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Academy Admissions

Welcome to the Harris Aspire Academy Admissions page. Our full policy, with details of our admissions criteria, can be downloaded from further down the page. 

Academy Admissions contact details:

Phone: 0203 370 9238
Email: info@harrisaspire.org.uk
Address: Harris Aspire Academy, Lennard Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 1QR

Admissions:

Harris Aspire Academy’s full Admissions policy is on the attached link below for general details please see below:

The Academy provides places for the following year groups, however due to building works Harris Aspire are not taking students in the Lower School for the year 2016/17

0 Lower School - not 2016/17
40 Year 11 Places
60 Sixth Form Places

Lower School Admissions - not for Academic Year 2016/17

Lower school places will generally be made available for children for one year’s duration. At the end of the year they will return and be absorbed back into their home school with a reintegration plan. It is expected that most of the children admitted will be in Year 8, although some Year 9 students may be admitted where there are vacant places.

Applications for places at the Free School in Year 8 or Year 9 will be made by the current school or the LA, both acting as commissioners. The Free School will have an application form and on receipt of an application form will undertake interviews with the child’s tutors, parents and the child himself or herself. The child will also undergo an assessment. If it is agreed by all parties that the placement is suitable for the child, a Personal Learning Plan will be produced and he/she and the parents will be required to sign a commitment to behaviour and to the learning plan. Decisions whether to offer a place lie with the Free School Principal.

There will be an admission number of 40 for children in Year 11 in 2016/17.  These children will be enrolled on examination programmes and therefore placements need to be for an entire academic year. Applications should therefore be made by 30th April for admission on the following 1st September.

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Year 11 Admissions

The Free School will accordingly provide for the admission of this number of Year 11 pupils each year if sufficient applications for entry are received. Where fewer than the published admission number for the relevant year group are admitted at any time, the Free School Trust may offer more places in other year groups at the Free School to those who have applied.

Applications for places at the Free School in Year 11 will be made by the current school or the LA as commissioners. The Free School will have an application form and on receipt of an application form will undertake interviews with the child’s tutors, parents and the child himself or herself. The child will also undergo an assessment. If it is agreed by all parties that the placement is suitable for the child, a Personal Learning Plan will be produced and he/she and the parents will be required to sign a commitment to behaviour and to the learning plan. Decisions whether to offer a place lie with the Free School Principal.

Post 16 Admissions

The Academy operates a sixth form for 60 students. The Academy will publish specific criteria each year in relation to minimum entrance requirements for Year 12 based on GCSE grades or other measures of prior attainment.  The Academy will also publish academic entry requirements for each course available based upon GCSE grades or other measures of prior attainment.  These criteria will be the same for internal and external transfers and will be published in a prospectus and on each participating Free School’s website.

Young people failing to meet the grades for their preferred course option will be offered alternative choices of courses if available.

Boys and Girls are equally eligible for places. This is the number of places which will be offered on an annual basis

Arrangements for Admission at other times of the year

The Free School is not part of the LA’s co-ordinated admission arrangements for in-year and other year group admissions. If a commissioner applies for a place outside the normal admissions round for a September entry they should apply direct to the Free School.  The Free School must consider all such applications and if the year group applied for has a place available, follow the admission procedures set out above for the respective Year groups (Year 8 or 9; or Year 11). If more applications are received than there are places available, the place will be allocated to the applicant who has the highest priority, applying the criteria set out above. 

Arrangements if places are oversubscribed

If Year 8 (or Year 9 if there are spare places) is oversubscribed (i.e. more applications are agreed as suitable by the Principal than places are available) then, after the admission of students with Special Educational Needs where the Free School is named on the statement, the criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set out below to determine which students should be given priority for the places available:

a.              Looked after and former looked after young people

b.              The date on which the application was received with the earliest applications being given preference;

c.              The distance of the applicant’s home from the Free School with those applicants living closest being given priority.

There will be a right of appeal for all unsuccessful applicants to an independent appeal panel which must include an educationalist experienced in the teaching and management of children with behavioural problems.

If Year 11 is oversubscribed (i.e. more applications are agreed as suitable by the Principal than places are available) then, after the admission of students with Special Educational Needs where the Free School is named on the statement, the criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set out below to determine which students should be given priority for the places available:

1.              Looked after and former looked after young people

2.              The date on which the application was received with the earliest applications being given preference;

3.              The distance of the applicant’s home from the Free School with those applicants living closest being given priority.

There will be a right of appeal for all unsuccessful applicants to an independent appeal panel which must include an educationalist experienced in the teaching and management of children with behavioural problems.

If Year 12 is oversubscribed then, after the admission of students with Special Educational Needs where the Free School is named on the statement, the criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set out below to determine which student should be given priority for the places available on chosen courses, providing they have met the sixth form entry and course requirements:

a.              Looked after and former looked after young people

b.              Children who have been attending Year 11 in the Free School;

c.              The distance of the applicant’s home from the Free School with those applicants living closest being given priority.

There will be a right of appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel for pupils refused admission.

If you are unhappy that you did not receive an offer of a school place at Harris Aspire Academy, you have the right to lodge an independent appeal with us.

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