Admissions Policy

For entry in September 2021 and in-year from September 2021

Purpose of this Policy

The purpose of the Policy is to ensure that places at Redmoor are allocated and offered in an open and fair way.

Applying for a Year 7 place

Redmoor Academy has engaged the services of the Local Authority to administer the admissions procedures. This means parents must apply through the LA online system or by using the LA’s common application form. The application forms must be completed and submitted or returned by the national closing date (31st October). 

The admissions website is: 

http://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools-colleges-andacademies/school-admissions/applying-for-a-school-place 

The Admissions Timeline

  • 31 October 2020 Closing date for applications to the Local Authority 
  • 28 February 20201 Publication of appeals timetable on website 
  • 1 March 20201 National offer day for secondary school places
  • April and May 2021 Appeals process and outcomes
  • August 2021 New intake starts at school 

Late Applications 

Any applications received after the closing date will be accepted but considered only after those received by the closing date. You are therefore encouraged to ensure that your application is submitted on time. All supplementary information i.e. medical consultant letters to proof of change of address, remains the parent’s responsibility to supply. 

Places available 

There are 185 places available in year 7 for 2021 entry.

Oversubscription Criteria 

If Redmoor Academy has more applications than places available, Governors will draw up a ranked list based on the criteria listed below and inform the local authority accordingly. Children who have an EHCP that names Redmoor Academy will be admitted even if the school is full, if applications are submitted by the deadline closing date 31st October 2021.

Oversubscription (OSL ‘Waiting’) List 

Parents whose children have been refused a place at Redmoor Academy will automatically be added to the Redmoor Academy’s OSL (waiting) list. The OSL for admission will remain open until the end of the Autumn Term in the admission year. 

The OSL is ranked using the oversubscription criteria listed above. The OSL may change, this means that a child’s OSL position during the year could go ‘up’ or ‘down’. The OSL makes no distinction between on time or late applications. 

Appeals 

If your child has been refused a place at Redmoor Academy, you retain the statutory right to appeal. Redmoor Academy has engaged the services of the LA to conduct all our appeals. Therefore, you can appeal using the LA’s ‘Notice of Appeal’ available through the following link: 

http://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools-colleges-and-academies/appeal-against-a-school-decision 

The LA will arrange the appeal on behalf of the governors to be heard by an independent panel, whose decision is binding on all parties.

Fraudulent Information 

If the allocation of a place has been made on the basis of fraudulent or intentionally misleading information, the governors reserve the right to withdraw the place. 

Fair Access Protocol 

Redmoor Academy will participate in full with the LA’s Fair Access Protocol in order to make sure that the most vulnerable children are offered a place at a suitable school as quickly as possible. This includes admitting children above the published admission number of a school that is already full. 

Objections 

Objections to any aspect of the determined admissions arrangements may be made to the office of the schools adjudicator (www.education.gov.uk/schoolsadjudicator), but must be made before 30th June.

APPLICATIONS DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR 

Redmoor Academy has engaged the services of the LA to co-ordinate mid-term applications. This is because the LA’s online systems operate 24/7, and throughout school holidays. 

If Redmoor Academy has a space, the LA will offer the place. If there are more applications than places the Governors will rank the applications and inform the LA, who in turn inform parents of outcomes. 

The applications website is: 

http://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools-colleges-and-academies/school-admissions/applying-for-a-school-place

OVERSUBSCRIPTION CRITERIA 

If there are too many requests for Redmoor Academy, priority will be given to children in the appropriate age-range, whose parents applied on time, in the following order (see note I below):

1st Children who are in public care and those children who were previously 

looked after children. (See note ii).

2nd Students who live in the catchment area. (See note iii). Catchment Area Map 
3rd Students who will have an older brother or sister attending the same school at the same time. (See note iv).
4th Students who have a serious medical condition or exceptional social or domestic needs that make it essential they attend the school requested. (Professional documentation confirming the situation must be submitted with the application). (See note v).
5th Students who will have attended a feeder school for at least two years before the time of transfer. (See note vi).
6th Children of staff who are employed on a permanent contract at the school at the time at which the application for admission is made.
7th Students living nearest to the school measured in a straight-line distance (home to school front gate). (See note vii).

Notes: 

  1. Combinations of the above criteria are used in priority order. Where the computerised system throws up an equality of distance for more than one child (who do not have the same home address) the final tie breaker will be by drawing lots. 
  2. Children who are in the care of local authorities as defined by section 22 of the Children Act 1989. In relation to school admissions legislation a ‘looked after child’ is only considered as such if the local authority confirms the child will be in public care when the child is admitted to a school. 

iii. The child’s place of residence is taken to be the parental home. In addition where a catchment area has more than one school, no one school will be overfilled while another school with the same catchment has places.

  1. The term “brother or sister” includes half brother or sister or legally adopted child being regarded as the brother or sister. 
  2. If criterion 4 is used, professional supporting documentation from the Lead Professional must be supplied and must be submitted with the application. The following list are the areas that are considered exceptional: 

– Crown Servants (serving members of the armed forces). 

– Children subject to Child Protection Plans. 

– Hard to Place children – who fall under the Fair Access Protocol. 

– Parents suffering domestic violence (This is dependent on documentary evidence by a lead professional). 

– A child for whom transfer to the catchment area school would involve attending a different school until he/she is the right age for transfer. (This is dependent on the child having attended the present school for at least a year). 

Each case will be assessed on its individual merits. 

  1. For criterion 5 above, the child must have been enrolled at the feeder school on or before the start date of the Autumn Term two years before transfer. The feeder schools are Battling Brook Primary School, Richmond Primary School, Westfield Junior School, St Margaret’s Stoke Golding and Manor Field.

vii. For Criterion 7 above, measurement of distance is in a straight line from the centre point of the property to the school’s main designated front gate, using a computerised mapping system (Geocoding). Where there is equal distance then lots will be drawn supervised by an independent officer.