2017 ADMISSION TO JOHN CABOT ACADEMY

If you wish to apply for a place at John Cabot Academy, you are required to complete your home Local Authority common application form on line or by post by 31 October 2016.

Please ensure you complete your list of school preferences in strict order of your personal preference.

John Cabot Academy will consider all applications for places. Where fewer than the published admission number of 160 applications are received, John Cabot Academy will offer places to all who have applied.

Where the number of applications for admission is greater than 160, we will apply our over subscription criteria and applications will be considered in the order as set out in the flow chart .

All students participate in one assessment:

A Non Verbal Reasoning assessment to determine ability.

(John Cabot Academy offers places across the full ability range within five ability bands).

Children currently and those previously in Public Care, (CIC), will be allocated places.  Students with a Statement of Special Educational Need, or Education Health & Care Plan (EHCP), where John Cabot Academy is named, requiring specific admission to John Cabot Academy will be allocated places.

The following criteria are applied to the remaining places, in each of the five ability bands.

Places are allocated to siblings of students at the Academy across the ability bands.

If the number of applicants with a sibling exceeds the number of places available in an ability band, random allocation would be used to determine the places.

The remaining places are offered by a random allocation in each ability band.  Wherever possible, 80% of the remaining places will be allocated to students who live within Zone A, defined as a radius of four miles centred on the Academy and 20% of the places will be allocated to students who live within Zone B, (outside the four mile radius of Zone A).

JOHN CABOT ACADEMY ADMISSIONS ARRANGEMENTS 2017/2018 Academic Year

 

  • We are holding our Open Evening for entry into Year 7 in September 2016, date to be confirmed.
  • The Local Authority (LA) common application form must be completed and returned to your home Local Authority by 31st October 2016. The LA will send application data to John Cabot Academy late in November.
  • If English is not the applicants 1st language it is vital that you inform the Academy prior to attending the Admission Assessment.
  • We will send you an appointment to attend John Cabot Academy for an assessment. This academic assessment will be a standardised non verbal reasoning assessment specifically constructed by Granada Learning, an independent provider of educational assessments.  This enables us to offer places to students of all academic abilities.
  • The assessment is scheduled for Friday 9 December 2016. If you have not received an appointment letter by 1 December please contact the Admissions Officer at the Academy.
  • Children in Public Care* are those looked after by a Local Authority within the meaning of Section 22 of the Children Act 1989. Children previously in Public Care** are those who were looked after, and were then adopted, (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).
  •   To be classed as a sibling an applicant must have a sibling currently attending John Cabot Academy in Years 7 to 11.  In order for a Year 12 age student at Post 16 within the Cabot Learning Federation (CLF) to be classed as a sibling they must have completed KS4 at John Cabot Academy and continue to attend the CLF on the date of admission of the applicant.  A Year 13 student in the CLF cannot be classed as a sibling for admissions.

 

Please note that twins/multiple birth applicants are treated as individuals.  As such, this may result in a situation where a place could be offered to one child and not to the other/s.

All assessment results and procedures for the allocation of places are open to inspection by HMI, OfSTED and the DfE.  The random selection is witnessed by independent auditors.

Any applicant who is absent for the assessment and who does not notify John Cabot Academy of the circumstances of absence on the day of the assessment or within 2 working days, will be deemed to have withdrawn from the admissions process.

 Waiting list and late applications

Applicants who complete the admissions process and are not offered a place at John Cabot Academy as their preferred school will normally have the option to be placed on a waiting list.  Late applications will not be considered until all first round offers have been made.

Applications received by the Local Authority after the closing date will be treated as ‘late applications’ whatever the reason for such late application and (unless there are exceptional circumstances determined by the Academy) will not be considered with on time applications.  If places become available after the first round of allocated places, late applications will be considered in accordance with the 2nd round over subscription criteria along with on time applications on the waiting list.

 APPEALS PROCEDURE & CONTACT DETAILS

If you complete the admissions process and your child is not offered a place at John Cabot Academy you normally have the right to appeal to an independent panel.  This part of the process will be organised on behalf of John Cabot Academy by South Gloucestershire Council Democratic Services.  You will receive information regarding this when offers of secondary school places are sent out. Our prospectus is available from: John Cabot Academy.     Tel: 0117 976 3000     Fax: 0117 976 0630

Email: Sue.Ford@jca.cabot.ac.uk     Website: www.cabot.ac.uk

 

*Children in Public Care are those looked after by a local authority within the meaning of Section 22 of the Children Act 1989.

**Children Previously in Public Care are those who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted(1), or became subject to a residence order(2), or special guardianship order(3).  Documentation will need to be provided for verification.

1 Under the terms of the Adoption and Children Act 2002. Advice from the DfE sets out that the Adoption Act did not come into force until 31 December 2005 and therefore only children adopted after this date qualify as Previously Looked After Children.

2 Under the terms of the Children Act 1989.  3 Section 14A of the Children Act 1989.

2018 ADMISSION TO JOHN CABOT ACADEMY

If you wish to apply for a place at John Cabot Academy, you are required to complete your home Local Authority common application form on line or by post by 31 October 2017.

Please ensure you complete your list of school preferences in strict order of your personal preference.

John Cabot Academy will consider all applications for places. Where fewer than the published admission number of 160 applications are received, John Cabot Academy will offer places to all who have applied.

Where the number of applications for admission is greater than 160, we will apply our over subscription criteria and applications will be considered in the order as set out in the flow chart.

JOHN CABOT ACADEMY ADMISSIONS POLICY

 

  1. This document sets out the admission arrangements for the John Cabot Academy. These arrangements are without prejudice to the provisions of Annex 3 to this agreement. The document forms an Annex to the Funding Agreement between the John Cabot Academy and the Secretary of State.  Any changes to the arrangements set out in this document must be approved in advance by the Secretary of State.
  2. The Academy will comply with all relevant provisions of the statutory codes of practice (the School Admissions Code of Practice and the School Admission Appeals Code of Practice) as they apply at any given time to maintained schools and with the law on admissions as it applies to maintained schools. Reference in the codes to admission authorities shall be deemed to be references to the governing body of the Academy.  In particular, the Academy will take part in the Admissions Forum set up by South Gloucestershire LA and have regard to its advice; and will participate in the co-ordinated admission arrangements operated by South Gloucestershire LA.
  3. Notwithstanding these arrangements, the Secretary of State may direct the John Cabot Academy to admit a named student to the John Cabot Academy on application from an LA. Before doing so the Secretary of State will consult the Academy.

I: ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS APPROVED BY SECRETARY OF STATE

  1. The admission arrangements for the John Cabot Academy for the year 2018/2019 and, subject to any changes approved by the Secretary of State, for subsequent years are:
  1. a) The John Cabot Academy has an agreed admission number of 160 students. The John Cabot Academy will accordingly admit at least 160 students in the relevant age group each year if sufficient applications are received.
  1. b) The John Cabot Academy may set a higher admission number as its Published Admission Number for any specific year. Before setting an admission number higher than its agreed admission number, the John Cabot Academy will consult those listed at paragraphs 19-20 below. Students will not be admitted above the Published Admission Number unless exceptional circumstances apply and such circumstances shall be reported to the Secretary of State.

 

Process of application

 

  1. Applications for places at the Academy will be made in accordance with South Gloucestershire Local Authority’s co-ordinated admission arrangements, and parents will complete their home Local Authority Common Application Form. John Cabot Academy will use the following timetable for applications each year (exact dates within the months may vary from year to year) which, whenever possible, will fit in with the common timetable agreed by South Gloucestershire Local Authority:
  1. a) September – The Academy will publish in its prospectus information about the arrangements for admission, including oversubscription criteria, for the following September (e.g. in September 2017 for admission in September 2018). This will include details of open evenings and other opportunities for prospective students and their parents to visit the school. Please note that, to be considered for admission, all applicants must complete and submit their home Local Authority’s common application form, including John Cabot as one of their preferences. The Academy will also provide information to the Local Authority for inclusion in the composite prospectus, as required.
  1. b) September/October – The Academy will provide opportunities for parents to visit the Academy.
  1. c) October – Parents complete the Common Application Form of their home Local Authority and return it to their home Local Authority to administer.
  1. d) November – South Gloucestershire Local Authority receive the admission data for John Cabot Academy from the Local Authorities and forward this admission data to John Cabot Academy (regardless of preference).
  1. e) Late November – John Cabot Academy sends appointments for assessments to be held in early December. All applicants are allocated an assessment regardless of categories in Section 7. The purpose of this is to establish a national spread of ability that will enable us to best determine the offer of places across the ability range.
  1. f) January – John Cabot Academy sends a list of their 160 offers of places to South Gloucestershire Local Authority.
  1. g) January/February – South Gloucestershire Local Authority returns names of the students being offered a higher preference elsewhere. John Cabot Academy submits replacement offers. The Local Authorities apply the agreed scheme for own schools, informing other Local Authorities of offers to be made to their residents.
  1. h) Early March – One offer of a secondary school place is made to parents by their home Local Authority.

 

Consideration of applications

 

  1. The John Cabot Academy will consider all applications for places. Where fewer than 160 applications are received, the Academy will offer places to all those who have applied.

 

Procedures where the John Cabot Academy is oversubscribed

 

  1. All applicants will take part in our admissions procedure. This will consist of a Non Verbal Reasoning Test (NVRT) on a date to be published each year, the purpose of which is to place all applicants into one of five ability bands.  The percentage of places available in each band will be determined by the national profile for distribution of ability.  Applicants in the following groups are then allocated a place:
  1. i) Children in public care and children previously in public care

(Children in Public Care are those looked after by a local authority within the meaning of Section 22 of the Children Act 1989.

Children Previously in Public Care are those who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted(1), or became subject to a residence order(2), or special guardianship order(3).  Documentation will need to be provided for verification.

1 Under the terms of the Adoption and Children Act 2002. Advice from the DfE sets out that the Adoption Act did not come into force until 31 December 2005 and therefore only children adopted after this date qualify as Previously Looked After Children.

2 Under the terms of the Children Act 1989.  3 Section 14A of the Children Act 1989.)

  1. ii) Students with a Statement of Educational Need or Education & Health Care Plan (EHCP), where John Cabot Academy is named and can meet the needs of the individual student.

iii)       The following criteria will be applied to the remaining places from within each

of the ability bands.

  1. Admission of students whose siblings currently attend the school (in Years 7 to

11 and including students of Year 12 age who completed their GCSEs in Year 11 at John Cabot Academy), who will continue to do so on the date of admission (for this purpose “sibling” means half or full brother or sister; or adoptive brother or sister; or children of the same household.  In the event of there being more siblings than there are remaining places in an ability band, it is possible that a sibling under these circumstances would not be offered a place.  Where siblings exceed the remaining places in an ability band, places will be allocated by the drawing of lots.

  1. b) Remaining places in each ability band will be allocated by the drawing of lots in 2 geographical zones. Zone A will be a zone up to a 4 mile radius from the fixed point shown on the attached map; Zone B will be a zone over 4 miles radius from the fixed point shown on the attached map. Wherever possible 80% of the places will be allocated to Zone A and 20% to Zone B.
  1. bi) If, at the end of this process, there are unallocated places in a Zone within a band these will be filled by unallocated applicants from the other Zone within the same band by drawing of lots.

bii) If, at the end of this process, there are unallocated places in any band these will be filled by unallocated applicants in adjacent bands using the same allocation criteria set out at (b) above.

 

Operation of waiting lists

 

  1. Subject to any provisions regarding waiting lists in the LA’s co-ordinated admission scheme, the Academy will operate a waiting list. Where in any year the John Cabot Academy receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate. This will be maintained by the John Cabot Academy and it will be open to any parent to ask for his or her child’s name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application.
  1. Children’s position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria set out in paragraph 7 of this Annex. Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.

 

Arrangements for appeals panels

 

  1. Parents will have the right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel if they are dissatisfied with an admission decision of the John Cabot Academy. The Appeal Panel will be independent of the Academy. The arrangements for Appeals will be in line with the Code of Practice on School Admission Appeals published by the Department for Education.  The determination of the appeal panel will be made in accordance with the Code of Practice on School Admission Appeals and is binding on all parties.  The Academy will prepare guidance for parents about how the appeals process will work and provide a named contact who can answer any enquiries they may have about the process.

 

Arrangements for admission to Post 16 provision

 

  1. The Cabot Learning Federation will admit students into its Post 16. Applicants will need to satisfy minimum entrance requirements to the courses for which they are applying.
  1. The Cabot Learning Federation will publish specific criteria in relation to minimum entrance requirements for the range of courses available based upon GCSE grades or other measures of prior attainment.
  1. There will be a right of appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel for unsuccessful applicants.

 

Arrangements for admitting students to other year groups, including to replace any students who have left the John Cabot Academy

 

  1. Subject to any provisions in the LA’s co-ordinated admission arrangements relating to applications submitted for years other than the normal year of entry, the Academy must consider all such applications and if the year group applied for has a place available, admit the child. If more applications are received than there are places available, our over subscription criteria will apply.  Parents of children whose application is turned down are entitled to appeal.

 

 

II: ANNUAL PROCEDURES FOR DETERMINING ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS

 

Consultation

 

  1. The John Cabot Academy shall consult each year on its proposed admission arrangements.
  1. The Academy will consult by 31st January:
  1. A) South Gloucestershire LA;
  2. b) Any other admission authorities for primary and secondary schools located within the relevant area for consultation set by the LA;
  3. c) Any other governing body for pre school, primary and secondary schools (as far as not falling within paragraph (b) located within the relevant area for consultation.

 

Determination and publication of admission arrangements

 

  1. Following consultation, the John Cabot Academy will consider comments made by those consulted. The Academy will then determine its admission arrangements by 28 February of the relevant year and notify those consulted what has been determined.

 

Publication of admission arrangements

 

  1. The John Cabot Academy will publish its admission arrangements each year once these have been determined, by:
  2. a) copies being sent to pre schools, primary and secondary schools in South Gloucestershire LA and neighbouring LAs within the catchment area;
  3. b) copies being sent to the offices of South Gloucestershire LA and neighbouring LAs within the catchment area;
  4. c) copies being made available without charge on request from the Academy;
  5. d) copies being sent to public libraries in the area of South Gloucestershire LA and neighbouring LAs within the catchment area for the purposes of being made available at such libraries for reference by parents and other persons.

 

  1. The published arrangements will set out:
  2. a) the name and address of the Academy and contact details;
  3. b) a summary of the admissions policy, including oversubscription criteria;
  4. c) a statement of any religious affiliation;
  5. d) numbers of places and applications for those places in the previous year; and
  6. e) arrangements for hearing appeals.

 

Representations about admission arrangements

 

  1. Where any of those bodies that were consulted, or that should have been consulted, make representations to the John Cabot Academy about its admission arrangements, the Academy will consider such representations before determining the admission arrangements. Where the Academy has determined its admission arrangements and notified all those bodies that it has consulted and any of those bodies object to the Academy’s admission arrangements they can make representations to the Secretary of State.  The Secretary of State will consider the representation and in so doing will consult the John Cabot Academy.  Where he judges it appropriate, the Secretary of State may direct the Academy to amend its admission arrangements.
  1. Those consulted have the right to ask the John Cabot Academy to increase its proposed Published Admissions Number for any year. Where such a request is made, but agreement cannot be reached locally, they may ask the Secretary of State to direct the Academy to increase its proposed Published Admissions Number.  The Secretary of State will consult the John Cabot Academy and will then determine the Published Admission Number.
  1. In addition to the provisions at paragraphs 20 and 21 above, the Secretary of State may direct changes to the John Cabot Academy’s proposed admission arrangements and, in addition to the provisions above, the Secretary of State may direct changes to the proposed Published Admissions Number.

 

Proposed changes to admission arrangements by the John Cabot Academy after arrangements have been published

 

  1. Once the admission arrangements have been determined for a particular year and published, the John Cabot Academy will propose changes only if there is a major change of circumstances. In such cases, the Academy must notify those consulted under paragraph 18 above of the proposed variation and must then apply to the Secretary of State setting out:
  2. a) the proposed changes;
  3. b) reasons for wishing to make such changes;
  4. c) any comments or objections from those entitled to object.

 

Need to secure Secretary of State’s approval for changes to admission arrangements

 

  1. The Secretary of State will consider applications from the John Cabot Academy to change its admission arrangements only when the Academy has notified and consulted the proposed changes as outlined at 18 – 19 above.
  1. Where the John Cabot Academy has consulted on proposed changes the Academy must secure the agreement of the Secretary of State before any such changes can be implemented. The Academy must seek the Secretary of State’s approval in writing, setting out the reasons for the proposed changes and passing to him any comments or objections from other admission authorities/other persons.
  1. The Secretary of State can approve, modify or reject proposals from the John Cabot Academy to change its admission arrangements.
  1. Records of applications and admissions shall be kept by the John Cabot Academy for a minimum period of ten years and shall be open for inspection by the Secretary of State.

 

All students participate in one assessment:

A Non-Verbal Reasoning assessment, to determine ability.  

(John Cabot Academy offers places across the full ability range within five ability bands).

Children currently and those previously in Public Care, (CIC), will be allocated places.  Students with a Statement of Special Educational Need, or Education Health & Care Plan (EHCP), where John Cabot Academy is named, requiring specific admission to John Cabot Academy will be allocated places.

The following criteria are applied to the remaining places, in each of the five ability bands.

  • Places are allocated to siblings of students at the Academy across the ability bands.

If the number of applicants with a sibling exceeds the number of places available in an ability band, random allocation would be used to determine the places.

  • The remaining places are offered by a random allocation in each ability band.  Wherever possible, 80% of the remaining places will be allocated to students who live within Zone A, defined as a radius of four miles centered on the Academy and 20% of the places will be allocated to students who live within Zone B, (outside the four-mile radius of Zone A).

JOHN CABOT ACADEMY ADMISSIONS ARRANGEMENTS 2018/2019 Academic Year

 

  • We are holding our Open Evening for entry into Year 7 in September 2017, date to be confirmed.
  • The Local Authority (LA) common application form must be completed and returned to your home Local Authority by 31st October 2017. The LA will send application data to John Cabot Academy late in November.
  • If English is not the applicants 1st language, it is vital that the Academy is informed of this prior to the day of the Admission Assessment.
  • We will send, by post, an appointment to attend John Cabot Academy for an assessment. This academic assessment will be a standardised non-verbal reasoning assessment specifically constructed by Granada Learning, an independent provider of educational assessments.  This enables us to offer places to students of all academic abilities.
  • The assessment is provisionally scheduled for Friday 8th December 2017. If you have not received an appointment letter by 1 December, please contact the Admissions Officer at the Academy.
  • Children in Public Care* are those looked after by a Local Authority within the meaning of Section 22 of the Children Act 1989. Children previously in Public Care** are those who were looked after, and were then adopted, (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).
  •   To be classed as a sibling an applicant must have a sibling currently attending John Cabot Academy in Years 7 to   In order

for a Year 12 age student at Post 16 within the Cabot Learning Federation (CLF) to be classed as a sibling they must have

completed KS4 at John Cabot Academy and continue to attend the CLF on the date of admission of the applicant.  A Year 13

student in the CLF cannot be classed as a sibling for admissions.

 

Please note that twins/multiple birth applicants are treated as individuals.  As such, this may result in a situation where a place could be offered to one child and not to the other/s.

 

All assessment results and procedures for the allocation of places are open to inspection by HMI, OfSTED and the DfE.  The random selection is witnessed by an independent person.

 

Any applicant who is absent for the assessment and who does not notify John Cabot Academy of the circumstances of absence on the day of the assessment or within 2 working days, will be deemed to have withdrawn from the admissions process.

 

Waiting list and late applications

Applicants who complete the admissions process and are not offered a place at John Cabot Academy as their preferred school will normally have the option to be placed on a waiting list.  Late applications will not be considered until all first round offers have been made.

Applications received by the Local Authority after the closing date will be treated as ‘late applications’ whatever the reason for such late application and (unless there are exceptional circumstances determined by the Academy) will not be considered with on time applications.  If places become available after the first round of allocated places, late applications will be considered in accordance with the 2nd round over subscription criteria along with on time applications on the waiting list.

 

APPEALS PROCEDURE & CONTACT DETAILS

If you complete the admissions process and your child is not offered a place at John Cabot Academy you normally have the right to appeal to an independent panel.  This part of the process will be organised on behalf of John Cabot Academy by South Gloucestershire Council Democratic Services.  Parents have 20 days after notification of not being offered a place at John Cabot Academy to lodge an appeal.  The Appeals process will commence May 2018.  Information on how to appeal will be available with the offer of a secondary school place notification made by the local Authority on the 1st March.

 

Our prospectus is available from John Cabot Academy.     Tel: 0117 976 3000     Fax: 0117 976 0630

Or

Website: www.cabot.ac.uk    Email: Sue.Ford@jca.cabot.ac.uk

 

 

*Children in Public Care are those looked after by a local authority within the meaning of Section 22 of the Children Act 1989.

**Children Previously in Public Care are those who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted(1), or became subject to a residence order(2), or special guardianship order(3).  Documentation will need to be provided for verification.

1 Under the terms of the Adoption and Children Act 2002. Advice from the DfE sets out that the Adoption Act did not come into force until 31 December 2005 and therefore only children adopted after this date qualify as Previously Looked After Children.

2 Under the terms of the Children Act 1989.  3 Section 14A of the Children Act 1989.