ADMISSIONS

The Academy will be non-selective, taking in mixed, multi-ethnic students of all abilities and serving the local community first.

The admissions policy for the Academy will reflect the Bradford inclusion strategy and the local special educational needs strategy.

 

Application Process

Year 7 intake for September 2017

The deadline for the submission of completed supplementary forms was 3.30pm on Friday 23 September 2016.  Any supplementary forms submitted after this deadline will be added to a waiting list but will only be considered after those applications received before the deadline.

Timetable for Admissions

Wednesday 7th September 2016:  Open Evening.  5pm to 6pm and 6pm to 7pm.

3.30pm on 23rd September 2016:  Dixons supplementary form to be submitted/returned to the Academy.

Saturday 15th October 2016:  Assessment for chidren whose forms are submitted/returned by the deadline.

31st October 2016: Common preference form to be completed and returned.

December: Bradford LA sends details of applications to the Academy. Academy sends a fair banded list of students to be offered places to Bradford LA.

1st March 2017: LA writes with offers of places made to parents. 

Consideration of Applications

The Academy will admit up to 240 children in the relevant age group each year if sufficient applications are received.  All applicants will be admitted is 240 or fewer apply.

The Academy will consider all applications for places, however, priority for admission will be given to those children for whom we receive a completed supplementary form by the deadline, and who sit the assessment.

Applications to Dixons Allerton Academy will be ‘fair-banded’.  There is no pass or fail mark. All applicants will be placed into 1 of 9 ability bands based on the score achieved in the assessment. We will admit the required number from each band based on the spread of ability of those applying to the Academy.

Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the published admission number for Year 7, applications will be considered against the criteria set out below.  Students with statements of Special Educational Need or Education, Health & Care Plans will be admitted where the Academy is named.  After these children have been admitted, the criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set out below:

a) Looked after children or children who were previously looked after e.g. because they were adopted or became subject to a residence or special guardianship order.

b) Children whose siblings live at the same address, currently attend the Academy, and will continue to do so on the date of admission; the term ‘sibling’ refers to children who share at least one parent and who live at the same address.  It includes legally adopted children as well as step-siblings resident at the same address.

c) admission of students on the basis of proximity to the school using straight line measurement from the main entrance of the Academy to the main entrance to the child’s home.

 

Waiting Lists

Subject to any provisions regarding waiting lists in the LA’s co-ordinated admission scheme, the Academy will operate a waiting list for year 7. Where in any year the Academy receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate throughout the year and will be maintained by the Academy. Children’s position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. Waiting lists will be fair banded, and tests will be offered regularly through the year so as not to disadvantage late applicants for a place.

Arrangements for Admitting Students to Other Year Groups

The Academy will consider all such applications and if the year group applied for has a place available, admit the child unless the governors determine otherwise (see below). If more applications are received than there are places available, the oversubscription criteria shall apply. The Dixons Allerton Academy opened on 1 September 2009 with a Published Admission Number of 240 relating solely to students in Year 7. Students in subsequent Years have been transferred automatically from the predecessor school.

Admission to these Year groups will be based upon the size of teaching groups already existing in the Academy and the efficient use of resources. In accordance with paragraph 3.32 of the Admissions Code, where the governing body considers that the admission of a child would prejudice the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources at the school it may refuse to admit that child even though there are places available. There will be a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel for unsuccessful applicants.

Post 16 Admission Criteria

The Academy has published specific criteria in relation to minimum academic entrance requirements for progression from year 11 to the post-16 provision. There will be a right of appeal to an independent appeals panel for students refused transfer.

Special Educational Needs

Students with special educational needs (SEN) are supported and well-catered for in the Academy. Students with disabilities will not be being treated less favourably than other students. We can provide details of existing facilities to assist access to the school by students with disabilities. The accessibility plan (required under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995) covers policies for increasing access to the school by students with disabilities. Information about the implementation of the governing body’s policy on students with special educational needs is available to parents and carers.