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Admissions Policy 2019-20
ENTRY AT AGE 11
The MFG Academies Trust has responsibility for admissions to the Academy and plans to offer 221 places (admission number) at age 11 in September 2019. To apply for a place at The Mirfield Free Grammar (the ‘Academy’), an applicant must complete the Secondary Common Application Form (SCAF) supplied by their home Local Authority and return it as instructed by the Local Authority. It is very important that the form is returned by the closing date because forms received after this date will be treated as “late”. Late applications are not dealt with until all those received on time have been through the application process.
The Academy will admit children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs where The Mirfield Free Grammar is named on the Statement.
If the number of applicants exceeds the number of available places, the following priorities will apply:
- a) looked after children and previously looked after children
- b) children who have an older brother or sister attending from the same address at the date of admission (the younger sibling rule)
- c) children who live in the Academy’s Priority Admission Area
- d) children who live outside the Academy’s Priority Admission Area
If the requests for admission in the Oversubscription Criteria b) to d) exceed the admission number, priority will be given up to the admission number to children living nearest the Academy.
- The definition of a ‘looked after child’ is a person under the age of 18 who is provided with accommodation by a local authority, acting in its social services capacity, for a continuous period of more than 24 hours, by agreement with the parents or in accordance with section 22 of the Children Act 1989. Previously looked after refers to those children who immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption order, (under section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002), residence order (under Section 8 of the Children Act 1989), or specialist guardianship order (under Section 14A of the Children Act 1989). Children looked after under an agreed series of short term placements (respite care) are excluded.
- The definition of an ‘older brother or sister attending’ means a sibling, half sibling, foster sibling or adopted sibling who is currently in Years 7-11 (inclusive), or is in Year 12, if that child previously attended the Academy in any Years 7-11. For the avoidance of doubt, it will not apply to a child who has only attended the Academy’s Sixth Form (Years 12 and/or 13).
- ‘Live’ means the child’s permanent home at the date when applications close or, if a significant house move is involved, the latest reasonable date before the final allocation of places
- Distance is measured in a straight line from a child’s home address to the school. Measurements are calculated using six-figure National Grid Co-ordinates taken from the National Land and Property Gazetteer. This grid reference refers to a point that falls within the permanent building structure corresponding to the address. The boundary of the building structure for the address is from Ordnance Survey's MasterMap. For smaller, residential properties the grid reference marks a point near the centre of the building. For larger properties, like schools with, for example, multiple buildings and large grounds, the grid reference relates to a point inside the main addressable building structure. The distance calculated is accurate to within 1 metre.
Notification of Offer of Place
The formal offer of a place will come from the Local Authority which will write to Parents/Carers on 1 March, 2019 allocating a single secondary school to their child.
The MFG Academies Trust will use the oversubscription criteria above to rank unsuccessful applicants in a waiting list so that further places may be offered by the Local Authority if they become available. The waiting list will close on the final day of the 2019/20 school year.
Unsuccessful applicants may also contact the Academy to be advised of their right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel.
ENTRY AT AGE 16 – Mirfield College
The MFG Academies Trust has responsibility for admissions to Mirfield College and plans to offer 240 places in Year 12 (ie, age 16) in September 2019. To apply for a place at Mirfield College, an applicant must complete an application through UCAS Progress or download an Application Form from the Mirfield College website.
The Academy’s policy is to ensure that all students accepted Mirfield College are placed on appropriate courses where they are likely to succeed. For this reason, all applicants are asked to attend a meeting with members of the Academy’s staff to discuss the most suitable courses of study.
The Mirfield College and application form are on the website www.mirfieldcollege.co.uk/
Where particular courses are heavily over-subscribed, the places will be offered to those applicants who have the better performance predicted at GCSE for their subject specific requirements.
Unsuccessful applicants may contact Mirfield College to be advised of their right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel.
All applications for an in-year admission to The MFG must be made on the Kirklees In-year Common Application Form (ICAF) available from the Academy. This form is also available to download from the Kirklees Council Website here: In-Year Application Form together with a booklet explaining the process.
The completed form is then sent directly to The MFG.