How to apply for a school place
Starting secondary school can be a daunting time for many. That is why we place great emphasis on ensuring that the transition from primary to secondary education is as smooth as possible.
Year 6 pupils are welcome to visit us at any time, and we regularly welcome local primary pupils to the academy for a variety of activities.
How to apply for Year 7 in September 2021
To apply for a place at Willenhall E-ACT Academy, an application must be made online on Walsall Council’s website:
Applications must be received by the local authority before 5pm on Saturday 31st October 2020.
|STAGE OF PROCESS||DATE|
|Application period starts||1st August 2020|
|Academy Open Day (virtually via website)||1st October 2020|
|Closing date for applications||31st October 2020|
|National Offer Day||1st March 2021|
|Deadline for parents/carers to accept the offer||16th March 2021|
|Appeal form available from Local Authority||1st March 2021|
|Deadline for submitting appeal form to Local Authority||16th April 2021|
|Last date for appeal hearings||9th July 2021|
|Transition Day||July 2021
|Term Starts||September 2021|
Parents whose children have not been offered their preferred schools will be informed of their right to appeal by the local authority. Appeals are administered by the Local Authority. Parents who wish to appeal should contact the Walsall Council School Appeals team on 01922 652585 or via email on https://go.walsall.gov.uk/school_admissions
How to apply for in-year transfers
Applications to attend the Academy outside the normal admissions round can be made via the academy email firstname.lastname@example.org 01902 368221.or Walsall Council School Admissions Team on 01922 652585, or email email@example.com . Once the application is made, the Academy will offer a place provided there is a vacancy in that appropriate year group. Admission of one child does not give a right of admission for any siblings if places are not available at the same time. The Academy’s oversubscription criteria is adhered to at all times.
Once a place has been offered, the Academy must receive acceptance of that place within 5 working days or you will lose the offer of a place and considered to have declined a place.
Waiting lists are not maintained on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Waiting lists are kept in the priority order as explained in the oversubscription criteria. Places are offered from the waiting list throughout the year. Children may move down the waiting list if another family, with a higher priority under the oversubscription criteria, ask for their child’s name to be added to the waiting list. The position on a waiting list does not depend upon the time they have been on the list.
The waiting list will be closed at the end of each academic year and will not roll over. A new application will have to be made for a new academic year.
Where there are more applications than there are places available, places will be allocated based on the following order of priority;
- Looked after or previously looked after children
- Children with an educational health and care plan (EHCP) where Willenhall E-ACT Academy is referred to in that plan
- Children with siblings currently attending the school and who will continue to do so on the date of admission
- Children who live nearest the academy
Within each of these categories, priority is given to those who live nearest the school.
Student admission numbers
The academy has the following agreed admission numbers for the year 2021/2022 subject to any changes approved or required by the Secretary of State for subsequent years:
- 190 students in Year 7
- 190 students in Year 8
- 190 students in Year 9
- 190 students in Year 10
- 190 students in Year 11
Fair Access Protocol
The purpose of the Fair Access Protocols is to ensure that, outside the normal admissions round, unplaced children, especially the most vulnerable, are found and offered a place quickly, so that the amount of time any child is out of school is kept to the minimum. This is why every local authority is required to have in place a Fair Access Protocol, developed in partnership with local schools.
Tie breaker – Should it be necessary to distinguish between applicants with equal priority, children will be prioritised in proximity order, with those living nearest the school being admitted first. The distance is measured as a straight line from the child’s home address to the school property measured between the two central data points of the home postcode and school post code.
Measurements are calculated using Geographical information System mapping software based on Ordnance Survey and Postcode data.
The Department for Education appeals code
For the DfE’s admissions appeals code click https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-admissions-appeals-code
If you have questions or need to get in touch with us, you can email us at. wea.info@E-ACT.org.uk
Or Mrs Emma Little, Assistant Headteacher firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the admissions team at the LA, please email: email@example.com. or call 01922 652585