How to apply for a place
Admission Arrangements – Academy Policy
E-ACT (the “Academy Trust”) is the admissions authority for The Oldham Academy North. The Academy Trust will comply with the requirements of the Funding Agreement, the School Admissions Code and the Admission Appeals Code, and recognises that its ‘relevant area’ is Oldham Council since this is the local authority area within which the Academy is located. The policy is reviewed annually by the Trust.
Student admission numbers
The academy’s planned admission numbers for 2021/22 are:
- 300 students in Year 7
- 300 students in Year 8
- 300 students in Year 9
- 240 students in Year 10
- 240 students in Year 11
How to apply for Year 7 in September 2021
To apply for a place at The Oldham Academy North, an application must be made online on Oldham Council’s website: please click here to be directed to the admissions page. Applications must be received by the local authority before 5pm on Saturday 31st October 2020.
|Stage of Process||Date|
|Application period starts||1st September 2020|
|Academy Open Day (virtually via website)||29th September 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 (may change due to COVID guidelines)|
|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 Oldham Council School Appeals team on 0161 770 4213 or via email on email@example.com.
How to apply for in-year transfers
Applications to attend the Academy outside the normal admissions round should be made to Oldham Council School admissions (click here). 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.
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.
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 TOAN 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.
The Department for Education appeals code
For the DfE’s admissions appeals code click here.
Mr Clemmett: Head of Year 7 & Transition