Jinnah Academy – Admissions policy

The Jinnah Academy has the following admission numbers:

• Year 7        – 210[1]

If undersubscribed, the school will admit all applicants. If oversubscribed, the school will admit children under two categories:

Priority Group 1105 places to faith applicants. Before any other children are admitted under this criterion, children of the faith with a statement of SEN or with an Education, Health and Care plan naming the Academy will be admitted. Then children will be admitted in the following order:

a. Children ‘of the faith’ who are looked after children and those who are previously looked after children[2]

b. Children of the faith who attend a affiliated faith organisation.

c. Other children of the faith, with those living closest to the front gates of the school gaining admission. Distance will be used to tie-break criterion 1(b) if necessary.

d. Random allocation will be used if any further tie-break is necessary within criteria 1(b) and 1(c)

Note: ‘faith’ will be established by an Imam’s reference. For the purposes of these admission arrangements ‘of the faith’ will be determined by whether the child regularly[3] attends any of our affiliated organisations.

Priority Group 2 – 105 places to community applicants. Before any other children are admitted under this criterion children with a statement of SEN or with an Education, Health and Care plan naming the academy will be admitted. Then children will be admitted in the following order:

a. Children who are looked after children and those who are previously looked after children.

b. Other children, with those living closest to the front gates of the school gaining admission.

c. Random allocation will be used if any further tie-break is necessary within criterion 2(b)

Allocation of places if either group 1 or group 2 are undersubscribed.

All applicants will be considered equally for a place under priority group 2, but only those of the faith will be considered under priority group 1. If fewer than 105 children qualify for admission under priority group 1 additional places will be offered under priority group 2 until the admission number of 210 is met. If fewer than 105 children qualify for admission under priority group 2 additional places will be offered under priority group 1 until the admission number of 210 is met.

If an applicant from group 1 and an applicant from group 2 have equal priority for the final place, random allocation will be used to decide who is admitted.

Allocating places to the children of employees.

Priority will be given to employees in our oversubscription criteria to children of staff as long as:

• The member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, or

• The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

Note: This covers all staff at the school, not just teaching staff. It also means ‘staff employed to work at the school’ rather than any staff of a multi academy trust.

Admission of children outside their normal age group

Parents may request that their child is admitted to a year group outside their normal age range, for instance where the child is gifted or talented or where a child has suffered from particular social or medical issues impacting his or her schooling. All such requests will be considered on their merits and either agreed or refused, on that basis. If a request is refused, the child will still be considered for admission to their normal age group.

The process for requesting such an admission is as follows:

With the application, parents should request that the child is admitted to another year group (state which one), and the reasons for that request.

Parents will submit any evidence in support of their case with the application, for instance from a medical practitioner, head teacher etc. Some of the evidence a parent might submit could include:

• Information about the child’s academic, social and emotional development;

• Where relevant, their medical history and the views of a medical professional;

• Whether they have previously been educated out of their normal age group; and

• Whether they may naturally have fallen into a lower age group if it were not for being born prematurely.

The school will consider each case on its merits, taking into account the individual circumstances of the request and the child’s best interests. We will also ensure the parent is aware of whether the request for admission out of age group has been agreed before final offers are made, and the reason for any refusal.

Requests for admission out of the normal year group will be considered alongside other applications made at the same time.

Waiting lists

The 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 after the beginning of the school year. This will be maintained by the Academy 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. Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. The waiting list will be reordered in accordance with the oversubscription criteria whenever anyone is added to or leaves it.

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 [name/address of relevant contact] by [date[4]] for information on how to appeal. Information on the timetable for the appeals process is on our website at [URL].

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[1] Note that this means there will be 210 pupils on roll in year 7

[2] A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).

[3] Drafting note if using this model: The school should set out what ‘regular’ means. It will often be defined in the faith body’s published guidance on admissions. Where it is not, the faith body should be able to advise the school on the definition.

[4] Parents must be given at least 20 school days from the date of notification that their application was unsuccessful to lodge an appeal.