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Admissions policy

Adopted: March 2016

East Point Academy admission arrangements for year 2017-18

East Point Academy is an 11-16 academy based in the Kirkley area of Lowestoft. It is a part of the Inspiration Trust academy chain led by Dame Rachel de Souza. The academies that worked with Inspiration Trust in the academic year 2014-15 were some of the most improved in the Eastern region. The academy aims to provide a quality education to allow all pupils to exceed their expected levels of progress over their five years at the academy. In the years 2013-15 pupils have made more progress in English than any other schools in Lowestoft. The academy is currently rated as 'requires improvement' by Ofsted with a 'good' for leadership and management and safety (March 2015).

Published admission number

The academy has a published admission number of 240 for entry in Year 7.

The academy will accordingly admit this number of pupils each year if there are sufficient applications. Where fewer applicants than the published admission number for the relevant year group are received, the academy tust will offer places at the academy to all those who have applied.

Process of application

Arrangements for applications for places at East Point Academy will be made in accordance with the Suffolk County Council’s co-ordinated admission arrangements and will be made online at www.suffolk.gov.uk/admissions or on a Normal Year of Entry Application (CAF1) provided and administered by the local authority.

The Inspiration Trust will use Suffolk County Council’s timetable for applications to East Point Academy each year (exact dates within the months may vary from year to year). This will fit in with the timetable for the co-ordination of admission arrangements within Suffolk County Council as agreed by Suffolk County Council local schools and academies:

  • September/October - The Inspiration Trust will provide opportunities for parents to visit East Point Academy
  • October 31 – Normal Year of Entry Application (CAF1) to be completed and returned to Suffolk County Council to administer
  • All processes follow the Suffolk County Council Co-ordinated Scheme at www.suffolk.gov.uk/admissions
  • March 1 – National Offer Day – offers made to parents

Oversubscription criteria

When the academy is oversubscribed (the number of applications is greater than the published admission number), after the admission of pupils with an education, health and care plan naming the school, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:

  1. Looked after children (children in care) and previously looked after children (children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order, immediately following having been looked after1);
  2. Children who live in the catchment area served by the school2. Details of the catchment area are available from the Suffolk County Council website www.suffolk.gov.uk/catchmentmaps.
  3. Children who are due to transfer and live outside the area served by the academy, who have an older brother or sister3 attending the academy at the time of admission.
  4. Children who are due to transfer and live outside the area served by theacademy  and attend a feeder school4  at the opening date at the time of the admissions round i.e. September 12 2016.
  5. Children who are due to transfer and live outside the area served by the academy.

Tie breaker

In the event of oversubscription in any category above, priority will be determined by the proximity of the child’s home to the academy using a straight-line distance. Priority will be given to the applicant who lives nearest the school according to the following:

Admission of pupils on proximity to the Academy using straight-line measurement

We will measure the distance by a straight line (‘as the crow flies’). All straight-line distances are calculated electronically by Suffolk County Council using data provided jointly by the Post Office and Ordnance Survey. The data plots the co-ordinates of each property and provides the address-point between which straight-line distance is measured and reported to three  decimal places. Where there is more than one home within a single building (for example apartments) we will measure to a single point within that building irrespective of where those homes are located.

Ultimate tie break

There are occasions when we have two applicants with the same distance measurement; because of this most admission authorities have an ultimate tie breaker. The following will apply:

  • In the unlikely event that two or more applicants competing for a single place at the school live the same distance from the school, the place will be offered to one applicant on the basis of lots drawn by a person who is independent of the academy.

Applications for a place outside the normal age group

It is expected that children will normally be educated within their chronological year group. However, when requested to do so by the parent, admission authorities will make decisions on the basis of the circumstances of each case and in the best interests of the child concerned in line with the School Admissions Code (December 2014). We are expecting further guidance or a change to the School Admissions Code regarding this and would comply with new legislation. This may apply when a parent wishes to delay their summer-born (April to August) child entry to full-time education in the reception year group until the following school year when they become of statutory school age.

For foundation, voluntary aided, free schools and academies parents or carers should make a request to the admission authority for each school in writing. This will need to include, where relevant, any supporting evidence. The governing body or academy trust will make a decision on the request, taking into account the views of the headteacher. The school will write to the parent or carer with the outcome including the reasons for the decision. If the request is refused, details of how to complain to the school should be given. A CAF1 application form must be sent to the LA along with the decision letter(s) from the own admissions authority school(s) and other relevant evidence by the national closing dates. Even if the request is agreed there is no guarantee there will be a place available.

Operation of waiting lists

Subject to any provisions regarding waiting lists in Suffolk County Council's co-ordinated admission scheme, East Point Academy will operate a waiting list for each year group. Where in any year the academy receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate until the end of the first term. This will be maintained by the Inspiration Trust and it will be open to any parent 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 oversubscription criteria set out above. Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.

Arrangements for admitting pupils to other year groups (mid-year entry), including to replace any pupils who have left the academy

For applications submitted for years other than the normal year of entry (Year 7), the Inspiration Trust will consider all such applications; please contact the academy for an application form. If the year group applied for has a place available, the governors' panel will admit the child unless one of the permitted reliefs apply. If more applications are received than there are places available, the oversubscription criteria above shall apply. Parents whose application is turned down shall be entitled to appeal.

Appeals

All applicants refused a place have a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel constituted and operated in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code.

Appellants should contact Julie Stevenson within 20 days for information on how to appeal.

Monitoring and review

The Principal will report on the policy to the governing body as appropriate.

The Principal will report to the governors on any relevant aspects of the working of the policy as appropriate.

The governing body will review the policy every year.

1 Previously looked after children includes children who were adopted under the Adoption Act 1976 (section 12 adoption orders) and children who were adopted under the Adoption and Children's Act 2002 (section 46 adoption orders). Child arrangements orders are defined in section 8 of the Children Act 1989, as amended by section 12 of the Children and Families Act 2014. Child arrangements orders replace residence orders and any residence order in force prior to 22 April 2014 is deemed to be a child arrangements order.
The catchment area served by the academy is Kirkley, South Oulton Broad, Carlton Colville and Whitton.
A sibling is defined as a child living in the same family unit in the same family household and address as a child who attends the academy in any year group excluding the final year. The final year for this purpose will be Year 11. This includes brothers, sisters, stepbrothers and stepsisters. In addition, biological siblings who attend the academy will be treated as siblings irrespective of place of residence
The academy’s feeder schools are Grove Primary, Red Oak Primary, Elm Tree Primary, Dell Primary, Meadow Primary, and St Mary’s RC Primary.