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|NOR September 2016|
School admission policy : 2016/17 (Agreed)Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the
published admission number Year 7, applications will be considered
against the criteria set out below. After the admission of pupils with
statements of Special Educational Needs where the Thetford Academy
is named on the statement, the criteria will be applied in the order in
which they are set out below:
a) Children in Public Care Looked After Children as defined in Section
22 of the Children Act 1989;
b) Children who are due to transfer and live in the area served by the
school(See Note 1)
c) Children living in the area served by the Academy who are attending a
middle school and are not due to transfer until the following year
d) Children who are due to transfer and live outside the area served by
the Academy, who have an older brother or sister (See Note 2) attending the
Academy at the time of admission.
e) Children who are due to transfer and live outside the area served by
the Academy and attend a feeder school (See Note 3) at the opening date of the
Admissions round .i.e. 14th September 2011.
f) Children who are due to transfer and live outside the area served by
g) Children living outside the area served by the Academy who are
attending a middle school and are not due to transfer who have an
older brother or sister attending the Academy at the time of transfer.
h) Children living outside the area served by the Academy who are
attending a middle school and are not due to transfer.
i) admission of pupils on the proximity to the Academy using straight line
measurement from the main entrance of the Thetford Academy to the
main entrance to the childs home. (See Note 4)
1. The Catchment area served by the Academy is Thetford, Brettenham and Croxton.
2 A sibling is defined as a child living in the same family unit in the same family household and
address as a child who attends the Academy in any year group excluding the final year. The
final year for this purpose will be Year 13 or Year 11 if the sibling is not staying on to Sixth
Form. This includes brothers, sisters, stepbrothers and stepsisters. In addition, biological
siblings who attend the Academy will be treated as siblings irrespective of place of residence
3 The Academys feeder schools are Admirals Junior, Bishops Primary, Norwich Road
Primary, Queensway Junior, Redcastle Furze Primary.
4 The main entrance of the Thetford Academy is North Campus, Croxton Road, Thetford, IP24 1LU.
School admission policy : 2018/19 (Agreed)
1.1 This document sets out the admission arrangements for The Thetford Academy (“the academy”) for the academic year 2018/19 and beyond.
1.2 Inspiration Trust is the admissions authority for the academy.
2. Admission numbers
2.1 The academy has an agreed published admission number (PAN) of 310 pupils in year 7 and 140 in year 12.
3. Consideration of applications
3.1 Arrangements for application for places at the academy will be made in accordance with the Local Authority’s (LA) co-ordinated admission arrangements and will be made on the common application form provided and administered by the LA. The timetable for applications is in line with that of the LA.
3.2 The academy will consider all applications for places that meet the criteria set by the LA’s co-ordinated admission arrangements. Where fewer applications for places than the PAN for the relevant age group are received, the academy will offer places to all those who have applied.
3.3 Late applications received after the closing date will be included only if the reason for the delay is considered exceptional and appropriate evidence has been provided. Other late applications will not be considered until after applications received by the closing date have been dealt with.
4. Procedures where the academy is oversubscribed
4.1 After the admission of pupils with an education, health and care plan naming the school, if there are more applications for places than there are places available, we will give preference to children living nearest to the school, according to the following rules in this order of priority:
• Children in the care of a Local Authority (looked after children) or previously looked after children
• Children who have a sibling2 on roll at the academy at the time of the proposed admission
• Children of staff working for the school
• Children living nearest the academy, by straight line distance from the main entrance to the academy to the main entrance of the child’s home
4.2 Where the admission of children from multiple births would lead to exceeding the PAN, those siblings will be admitted over PAN as permitted by infant class size rules.
4.3 Where a child lives with parents with shared responsibility, each for part of a week, the address where the child lives is determined using a joint declaration from the parents stating the pattern of residence. If a child’s residence is split equally between both parents, then parents will be asked to determine which is the residential address for the purpose of admission to the academy. If the residence is not split equally between both parents then the address used will be the address where the child spends the majority of the academy week.
4.4 If the academy is unable to distinguish between applicants using the published criteria, places will be offered via a random draw which will be supervised by an individual who is independent of the academy.
5. Admission of children outside their normal age group
5.1 Parents may request that their child is admitted to a year group outside their normal age range, for instance where the child is gifted or talented or where a child has suffered from particular social or medical issues impacting his or her schooling. All such requests will be considered on their merits and either agreed or refused, on that basis. If a request is refused, the child will still be considered for admission to their normal age group.
5.2 The process for requesting such an admission is as follows:
With the application, parents should request that the child is admitted to another year group (state which one), and the reasons for that request.
Parents will submit any evidence in support of their case with the application, for instance from a medical practitioner, headteacher etc. Some of the evidence a parent might submit could include:
• information about the child’s academic, social and emotional development;
• where relevant, their medical history and the views of a medical professional;
• whether they have previously been educated out of their normal age group; and
• whether they may naturally have fallen into a lower age group if it were not for being born prematurely.
5.3 The school will consider each case on its merits, taking into account the individual circumstances of the request and the child’s best interests. We will also ensure the parent is aware of whether the request for admission out of age group has been agreed before final offers are made, and the reason for any refusal.
5.4 Requests for admission out of the normal year group will be considered alongside other applications made at the same time. An application from a child who would ‘normally’ be a year 1 child for a reception place will be considered alongside applications for reception.
6. Waiting lists
6.1 In line with the provisions regarding waiting lists in the LA’s co-ordinated admission scheme, the academy will operate a waiting list managed by the LA until the end of the autumn term.
6.2 Where places become available they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.
7.1 All applicants refused a place have a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel constituted and operated in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code.
7.2 Information on how to appeal and the timetable of the appeals process is on our website at http://www.inspirationtrust.org/page/?title=Admissions&pid=313
8. In year applications (applications for admission to the academy outside the normal admissions round)
8.1 Subject to any provisions in the LA’s published and agreed guidance for in-year school transfers and for applications submitted for years other that the normal year of entry, the academy will consider all such applications and, if the year group applied for has a space available, admit the child unless one of the permitted reliefs apply. If more applications are received than there are places available the oversubscription criteria shall apply.
• If false or misleading information is used to gain entry to the academy, the offer of a place may be withdrawn.
• The child’s birth certificate or identity card will need to be seen and a copy will be retained by the academy.
1. Where the admission arrangements have not changed from the previous year there is no requirement for admission authorities to consult, subject to the requirement that admission authorities must consult on their admission arrangements at least one every seven years, even if there have been no changes during that period.
2 & 3. Sibling includes a full brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, or a half or step brother or sister who is living at the same address
(Please contact the school for their Sixth Form Admissions Policy.)