Admissions

AdmissionsEntry after Reception and Year 7 September Intake

The Bede Academy Admissions Policy determines admission to its places in Reception and Year 7:  90 for Primary Years and 195 for Secondary Years.   Places are offered to prospective Reception and Year 7 students at the same time as places are allocated within all other Northumberland schools.  Although Academies have been given the right to choose up to 10% of their Year 7 intake on ability, Bede Academy has refused to take up this means of selection, preferring a system which does not discriminate against a child on the basis of intelligence.

When oversubscribed, Bede Academy allocates its places at annual intake in Reception and Year 7 against priorities of:

  • Children with an Educational Health Care Plan

First priority is given to children with a Statement of Special Educational Need or Educational Healthcare Plan where Northumberland County Council and Bede Academy agree that the Academy is the most appropriate school to meet their needs.

After all of the above have been admitted, all other places will be allocated strictly in accordance with the following criteria:

  • Children in Public Care
  • Children on whose behalf written evidence of exceptional medical or social need is presented, such evidence being supplied by a professionally involved third party and which must set out the particular reasons why the Academy is the most suitable school;
  • Children who have a sibling(s) who is already in the Academy.
Siblings are recognised as brothers, sisters, half-brothers, half-sisters, step-brothers and step sisters who reside permanently in the same household.
  • Children who live in the published catchment area for the Academy

(Please note that the catchment area for admission to the Primary Years (Reception to Year 6) is not the same as the catchment area for the Secondary Years (Years 7-11). The Secondary catchment is larger and includes all of the Primary catchment within it.)

  • Children, on the basis of the closeness of their home’s front door to the front gate of the Academy, measured by walking in the shortest possible line without entering private property.

Annual Admission Forms

Year 7

Date of Birth:  01/09/2005 – 31/08/2006
Opening Date NCC Online Apps: 12 September 2016
Open Evening: 21 September 2016 – 5.00pm – 8.00pm
Closing Date: 31 October 2016
Release of Places (Parents Notified): 1 March 2017
Last Date for Offers to be accepted: 15 March 2017

Primary

Date of Birth:  01/09/2012 – 31/08/2013
Opening Date NCC Online Apps: 1 November 2016
Open Evening: 19 October 2016 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Closing Date: 15 January 2017
Release of Places (Parents Notified): 16 April 2017
Last Date for Offers to be accepted: 30 April 2017

Bede Academy operates a waiting list for children wishing to join the Academy. Parents should submit the Academy’s waiting list form if they wish their child to be considered for a place; all places are awarded in line with the published criteria set out above. If you wish to apply, please contact Bede Academy or download an application form here.

Further information can be found on the School Admissions page of the Northumberland County Council website or by phoning the admissions teams on 01670 624889

Sixth Form Entry

Entry into the Sixth Form will be open to any student through written application, an interview with the Senior Management Team and an offer made subject to examination results at 16+, especially GCSE. The same priorities in decisions regarding oversubscription will exist as those in place for Years 7-11 and numbers are funded to a maximum of 350 in future Years 12 and 13 combined. External applicants at Year 12 will only be offered a place after all students from Bede Academy’s own Year 11 have had their destinations resolved.

Admission Appeals

Admission Appeals for September 2017 intake

Year 7 admissions appeals

  • The deadline for receipt of appeals is 29 March 2017 (20 school days following the date of notification of an unsuccessful application).
  • Appeals will be heard between 12 May – 16 June 2017.
  • Parents will be given 10 school days’ notice of the date of their appeal hearing.
  • Decision letters from admissions appeals will be sent within five school days of the hearings wherever possible.

Reception admissions appeals

  • The deadline for receipt of appeals is 12 May 2017(20 school days following the date of notification of an unsuccessful application).
  • Appeals will be heard between 12 June – 14 July.
  • Parents will be given 10 school days’ notice of the date of their appeal hearing.
  • Decision letters from admissions appeals will be sent within five school days of the hearings wherever possible.

Note:

For late applications for both Year 7 and Reception, appeals will be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.