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Gonville Academy intends to admit 60 children into Reception in September 2016
We welcome visits to our academies before application and are flexible in trying to ensure you can
look around at a mutually convenient time. Please telephone the academy office to make an
appointment with a member of the admissions team. If possible, we will try to arrange for a
member of the Senior Leadership Team to be available for further questions. Please check each
Academy’s prospectus for more details.
If the Academy is oversubscribed, priority will be given to students with a Statement of Special
Educational Need, where the Academy is named on the Statement. The remaining places will then
be offered in the order of priority below.
– Looked After Children and Previously Looked After Children:
Looked after children are children in public care at the date on which the application is made.
Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because
they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order,
immediately after being looked after.
If an application is made under the looked after criterion, it must be supported by a letter from the
relevant Local Authority
Children’s Services Department.
If applying under the previously looked
after criterion a copy of the adoption or special guardianship order must also be supplied.
– Siblings: Children with a brother or sister who are reasonably expected to be in
attendance at the Academy at the time of the enrolment of the new pupil. A sibling is defined as a
brother or sister, half brother or sister, step brother or sister or adopted brother or sister whose
main residence is at the same address.
– Medical: Children with serious medical reasons for needing to attend the particular
Academy. For primary age pupils, a serious and continuing medical condition of a parent which
would prevent them taking their child to school may also be relevant. Supporting evidence should
set out particular reasons why the Academy in question is the most suitable and the difficulties that
would be caused if the child had to attend another school. The medical reasons must be verified by
a doctor or consultant and declared at the time of application if known at the time. Claims for
priority of admission on medical grounds will not be considered if submitted after a decision on the
original application has already been made. Decisions on priority of admission on medical grounds
will be taken on the basis of recommendations of the Local Authority’s Medical Advisor.
– Distance –
The address given on the application form must be the child’s normal place of
residence. School places cannot be allocated on the basis of a business address or the address of a
relative or childminder. Distance will be measured in a straight line from the centre of the pupil’s
main home to the designated main entrance nominated by the academy using the Local Authority’s
computerised measuring system with those living closer to the academy receiving higher priority.
For shared properties, e.g. flats, the centre will be taken from the centre of the building.
The Academy’s geographical area of intake may change from year to year depending upon the level
of oversubscription and the number and location of applicants.
Distance will be used as a tiebreaker for each oversubscription criterion. Where distance is the same
for two or more applications, random allocation which is independently verified will be used.
Where there are insufficient places to admit both twins, an additional exception may be made to
accept the other twin. With triplets or other multiple birth applicants, each one would be
considered according to need and available school resources.
In Year Applications
In year admissions (those that take place to all other year groups) are made as places become
available. In recent years there have been very few places available for ‘in year’ admissions at our
academies. However, you may still make a formal application to the Local Authority and your child’s
name will be added to the waiting list for the Academy.
The waiting list is ordered in accordance with the priorities identified in published admissions criteria
(see above). This means that a child’s position on the waiting list can change, depending upon the
number of applications received for places at the academy and whether these applications are
submitted on behalf of children with a high or low priority in terms of the published admissions
criteria. The Admissions Code requires admission authorities to order waiting lists on the basis of the
priorities of the published admissions criteria and not, for example, on a ‘first come first served’
basis. Indeed, it is for this reason that late applications may enjoy immediate priority on the waiting
list, if they have a sibling already in attendance at the academy.
The Authority cannot take account of child care factors or work commitments when allocating places
at oversubscribed community schools.
Parents/carers who are not offered a place for their child will be entitled to appeal to an
independent committee under the provisions of the
School Standards and Framework Act, 1998.
The appeal panel will be independent of the Academy. A service level agreement has been taken
out by The STEP Academy Trust with Croydon Local Authority to carry out the role of clerk to
administer appeals hearings for those academies located within the London Borough of Croydon.
The determination of the appeal panel will be made in accordance with the Schools Admissions Code
and will be binding on all parties. The Academy will prepare guidance for parents about the appeals
process and provide parents with a named contact who can answer any enquiries parents may have
about the process.
Information about the appeals process can be requested from the Academy office.
The STEP Academy Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (registered number 7612865). Registered office: Gonville Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey CR7 6DL