By definition, ‘admission arrangements’ means the overall procedure, practices, criteria and supplementary information to be used in deciding on the allocation of school places and refers to any device or means used to determine whether a school place is to be offered.
Click here for postcode and associated catchment areas: http://www.southend.gov.uk/downloads/file/3561/catchment_area_postcode_look_up_table
Click here for the Secondary School Admissions Booklet 2019
Click here for the Admissions Arrangements 2020
2020 Admission Arrangements
The PAN or admission limit is 220 pupils.
The PAN was 200 for Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9; 190 for Year 10; and 180 for Year 11.
If the number of applications for places at the Academy is within the PAN, then the Academy will admit all pupils who apply.
If the number of applications for places at the Academy exceed the PAN, the following criteria will be applied, in priority order, to determine which pupils will be admitted:
Looked after children and children who were previously looked after. Any reference to looked after children refers to children who are in the care of local authorities as defined by section 22 of the Children Act 1989. In relation to school admissions legislation, a ‘looked after child’ is a ‘child in public care at the time of application to the school’. Any reference to previously looked after children means children who were adopted (or subject to residence or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been looked after. Looked after and previously looked after children are given the highest priority for each relevant age group and in all ranking for all schools.
Pupils who have a sibling on roll at the Academy at the time of application. By definition, a sibling is a child who lives as a brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers or sisters. The ‘same house’ is considered to be the address at which the child resides on a permanent basis. If the child lives at more than one address, it is the address of the parent/guardian that is in receipt of the child benefit, that is considered the same address.
Pupils who are granted preferential admission (in respect to their aptitude in physical education and/or performing arts) up to a limit of 10%. Parents of children with an aptitude in these areas are invited to complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF). Prospective pupils will then be required to undertake an assessment of their aptitude.
Pupils living inside the Academy’s priority admissions area.
Pupils of staff employed by the Academy where the member of staff has been employed for two or more years at the time at which the application is made and/or the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is demonstrable skill shortage.
Pupils living outside the Academy’s priority admissions area.
In the case of oversubscription in any one category, places within that category will be allocated according to random allocation. Random allocation, in the context of oversubscription, provides all applicants within the category in question, with an equal chance of obtaining a place. The random allocation process is organised by the Vice Principal (using approved computer software) and supervised by someone independent of the Academy.