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Ashmole Academy

Admission Policy 2018

ADMISSION POLICY – YEARS 12 to 13 (SIXTH FORM)

SEPTEMBER 2018

 

INTRODUCTION      

Ashmole Academy is a secondary academy with a sixth form located in the London Borough of Barnet which is part of Ashmole Academy Trust Ltd, a multi academy trust  which also runs Ashmole Primary School, on the same site as the Academy.  The Trust is the “admission authority” for the Academy and therefore responsible for determining and implementing the admission arrangements for the Academy each year in accordance with the School Admissions Code 2014  and other legislation.  The Trust delegates this responsibility to the Local Governing Body of the Academy.

This Admission Policy applies to admission to Years 12 to 13 at the Academy.  There is a separate Admission Policy for Years 7 to 11.

 

STUDENTS IN YEAR 11 AT ASHMOLE ACADEMY

Current Year 11 students at the Academy achieving the minimum academic entry criteria set out below are able to transfer to Year 12 to study at advanced level, if they wish.  Students are to complete and submit an internal application form by the required date, before the end of Year 11.  Further details can be obtained from Ashmole Academy.

 

EXTERNAL CANDIDATES FOR YEAR 12

The Academy welcomes applications for admission to Year 12 from external candidates.  This Admission Policy sets out the criteria which will apply to applications for the admission of external students, including the minimum academic entry criteria, which is the same for internal students and candidates.  External candidates will hereafter be referred to as “candidates” in this policy.

 

EQUALITY AND INCLUSION

The Academy is fully inclusive and welcomes applications for the admission of candidates of all abilities and needs, including those with special educational needs and disabilities.  The Academy fully complies with its responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010. 

 

CANDIDATES WITH AN EDUCATION HEALTH AND CARE PLAN

There are separate statutory procedures in place which govern the admission of candidates with special educational needs for whom an education health and care plan  has been issued by their Local Authority.  Parents of candidates with an EHC plan who wish to be admitted to Year 12 at the Academy should make their Local Authority aware of this, so that it can consider whether to propose to name the Academy in the candidate’s EHC plan in accordance with the statutory procedure.

 

APPLICATIONS FOR ADMISSION OUTSIDE NORMAL AGE GROUP

Candidates achieving the minimum academic entry criteria set out below are normally admitted to Year 12 in the September following their sixteenth birthday, having completed Year 11 at their previous school.  Candidates who are older or younger than this, for whom funding is still available for the duration of their course, must obtain the Governing Body’s agreement before they can be admitted.  Where this is the case, the reasons why the application for admission is being made at an earlier or later age than the normal age for entry into Year 12 must be clearly stated on a separate sheet and attached to the completed Sixth Form Application for Admission.  The Governing Body will make its decision on the basis of the circumstances of each case and in the best interests of the candidate concerned, with consideration of the statutory factors set out in the Code.

 

SIXTH FORM COURSES

Full details of the courses offered by the Academy are contained in the Sixth Form Prospectus, which is available for download on the Academy’s website or in hard copy from the Academy’s office. 

 

MINIMUM ACADEMIC ENTRY CRITERIA

All candidates must have:

  • A Level:5 or more GCSE grades at A* - B or the new GCSE grades of 9-6, including English Language & Maths.
  • For internal Year 11 students only, the Academy offers a BTEC Extended Diploma.The entry criteria for BTEC is: 5 or more GCSE grades at A* - C or the new GCSE grade of 9–5, including English Language & Maths.

In addition, most subjects have an extra compulsory admission requirement as set out in the table below.

The following table sets out the subject specific minimum academic entry criteria for each course.

 

Subject

 

Combined GCSE Criteria

Art & Design: 

Fine Art

 

6

Biology

7 7 in Core and Combined Science or

6 in Biology & one other science subject plus a grade 6 in Maths

Chemistry

7 7 in Core and Combined Science or

6 in Chemistry and one other science subject plus a grade 6 in Maths

Drama & Theatre Studies

6 in English Language and

6 in Drama if studied

Economics

6 in English Language

 and 6 in Maths

English Literature

6 in English Language

and English Literature

French 

6 in French

Further Maths (must be studied with A level Maths)

 

8 and above in Maths

Geography

6

German ^^

6 in German

Product Design: Graphics

B in either Resistant Materials, Graphics or Textiles

History

6 in History and 6 in English Language

Mathematics

7

Media Studies

6 in English Language

Music ^^

6 in Music and at least grade 5 in theory

Physical Education

6 in PE if studied

or 6 in Combined Science

Physics

6 in Maths and

7 7 in Core and Combined Science or

6 in Physics and one other science subject

Psychology

6 in Combined Science or

one other science subject and 6 in English Language

Religion, Philosophy & Ethics

6 in Religious Studies (full course) if studied

or 6 in History or Geography

Sociology

6 in History or Geography or Religious Studies (full course)

or 6 in English Language

Spanish

6 in Spanish

BTEC Extended Diploma in Business (internal students only)

5 GCSE passes at grade 5 or higher including English & Maths and C/5 in Business if studied

 

 
  • ^^ Music & German may run if sufficient numbers choose the subject.Some years there are insufficient student numbers
  • Courses and options are subject to alteration and cancellation
  • Subjects chosen for A Level must be studied at GCSE unless otherwise indicated.

Current Year 11 students and external candidates should note that BTEC 1st Certificates or Diplomas, including those with merit or distinction, will not be taken into consideration when determining whether the minimum academic entry requirements will be met.

For the avoidance of doubt, once the minimum academic entry requirements set out above have been met, all current Year 11 students and external candidates will be considered for a place on equal terms.

Current Year 11 students and external candidates should note that the Academy will not relax the minimum academic entry criteria in any circumstances.  The minimum academic entry criteria have been set at the stated level to ensure that only those capable of succeeding at advanced level will transfer or be admitted to Year 12.  Where a current Year 11 student or external candidate has special educational needs or a disability which they believed affected the GCSE grades achieved, they must apply to the examination board for their GCSE grade to be adjusted to take this into account, under the examination board’s standard procedures in these cases.  The Academy will therefore treat the actual GCSE grades achieved as having already been adjusted to take this into account.

 

PUBLISHED ADMISSION NUMBER (“PAN”)

The published admission number (“PAN”) for external candidates in Year 12 is 30.

This means that the Academy will admit 30 external candidates if sufficient applications are received from candidates who achieve the minimum academic entry criteria, however where the number of current Year 11 students transferring to Year 12 is lower than usual, it will be possible for the Academy to admit a higher number of external candidates over the PAN.

 

OVERSUBSCRIPTION CRITERIA

Where more applications are received from external candidates than there are places available, the available places will be allocated in the following order of priority:

1.         Looked After and Previously Looked After Candidates

             Looked after and previously looked after candidates will be allocated places under this category by reference to the proximity of the candidate’s home address (as defined by this policy) to the Academy, with those living nearer receiving higher priority.

             A “looked after candidate” is a candidate in public care at the date on which the application is made.  A “previously looked after candidate” is a candidate who was in public care, but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order immediately after being in public care.

             To be included in this category, the application must be supported by the relevant Local Authority’s Children’s Services Department.  In the case of a previously looked after candidate, a copy of the adoption or special guardianship order must also accompany the application for admission.

2.         All Other Candidates

             Candidates who do not fall into any of the categories above will be allocated places under this category by reference to the proximity of the candidate’s home address (as defined by this policy) to the Academy, with those living nearer receiving higher priority.

 

CANDIDATE’S HOME ADDRESS

The candidate’s home address will be the address at which they live and sleep for more than 50% of their time from Monday to Friday during term time at the application deadline.  It will usually be the address at which Child Benefit is claimed or, if ineligible, the address at which the candidate is registered with their G.P. and dentist.  No other address (including a business address) will be accepted.

Where there is an issue over whether the home address stated in the application for admission is the candidate’s main home address as defined by this policy, parents or candidates may be required to provide documentary evidence to resolve the issue.  This may include providing details of the times that the candidate has spent at the stated home address in the three month period immediately preceding the application deadline.

 

DISTANCE MEASURING

The distance between the candidate’s home address (as defined by this policy) and the Academy will be measured in a straight line from the national grid coordinate point for the candidate’s main home address as determined by Royal Mail to the main entrance of the Academy using the Local Authority’s computerised geographical distance measuring software.

In the case of buildings containing a number of different dwellings (i.e. an apartment block), the distance will be measured from the same point in the building regardless of where within the building the candidate’s home address is actually located, with the tie breaker being applied as necessary.

 

TIE BREAKER

Where two applications cannot otherwise be separated because the distance from the candidate’s home address (as defined by this policy) to the Academy is equal, the order in which places will be allocated will be determined by random lottery in the presence of a person who is independent of the Academy and the Local Authority.

 

CANDIDATES WITH PARENTS WHO ARE UK SERVICE PERSONNEL OR CROWN SERVANTS

The Academy will accept applications for the admission of the candidates who are the children of UK Armed Forces Personnel with a confirmed posting in the area of the Academy, or the children of Crown Servants returning from overseas to live in the area of the Academy, in advance of them arriving.  This effectively means that these candidates do not have to be living at the stated home address at the application deadline, as all other candidates do.

The application for admission must be supported by an official letter declaring the relocation date and a Unit postal address or quartering area address, which will be used as the candidate’s home address for the purpose of applying this Admission Policy.

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Applications for admission to Year 12 must be made by completing and submitting a Sixth Form Application for Admission.  The candidate or their parent must complete, sign and date the application form.  Where GCSE results are not yet known, the candidate or their parent must arrange for the candidate’s current school to complete their predicted grades, then sign and date that section of the form before it is submitted to the Academy.  No information, other than predicted GCSE grades, will be sought from the candidate’s current or previous school.

The application deadline is tba.  Applications will be accepted after this date, but will not be considered until after all applications received on or before the application deadline have been processed and conditional offers made.

 

ADMISSION APPEALS

There is a statutory right of appeal against the refusal of a place which will be heard before an independent panel.  Full details about the statutory right of appeal, including how and when the request for an appeal must be lodged, will be confirmed in the letter confirming that the application for admission has been unsuccessful.

A request for an admission appeal must be accompanied by the grounds for making the appeal (i.e. why it is believed that this Admission Policy does not comply with the School Admissions Code 2014 or other legislation, or was not correctly applied in relation to the application for admission). The reason for the refusal of a place should be considered before the grounds of appeal are set out. 

 

GCE (Advanced) Criteria

Due to national changes, Ashmole Academy has decided to modify its A Level provision for September 2017 to maximise the success of the students in the new reformed A Levels. The changes are as follows:

1. The Academy will no longer require students to take AS examinations at the end of Year 12. Instead, all students will sit an internal end of year examination which has to be passed before continuing into Year 13.

2. Students are required to study a minimum of three A Levels for the duration of the 6th Form. The most able, if they wish to study four A Levels may do so.

3. The teaching time allocated to A Levels will be increased.

Please see the amendment to the prospectus for further details.

Entry to Year 13

Entry to Year 13 is dependent upon students passing their end of year examination in Year 12. 

BTEC Extended Diploma Entry Criteria

Entry to the BTEC National Extended Diploma Programme is restricted to Year 11 students of Ashmole Academy. In order to qualify for the BTEC National Extended Diploma Programme students must achieve five or more A*-C at GCSE with a GCSE grade of 5 or above in English Language and Maths.