Admissions

Admissions Policy

Blackthorns Community Primary Academy’s admissions policy and procedure is governed by the University of Brighton Academies Trust’s Funding Agreement with the Secretary of State. The academy has a Supplemental Funding Agreement (SFA) which includes the policy on admissions arrangements in the academy. The admissions policy is available here.

The admissions arrangements have not changed since Blackthorns Community Primary School became an academy.

Applying for a place at the academy

Blackthorns Community Primary Academy will consider all applications for places.

Reception year admissions (the Normal Admissions Round)

The arrangements summarised below apply to September 2018 entry. Most pupils join at the start of the Reception year. Applications will be made in accordance with West Sussex County Council’s coordinated admissions arrangements and will be made on the application provided and administered by West Sussex County Council’s Admissions Team.

Information on the admissions process and how to apply is available on the West Sussex County Council website.

Parents are encouraged to complete the application online. If you have no option but to apply using a paper form, please telephone 03330 142 903 to request one and return the completed form to the academy.

Applications for September 2018 entry

  • Admissions information available: September 2017.
  • Closing date for applications: 15 January 2018.
  • Allocation letters and emails sent out: 18 April 2018.
  • Appeal hearings: June to July 2018.
  • Induction days: summer term 2018

Need help? Phone West Sussex County Council on 03330 142 903

Oversubscription Criteria

Pupils will be admitted according to the following Admissions Oversubscription Criteria.

Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the published admission number, applications will be considered against the criteria set out below. After the admission of pupils with Statements of Special Education Needs where the academy is named on the statement or Education Healthcare Plan, the criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set out below:

  1. Looked after children (children in public care) and children who were previously looked after who leave care under a special guardianship or residence order. Evidence must be provided.
  2. Children who need a place at the academy on exceptional and compelling social, psychological or medical grounds. Evidence must be provided.
  3. Children who live in the catchment area who have brothers or sisters already at the academy at the time of application and will still be in the academy at the time of admission. Brothers or sisters may be half or step-siblings (by marriage or co-habitation) or foster siblings but must be living permanently at the same address.
  4. Other children who live in the catchment area.
  5. Children who live outside the catchment area who have brothers or sisters already at the academy at the time of application and will still be in the academy at the time of admission. Brothers or sisters may be half or step-siblings (by marriage or co-habitation) or foster siblings but must be living permanently at the same address.
  6. Other children who live outside the catchment area

Details of the catchment area for the academy is shown on the diagram available here.

Tie breaker - oversubscription

If there are more children who qualify for a place than places available, places will be allocated to pupils living closest to the academy (using the shortest distance from home to school using a straight line distance. All distances are measured by a straight line from the academy to the child’s home address, using Ordnance Survey address point data from a central point in each building.

In Year Admissions (Applications to the academy outside the normal admissions round)

Pupils and families wishing to apply for places outside the normal admissions round (including years 1 to 6, and applications to join the academy part way through the Reception Year) should, in the first instance, contact the Admissions Manager at the University of Brighton Academies Trust by email (admissions@brightonacademiestrust.org.uk) or by post:

University of Brighton Academies Trust Admissions Manager
Multi Academy Trust Office,
University of Brighton,
Room WHSR1,
Watts House,
Moulsecoomb Campus,
Lewes Road,
Brighton,
BN2 4GJ

If you wish to query availability of spaces please email the Trust’s Admissions Manager (admissions@brightonacademiestrust.org.uk) stating clearly to which academy you are referring and the year group in which you are interested.

The oversubscription criteria referred to above also apply where the number of applications for in year admission is greater than the number of places.

Admissions Numbers

Blackthorns Community Primary Academy has a Published Admission Number of 30, which applies to the Reception Year only. Admissions to other year groups are based upon (a) the size of teaching groups already existing in the academy and (b) the efficient use of resources.

Waiting Lists

Blackthorns Community Primary Academy will operate a waiting list. Where in any year the academy receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate for unsuccessful applicants to the Reception Year. Waiting lists will also be maintained for other year groups when these year groups are full.

If you would like to place your child’s name on the waiting list for the relevant year group following an unsuccessful application, please submit your request in writing to the Trust’s Admissions Manager (admissions@brightonacademiestrust.org.uk).

A child’s position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria set out above. When places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.

Appeals

If the academy has more applications than places, parents whose child has not been allocated a place may appeal.

Appeals will be considered by an independent appeals panel. The trust's independent appeals service is provided by East Sussex County Council (whilst the academy is based in West Sussex, the trust's appointed appeals service provider is East Sussex County Council).

Detailed guidance on making an appeal, what happens at an appeal hearing and how appeals decisions are made can be found at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/schoolappeals or by emailing the ESCC School Appeals team at schoolappeals@eastsussex.gov.uk. We recommend you read this guidance before making an appeal.

September 2018 Reception Year entry

Timetable for September 2018 admissions appeals:

  • deadline for receipt of appeals for children entering the Reception year: 18 May 2018
  • appeals received by the above deadline will be heard between June and July 2018.
  • appellants will receive at least 10 school days’ notice of their appeal hearing.
  • decisions letters are sent within five school days of the hearing wherever possible.

All other appeals

Timetable for in year admissions appeals:

  • deadline for receipt of an in-year appeal: you should submit your appeal within 25 school days of being told that your application was refused.
  • your appeal will be heard within 30 school days of it being received.
  • appellants will receive at least 10 school days’ notice of their appeal hearing.
  • decisions letters are sent within five school days of the hearing wherever possible.

Extra evidence

  • Ideally, evidence supporting an appeal case should be submitted when you make your appeal. However, where this is not possible any extra evidence can be submitted up to seven working days before the hearing. You can send additional evidence after this deadline or bring extra items with you on the day of your hearing; however, it will be for the appeal panel to decide whether to accept any evidence received after the deadline. Submitting extra evidence late can sometimes also lead to your hearing being adjourned, or even postponed to another day.