Admissions into Winterbourne International Academy
The admissions policy is determined by The Ridings’ Federation of Academies Trust and is published annually. Parents/carers of prospective Year 7 students are requested to submit their preference by the end of October, to their ‘home’ Local Authoritty, prior to transfer.
The Local Authority Officers then consider applications between October and March. However, if the Academy receives more applicants than their standard number of 300, then the following criteria will be applied in this order:-
(i) Children in Public Care
(ii) Local siblings (those living within the Academy’s Area of Prime Responsibility and who have named the Academy as a preference).
(iii) Geographical considerations (those living within the Academy’s Area of Prime Responsibility).
(iv) Geographical considerations (those living outside the Academy’s Area of Prime Responsibility).
Children with a statement of special educational needs are placed in schools/Academies through the arrangements set out in the SEN Code of Practice and not through the admission criteria.
Late applications (including changes of preference) are dealt with only after the demand for places received by the closing date has been met. If places become available following the allocation of places for a school/Academy, the same criteria are applied to late applications and formal appeals, where the number of requests received still exceeds the number of places available.
676 applications were received for Year 7 students entering September, of which 329 named Winterbourne International Academy as their first preference.
An opportunity is provided early in the Autumn term for parents/carers with children in their last year at primary school to visit Winterbourne International Academy and inspect a cross section of work undertaken in the various Faculty/Learning Areas.
In the Summer term a whole day visit for the children, with their primary school teachers, is arranged in school time. During this Induction Day, children undertake team building activities to help them become familiar with the Academy surroundings, meet with their Tutor Groups and establish new friendships. In the evening, parents/carers of the new intake are also able to attend a meeting at the Academy.
Parents/carers who move to the area, or wish their children to transfer to Winterbourne International Academy during the course of the year will be offered individual tours. These tours take approximately three quarters of an hour and will not generally include visits to classrooms, in order to avoid interrupting lessons. This policy, we believe, is in the best interests of the students already at Winterbourne International Academy and utilises staff time effectively.
What to do if you don’t get in first time: How to appeal
Appealing during Year 7 Bulk Admissions
If you are not offered a place at the Academy when the offer of a place is made in March you have the right to appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel. South Gloucestershire Council will inform you of details of this procedure which will occur within the timescale outlined below:
- Appeals must be lodged by the deadline date indicated on the outcome letter
- Appeals will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals, with at least 10 academy/school days notice given of the Appeal Hearing date.
- Appeal Decision Letters will be sent, wherever possible, within 5 academy/school days of the last Appeal Hearing.
- Appealing during In-year admissions If you are not offered a place at the Academy, you have the right to appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel. This part of the process will be organised on behalf of the Academy by South Gloucestershire Council Democratic Services. Further information regarding this process will be contained in the letter indicating that the Academy is unable to offer a place. Please note that an appeal will only be arranged and heard if the appellant lodges their appeal no later than 20 school days from the letter of notification. The Appeal will be heard within 30 academy/school days of the Appeal being lodged.