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Collegiate Academy Trust Admission Criteria and Process for Year 7

September 2018 for Shireland Collegiate Academy


Sandwell Admissions and Appeals Service can help parents with any school admissions problems.

Telephone: 0121 569 6765


Procedures for Admission


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 14 July 2017. Testing will take place on Wednesday 13 September and Registration Forms will be available from 1 March 2017.


Parents/Carers wishing for their child to be considered for the Arts Aptitude, which will take place on 13 September 2017, must register with the Academy by completing the Arts Aptitude Registration form by 14 July 2017. Details of the Arts Aptitude Registration form will be published on the Academy website in the Spring Term of 2017. Those who have registered on time will be advised in writing about the arrangements for the Arts Aptitude Test. Shireland Collegiate Academy admits 10% (20) 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 Executive Principal in small groups together with members of the Arts staff and places will be offered based on assessment of ability.


Download Arts Aptitude Application Form


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 195 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 2017. 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 2018 by the home Local Authority.


Those not offered admission will be informed on 1 March 2018 and will be offered a place at an alternative school by the home Local Authority.


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.


• Children with a statement of Special Educational Needs or 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).


• A total of 20 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)


• 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)


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 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.

Operation of waiting list 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)


Timetable for Aptitude Tests


March 2017

Details of Aptitude Test on Shireland Collegiate Academy website: www.collegiateacademy.org.uk


08 May 17

Aptitude Test registration opens


14 July 17

Deadline for completed Arts Aptitude Registration form to Shireland Collegiate Academy


13 September 17

Aptitude Tests to be held at Shireland Collegiate Academy


18 September 17

Results of Aptitude Tests posted to parents


Timetable for Admissions


1 September 2017

Local Authority Online Applications are available.


31 October 2017

Deadline for Online Applications to the Local Authority


December 2017

Fair Banding Assessment Tests held at Shireland Collegiate Academy


1 March 2018

Parents and Primary Schools notified of the result of applications


May/June 2018

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 Local Authority in which the child lives. If this is not Sandwell, the application form will be forwarded to Sandwell by the other 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 a Statement of Special Educations Needs or 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)


• 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.


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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