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Collegiate Academy Trust Admission Criteria and Process for Year 7 September 2020 for Shireland Collegiate Academy


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Families wishing for their child to be considered for the Arts Aptitude must register with the Academy by completing and returning the Arts Aptitude Registration form by Friday 20 September 2019. Interviews will take place on Wednesday 9 October and Registration Forms will be available from 6 May 2019.


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Procedures for Admission

The Admissions Authority for Shireland Collegiate Academy is the Collegiate Academy Trust which will comply with the national co-ordinated admissions scheme. Shireland Collegiate Academy has an agreed admission number of 250 students.


As part of the national co-ordinated admissions arrangements across all Admissions Authorities, parents MUST complete an online registration form provided by their Local Authority by 31 October 2019. In completing this form Shireland Collegiate Academy must be chosen as one of the 6 preferences on the LA form.


Preference forms received after the closing date will be considered where the Local Authority identifies that exceptional circumstances apply.


Preference forms received after the places have been offered will be kept on file and form the basis of the ‘Applications to Transfer to Year 7’. Those who are offered a place at the Academy will be informed on 1 March 2020 by the home Local Authority.


Those not offered admission will be informed on 1 March 2020 and will be offered a place at an alternative school by the home Local Authority.

 

Admissions Policy

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Admissions of children outside their normal age group

Parents may seek a place for their child outside of their normal age group, for example, if the child is having or has experienced problems such as ill health and the Academy Trust will make decisions on the basis of the circumstances of each case and in the best interests of the child concerned. This will include taking account of the parent’s views; information about the child’s academic, social and emotional development; where relevant, their medical history and the views of a medical professional; whether they may naturally have fallen into a lower age group if it were not for being born prematurely.


Parents should submit a request to the school with their application specifying the age of the child, which year group they wish him/her to be admitted and the reason for the request.


Procedures when the Academy is oversubscribed

Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the published admissions number, applications will be considered against the criteria in the order in which they are set out below.


• Looked after children and those who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).

• A total of 25 applicants (10% of the total number of places) with an aptitude for the Arts. The definition of Arts is Art, Dance, Drama and Music. (The word aptitude means a gift or talent. It denotes a potential or propensity to develop an ability given appropriate teaching or preparation. In other words, aptitude plus preparation equals future ability.)

• Siblings (brother and sister at the Academy at the time of admission, not including Sixth Form). Sibling is defined as children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers and sisters

• Thereafter, on the basis of distance between their home address and the main entrance to the Academy. (Distance will be calculated according to a straight line measurement between the applicant’s home and the main entrance to the Academy as measured by an external consultant)


NB: Children with an Education Health Care Plan (previously known as Statement of Educational Needs) naming the Academy will be admitted before other applicants


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 at the time of making an application to a school.


This includes children who were adopted under the Adoption Act 1976 and children who were adopted under the Adoption and Childrens Act 2002.


Fair Banding

The Collegiate Academy Trust will use norm referenced banding to achieve an intake representative of the ability profile of applicants. This is a method of achieving an intake which reflects the range of abilities of the children applying to a particular school. It is not a way of selecting children by high academic ability or aptitude for a particular subject. Shireland uses fair banding as an oversubscription criterion; all children applying for a place are distributed into one of five equal sized ability bands based on their performance in an NFER non-verbal reasoning test. Places are then allocated within each band using the oversubscription criteria detailed above. Within bands, priority is not given according to performance in the test. The Local Authority will allocate places and will do so according to the Code of Practice.


The assessment tests will be held at Shireland Collegiate Academy during November/December (all children who have completed an on-line LA application form will be invited for testing). A ‘mop-up’ session will be offered to students who for any reason could not attend their first date. Students not sitting the test at all will be considered for a place but only after all those who did attend testing have been considered.


Arts Aptitude Places


Parents/Carers wishing for their child to be considered for the Arts Aptitude, which will take place on Wednesday 9 October, must register with the Academy by completing the Arts Aptitude Registration form by Friday 20 September 2019. Details of the Arts Aptitude Registration form will be published on the Academy website in the Spring Term of 2019. Those who have registered on time will be advised in writing about the arrangements for the Arts Aptitude Interviews. Shireland Collegiate Academy admits 10% (25) applicants with an Arts Aptitude. The main purpose is to identify children who have potential, aptitude and enthusiasm for Art, Dance, Drama or/and Music. The children will meet with the Principal in small groups together with members of the Arts staff and places will be offered based on assessment of ability.

Operations of waiting lists and appeals

If the Academy is oversubscribed and children have been refused admission because other applicants have a higher priority for admission under the published admission criteria, then those applicants who are unsuccessful will automatically be placed on the waiting list. This will be maintained by the Local Authority. Children placed on the waiting list will be ranked in accordance with the Academy’s published admissions criteria. For Sandwell schools, waiting lists will normally operate until the end of the Autumn Term.


Parents will have the right of appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel if they are dissatisfied with an admission decision. The arrangements for appeals will be in line with the Code on School Admission Appeals published by the Department for Education. The determination of the Appeals Panel will be made in accordance with the Code on School Admission Appeals and is binding on all parties. (For further information about appeals, see Appendix A)


Timeline - Applications for Year 7


May 2019

Arts Aptitude registration forms are available.

 

15th July 2019

Local Authority Online Applications are available.

 

20th September 2019

Deadline for Arts Aptitude applications.

 

31st October 2019

Deadline for Online Applications to the Local Authority


November 2019

Fair Banding Assessment Tests held at Shireland Collegiate Academy


1st March 2020

Parents and Primary Schools notified of the result of applications


May/June 2020

Appeals considered


Collegiate Academy Trust Admission Criteria and Process for In Year Applications for Shireland Collegiate Academy


All in year admissions are managed by Sandwell Local Authority. Applications for places at Shireland should be made to the Sandwell Local Authority.


If several requests for places in the same year are received at the same time, places will be offered according to the criteria set out below:


• Children with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) where Shireland Collegiate Academy is specifically named

• Looked after children and those who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order)

• Siblings (brother and sister at the Academy at the time of admission, not including Sixth Form Sibling is defined as children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers and sisters)

• Thereafter, on the basis of distance between their home address and the main entrance to the Academy


The Academy does not maintain waiting lists for in year applications.


NB: an Education Health Care Plan (previously known as Statement of Educational Needs) naming the Academy will be admitted before other applicants


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 at the time of making an application to a school.


This includes children who were adopted under the Adoption Act 1976 and children who were adopted under the Adoption and Childrens Act 2002.


The Academy does not maintain waiting lists for in year applications.


Appendix A


Appeals

The Governing Body of Shireland Collegiate Academy (SCA) has contracted the appeals function to Sandwell Local Authority (LA).


If you are unhappy with the school allocated to you (even if it was your first preference) and you wish to appeal, contact the LA’s Admission and Appeals Service for an appeal form. Before deciding to appeal, you may wish to contact the Advisory Centre for Education (0808 800 5793) who will provide you with free, impartial advice.


If you choose to exercise your right of appeal, arrangements will be made for you to attend an appeal hearing. The Appeals Panel is independent of the LA and SCA and is arranged by Democratic Services of the Council. The Panel will consist of 3 or 5 members. There will also be someone representing SCA (this will be a LA officer) and a clerk from Democratic Services in attendance. At the meeting, you will be invited to say why you would like your child to go to SCA rather than the one offered. The LA officer will explain why a place at SCA has been refused.


You cannot appeal for SCA if you did not list it on your common application form. The LA recommends that you accept the school that has been offered to you even if you decide to appeal for SCA. By accepting the school offered, you will guarantee a school place for your child. If you refuse the place, you are likely to be reducing the options which may be available to you. Accepting the place will have no bearing on the outcome of your appeal.


Appeal hearings will normally be held within 40 school days of the deadline for submitting an appeal i.e during the late Spring and early Summer Terms. You will be given 10 days’ notice of an appeal hearing date and time. Appeals for heavily oversubscribed schools can last for up to two weeks. You will be notified of the decision no later than five school days after the last hearing unless there is good reason why the decision has been delayed.


The decision of the Panel is binding on parents, the LA and schools. The Council, Councillors and even Members of Parliament are unable to change its decision. If you think that the appeal process has been conducted unfairly you can complain to the Local Government Ombudsman. However, the Ombudsman does not have the power to change the decision of the Panel.


All arrangements for allocation of school places and for appeals will be in line with the School Admissions Code and the School Admission Appeals Code published by the Department for Education.

 

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