The St Leonards Academy’s admissions policy and procedure is governed by the Hastings Academies Trust's Funding Agreement with the Secretary of State. The Trust has a Supplemental Funding Agreement (SFA) in which Annex 1 specifically covers the policy on admissions arrangements in the academy. The admissions policy is available here.
The St Leonards Academy will consider all applications for places.
The arrangements summarised below apply to September 2017 entry. Most students join at the start of year 7. Applications will be made in accordance with East Sussex County Council’s (ESCC) coordinated admissions arrangements and will be made on the Common Application Form (CAF) provided and administered by East Sussex County Council’s Admissions Team.
A brochure describing the secondary admissions process, and application form, are available from East Sussex County Council or online here.
You can make your application online or by returning the completed form to the Schools Admissions Team at the County Council.
Please do not send your application form to the Academy.
For The St Leonards Academy, students will be admitted according to the 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 students with Statements of Special Education Needs where the Academy is named on the statement, the criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set out below:
Tie breaker – oversubscription
If there are more children who qualify for a place than places available, places will be allocated to students living closest to the Academy (using the shortest distance from home to school using a surfaced, passable route).
If, after all of the relevant criteria have been applied, two applicants cannot be separated for a final place, the Academies Trust will use random allocation to determine the property for the remaining place.
Students and families wishing to apply for places outside the normal admissions round (including years 8 to 11, and applications to join the Academy part way through Year 7) need to complete an online application on the ESCC website which is available by following this link:East Sussex County Council
Alternatively, download this form and return it to Hastings Academies Trust Admissions Manager, c/o The St Leonards Academy, Edinburgh Road, St Leonards on Sea, TN38 8HH.
If you wish to query availability of space please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Please note that the Published Admission Number of 300 applies to Year 7 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.
Subject to any provisions regarding waiting lists in ESCC's co-ordinated admission scheme, the 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 Year 7. Waiting lists will also be maintained for other year groups when these year groups are full. Waiting lists will be maintained by the Academy and it will be open to any parent to ask for his or her child’s name to be placed on a waiting list for the relevant year group following an unsuccessful application.
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.
There is a right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel for unsuccessful applicants.
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 email@example.com. We recommend you read this guidance before making an appeal.
For September 2016 entry, 16 appeals were heard for Year 7 places, one of which was successful.