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Admission to John Cabot Academy

Part of the Cabot Learning Federation

Consideration of applications

The John Cabot Academy will consider all applications for places. Where fewer than 160 applications are received, the Academy will offer places to all those who have applied.

Students with a statement of special educational need or an education, health and care plan

Students with a statement of special educational need or an education, health and care plan, where John Cabot Academy is named on the statement or plan are allocated a place as appropriate.

Procedures where the John Cabot Academy is over-subscribed

All applicants will take part in our admissions procedure. This will consist of a non verbal reasoning test on a date to be published each year, the purpose of which is to place all applicants into one of five ability bands. The percentage of places available in each band will be determined by the national profile for distribution of ability. Applicants in the following groups are then allocated a place:

 

  1. Children in public care and children previously in public care
  1. The following criteria will be applied to the remaining places from within each of the ability bands:

(a)     Admission of students whose siblings currently attend the academy(in Years 7 to 11 and including students of Year 12 age who completed their GCSEs in Year 11 at the Academy), and who will continue to do so on the date of admission (for this purpose “sibling” means half or full brother or sister; or adoptive brother or sister; or children of the same household). In the event of there being more siblings than there are remaining places in an ability band, it is possible that a sibling under these circumstances would not be offered a place. Where siblings exceed the remaining places in an ability band, places will be allocated by the drawing of lots.

(b)     Remaining places in each ability band will be allocated by the drawing of lots in 2 geographical zones. Zone A will be a zone up to a 4 mile radius from the address point of the academy; Zone B will be a zone over 4 miles radius from the address point of the academy. Wherever possible, 80% of the places will be allocated to Zone A and 20% to Zone B. A map of the zones is available from the academy.

(bi)    If, at the end of this process, there are unallocated places in a zone within a band these will be filled by unallocated applicants from the other zone within the same band by drawing of lots.

(bii)    If, at the end of this process, there are unallocated places in any band these will be filled by unallocated applicants in adjacent bands using the same allocation criteria set out at (b) above.

Students with a statement of special educational need or an education, health and care plan

Students with a statement of special educational need or an education, health and care plan, where John Cabot Academy is named on the statement or plan and can meet the needs of the individual student are considered and allocated a place as appropriate.

Operation of waiting lists

Subject to any provisions regarding waiting lists in the local authority’s co-ordinated admission scheme, the Academy will operate a waiting list. Where in any year the John Cabot Academy receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate. This will be maintained by the John Cabot Academy and it will be open to any parent/carer to ask for his or her child’s name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application.

Children’s position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the over-subscription criteria. Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the over-subscription criteria.

Arrangements for appeals panels

Parents/carers will have the right of appeal to an independent appeal panel if they are dissatisfied with an admission decision of the John Cabot Academy. The appeal panel will be independent of the Academy. The arrangements for appeals will be in line with the Code of Practice on School Admission Appeals published by the Department for Education. The determination of the appeal panel will be made in accordance with the Code of Practice on School Admission Appeals and is binding on all parties. The Academy will prepare guidance for parents/carers about how the appeals process will work and provide a named contact who can answer any enquiries they may have about the process.

Arrangements for admission to post 16 provision

The Cabot Learning Federation will admit students into its Post 16 provision. Applicants will need to satisfy minimum entrance requirements to the courses for which they are applying.

The Cabot Learning Federation will publish specific criteria in relation to minimum entrance requirements for the range of courses available based upon GCSE grades or other measures of prior attainment.

There will be a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel for unsuccessful applicants.

Arrangements for admitting students to other year groups, including to replace any students who have left the John Cabot Academy

Subject to any provisions in the local authority’s co-ordinated admission arrangements relating to applications submitted for years other than the normal year of entry, the Academy must consider all such applications and if the year group applied for has a place available, admit the child. If more applications are received than there are places available, our over-subscription criteria will apply. Parents/carers of children whose application is turned down are entitled to appeal.