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Admission Information

Admissions Policy

If your child was born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012, they will be due to start school at the beginning of the academic year commencing 1st September 2017.

Applications should be made using the Calderdale Admission procedures.

Please see http://www.calderdale.gov.uk/education/schools/admissions for further information.

 

This document sets out the admission arrangements for Burnley Road Academy and complies with Annex B of the Funding Agreement which is an agreement between the Academy and the Secretary of State. Any changes to the arrangements set out in the Funding Agreement must be approved in advance by the Secretary of State.

The Academy will comply with all relevant provisions of the statutory codes of practice (the School Admissions Code of Practice and the School Admission Appeals Code of Practice) as they apply at any given time.

The Governing Body of the Academy is the Admissions Authority and therefore any reference in the codes to admission authorities shall be read as the academy’s governing body. In particular, the Academy will take part in the Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme run by Calderdale Local Authority (please see the current year flow charts in appendix 1 and 2).

 

1          Application for Places

Parents are asked to apply for a place at the Academy using the common preference form supplied by the local authority, which must be returned as specified on the form. Alternatively, parents may apply direct to the local authority online.

 

2          Allocation of Places

There are 30 reception places available each year and allocation of places is made using the following criteria:

2.1       Where 30 or fewer applications are received, the Academy will offer a place to all those who have applied

2.2       Where the number of applications for admissions exceeds 30, applications will be considered against the criteria set out below and in the priority order stated:

 

Over-subscription Criteria

Places will be allocated in community and voluntary controlled primary schools in the following order of priority:

  1. Pupils who are in public care (‘Looked After’ children) or pupils who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they became adopted or became subject to a residence or special guardianship order.
  2. Pupils who have a brother or sister (including step/half brothers and sisters) permanently resident in the same household and currently attending the school or its associated junior school (excluding pupils in their final year).

Parents/guardians should be aware that a sibling link cannot be claimed where a sibling in receipt of a Statement of Special Educational Needs is attending a resourced unit within a mainstream primary school.

  1. Other children.

Notes

  1. If there is over-subscription within any category, then pupils will be admitted in the order of proximity of the pupil’s permanent home to school.

Distance will be calculated using a straight line measurement from the pupil’s permanent home to the nearest designated school gate.

Distances will be calculated using the Local Authority’s GIS system (Geographical Information System).  To ensure consistency applies, all measurements will be carried out by the Local Authority’s GIS system and no other method of measuring distance will be considered.

Each property has a co-ordinate taken from Ordnance Survey ADDRESS-POINT data.  This is the point which distance measurements will be taken from.

  1. In voluntary controlled schools, no account is taken of church membership or affiliation.
  2. The oversubscription criteria shown on this page also applies in respect of academies, where there are more applications received than there are places available.
  3. The academies within Calderdale which share this oversubscription criteria are: Beech Hill, Bolton Brow, Bradshaw, Burnley Road, Greetland, Luddendenfoot, Mount Pellon, Old Earth, Scout Road, Wainstalls and Whitehill.

 

3          Notification of Places

In accordance with the Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme run by Calderdale MBC, the local authority will make the formal offer of a place to parents or guardians on behalf of the Governing Body of the Academy. These letters will be sent via the Academy, who will ask parents/carers to contact the Academy by telephone or letter to either accept or reject the offer of a place. This will in no way affect parents’ right of appeal for a place at another school/academy but will allow the Academy to re-allocate a rejected offer to another child.

 

4          Fair Access Protocol

As part of the Co-ordinated Admissions arrangements with the local authority the Academy may accept hard-to-place pupils onto the school role from time to time in accordance with the Local Authority In-Year Fair Access agreement. These are special cases arranged outside the boundaries of this admissions policy.

          

5          Appeals Procedure

Parents who want to appeal against the decision not to offer their child a place

at the Academy must appeal directly to the Academy.  Appeals should be addressed to the Admissions Officer at the Academy within 20 days of receiving the decision letter from the local authority.

 

The appeals will be heard by an independent appeals panel set up by the Academy to hear the case for the appellant.  Parents will receive advanced notification

of the date and time of their appeal hearing, to which they can go and make their case (please see the flow chart in appendix 1 which includes a timetable of events). If they wish, parents may be accompanied by an advisor or friend who can be a locally elected politician.

 

Following the appeal, the Clerk to the independent appeals panel will write to parents with the decision and full reasons for the decision. The decision of the independent appeals panel is binding and final.

 

6          Re-Allocation (Waiting) list

A reallocation list will be drawn up from unsuccessful applicants, giving priority for places that become vacant, in accordance with section 2. Any places which become available will be filled from the re-allocation list. If a child has been placed on the re-allocation list, parents will be informed and asked to confirm annually that they wish to leave their child’s name on the list, which will be retained until the end of the autumn term.

 

7          In-Year Applications

The same criteria will apply for in-year applications as outlined in section 2 and the appeals processes outlines in section 5. In year places will become available when the number in each class falls below 30. Parents wanting to apply for a place for their child should apply direct to the Academy.

 

8          Consultation

The Academy will consult with local groups and schools if changes to these arrangements have been proposed.  They will consult on the full admission arrangements every seven years even if no changes are proposed. Admission information will be made available on the academy’s website.