Welcome to the admissions area of our academy website.


Year 7 Intake


Children are admitted without reference to ability or aptitude. The Published Admissions Limit (PAL) for the academic year commencing September 2018 is 250.


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 following order, 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;
  2. Applications from those children who attend the primary schools of Bailiffe Bridge J and I, Cliffe Hill Community Primary, Lightcliffe CE (VA) Primary, Northowram Primary, Rawson J, I and N, Salterlee Academy, Shelf J and I, St Joseph's Catholic Primary (Halifax) and St Michael and All Angels CE Primary;
  3. Those children who have a brother or sister attending the academy at the time of their admission and residing at the same address (see note i);
  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 the application for admission for their child(ren) is under consideration;
  5. Children will then be admitted in the order of proximity of the child’s home address to the academy, with those living nearest having higher priority (see notes ii and iii).


  • 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.



  1. Siblings include step / half-brother / sister, or 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 sixth form unless it can be reasonably anticipated that such an attendee is in their final year;
  2. Distance will be 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 (Graphical 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 from;
  3. The home address is considered to be the child's, along with their parent / carer's main and genuine principal place of residence at the closing date of 31 October, ie where they are normally and regularly living. If a child is resident with friends or relatives (for reasons other than legal guardianship) the friend's or relative's address will not be considered for allocation purposes.




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

Wakefield   WF1 1LP


Telephone:  07814 605108

E-mail:  vaappeals@googlemail.com


Transfer to Secondary School (Year 7 – 2018-19)

  • Allocation email or letter sent to parents – Thursday 1st March 2018
  • Deadline for submitting appeals – Tuesday 15th May 2018
  • Appeals received by Tuesday 15th May 2018 (Deadline Date) will be held within 30 school days – no later than Tuesday 3rd May 2018


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.


Admissions Post 16 (Going into the Sixth Form)


The school will operate with a maximum number of students in the sixth form) of 300 and a maximum number of students in year 12 of 180.


Students currently on roll at the school will have first call on all available places in the sixth form, (subject to meeting individual course entry criteria). If any of the 180 places in year 12 remain unfilled from students already on roll at the school then these will be offered to New Entrants to the school subject to a maximum of 50 New Entrants be admitted into year 12 in any single year.


Applications from New Entrants will be judged according to set entry requirements for the course(s) of study requested by the applicant and these can be found in the annual School Sixth Form Prospectus.


Where applications for a particular course exceed the number of places available applications will be ranked according to student prior attainment levels with higher ranked students given priority


Those students who are unsuccessful in securing a place on a course due to over subscription will, where the total number of New Entrants is less than 50, be offered an alternative course where one is available.

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