Comprehensive schools and Academies

Brighouse High School

Pupils will be admitted to Year 7 without reference to ability or aptitude. The number of intended admissions for the year commencing September 2018 will be 210.

Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied in the following order, to decide which children will be offered places:

  1. Pupils who are in public care. This includes children who ceased to be looked after because they were adopted or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order;
  2. Those children who attend the primary schools of St Andrew’s CE (VA) Junior, St Chad’s CE (VA) Primary, St John’s (CE) Primary Academy, Clifton and Withinfields Primary;
  3. Those children who have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of their admission and residing at the same address;
  4. The child(ren) of staff teaching at the school. 'Staff' for this purpose are defined as anyone employed by the school who has a permanent contract with the school at the time the application for admission for their child(ren) is under consideration;
  5. Children will then be admitted in the order of the proximity of the child’s home address to the school. Proximity will be determined by a measured straight line on a map by an electronic Geographical Information System (GIS), from the front entrance of the school at Finkil Street, Brighouse.

Lightcliffe Academy

Children are admitted without reference to ability or aptitude. The Published Admissions Limit (PAL) for the academic year commencing September 2018 is 250.

Children with special educational needs will be admitted to the academy, where the academy is named within a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education Health and Care Plan.

Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied in the following order, to decide which children will be offered places:

  1. Pupils who are in public care. This includes children who ceased to be looked after because they were adopted or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order;
  2. Applications from those children who attend the primary schools of Bailiffe Bridge J and I, Cliffe Hill Community Primary, Lightcliffe CE (VA) Primary, Northowram Primary, Rawson J, I and N, Salterlee Academy, Shelf J and I, St Joseph's Catholic Primary (Halifax) and St Michael and All Angels CE Primary;
  3. Those children who have a brother or sister attending the academy at the time of their admission and residing at the same address (see note i);
  4. The child(ren) of staff working at the academy. 'Staff' for this purpose are defined as anyone employed by the academy, who has a permanent contract with the academy, for at least one term prior to the application for admission for their child(ren) is under consideration;
  5. Children will then be admitted in the order of proximity of the child’s home address to the academy, with those living nearest having higher priority (see notes ii and iii).

    Tie breaker: for those children living equidistant from the academy (eg where two or more applicants live equidistant from the academy, as measured by the Local Authority), the remaining places will be allocated by random allocation. This process will be independently supervised.

Notes

  1. Siblings include step / half-brother / sister, or adopted brother / sister, permanently resident in the same household and currently attending the academy (excluding pupils who it is reasonably anticipated are in their final year). 'Currently attending the academy' will include attendance in the sixth form unless it can be reasonably anticipated that such an attendee is in their final year;
  2. Distance will be calculated using a straight line measurement from the pupil's permanent home to the nearest designated academy gate. Distances will be calculated using the Local Authority's GIS system (Graphical Information System). To ensure consistency, all measurements will be carried out using the Local Authority's GIS system and no other method of measuring distance will be considered. Each property has a coordinate taken from Ordnance Survey ADDRESS-POINT data. This is the point which distance measurements will be taken from;
  3. The home address is considered to be the child's, along with their parent / carer's main and genuine principal place of residence at the closing date of 31 October, ie where they are normally and regularly living. If a child is resident with friends or relatives (for reasons other than legal guardianship) the friend's or relative's address will not be considered for allocation purposes.

Rastrick High School

The Published Admissions Limit (PAL) for Year 7 students at Rastrick High School is 300.

Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied (in the following order) to decide which children to admit:

  1. Pupils who are in public care ('Looked After' children) or pupils who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they became adopted or became subject to a child arrangements or special guardianship order;
  2. Pupils of Carr Green Primary, Field Lane Primary, Fixby Junior and Infant, Longroyde Junior and Woodhouse Primary schools;
  3. Those children who have a brother or sister (or step-brother or step-sister living in the same household) attending the school at the time of their admission (ie 1 September of the relevant admission year);
  4. Children who have a particular ability for music. Allocations under this criterion will be limited to 16 places and applications must be supported by evidence. A supplementary application form must be completed to apply under this criterion: Rastrick High School: Musical aptitude criteria ;

  5. Children who are resident in the defined PDFRastrick High school catchment area [PDF 880KB] ;
  6. Children will then be admitted in the order of proximity of the child’s home address to the school. Distance will be calculated using a straight line measurement from the student’s home to the closest designated school gate. Distances will be calculated using the Local Authority’s GIS system (Geographical Information System). To ensure consistency applies, all measurements will be carried out by the Local Authority’s GIS system and no other method of measuring distance will be considered.

Timeline for process:

Thursday 21st September 2017 Open Evening
Friday 7th October 2017 Deadline for music criterion application forms to be submitted directly to Rastrick High School
Monday 9th October 2017 Parents / carers to be informed of audition date and time
Thursday 12th October 2017 Auditions to take place and will be carried out by an independent adjudicator
Monday 16th October 2017 Parents / carers to be informed of the outcome of the audition
Tuesday 31st October 2017 Deadline for application to be made to Local Authority

 

Ryburn Valley High School

Pupils will be admitted at the age of 11 without reference to ability or aptitude. The number of intended admissions for September 2018 will be 240.

The governors will admit pupils with statements of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or Education Health and Care plan (EHC) where it is the wish of the parents and the local authority administering the statement.

Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied (in the following order), to decide which children to admit:

  1. Children who are in public care. This includes children who ceased to be looked after because they were adopted or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order within the regulations set out by the School Admissions Code of December 2014;
  2. Those children who attend the primary schools of Barkisland CE (VA) Primary, Bolton Brow Academy, Christ Church CE (VA) Junior, Copley Primary, New Road Primary, Norland CE (VC) J and I School, Ripponden J and I, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary, Sowerby Village CE (VC) Primary, St John’s CE Primary (Rishworth), St Mary’s CE (VA) J and I, Triangle CE (VC) Primary and Warley Town;
  3. Children who have a brother / sister (including step-brother / sister living at the same address) who at the time of application is on roll and is expected to be attending the school when the younger sibling starts;
  4. Those children living permanently in the Ryburn Ward as defined by Calderdale Council;
  5. Children of staff employed at the school (having a permanent contract for two or more years at the time of application);
  6. Proximity to a child’s home to school as measured by the 'straight line' method (direct distance) as defined by the Local Authority's Geographical Information System (GIS), from the front entrance of the school.

The Brooksbank School

Pupils will be admitted without reference to academic ability or aptitude. The number of intended admissions for the year commencing September 2018 will be 282. The school proposes to continue to admit pupils with statements of Special Educational Needs or Education Health and Care plans where that is the wish of the parents and of the Local Authority administering the statement or plan.

Where parental preferences for admission exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied in the following order, to decide which children to admit:

  1. Children who are in public care, including those who ceased to be looked after because they were adopted or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order within the regulations set out by the Admissions Code December 2014;
  2. Pupils of All Saints CE (VA) J and I, Bowling Green Primary, Cross Lane Primary, Elland CE (VA) J and I, Holywell Green Primary, Old Earth Primary, St Patrick’s Catholic Primary, The Greetland Academy and West Vale Primary schools;
  3. Those pupils who have a brother or sister (or step / half brothers or sisters) permanently resident in the same household and currently attending the school (this excludes those pupils in their final year);
  4. Children who have a particular aptitude for sport. Allocations under this criterion will be limited to not more than 10% of the planned admission limit and applications must be supported by evidence. Parents must complete a separate application form for consideration under this category: Brooksbank School: Sporting aptitude criteria

    This must be returned by 7 October to the school. Parents must also have expressed a preference for The Brooksbank School on the Local Authority's online application form. Applicants under this criterion will be invited to attend a session where their sporting aptitude will be assessed - see Timeline for process;

  5. Direct distance between the child’s home to school, with those living nearer being accorded the highest priority. Distance will be calculated using a straight line measurement from the pupil’s home to the closest designated school gate.

Distances will be calculated using the Local Authority’s GIS system (Geographical Information System). To ensure consistency applies, all measurements will be carried out by the Local Authority’s GIS system and no other method of measuring distance will be considered. Each property has a coordinate taken from Ordnance Survey ADDRESS-POINT data. This is the point which distance measurements will be taken from.

Timeline for process:

Thursday 28th September 2017 Open evening
Friday 6th October 2017 Applications to apply under the sporting criterion to be submitted to the school
Week commencing 16th October 2017 Sporting aptitude tests to be carried out
Tuesday 24th October 2017 Parents/carers informed of outcome
Tuesday 31st October 2017 Deadline for online application to be submitted to the Local Authority

 

The Halifax Academy

The Halifax Academy has an agreed admission number of 200 places for pupils in Year 7.

Where parental preferences exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied in the order set out below to determine which children to admit:

1. Children who are in public care (‘looked after children’) or children who were previously ‘looked after children’ but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order immediately following having been looked after.

2. Pupils living in The Halifax Academy catchment area. This is defined at the following website: http://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/sites/default/files/catchment.pdf

3. A child with a sibling (see note) on roll at the Academy at the time of application and admission and who lives at the same address.

4. Pupils of staff employed at the Academy (having a permanent contract of at least two years at the time of application).

5. Pupils will be admitted in the order of the proximity of the pupil’s primary home address to the school, measured by the ‘straight line’ method (direct distance), as defined by the Local Authority’s Geographical Information System (GIS) from the front entrance of the Academy.

Notes

Random allocation will be used as a tie-break in category ‘5’ above to decide who has highest priority for admission if the distance between two children’s homes and the school is the same. This process will be independently verified.

A sibling is defined as a full or half brother or sister, a step brother or sister, an adoptive brother or sister, the children of parents living together in the family household. The elder sibling must still be on roll at the academy when the younger child starts at the academy. Sibling applications will only be accepted for siblings of pupils from Reception to Year 10 at the time of application. Please note that cousins or other relatives living in the same household will not count as siblings.

Trinity Academy, Halifax

The academy will admit 300 pupils to Year 7 in September 2018.

Arrangements for applications for places at the academy will be made in accordance with the Calderdale Local Authority's coordinated admission arrangements and will be made on the online application form administered by the Local Authority.

It is not mandatory that the supplementary application form is completed, but parents should do so if they wish their application to be considered in relation to church attendance, visit: Trinity Academy, Halifax: Admissions and Prospectus .

Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the published admission number, applications will be considered against the following criteria. After the admission of pupils with an Education Health and Care plan or Statement of Special Education Needs where Trinity Academy, Halifax is named on the plan or statement, the criteria will be applied in the following order:

  1. Children who are in public care - 'Looked After' (as defined by Section 22 of the Children Act, 1989) or children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they became adopted or became subject to a child arrangements or special guardianship order;
  2. Children whose siblings currently attend Trinity Academy, Halifax and who will continue to do so on the date of admission;

    ('Sibling' is defined as a full or half brother or sister, a step brother or sister, an adoptive brother or sister, the children of parents living together in the family household. The elder sibling must still be on roll at the academy when the younger child starts at the academy. Sibling applications will only be accepted for siblings of pupils in years 7 to 10; siblings of pupils in year 11 whose parents have confirmed their commitment to the pupil continuing into year 12 (written confirmation will be required) and siblings of year 12 who are attending a 2 year course. However, siblings of year 13 pupils will not be accepted.)

  3. Children who are resident in the defined PDFTrinity Academy priority catchment area [PDF 1332KB] and who regularly attend, or whose parents / guardians regularly attend a Church of England parish church;

    ('Regularly attend' means attendance at public worship at least twice per month for year before the application is submitted.)

  4. Children whose place of residence is within the defined PDFTrinity Academy priority catchment area [PDF 1332KB];
  5. Children who regularly attend, or whose parents / guardians regularly attend, one of the Church of England parish churches in the Rural Deanery of Halifax;

    ('Regularly attend' carries the same definition as set out at criterion 3.)

  6. Children who regularly attend, or whose parents / guardians regularly attend, one of the Church of England parish churches in the Rural Deaneries of Calder Valley and Brighouse and Elland;

    ('Regularly attend' carries the same definition as set out at criterion 3.)

  7. Children who regularly attend, or whose parents / guardians regularly attend, another Christian Church with the area of the Calderdale Metropolitan District (affiliated to Churches Together in England). A list of such churches is available at Churches Together in England ;

    ('Regularly attend' carries the same definition as set out at criterion 3.)

  8. Other children.

If there is over-subscription in any category, pupils will be admitted in order of proximity to Trinity Academy, Halifax.

Distance will be calculated using a straight line measurement from the pupil's home to the main school gate. Distances will be calculated using the Local Authority's Geographical Information System (GIS). To ensure consistency, all measurements will be carried out by the Local Authority's GIS system and no other method of measuring distance will be considered. Each property has a coordinate taken from Ordnance Survey ADDRESS-POINT data. This is the point from which distance measurements will be taken.

Random allocation (undertaken by the local authority or another body unconnected with Trinity Academy, Halifax) will be used as a tie-break to decide who has highest priority for admission if the distance between a child's home and the academy is equidistant in any individual case. However, if children of multiple births (twins and triplets) are tied for the final place, those siblings will be admitted over the Planned Admission Number (PAN).

For further information on how to apply for a school place, see: Admissions .