Admission arrangements for the admission of pupils to The Forest Academy in 2014
The Forest Academy is a secondary school sponsored by the Beal High School Trust. This document sets out the admissions arrangements for The Forest Academy. In undertaking this responsibility, the Beal High School Trust will be guided by the requirements of the law and will conform fully to the admissions code. The admissions oversubscription criteria have been created to ensure fairness, transparency and ease of operation.
2. Admissions in 2014
Admissions into Year 7 at The Forest Academy
The admission limit into Year 7 will be 180. The Academy has a designated size based on ‘the standard number’ which is the number of students per year group that can be accommodated. The standard number for Year 7 to 11 inclusive is 180 students. If the numbered application is equal to or less than the standard number (180), all will gain a place.
3. What happens if there are more than 180 applications?
After the admission of students with a statement of Special Educational needs where The Forest Academy is named on the statement, the criteria will be applied in the following order of priority:
a. Looked after children’ and children who have previously been looked after. A ‘looked after child’ is a child who is in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by that authority at the time of application and who the local authority has confirmed will still be looked after at the time of admission to the school.
b. Children for whom there are particular medical or social reasons which justify admission to the school. Supporting evidence from a registered professional, such as a medical practitioner, psychologist or social worker, must be provided which sets out the particular reasons why the school is the most suitable school and the difficulties that will be caused if the child had to attend another school.
It is unlikely that the above categories will cover much more than a small number of children each year.
c. The vast majority of the 180 children who join The Forest Academy in Year 7 will live in the catchment area of The Academy. A catchment area is the area around a school covering a number of roads or parts of roads. The catchment area map for The Forest Academy is attached to this document. This is the fourth priority.
d. Sibling priority. Sibling priority will apply to children only if they live in the same home as another sibling attending The Forest Academy who is currently in Year 7, 8, 9 or 10 and who will continue to attend the school in 2014/15. A sibling is a brother or sister and includes the following: half-siblings, adopted sibling, child subject to a residence order, foster children, step children and common law step-children.
e. Lastly living nearest to The Academy measured using the Geographic Information System (GIS).
In each category above, if there are more children than places available, priorities will be based on the shortest measured walking distance as measured by a Geographic Information System (GIS) from the child’s home to the main entrance of the school using public roads and recognised pathways.
4. Notification of offer of places
Parents will be informed by Redbridge Council (or their home authority if they do not live in Redbridge) which school they have been allocated by a letter posted by first class on Monday 3rd March 2014.
Unsuccessful applicants may appeal for a place in The Academy. Parents wishing to appeal should write to the school stating the reasons for their appeal. The letter should be addressed to the Clerk to the Governors. The Forest Academy appeals will be heard by a panel which is independent of The Academy and the Governors.
6. Waiting Lists
In addition to their right of appeal, unsuccessful applications will be placed on the waiting list. Parents will be contacted in October to ask whether they wish to be placed on the waiting list. Any places that become available will be offered to those on the waiting list in line with the oversubscription criteria set out in Section 3 above. In the event of a place becoming vacant, the place will be offered to the next applicant on the list. Not with standing a child’s place on the waiting list, if the Redbridge fair access protocol identified The Academy as offering a suitable place for a child i.e. one who falls within the scope of the protocol – then he or she will be offered a place.
7. Late Applications
Applications received after the closing date of 31st October 2013 but up to and including 20th December 2013 will be considered equally with those applications received on time provided there is a good reason for the late application.
Applications received after the 20th December will be subject to consideration by The Academy and Redbridge Council along the lines set out in the Redbridge Admissions procedure.
8. In Year Admissions
The Academy will consider all such applications and if the year group applied for has a place available, admit the child. If more applications are received than places available, places will be offered to those on the waiting list in line with the oversubscription criteria set out in Section 3 above. Parents whose application is turned down are entitled to appeal.
Admissions in the Sixth Form at The Forest Academy
9. Arrangements for Admission into Year 12
We anticipate a total Sixth form of 320 students. The minimum number of places in Year 12 for students outside the Academy will be 30. Additional external places may be available if demand for specific courses can be met.
Places will be offered to any student who meets the entry qualifications for the courses being offered. The Academy will publish specific criteria in relation to minimum entrance requirements for the range of courses available, based on GCSEs or other measures of prior attainment (such as BTECs or OCRs). Highest priority in oversubscription criteria for sixth form places will be given to looked after children and previously looked after children who meet the academic requirements. In the event of a course being oversubscribed, preference will be given to those in The Academy’s Year 11 after which proximity to The Academy will then be given priority, based on measured distance.
10. If English is my second language what can I expect when starting at The Forest Academy?
The Forest Academy (TFA) has a large number of bilingual students from a variety of backgrounds, many of these students join us during the school year. The English as an Additional Language (EAL) department strives to welcome students individually taking into account their cultural and linguistic needs.
Our EAL students also aim to reassure new bilingual arrivals, you can watch some of their video recordings where TFA pupils are sharing their experiences of starting at The Forest Academy.