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Admissions Policy

Admissions Statement

The admissions process complies with the current admissions legislation.  At Spires Academy we recognise that choosing a secondary school is one of the most important decisions any parent/carer will make.  To help make that choice please refer to the KCC ‘Admission to Secondary School in Kent’ brochure, look at our website and if you would like to, please make an appointment to come and visit us.

Admission Number

The Academy published admission number (PAN) is currently 150.

From Primary to Secondary

KCC publishes information on how to apply for a secondary school and this is published on the KCC website.

KCC is responsible for making sure:

  • that parents/carers can express their preference for a school place for their child
  • that parents/carers have access to the information which helps them to make up their minds
  • that every child is offered an appropriate school place.

At Spires Academy all parents are invited to attend an Open Evening where they will have an opportunity to meet the Principal, staff, Trustees and students and tour the Academy.  Those parents who wish to see the Academy during normal hours can attend one of our Open Mornings and take a tour with one of our Ambassador students.

Parent/Carers will then complete a Secondary Common Application Form (SCAF), stating their school preferences.

Criteria for Admissions

The Trustees welcome applications from parents/carers who fully subscribe to our ethos and are prepared to support us in our drive for ever improving standards.  Spires is a non-selective and inclusive Academy and welcomes students regardless of their aptitude or ability.  The Trustee board is the Admissions Authority and as such is responsible for the administration of the admissions arrangements and for any appeals.

If the number of applications for places at the academy is greater than the admission number (150), applications will be considered against the criteria set below.

After the admission of children with statements of special educational needs/Education Health Care Plan (EHCP), where the Academy is named in part IV of the statement/recorded in the Plan, we will use the following factors, in priority order, to decide which students will be given places:

  1. Children in Local Authority Care or Previously in Local Authority Care
  2. Current Family Association
  3. Medical, health, social and special access reasons
  4. Distance of home from the Academy

Should you require further details then please read our full Admissions Policy or contact the school office.

Sixth Form Admission Arrangements

Priority will be given to existing students transferring from Year 11 who meet the entrance criteria.  Admission to the sixth form will be as a result of applicants obtaining a minimum 5 GCSE passes at Grade 4 or above and Grade 5 in their preferred Advanced subjects or nearest equivalents.

The admission number for external candidates will be 10, but this figure may be exceeded in the event that this and the number of internal students transferring into Year 12 is less than the overall figure for the year group, which is 75.

Oversubscription

Following the admission of internal students transferring from Year 11 students, all remaining places will be allocated to learners who have met the entry requirements for the particular course of study.  Where there are more learners seeking places than the number of places available, the following oversubscription criteria will be applied in the order set out below to rank pupils until the overall figure for the year group is reached:

  1. Children in Local Authority Care
  2. Current Family Association
  3. Medical, health, social and special access reasons
  4. Distance

Offers and Appeals

Offers will be made on the basis of predicted performance at GCSE, with the requirement that the above grades are achieved in the final examinations prior to entry to the Sixth Form and the pupil’s chosen subjects being accommodated on the timetable, in feasible group sizes.

All offers made during Year 11 are conditional on pupils meeting the grade criteria specified and will only become firm offers upon confirmation of actual GCSE results.

Offer letters will be made before the end of May. Offers will be confirmed once the school has been notified of GCSE results in August.

Where learners have achieved better result than the predicted grades they will be considered based on the grades achieved and ranked accordingly for any places that become available as a result of other learners failing to meet the required entry levels.

Late applications will be considered if places in appropriate subjects are still available after all other applicants have been considered.

Casual Admissions

Any application for a Casual ‘In Year’ Admission should be made directly to the Academy.

The application will be considered according to our published admission criteria.  It is likely that the previous school will be contacted for a report and the parent and student invited into the Academy for an informal interview and tour of the facilities.

Spires Academy works in collaboration with all Canterbury Schools in regards to the agreed Fair Access Protocols.  Where the application is from a child who may be considered ‘hard to place’ the LA Admission’s officer will be informed and the application may be referred to the In Year Fair Access panel. (As per The Schools Admissions Code 2014).

Should you require further details then please read our full Admissions Policy or contact the school office.