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Admissions Consultation - Your Views Welcome
The Governing body of Harris Academy Bermondsey are consulting on admission arrangements for students applying for places for the academic year beginning in September 2022. We are required to consult on our admission arrangements when there are significant changes and/or at least every seven years.
The consultation will run over 6 weeks from 17th December 2020 to 28th January 2021.
We believe it is important for all stakeholders, including prospective parents and carers, to understand how our Academy manages the admission process. The Trust Board have developed a Trust-wide template policy for use by all Harris academies to ensure consistency, clarity and compliance with the Admission Code. This may look different to previous policies, but we are simply setting out our existing criteria in a clearer way.
Proposed changes to the policy include a change of wording and clarification regarding definitions and an additional oversubscription criterion, and are shown below. The full draft admissions arrangements for 2022-2023 can be downloaded from the admissions page.
Definition of a 'Parent'
A 'parent' includes a natural or adoptive parent of the child (regardless of whether they child lives with them, has contact with them, or they have parental responsibility for the child). It also includes a person who is not a natural or adoptive parent of the child, but who has care of and/or parental responsibility for the child.
Definition of a Sibling
A 'sibling' is a full sibling (sharing both parents), a half sibling (sharing one parent), an adopted sibling, a long term foster sibling (i.e. not a temporary placement), a step sibling (one child's parent married to the other child's parent), a cohabitee child, or child of their parent's cohabiting partner. In all cases, the sibling must live at the child's home address (as defined by this policy) as part of the same core family unit. For the avoidance of doubt, a child of a friend or extended family member (e.g. cousin) will not be a 'sibling' for this purpose, even if they live at the same address as the applicant child. The sibling must still be attending the Academy at the time of application/application closing date, and at the time of the applicant child’s admission.
Definition of Children of Staff
A 'child' of a staff member is:
- their natural or adopted child, whether they live with the staff member or elsewhere; and/or
- their step-child or child of their cohabiting partner, who lives and sleeps with the staff member at their home address for more than 50% of their time from Sunday to Friday night during term time.
- For the avoidance of doubt, or a step-child or child of a cohabiting partner, who lives elsewhere, will not be eligible for a place under this category.
It is further proposed to add an additional criterion, 7.1.4, to the oversubscription criteria to give preference to:-
Oversubscription Criteria for Year 7
We have introduced ‘Children of staff members employed at Harris Academy Bermondsey’ as an oversubscription category.
For inclusion in this category, the staff member must be permanently based at Harris Academy Battersea for more than 50% of their normal working hours each week during term time, and have been:
- Employed for at least two years at the time of application; and/or
- Recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage, as confirmed by their HR Manager. For the avoidance of doubt, it is not possible for a staff member to have priority at more than one Academy within the Trust.
For the purpose of this category, a 'child' of a staff member is:
- Their natural or adopted child, whether they live with the staff member or elsewhere; and/or
- Their step-child or child of their cohabiting partner, who lives and sleeps with the staff member at their home address for more than 50% of their time from Sunday to Friday night during term time.
Published Admission Numbers (PAN)
There is a change to our Sixth Form PAN as follows: The PAN for Year 12 is 20 pupils. This figure relates to external candidates for Year 12 places only, as the Academy's existing Year 11 pupils will simply transfer to Year 12 in the usual way, if they meet the Minimum Academic Entry Criteria (see below) and want to continue their education in the sixth form. Once the total number of places allocated to internal pupils and external candidates within a year group are known, it may be possible to admit further external candidates until Year 12 reaches capacity.
Change to Tie Breaker (All Year Groups) Definition
The Tie Breaker definition in section 10 will change within each category as explained below:
Where there are more applications than places remaining in any of the oversubscription categories, the order in which places will be allocated will be determined by the distance between the child's home address (as defined by this policy) and the Academy, with those living nearest receiving highest priority.
Distance will be measured in a straight line from the eastings and northings grid reference for the child's home address to the eastings and nothings grid reference for the Academy's site, using the London Borough of Southwark's Capita database.
Where the child lives in a multi-dwelling building (for example, an apartment block), distance will be measured from same point in the building so that the distance will be the same for all children living there.
Where two or more children live an equal distance from the Academy (including where they live in the same multi-dwelling building), the order in which places are allocated will be determined by random allocation supervised by someone who is independent of the Academy.
The Academy operates a waiting list for children who are unsuccessful in achieving a place in Year 7 throughout the school year. The waiting list is ranked strictly in accordance with the oversubscription criteria set out in this policy, and not by reference to the date that the child's name was added to the list. This means that a child's name can go down as well as up the waiting list as more names are added.
We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond to you. Please also provide your telephone number and put “HAB Admissions Consultation 2022-2023” as the subject heading.
We would welcome your views on our consultation. Please ensure you respond to our consultation by end of day on Thursday 28th January 2021, which is when our consultation period closes.
You can respond in three ways:
- By email: email@example.com
- In writing: correspondence should be sent to Principal, Harris Academy Bermondsey, 55 Southwark Park Road, Bermondsey, SE16 3TZ
- By filling in the form below.
After our consultation, we will consider all the responses and discuss these with our board of Governors.