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Greensward Academy is co-educational 11-19 comprehensive independent Academy with DfE designated Specialist College status and is, therefore, responsible for its own admissions arrangements.  The DfE recommended standard number for entry into any one year is 270 students.

 Admission Criteria

 Students will be admitted at age 11 without reference to ability or aptitude.  Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available, the following criteria  will be applied:

  1. looked after children 
  2. where the child has a brother or sister currently attending the academy at the closing date for applications, with a reasonable expectation that the older child will still be at the academy at the time the younger child is admitted.  The final year for this purpose will be Year 13 or Year 11 if the sibling is not staying on to the Sixth Form. 
  3. where the child attends one of the following partner primary schools:  Ashingdon Primary Academy, Hockley Primary School, Plumberow Primary Academy or Westerings Primary Academy
  4. children of staff in either or both of the following circumstances:  
    • where the member of staff has been employed at the academy for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the academy is made and/or
    • the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage
  5. by proximity of the child's home as the crow flies to the academy, with those living nearer being accorded the higher priority.  This principle will also be used as a tie-breaker when the planned admissions number is reached within one of the earlier criteria.  In the event of a tie-break for the distance criteria, names will be drawn out of a hat.  

Number Intended to Admit:  225

 Looked after children is defined as a ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after, became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order.  A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).

 A sibling is defined as a child who has a brother, sister, adopted brother or sister or stepbrother or stepsister living in the same family unit in the same family household and address who attends Greensward Academy in any year group excluding the final year.  Biological siblings who attend Greensward Academy in any year group excluding the final year will also be treated as siblings irrespective of place of residence.  Children residing in the same household as part of an extended family, such as cousins, will not be treated as siblings.

All straight line distances are calculated electronically by the LA using data provided jointly by the Post Office and Ordnance Survey.  The data plots the co-ordinates of each property and provides the address point between which straight line distance is measured and reported to three decimal places.

September 2017 Intake

The new secondary school admission round opened on Monday 5 September 2016, for parents of current Year 6 children to apply for a secondary school (Year 7) place for September 2017.  The statutory national closing date for applications is 31 October 2016. 

Applications can be made online via www.essex.gov.uk/admissions. The website also has a copy of the Secondary Education in Essex 2017-18 booklet which contains details of all secondary school admission policies but the link to the booklet is below.

http://www.essex.gov.uk/Education-Schools/Schools/Admissions/Documents/Secondary_Admissions_Booklet.pdf

Please contact Mrs D Camy, Admissions Officer/PA to Vice-Principal by email at dcamy@greenswardacademy.org or by telephone on 01702 202571 ext 1259 if you have any queries.

Appeals timetable for children starting secondary school in September 2016:

1 March 2016National Offer Day – parents informed of outcome of application
15 April 2016Deadline by when appeals should have been lodged
May and June 2016Appeals heard for those lodged by the deadline
Up to  22 JulyAppeals heard where possible for late appeals
September 2016 onwardsAppeals heard for any appeals not heard before 22 July

AET Admissions Appeals Timetable