Within each of these categories, priority is given to those who live nearest the academy, calculated on the basis of a straight-line measurement between home and academy.
Children with an EHC Plan
Any child with a statement of special educational needs/Education Health and Care Plan is required to be admitted to the academy that is named in the statement/plan. This gives such children overall priority for admission to the named academy. This is not an oversubscription criterion.
Looked after or previously looked after children
Children who are looked after or immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangement order or special guardianship order. This includes any child / young person who is subject to a Full Care Order, an interim Care Order, accommodated under Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989, is remanded or detained into Local Authority accommodation under Criminal Law or who has been placed for adoption.
Birmingham Local Authority’s School Admissions and Fair Access Service will obtain names of all children who are looked after or will verify details for those applicants who indicate that their child was previously looked after, within the appropriate age range. Places for these children will be considered in accordance with each school’s admission criteria. However, evidence may be requested from carers whose children are looked after or were previously looked after by another Local Authority.
Siblings (brothers or sisters) are considered to be those children who live at the same address and either:
i. have one or both natural parents in common;
or ii. are related by a parent’s marriage;
or iii. are adopted or fostered by a common parent. Unrelated children living at the same address, whose parents are living as partners, are also considered to be siblings.
Children not adopted or fostered or related by a parent’s marriage or with one natural parent in common, who are brought together as a family by a same sex civil partnership and who are living at the same address, are also considered to be siblings.
All siblings must still be attending the preferred school at the time that admission is sought. For example for the September 2022 intake the sibling must still be attending in September 2022. Therefore; for entry into Reception Class children attending nursery class or attending Year 6 are not classed as meeting the sibling criteria.
Distances are calculated on the basis of a straight-line measurement between the applicant’s home address and the front gates of the academy. The Local Authority uses a computerised system, which measures all distances in metres. Ordnance Survey supply the co-ordinates that are used to plot an applicant’s home address and the main entrance of the academy.
Where parents have shared responsibility for a child, and the child lives with both parents for part of the week, then the main residence will be determined as the address where the child lives the majority of the week. Parents may be requested to supply documentary evidence to support the address used.
In a very small number of cases it may not be possible to decide between the applications of those pupils who are the final qualifiers for a place, when applying the published admission criteria. For example, this may occur when children in the same year group live at the same address, or if the distance between the home and academy is exactly the same, for example, blocks of flats. If there is no other way of separating the application according to the admissions criteria and to admit both or all of the children would cause the Published Admission Number for the child’s year group to be exceeded, the Local Authority will use a computerised system to randomly select the child to be offered the final place.
In the event of this occurring with twins or other multiple birth applicants, academies will be asked to admit over their Published Admission Number to accommodate the pupils.
Waiting lists will not be fixed following the offer of places. They are subject to change. This means that a child’s waiting list position during the year could go up or down. Any applicants will be added to the academy’s list in accordance with the order of priority for offering places.
Waiting lists will be created following the acceptance of places and are subject to change. Any new applicants to whom it is not possible to offer a place will be added to each school’s waiting list in accordance with the relevant admissions criteria. This means that a child’s waiting list position during the year could go up or down. Places will not normally be allocated from waiting lists until after the time for acceptance of offers has expired and the number of places offered and accepted have been confirmed.
Waiting lists will maintained until the end of each academic year when the Academy will write to parents/carers to establish if they wish for their child to remain on their waiting list for the following academic year. If there is no response the child’s name and details will be removed from the waiting list.
Appeals are administered by the Local Authority for this Academy. Parents who wish to appeal against the decision to refuse their child admission should contact the School Admissions and Fair Access Services on 0121 303 1888 to request an appeal form. Appeals will be heard by an independent panel.
In Year Applications
Applications made outside the normal admissions round (in-year admissions) should be made directly to the academy. Parents/carers can apply for a place for their child at any time and to any academy. On receipt of an in-year application, the academy will notify the local authority of both the application and its outcome, to allow the local authority to keep up to date with figures on the availability of academy places in Birmingham.