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Admissions Arrangements

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Admissions Arrangements

Please download the Admissions Policy OAT

Number of Spaces (PAN)

The academy has an agreed admission number of 205 per year.

Application Process

Applications for the 2017/2018 academic year begins on Thursday 8 September 2016.

To apply you need to complete the local authority’s (LA) common application form (CAF) and submit this directly to the LA by the deadline, 31 October. You should apply online at www.admissionsonline.norfolk.gov.uk

Late applications will not be considered until all other applications have been reviewed.

All offers of secondary places will be made through the LA. The academy will not contact parents about the outcome of their application until the offer from the local authority has been received. All offers will be made on the secondary national offer day (1st March 2017 or the next working day).

Selection Criteria

If the number of applications is less than the number of spaces then all children will be offered places.

Oversubscription Criteria

If the academy receives more applications than there are available places then children with the academy named on an education, health care plan (EHCP) or equivalent will be automatically admitted to the academy. If there are still places available, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the oversubscription criteria set out below:

  1. Looked after children and those who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after were adopted or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order.
  2. Children in the relevant age group which normally transfers from primary to secondary school and is living within the catchment area served by the academy, first priority being given to siblings at the time of application.
  3. Children where there is already a sibling currently attending the academy, who is living at the same address.
  4. Children of the appropriate age group living outside the designated catchment area, but attending a primary school within the designated catchment area.
  5. Children of the appropriate age group not living in the designated academy catchment area but living closest to the academy.
  6. Other applications (including late applications or no preference expressed).

Whenever two applicants have the same priority, then the child who lives closest to the academy will be given the higher priority.

In-year Admissions

Applications for in-year admissions are considered in the same way as those made at the beginning of the academic year and are dealt with in accordance the local authorities Fair Access Protocol. All parents must fill in a Secondary In-Year Application Form for each child. The form can be filled in online at https://online.norfolk.gov.uk/inyearschoolsadmissions

Students included in the Fair Access Protocol will take precedence over those held on the waiting list. Once a student has been identified for admission to the academy under the Fair Access Protocol the academy will notify the local authority within seven calendar days of the decision to accept or refuse the student’s admission.

If the academy refuses entry, the local authority may request a direction from the Education Funding Agency (on behalf of the Secretary of State). The academy will set out its reasons for refusal in writing to the local authority within 15 calendar days (for CLA this is reduced to seven calendar days) and may make further representations directly to the EFA (these will be made within seven calendar days). The decision of the Secretary of State will be binding upon the academy.

Unsuccessful Applications

The academy will inform the child’s parent if a decision has been made to refuse their child a place at the academy for which they have applied, this will include the reason why admission was refused, information about the right to appeal, deadlines and contact details.

A child is allowed to be on the academy waiting list while lodging an appeal and the appeal will not affect their position on the list. The decision of the appeals panel is binding on the academy.

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