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Admissions policy

Adopted: September 2018


1.1. This document sets out the admission arrangements for Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form (“the sixth form'') for the academic year 2019/20 and beyond.

1.2. Inspiration Trust is the admissions authority for the sixth form.

Admission numbers

2.1. The sixth form has an agreed published admission number (PAN) of 220 pupils in year 12.

Application process

3.1. Applications will be made in line with local arrangements, or directly to the institution itself. Currently, this means using the ‘Help You Choose’ website.

3.2. The sixth form will publish specific criteria in its prospectus in relation to minimum academic entrance requirements for admission.

3.3. In addition to the general academic entry requirements, students will need to satisfy minimum entrance requirements for the specific courses for which they are applying. If applicants fail to meet the minimum course requirements they may be given the option of pursuing any alternative courses for which they do meet the minimum academic requirements.

3.4. Applicants will normally be invited for interview to discuss their application, and may be asked to undertake relevant assessments. Applicants will normally be asked to provide a reference and attendance information from their current school.

Oversubscription criteria

4.1. Where there are more applicants that satisfy the relevant academic entry requirements than the number of places available and after the admission of students with an education, health and care plan naming the sixth form, the criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set out below:

  1.  Students in the care of a Local Authority (looked after children) or previously looked after children
  2. Students currently or within the last six years meeting eligibility criteria for the Pupil Premium
  3.  Students who have a sibling on roll at the sixth form at the time of the proposed admission
  4.  Children of staff working for the sixth form
  5.  Current Year 11 students at the Jane Austen College
  6.  Earliest receipt of application

Waiting lists

5.1. In the event of oversubscription, the sixth form will operate a waiting list until October 31 each admissions year.

5.2. Where places become available they will be allocated to students on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.


6.1. Applicants refused a place have a right of appeal.

6.2. Appeals should be made in writing and addressed to the Principal, setting out the grounds for appeal. Appeals must be received by the sixth form within 20 working days of the admissions decision.

6.3. The Principal will consider the appeal and respond in writing within 10 working days; the Principal’s decision is final.

In year applications (applications for admission to the sixth form outside the normal admissions round)

7.1. In year applications should be made directly to the sixth form, and are subject to the same admissions criteria as stated above. In addition, the sixth form may require additional information regarding the student’s reasons for transfer, and recent academic progress and attendance.

7.2. Transfer into Year 12 after October 31 and into Year 13 at any time will be permitted only in exceptional circumstances and is at the Principal’s discretion.

Other information

8.1. If false or misleading information is used to gain entry to the sixth form, the offer of a place may be withdrawn.