ADMISSION OF STUDENTS
Queensbury Academy is an 11-18 co-educational comprehensive academy, with one admission age group for the year 2016. Admission to Queensbury Academy is the responsibility of the Governors of the Academy in their capacity as an admissions authority.
Students will be admitted at age 11 without reference to ability or aptitude. The Governors will admit 210 students (the admission number) per academic year to Year 7.
In the event of there being more applications to Year 7 than there are places available (the admission number) the Governors will allocate places using the criteria and order of priority set out below. Only applications received by the closing date set will be considered.
- all 'looked after' children or children who were previously ‘looked after’*.
- applicants resident in the current (1988) Queensbury Academy catchment area ** with siblings at the academy*** at the time of application.
- applicants resident in the current (1988) Queensbury Academy catchment area ** at the time of application.
- siblings *** of students attending Queensbury Academy.
- applicants for whom Queensbury Academy is the nearest secondary academy/school to their home measured in a straight line.
- any other applicants.
If applying these criteria results in there being more children with an equal right to admission to the Academy than the number of available places, the tie break will be the distance the pupil lives from the Academy, measured in a straight line, using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system, with those living closer to the Academy receiving the higher priority. The distance will be measured from the address point of the pupil’s home to a central marked point on the Academy site (rear corner of the Central Building). Priority will not be given within each criterion to children who meet other criteria.
Pupils who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs are required to be admitted to the Academy which is named on the Statement, even if the Academy is full. Pupils identified for admission through the In-Year Fair Access Protocol will also be admitted even if the Academy is full, when it is in accordance with any protocol agreed with a group of academies.
A place at the catchment area academy will normally be offered if parents apply for a place at that academy during the normal admissions round. However, a place at the catchment area academy cannot be guaranteed. If a student moves into the catchment area outside the normal admissions round (or after the allocation process has been completed), there will be no guarantee of a place at Queensbury Academy, if this would mean exceeding the admission number.
The Academy allocates places on an equal preference basis as explained in the Local Authority Academy/School Transfer Booklet and is a part of the Local Authority co-ordinated admissions process.
Parents whose applications for a place are unsuccessful have the right to appeal to an independent panel against the decision and should do so, in the first instance, in writing to the Clerk to the Appeals Panel, Committee Services, County Hall, Bedford, by the given date. One appeal per student will be granted. Parents not offered a place are kept on a Waiting List in criteria order, to be re-allocated if places become available. The Waiting List will be maintained until the Christmas Holiday. Parents wishing to remain on the waiting list beyond this point need to notify the Academy in writing during the December of the Autumn Term of Year 7.
* “Looked after” children
A ‘looked after’ child is a child who is (a) in the care of the local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).
Previously “looked after” children
A previously ‘looked after’ child is one who immediately after being ‘looked after’ became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship order. An ‘adoption order’ is an order under section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002. A ‘residence order’ is an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live under section 8 of the Children Act 1989. Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians).
** Home Address
A pupil’s home address will be regarded as the address of the parents or carer with parental responsibility with whom the child normally lives. This will not usually include grandparents, aunts or uncles. Where a child spends time with parents/carers at more than one address, the address used to allocate an academy place will be the one at which the pupil is ordinarily resident and where the child spends the majority of the school week (Mondays to Fridays) including nights. If there is any query on the home address this will be checked against original official documentation e.g. council tax bill, a recent utility bill (gas, electricity or water), a rental agreement, child benefit annual statement or family tax credit information.
A sibling refers to a brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister or the child of the parent/carer’s partner, and in every case the child should be living at the same address. That sibling must be in the Academy at the time of application and be likely to remain in the Academy at the proposed date of admission.
Applications for admission into Year 7 must be made to the home Local Authority in accordance with procedures explained in their admission literature and web site.
Requests for admission into other year groups should be made to the Local Authority on the In-Year application form. The form is available from the Academy or Local Authority and can also be downloaded from the Local Authority website.
Parents can apply using the on-line application procedure (see details on Central Bedfordshire website) or by contacting Central Bedfordshire for a “Transfer to Secondary School/Academy Application Form”. When completed, this form must be returned to Central Bedfordshire Council by the deadline on the form. Parents must apply to the Local Authority in which they live.
The allocation of places will take place after this deadline and parents will be notified on the national offer day in early March 2016, by the School/Academy’s Admissions Service, whether their applications have been successful. Parents who make applications after the official deadline, even if they live in, or move into the Queensbury catchment area, will not be entitled to automatic places, if this would mean exceeding the Published Admission Number of 210.
If your child is attending an independent School/Academy or a School/Academy outside Bedfordshire, please contact the Academy for further information (01582 601241).
Requests for admission into other year groups should be made on the In-Year application form which is available from the Academy or Local Authority and can also be downloaded from the Local Authority website.
ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS FOR
SIXTH FORM STUDENTS TO QUEENSBURY ACADEMY
(with effect from September 2016)
Queensbury welcomes applications into its Sixth Form from students without reference to ability or aptitude. However, students will only be offered places subject to them achieving the entry requirements for the level of course they wish to study as well as the subject specific requirements, as outlined in the Sixth Form Prospectus. The Academy reserves the right, however, to respond to changes instituted by national and local authority initiatives.
The Governors will admit up to 210 students per academic year to Year 12.
If the number of applications exceeds the relevant admission number the following criteria will be applied, in the order set out below, to decide which students to admit.
a) “Looked after” children or children who were previously ‘looked after’.
b) Students studying at Queensbury Academy at the time of application.
c) Students living within the designated “catchment area”.
d) Siblings of children currently attending Queensbury Academy.
e) Any other students, by shortest distance, measured in a straight line, between the centre of the academy site and where the applicant lives. Those living closer to the academy being accorded higher priority.
Details of the application process for Queensbury Sixth Form are available within the Sixth Form Prospectus or from the Academy website. Applications will only be considered if the admission number has not been exceeded and they will be considered on a “first come first served” basis.
The allocation of places will take place and parents will be informed by the end of March as to whether a conditional place (subject to the student meeting the entry requirements) will be offered.
If the admission number is exceeded a waiting list will be maintained until the October Half Term.