Children are admitted without reference to ability or aptitude. The Published Admissions Limit(PAL) for the academic years commencing September 2019 is 250 in each year.
Children with special educational needs will be admitted to the Academy, where the Academy is named within a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care Plan.
Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied in the order set out below, to decide which children will be offered places:
1 Pupils who are in public care. This includes children who ceased to be looked after because they were adopted or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order within the regulations set out by the School Admission Code of December 2014.
2 Applications from those children who attend the primary schools of Akroyden Primary Academy; Bailiffe Bridge J & I, Cliffe Hill Community Primary, Lightcliffe CE (VA) Primary, Northowram Primary, Salterlee Primary, Shelf J & I, St Michael’s and All Angels CE Primary;St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School (Halifax).
3 Those children who have a brother or sister attending the Academy at the time of their admission and residing at the same address.*
4 The child(ren) of staff working at the Academy. ‘Staff’ for this purpose are defined as anyone employed by the Academy who has a permanent contract with the Academy for at least one term prior to application for admission for their child(ren) is under consideration.
5 Children will then be admitted in the order of the proximity of the child’s home address to the Academy, with those living nearest having higher priority. Distance will calculated using a straight line measurement from the pupil’s permanent home to the nearest designated Academy gate. Distances will be calculated using the Local Authority’s GIS system(Geographical Information System). To ensure consistency, all measurements will be carried out using the Local Authority’s GIS system and no other method of measuring distance will be considered. Each property has a coordinate taken from Ordnance Survey ADDRESS POINT data. This is the point which distance measurements will be taken.
Tie breaker: For those children living equidistant from the Academy eg where two or more applicants live equidistant from the Academy, as measured by the Local Authority, the remaining places will be allocated by random allocation; this process will be independently supervised.
*Includes; step/half-brother/sister; adopted brother/sister; permanently resident in the same household and currently attending the Academy (excluding pupils who it is reasonably anticipated are in their final year). “Currently attending the Academy” will include attendance in the 6th Form unless it can reasonably be anticipated that such and attendee is in their final year.
Where the Governors are unable to offer a place because the Academy is oversubscribed, parents have the right to appeal to an independent admission appeal panel, set up under the School Standards and Framework Act, 1998, as amended by the Education Act, 2002.
Offers of school places will be sent by the local authority on Thursday 1 March 2018. If you applied online, you will receive your offer by e-mail. If you completed a paper form, your offer will be posted to your home address by 2nd class post and may take up to a week to arrive.
Parents, who intend to make an appeal against the Governing Body’s decision to refuse admission, must submit a notice of appeal within twenty one days of receiving the refusal letter to:
The Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel
c/o Church House
1 South Parade
Telephone: 07814 605108
The Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel will give information about how to make this appeal. Completed appeals should be returned to the Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel by 15th May 2018. Appeal requests will be acknowledged within seven days of receipt. If you do not reply by this deadline, your appeal will be heard but we cannot guarantee to hear your appeal before the end of the term and appeals are not generally held in the school holidays.
The date, time and venue for the appeal hearing will be sent to parents/carers at least ten school days prior to the appeal hearing. Appeals for year 7 intake applications will be held in mid-May.
For applications made in the normal admissions round, appeals will be heard within forty school days of the deadline for lodging appeals. For applications for other year groups, appeals will be heard within 30 days of the appeal being received.
Please note: this right of appeal against the governors’ decision does not prevent you from making an appeal in respect of any other school.
Further information can be found by viewing the Admissions Policy 2019 or via the Calderdale Council website. Both of which are available below
Halifax, HX3 8TL
Tel: 01422 201 028
Fax: 01422 204 615
Abbey Multi Academy Trust
c/o Chapter House
Abbey Grange Church of England Academy
Registered Company Number: 07705552