as are all other churches and ecclesial communities that are in membership of any local Churches Together Group (by whatever title) on the above basis.

l. ‘Children of other faiths’ means children who are members of a religious community that does not fall within the definition of ‘other Christian denominations’ and which falls within the definition of a religion for the purposes of charity law.  The Charities Act 2011 defines religion to include:-

  • a religion which involved belief in more than one God and,
  • a religion which does not involve belief in God

Case law has identified certain characteristics which describe the meaning of religion for the purposes of charity law, which are characterized by a belief in a supreme being and an expression of belief in that supreme being through worship.

m. Children of staff are defined as the children of those who are employed directly by the school in any capacity, on a permanent contract for two or more years, whether full or part time. For normal round applications, the date that will be used to assess this will be the closing date for applications (i.e.31 October 2021). For in-year applications, the date that will be used will be the date the application is made. ‘Demonstrable skill shortage’ will be determined by the school’s governing body. It must be evidenced by normal recruitment methods having failed to obtain a sufficiently qualified / experienced candidate for an established position over a period of not less than three months. Children of Staff are defined as those for whom the member of staff has legal responsibility whether they are biological children, step children, adopted or fostered children.  Applicants under this criterion will need to complete, where applicable, the appropriate section(s) on the Supplementary Information Form (SIF).   

St. Mark’s CE (Aided) Primary School

Admission Consultation – for September 2022

We are consulting on our Admissions Arrangements for 2022 to 2023. 

Find information on the consultation on the St Mark's CE Primary School website and view the consultation document.

Consultation on admissions arrangements for entry to King's School in September 2022

December 2020

The Russell Education Trust (‘RET’) is the admissions authority for King’s School.  The Local Governing Body consider changes to the school’s admissions policy and consult on these. Following consultation, the Governors report to RET on the outcome of the consultation and make recommendations before RET determine the final admissions policy. 

The Local Governing Body of King’s School are now consulting on the admissions arrangements for entry to Year 7 from September 2022 and the Sixth Form from September 2023.

This consultation follows the procedure set by the Admissions Code 2014 (‘The Code’) and gives the local community the opportunity to provide their views on these proposed admission arrangements.

This consultation relates to proposed clarification and amendment of the following oversubscription criteria: 

Siblings 

The intention of our sibling criterion is to enable families to attend King’s School.  To make this objective clearer, we propose to amend the current wording to clarify the status of priority for siblings and at what point this will be assessed in the admissions process.  This is particularly important where a sibling is in Year 11 and their place in Sixth Form will be subject to meeting the academic entry criteria and course requirements. This uncertainty should not disadvantage a younger sibling in their own application.  

As such, the wording has been updated make clear that our sibling criterion applies to all siblings who are on the roll of the school in any year group at the time of application. 

It is also proposed that the additional priority of siblings of the founding Year 7 cohort, regardless of where they live, is removed from this criterion as there are no longer any students on roll from this cohort whose siblings could benefit.  

Children of Staff

Our ‘Children of staff’ criterion already prioritises the children of staff who have been employed at the school for two years at the time of application.  We are clarifying the wording to make it clear that such staff are employed by RET rather than directly by the school.

In line with the wording set out at 1.39 b) of the Code, we also intend to expand this criterion to include the children of staff who are “recruited to fill a vacant teaching post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage” (which will be determined by the Headteacher with the Chair of Governors and CEO of RET). 

The rationale for this addition is to take account of the challenging recruitment climate for teaching staff and to continue to encourage high quality applications for vacant posts, safeguard the outstanding education of our students and to support the recruitment and retention of staff who are committed to the school’s ethos and its continued development and success.  

A copy of the proposed policy for admission to Year 7 from September 2022 is enclosed with this consultation document. 

Sixth Form Policy

The proposed changes set out in this consultation to the ‘Sibling’ and ‘Children of Staff’ criterion will also apply to our Sixth Form Policy.

A copy of the proposed policy for admission to the Sixth Form from September 2023 is enclosed with this consultation document. 

We are keen to hear views from the local community who are likely to be affected by the proposed changes and are consulting interested parties in accordance with the Code. 

For schools, if appropriate and by whatever means you feel most suitable, please make the parents/carers of children in your school aware that this consultation is taking place.

The statutory six-week consultation period will run from Tuesday 8th December 2020 to Tuesday 19th January 2021.

Please send any responses for the attention of Eleanor Edwards, Business Manager, to admissions@kingsschoolhove.org.uk or in hard copy to Eleanor Edwards, King’s School, Hangleton Way, BN3 8BN. 

You can request a paper copy of the consultation documents on the school’s website.

King’s School Proposed Admissions Policy – September 2022

This admissions policy reinforces the educational vision upon which King’s School has been established. The school will be inclusive, will meet the individual needs of all learners and will be based on the tenets and beliefs of the Church of England. It will, through its admissions, promote understanding among students of all mainstream Christian churches. 

King’s School will provide school places for young people aged 11 - 18 and the admissions arrangements for the Year 7 intake are set out below. The arrangements for the Sixth Form are set out separately.

King’s School is committed to straightforward, open, fair and transparent admissions arrangements. The school will act fully in accordance with the School Admissions Code (as revised February 2012), the School Admissions Appeals Code and admissions law as they apply to academies.

Published Admission Number (PAN) 

The school has an agreed Published Admissions Number of 165 for admission into Year 7 and will admit up to this number each year.

Special Educational Needs

The admission and review of students with an Education, Health and Care Plan (‘EHCP’) or a statement of special educational needs is dealt with by a completely separate procedure involving parents, schools, the Local Authority and a range of professionals. This procedure is integral to the making and maintaining of a compliant EHCP (or statement) by the student’s home Local Authority. Details of this separate procedure are set out in the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice. 

Oversubscription criteria 

Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the number of places available for any given intake, and after the agreed admission of any children with an EHCP, the following over-subscription criteria will be applied in the priority order set out below: 

  1. Looked-after children* or children who were previously looked-after*.
  2. Children for whom it is essential to be admitted to this school because of special circumstances to do with significant medical or social needs evidenced by written professional advice from a doctor, social worker or other health professional, explaining why these needs can realistically only be met by this school.
  3. Children living at the same home address* as siblings*on the roll of the school in any year group, at the date of their own application for admission.
  4. Children (by which is meant full, step, half, adopted, or fostered children living in the same household) of staff directly employed by the Russell Education Trust on a permanent full-time or fractional contract at the school in either of the following circumstances: 
    1. The member of staff has been employed for two years or more before the admission application and is still employed, without having given notice or been given notice that the employment will end, at the time the offer is made
    2. The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant teaching post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage (determined by the Headteacher with the Chair of Governors and the CEO of RET).
  5. This is an Ecumenical Christian School and if oversubscribed, up to 50% of the places available after the application of 1, 2, 3 and 4 above, will be based on a ‘faith’ criterion*. If more applications meeting the faith criterion are received than there are places available, then:
    1. 30% of places will be offered in order of distance from the home address* of the applicant to the school, distance being measured in a straight line from the middle of the front door of the student’s accommodation to the centre of the main entrance of the school; priority being given to those who live closest to the school. 
    2. 70% of places will be offered in order of distance from the home address* of the applicant to the mid-point of the junction between New Church Road and Richardson Road; (the grid reference of this node point being 527665:104983), distance being measured in a straight line from the middle of the front door of the student’s accommodation to the point detailed. Priority will be given to those who live closest to the node point.
  6. If fewer than the designated number places are taken up by those satisfying the faith criterion, then these remaining places will be added to those offered to other applicants.  If there are more applicants than there are places available in this category, then:
    1. 30% of places will be offered in order of distance from the home address of the applicant to the school, distance being measured in a straight line from the middle of the front door of the student’s accommodation to the centre of the main entrance of the school; priority being given to those who live closest to the school.
    2. 70% of places will be offered in order of distance from the home address of the applicant to the mid-point of the junction between Richardson Road and New Church Road; (the grid reference of this point being 527665:104983), distance being measured in a straight line from the middle of the front door of the student’s accommodation to the point detailed. Priority will be given to those who live closest to the node point. 

Notes and Definitions* 

Looked After Children

Looked After Children are defined as children who are (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions In accordance with section 22 of the Children Act 1989, at the time an application for a school is made.

Previously Looked After Children

Previously Looked After Children are defined as children who were previously looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (under the Adoption Act 1976 or Adoption and Children’s Act 2002), or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order.

Siblings

Siblings include full, step-, half- and adopted siblings living in the same household. Cousins are not considered siblings.

Home Address

A child's home address is defined as the address at which the child is normally resident with a person who is a parent as defined in Section 576 of the Education Act 1996. 

A business address, a childminder’s address, or any address other than the child’s home will not be accepted. Proof of address will be sought and may be the subject of further investigation. 

Where a child lives at more than one such address, the address will be where the child lives for the majority of the time. Where the child lives at more than one address and spends equal time at both, the home address will be counted as that at which the child is registered with their GP.

The school reserves the right to seek verification of the information parents have given on the application form and to withdraw the offer of a place if false information has been given.

Tie Break

In the event of two or more applications that cannot otherwise be separated, the school will use random allocation as a tie-break, except in the case of siblings from the same home address when all will be offered places. For this purpose, the ground floor is considered closer than the first and so on.

Should a tie break be required it will be conducted independently. The random allocation will be via the drawing of lots, and a Local Authority Admissions Officer will be the independent party.

Faith Criterion 

Regular attendance is defined as fortnightly attendance at a Church, which is a member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland or a member of the Evangelical Alliance, for at least two years* at the closing date for submission of a supplementary application form, which is midday on 30th November 2021. A Minister, Priest or Church Leader will need to sign the supplementary information form, confirming the attendance and the form must be submitted to the school before this date. A supplementary information form is available for applications under this criterion. 

*In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these admissions arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship. 

Offers of Places

All applications received after the deadline will be considered late applications. Late applicants will be considered after those received on time. If, following consideration of all applicants, the school is oversubscribed, parents may request that their child is placed on the school’s waiting list.

Operation of waiting lists 

Where in any year, the school receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate for at least the first year. This will be maintained by the school and it will be open to any parent to ask for his or her child's name to be placed on the waiting list following an unsuccessful application. A child's position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria set (as applicable). Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. 

For administrative purposes, the Waiting List will be administered by the school in three ‘bands’. Band 1 will be for ranking applicants who qualify for Oversubscription Criteria 1-4. The remaining applicants will be placed in both Band 2 and Band 3. Band 2 will be ranked by distance in accordance with Oversubscription Criteria 5. Band 3 will be ranked by distance in accordance with Oversubscription Criteria 6. Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the Waiting List in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. If there are applicants in Band 1 of the Waiting List then they will have priority. Otherwise, a place which was originally offered to Band 2 or Band 3 will be re- offered to the highest ranking applicant in the same Band. (If a place was originally offered to Band 1 then it will be allocated to Band 2 or Band 3 as appropriate so that, over time, a ratio of 1:1 is maintained between these bands). Priority within bands 2 and 3 will be considered solely on distance to the school.

The parents of students on the waiting list will be contacted twice a year to ensure that they wish to remain on the waiting list. 

Appeals 

Parents who fail to gain a place at King’s School for their child can appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel. 

Children educated outside their chronological age group

Any application for a child to be educated out of his/her age group will be considered by governors on an individual basis and will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.
 

Introduction 

King’s School Sixth Form will be based on the tenets and beliefs of the Church of England. It will, through its admissions, promote understanding among students of all mainstream Christian churches, whilst supporting students to become young adults equipped with the confidence and qualifications they require to make the most of the opportunities available to them when they leave school. 

King’s School will provide school places for young people aged 11 ‐ 18 and the admissions arrangements for the Sixth Form intake are set out below. The arrangements for Year 7 are set out separately.

King’s School is committed to straightforward, open, fair and transparent admissions arrangements. The school will act fully in accordance with the School Admissions Code (as revised February 2012), the School Admissions Appeals Code and admissions law as they apply to academies.

Numbers 

The capacity of the Sixth Form is 165 students in Year 12 and Year 13.  A minimum of 50 places will be offered annually to external candidates. 

King’s School Applicants 

All Year 11 students who wish to stay at King’s School will be able to continue into the Sixth Form, subject to meeting the Academic Criteria including their course requirements. We will offer advice, guidance and support to all of our students to ensure they are able to make informed choices about their post-16 education.

External Applicants 

There are at least 50 places available to external applicants.  External applicants wishing to be admitted to Year 12 must apply directly to King’s School prior to the closing date, using the online application form (or the hard copy form available on request from the school office). The closing date and full details of the application process will be published annually in the Sixth Form Prospectus and on the school website.

The same Year 12 Academic Criteria including course requirements apply to both external and internal applicants, but if the external places are oversubscribed then they will be prioritised according to the Oversubscription Criteria for External Applicants set out below.

Academic Criteria 

All students in the Sixth Form at King’s School must be on a full-time study programme. This will usually comprise a minimum of three A‐level courses or equivalent (full details of the options for full time study will be published annually in the Sixth Form Prospectus and on the school website). 

There will be a minimum academic qualification for entry into the Sixth Form at King’s School and in addition, individual courses will have minimum entry requirements that must be met. Full details will be published each year in the Sixth Form Prospectus.

Conditional offers will be made to internal and external candidates likely to satisfy the Academic Criteria including relevant course requirements, based on an assessment of their predicted GCSE grades, other appropriate grades and information from staff at the applicant’s current school. 

Meetings may be held with applicants and their parents to discuss options and courses but will not form part of the decision process on whether to offer a place.

Conditional offers will be made subject to, and dependent upon, the applicant meeting the Academic Criteria for the Sixth Form including the specific course requirements, as well as: 

  • sufficient demand for places in each of the courses the applicant has selected
  • availability of places on the courses the applicant has selected
  • availability of the combination of courses selected by the applicant
  • the school’s ability to staff and resource the courses selected

Achievement of the GCSE grades specified does not guarantee a place on any course or combination of courses. If the intended course is full, but there are still vacancies on other courses, applicants may be offered an alternative.

Special Educational Needs

The admission and review of students with an Education, Health and Care Plan (‘EHCP’) or a statement of special educational needs is dealt with by a completely separate procedure involving parents, schools, the Local Authority and a range of professionals. This procedure is integral to the making and maintaining of a compliant EHCP (or statement) by the student's home Local Authority. Details of this separate procedure are set out in the Special Education Needs Code of Practice.

Oversubscription Criteria for External Students 

Where the number of external applications for admission which meet the Academic Criteria is greater than the places available, and after the agreed admission of any children with an EHCP, the following oversubscription criteria will be applied in the order below:

  1. Looked-after children* or children who were previously looked-after*. 
  2. Children for whom it is essential to be admitted to this school because of special circumstances to do with significant medical or social needs evidenced by written professional advice from a doctor, social worker or other health professional, explaining why these needs can realistically only be met by this school.
  3. Children living at the same address* as siblings*, on the roll of the school in any year group, including the Sixth Form, at the date of their own application for admission.
  4. Children (by which is meant full, step, half, adopted, or fostered children living in the same household ) of staff directly employed by the Russell Education Trust on a permanent full-time or fractional contract at the school in either of the following circumstances:
    1. The member of staff has been employed for two years or more before the admission application and is still employed, without having given notice or been given notice that the employment will end, at the time the offer is made;
    2. The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant teaching post for which   there is a demonstrable skill shortage (determined by the Headteacher with the Chair of Governors and the CEO of RET).
  5. This is an Ecumenical Christian School and if oversubscribed, up to 50% of the places available after the application of 1, 2, 3 and 4 above, will be based on a ‘faith’ criterion*.  If more applications meeting the faith criterion are received than there are places available, then:
    1. 30% of places will be offered in order of distance from the home address* of the applicant to the school, distance being measured in a straight line from the middle of the front door of the student’s accommodation to the centre of the main entrance of the school; priority being given to those who live closest to the school.
    2. 70% of places will be offered in order of distance from the home address* of the applicant to the mid-point of the junction between New Church Road and Richardson Road; (the grid reference of this node point being 527665:104983), distance being measured in a straight line from the middle of the front door of the student’s accommodation to the point detailed. Priority will be given to those who live closest to the node point.
  6. Other or open places - the remaining places will be added to those offered to other applicants.  If there are more applicants than there are places available in this category, then:
    1. 30% of places will be offered in order of distance from the home address of the applicant to the school, distance being measured in a straight line from the middle of the front door of the student’s accommodation to the centre of the main entrance of the school; priority being given to those who live closest to the school.
    2. 70% of places will be offered in order of distance from the home address of the applicant to the mid-point of the junction between Richardson Road and New Church Road; (the grid reference of this node point being 527665:104983), distance being measured in a straight line from the middle of the front door of the student’s accommodation to the point detailed. Priority will be given to those who live closest to the node point.

Notes and Definitions*  

Looked After Children 

Looked After Children are defined as children who are (a) in the care of a local authority or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions In accordance with section 22 of the Children Act 1989, at the time an application for a school is made. 

Previously Looked After Children 

Previously Looked After Children are defined as children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (under the Adoption Act 1976 or Adoption and Children’s Act 2002), or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order.

Siblings 

Siblings include full, step-, half- and adopted siblings living in the same household. Cousins are not considered siblings. 

Home Address 

A child's home address is defined as the address at which the child is normally resident with a person who is a parent as defined in Section 576 of the Education Act 1996.  

A business address, a childminder’s address, or any address other than the child’s home will not be accepted. Proof of address will be sought and may be the subject of further investigation. 

Where a child lives at more than one such address, the address will be where the child lives for the majority of the time. Where the child lives at more than one address and spends equal time at both, the home address will be counted as that at which the child is registered with their GP. 

The school reserves the right to seek verification of the information parents have given on the application form and to withdraw the offer of a place if false information has been given. 

Faith Criterion  

Regular attendance is defined as fortnightly attendance at a Church, which is a member  of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland or a member of the Evangelical Alliance, for at least two years* at the closing date for submission of a supplementary application form, which is midday on the last Friday of the February holiday. A Minister, Priest or Church Leader will need to sign the supplementary information form, confirming the attendance and the form must be submitted to the school before this date. 

*In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these admissions arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship.  

Offers of Places 

All applications received after the deadline will be considered late applications. Late applicants will be considered after those received on time. If, following consideration of all applicants, the school is oversubscribed, parents may request that their child is placed on the school’s waiting list. 

Appeals  

Parents who fail to gain a place at King’s School for their child can appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel.  

Tie Break 

In the event of two or more applications that cannot otherwise be separated, the school will use random allocation as a tie-break, except in the case of siblings from the same address when all will be offered places. For this purpose, the ground floor is considered closer than the first and so on. 

Should a tie break be required it will be conducted independently. The random allocation will be via the drawing of lots, and a Local Authority Admissions Officer will be the independent party. 

Children educated outside their chronological age group 

Any application for a child to be educated out of his/her age group will be considered by governors on an individual basis and will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. 

PACA admissions consultation

December 2020

Portslade Aldridge Community Academy

Consultation on admissions arrangements for entry to Portslade Aldridge Community Academy for entry in September 2022

The attached policy replaces the existing admissions policy and brings Portslade Aldridge Community Academy in line with other Aldridge academies.

This consultation follows the procedure set by the Admissions Code 2014 (‘The Code’) and gives the local community the opportunity to provide their views on these proposed admission arrangements.

This consultation relates to proposed clarification and amendment of the following issues:

  • the revised policy clarifies that Aldridge Education Multi-Academy Trust is the admissions authority for Portslade Aldridge Community Academy, and co-ordinates with Brighton and Hove Local Authority for the administration of admissions applications. In common with Aldridge Education’s ethos of working closely with all local schools for the benefit of the community, since opening, Portslade Aldridge Community Academy has chosen to operate under the Brighton & Hove Local Authority’s schools’ admissions process for secondary schools and with parents applying for a school place through the Brighton and Hove Local Authority
  • it updates the details for any consultation of changes to the admission code to bring the policy in line with section 1.42 and 1.43 of the DFE admissions code.
  • it updates the timeframe for the determination of and representation about the admissions arrangements to be set so they are in line with section 1.46 and section 1.50 of the DFE admissions code.
  • updates the oversubscription criteria to replace references to Statements of SEN with reference to Education and Health Care Plan
  • updates the oversubscription criteria to: (i) update the definition of sibling to adopt the same definition as the Brighton & Hove Admissions Guidance (ii) include criteria for the children of staff recruited to a post of demonstrable skills shortage and (iii) Children of staff who have been in post for two or more years
  • amending the time period for the operation of a waiting list
  • making clear the arrangement for admission of children out of normal age group in line with the admissions arrangements used by Brighton & Hove City Council.

We are keen to hear views from the local community who are likely to be affected by the proposed changes and are consulting interested parties in accordance with the Code.

For schools, if appropriate and by whatever means you feel most suitable, please make the parents/carers of children in your school aware that this consultation is taking place.

The statutory six-week consultation period will run from Friday 11 December 2020 to Friday 29 January 2021.

Please send any responses to consultation@paca.uk.com or by letter to Sheila Cahill, s.cahill@paca.uk.com

A full version of the proposed admissions policy can be found on the school website.

PACA Admissions Policy

This policy sets out the admission arrangements for Portslade Aldridge Community Academy in 2022/23. It applies to applications to start in Year 7 in September 2022 as well as ‘In-year’ applications; it also includes details of the oversubscription criteria, waiting lists and the appeals process.

Policy Title:

Trust

Version:

001

Trust Board Approval:

 

Date of Next Review:

May 2022

Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Statutory Guidance and Definitions
  3. Application Process,  3.1 Normal Round - Secondary (Year 7)
  4. Oversubscription Procedure and Criteria (All Applications)
  5. ‘In-Year’ Application Process
  6. Waiting Lists
  7. Unsuccessful Applications and the Appeals Process
  8. Applications Out-of-Chronological Age Group
  9. Further Information and Contact Details

Introduction

Thank you for your interest in applying for a place at Portslade Aldridge Community Academy, Chalky Road, Portslade, BN41 2WS. The aim of this policy is to provide clear guidance on the admission arrangements for a place at the academy including information on timescales, deadlines and contact details for queries.

It also provides guidance on how applications are administered, the criteria used to prioritise applications (where necessary), waiting lists and the appeals process.

Portslade Aldridge Community Academy is a non-selective secondary school. The academy has an agreed Published Admission Number[1] (PAN) for the following year groups;

      Secondary (Year 7): 220

Statutory Guidance and Definitions

All information in this policy meets the statutory requirements set out by the Department for Education (DfE) in the School Admissions Code 2014, (“the Code”) and the School Admissions Appeals Code 2012, (“the Appeals Code”).

Aldridge Education is a Multi-Academy Trust and is the admissions authority for all academies in the Aldridge Education Trust, including Portslade Aldridge Community Academy.  Aldridge Education, in accordance with its funding agreement, is responsible for the admissions policy of each academy and co-ordinates with the relevant Local Authority for the administration of admissions applications. For Portslade Aldridge Community Academy the relevant Local Authority is Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC).

According to the Code, there are two different routes for applications - ‘normal round’ and ‘in-year’; each route has a slightly different application process and timescales. Both application routes are detailed separately in this policy.

‘Normal round’ is relevant to all applications for a place in Year 7 starting at the beginning of the Autumn term in September.

‘In-Year’ is relevant to applications:

for all year groups other than Year 7 starting at the beginning of the Autumn term in September; or

for any year group after the start of the Autumn term.

Please note: This policy is not relevant to the process for naming the academy on a child’s Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or Statement of Special Educational Needs. There is a separate process for selecting or changing the school named on an EHCP or Statement of Educational Needs which is outside of the admissions process. Please contact the child’s home Local Authority for further details.

[1] The maximum number of places available for admission in the year group

Application Process

3.1 Normal Round – Secondary (Year 7)

Applications for a place at the academy are administered through the BHCC application process. Parents resident in BHCC catchment area can apply online; parents’ resident in other areas must apply through their home local authority. 

The Local Authority’s timetable will be used for all normal round applications each year (exact dates within the months may vary from year to year).

The academy publishes information about the arrangements for admission, including oversubscription criteria, in February for the following September (e.g. in February 2021 for admissions in September 2022).

Secondary application timetable

The academy has an agreed PAN of 220 in Year 7

September/October 2021

The academy provides opportunities for prospective pupils and their parents/carers to visit the academy.

31 October 2021

National closing date for Secondary applications. Deadline for the Common Application Form to be completed and submitted to the relevant Local Authority.

November 2021 to February 2022

The academy and Local Authority coordinate to process all applications. If more applications are received than places available they will be ranked according to the oversubscription criteria published in this policy, see section 4 below.

PLEASE NOTE: schools are not able to provide any information regarding specific applications during this process.

28 February 2022

Deadline for the academy to publish its appeals timetable on their website.

1 March 2022

Offers made to parents/carers by the Local Authority.

Allocation of places

Where the academy is named on a child’s EHCP or Statement of Special Educational Needs, that pupil will be admitted to the academy.

The academy will consider all applications for places. Where fewer applications are received than places available, the academy will offer places to all those who have applied.

If the number of applications for admission is greater than the PAN (places available), all applications will be considered, and places offered according to the oversubscription criteria in the order set out below (see section 4).

Where an application has been unsuccessful due to a place not being available, applications will be put onto a waiting list which will be maintained until the end of the admission year. The waiting list will be ranked solely according to the oversubscription criteria detailed in this policy (not date of application) and updated each time an unsuccessful application is added. See section 6 below for more details on waiting lists.

Where an application has been unsuccessful parents/carers have the right to appeal the decision to an Independent Appeal Panel. See section 7 below for detailed information on the appeals process.

Oversubscription Procedure and Criteria (All applications)

If the number of applications received for any phase or year group is greater than the number of spaces available, places will be allocated according to the oversubscription criteria and order below.

‘Looked After Children’ and children who have previously been a ‘Looked After Child’ but immediately following this became subject to adoption, a child’s arrangements order or special guardianship order[1]. 

Children of staff at the academy who occupy, or have been recruited to, a post where there is a demonstrable skill shortage. Aldridge Education must approve the Principal’s assessment process and designation of such posts to confirm the staff members’ eligibility under this criterion. Priority will be limited to one place for each form of entry in any year (i.e. 3 places in each 3-form year group).

Children who, at the time of admission, have a sibling who attends the academy. For this purpose, “sibling” means a whole, half or step-sibling or an adopted child resident at the same address.

Children of staff in the school who have been employed at the academy for two or more years at the time the application is submitted. Aldridge Education must approve the Principal’s decision to allocate places to staff under this criterion. Priority will be limited to one place for each form of entry in any year (i.e. 3 places in each 3-form year group).

Distance measurement – Priority will be given to those children who live closest and within catchment areas as defined by the Brighton and Hove catchment area.

The Local Authority measures distance on behalf of Aldridge Education. Brighton & Hove City Council use Ordinance Survey Data to calculate straight line distance between the child’s home and the main entrance to the academy. Where a child resides in a block of flats, the distance will be measured to the main entrance of the building in which the flats are located.

 

[1] A ‘Looked After Child’ is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the full definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).

 

Please note: A child’s home will be the address at which the child normally resides, and which has been notified to relevant agencies (e.g. the Local Authority) as being the child’s normal place of residence.  Where a child lives normally during the school week with more than one parent at different addresses, the permanent home address for the purposes of school admissions will be the one where the child spends the majority of school nights Monday–Friday.

Tie breaker: If Aldridge Education is unable to distinguish between applicants using the published oversubscription criteria, including those who live in blocks of flats within the same building, places will be offered via a random draw which will be supervised by someone independent of the academy.

In the case of multiple births or siblings in the same year group, where there is only one place available in the academy, all will be considered together as one application.

‘In-Year’ Application Process

The ‘In-Year’ application process is relevant to applications for places in any year group that does not have a PAN (e.g. Years 8 - 11), starting at the beginning of the academic year or for any year group starting at any other point throughout the academic year.

The Local Authority holds information on which schools in their area have spaces for each year group. Contact BHCC for further information.

In-year applications to Portslade Aldridge Community Academy can be submitted at any time and are made through the BHCC local authority. 

Go to the The In-Year application form.

Portslade Aldridge Community Academy will inform the Local Authority of any In-Year applications received, as well as the outcome, so that they can track vacancies across the area.

If an in-year application is refused the child will be added to the waiting list for that year group. A child’s position on the waiting list will be determined solely according to the oversubscription criteria in this policy. See section 4 for the oversubscription criteria and section 6 for more information on waiting lists.

If an In-Year application has been refused, the parent/carer has the right to appeal the decision to an Independent Appeals Panel. For detailed information about the appeals process see section 7 of this policy.

Fair Access Protocol: Local Authorities are required to have Fair Access Protocols to make sure that unplaced, vulnerable children are offered a place at a suitable school as quickly as possible. The school complies with BHCC Fair Access Protocol.  Admissions under Fair Access

Protocol are discussed between the academy and Local Authority on a case-by-case basis. This may mean admitting children above the PAN.

Waiting Lists

Any child refused a place at the academy will automatically be put on a waiting list (unless a higher preference school has been offered.)  A waiting list will be maintained until the end of the academic year after which it will be cleared.

The waiting list is maintained in the order of the oversubscription criteria only (not application date). This means that names can move down the list if, e.g. someone moves into the area and is higher placed under the oversubscription criteria.

Parents/carers have the right to request their child is removed from the waiting list at any time. Once removed, the child cannot be reinstated on the waiting list without submitting a new application.

If a place becomes available it will be allocated to the first child on the waiting list, in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. If that offer is declined the place will be offered to the next child on the waiting list.

Unsuccessful Applications and the Appeals Process

All applicants who have applied for a Secondary place at the academy and been refused have a right to appeal that decision to an Independent Appeals Panel.

Applicants will be informed in writing of the academy’s decision to refuse their application. This letter will include;

  • the reason a place was refused (e.g. no available places)
  • information about the waiting list
  • information about the right to appeal
  • the deadline for submitting an appeal
  • contact details for making an appeal

Full details on the appeals process, timetable and an appeals booklet for parents is available on the local authority website.

The deadline for submitting an appeal will be at least 20 school days[1] from the date of notification that an application was unsuccessful. Appeals received after this date are subject to different timeframes and exact deadlines will be provided in the letter from the school. This deadline applies to ‘normal round’ and ’in-year’ applications.

 

[1] School days do not include weekends, national holidays or school holidays

 

Appeals are submitted to Aldridge Education via an online[1] form which is available through the academy website or from the academy. See section 9 for contact details.

The decision of the Independent Appeal Panel is binding on all parties.

Applications Out-of-Chronological Age Group

Parents/carers may choose to seek a place for their child outside of their chronological age group for a variety of reasons (e.g. the child is summer born, is considered gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health).

The decision to admit a child out-of-year group is uncommon and will always be made based on the unique circumstances for each specific case and what is best for that individual child. The decision will be made by the Principal of the academy and will take into account parents’/carers’ views, expert advice from relevant social, educational and medical professionals, whether the child has previously been educated out of their normal age group, any evidence that the child may naturally have fallen into a lower age group if it were not for being born prematurely and the long-term impact of the decision on the child.

Applications for a child to be admitted to a year group outside of their chronological age group should be made through the same process set out in this policy for both ‘normal round’ and ‘in-year’ applications. However, in addition to the standard application form further documentation should be provided to support the request for a place out of chronological year group. This applies regardless of whether it is for a higher or lower year group.

The Principal may request additional information after the submission of an application for an out-of-year group place, if necessary.

Each application will be considered on the individual circumstances of each case. Applicants will be notified in writing of the decision, including the reasons for it.

Unsuccessful applicants have the right to appeal if they are refused a place at the academy. However, this right does not apply if they are offered a place at the academy, but it is not in their preferred age group.

Further Information and Contact Details

For queries regarding this policy, admissions arrangements for the academy and the waiting lists and appeals process, please contact Mrs Tracy Blake:

Further information and links to all relevant forms for admissions and appeals are available on the academy website.

Apply for a school place

Appeal a school place

More information on BHCC Fair Access Protocol.

The Department for Education website on school admissions

The Department for Education School Admissions Code 2014

The Department for Education School Admissions Appeals Code 2012

[1] Hard copies are available on request from the school. These should be returned to the academy for the attention of the Admissions Officer.

Aldrington Primary School

Find information about the admission arrangements consultation for 2022 to 2023 at Aldrington Primary School.

View the Aldrington School admission arrangements 2022 to 2023 consultation and the supplementary information form admissions 2022.

Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA)

Find information about the admission arrangements consultation for 2022 to 2023 at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy.

View the proposed BACA admissions policy for 2022 to 2023.