Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the published admissions number for any relevant age group, the Academy will consider applications against the criteria set out in the subparagraphs below. After the admission of pupils with statements of Special Educational Needs and Education, Health and Care Plans, where the Academy is named in the statement, the criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set out below:
- Children in public care (Looked After Children whom the Corporate Parent agrees should attend the Academy); children who are looked after by a local authority within the meaning of section 22 of the Children Act 1989 at the time of their application and previously looked after children. The term “previously looked after children” refers only to children who were looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).
- Disabled children who need to be admitted to a school on the grounds of physical accessibility, as determined by the Local Authority. The definition of disability is that contained within the Disability Discrimination Act as amended.
- Children living within the academy’s designated area (the City of Oxford) with a sibling attending the academy at the time of admission.
- Children living within the academy’s designated area (the City of Oxford)
- Children living outside the designated area with a sibling attending the academy at the time of admission.
- Children living outside the designated area
In the event of over-subscription within any of the above points, priority will be given to those living closest to the school by the shortest designated public route recorded in the LA’s Geographic Information System operated by the Directorate for Children, Young People and Families;
Children in Public Care (Looked after Children), also called ‘Children Looked After’, are children who are in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by that authority under section 22 of the Children Act 1989.
Children are siblings if they are half, full or adoptive brother or sister or if they are children of the same household.
Operation of waiting lists
Subject to any provisions regarding waiting lists in the LA’s coordinated admission scheme, the Academy will operate a waiting list. Where, in any year, the Academy receives more applications for admissions that the Published Admission Number, a waiting list will operate until 30 September of that year. This will be maintained by the Academy and it will be open to any parent/carer to ask for their child’s name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application.
Children’s position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria set out in paragraph 6 above. Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.
Arrangements for appeals panels
Parents will have the right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel if they are dissatisfied with an admission decision of the Academy. The Appeal Panel will be independent of the Academy. The arrangements for Appeals will be in line with the School Admission Appeals Code published by the Department for Education as it applies to Foundation and Voluntary Aided schools. The determination of the appeal panel will be made in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code and is binding on all parties. The Academy will prepare guidance for parents about how the appeals process will work and will provide parents with a named contact who can answer any enquiries they may have about the process.