Spires Academy is included within the co-ordinated admissions arrangements operated by KCC who manage the transfer of students from primary schools into the Academy along with admissions into all other secondary schools.
Further details can be found in the Secondary Admissions Booklet available from Kent County Council, Secondary Admissions, Room 224 Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XQ.
Or view the booklet online www.kent.gov.uk/secondaryadmissions
Admissions to Spires Academy
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.
The Academy published admission number (PAN) is currently 120.
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 (120), 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:
- Children in Local Authority Care or Previously in Local Authority Care
- Current Family Association
- Medical, health, social and special access reasons
- Distance of home from the Academy
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).