The King’s Academy intake policy follows that laid down within its agreement with the Department for Education and works alongside the established practices already in place for all maintained secondary schools in Middlesbrough.
The King’s Academy does not take up its option of selecting up to 10% of its students on ability or aptitude and the intake is therefore wholly comprehensive. It does, however, reserve 100 places in total for students who have Statements of Special Need with regard to deafness, hearing and/or visual impairment and moderate learning difficulties.
There are typically 200 available places for students in each of Years 9 to 11 at The King’s Academy, but for the Year 7 intake in September 2017 there will be 208 available places.
The King’s Academy Admission Arrangements 2016/17
The following over-subscription criteria will be applied if The King’s Academy is over subscribed.
After the admission of pupils with Statements of Special Educational Need or Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), DHI, VI and Higher Needs and for whom The King’s Academy has consented to be named on the Statement *1, the remaining available places will be allocated in the following order priority:
1. ‘Children looked after’ (in public care) and children previously ‘looked after’ but ceased to be so because they became adopted or became subject to a residence or special guardianship order immediately following having been ‘looked after’.
2. Those who have a sibling*2 who will be on the Academy Roll in the September of the proposed entry.
3. Those living permanently in the Admission Zone *3 who express a preference.
4. Those who have social and/or medical reasons for attending the Academy which, in the latter circumstances, are substantiated by the Middlesbrough Authority’s medical advisers and accepted by the Academy.
5. Those children who reside closest to the Academy boundary, measured in a straight line. That line to be taken from the front door of the child’s home to the main entrance of the Academy.
*1 Detailed information will be made available on request.
*2 A sibling is defined as a brother, half-brother, step-brother, sister, half-sister or step-sister who lives permanently in the same home as a student already attending the Academy, i.e address at which the family is registered for child benefit. (Proof of address may be required)
*3 The Admission Zone incorporates the areas which formerly served Brackenhoe and Coulby Newham Schools. If you are unsure, please contact Mrs Robinson, Admissions Officer, at The King’s Academy on 01642 577577.
When distinguishing between children within the same criteria the child with the highest next criteria will be admitted, i.e two children with siblings attending the Academy in the September of Admission, the child who lives closest to the Academy will be admitted.
The Secretary of State may direct The King’s Academy to admit a named student on application from the LA. The Secretary of State shall in such circumstances consult The King’s Academy before making such a direction and have regard to its comments.
If the parents are not successful in gaining a place at The King’s Academy they have the right to appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel.
Admission Appeals for September 2017 Intake
Year 7 Admission Appeals
- The deadline for receipt of appeals is Friday 31st March 2017.
- Appeals will be heard during May 2017.
- Parents will be given 10 school days’ notice of the date of their appeal hearing.
- Decision letters from admissions appeals will be sent within five school days of the hearings wherever possible.
For late applications for Year 7, appeals will be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible.
Operation of Waiting Lists
Where in Year 7 The King’s Academy receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate until the last day of the autumn term. This will be maintained by The Academy and it will be open to any parent to ask for his or her child’s name to be placed on the waiting list; following an unsuccessful application and the failure of any appeal.
Children’s position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the over-subscription criteria set out above. Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the over-subscription criteria.
Children applying to go into other year groups will be admitted if there are places available.