How to Apply

For a place at King's

Thank you for your interest in King’s Leadership Academy.  In the interests of fairness and transparency, Warrington Local Authority compiles our Y7 admission lists. The academy is a popular choice with parents and is frequently oversubscribed.  You will find our oversubscription criteria below. If you are unsuccessful in your application you will automatically be contacted an offered a place on our waiting list.

Oversubscription Criteria

When the Academy is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with Statements of Special Educational Needs where the school is named in the Statement, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:

(1) Children in care and children formerly in care (those who have ceased to be in care because they have been adopted, or became subject to a residence order, or a special order

(2) Siblings of students who joined King’s prior to Year12 (students with elder brothers or sisters already attending the preferred school and is expected to continue at the school in the following school year. This includes full, half or step brothers and sisters who are living at the same address as part of the same family unit).

(3) Children for whom a particular school is appropriate on genuine medical or social grounds. Such applications will be decided by King’s Leadership Academy. (Applications on medical grounds will only be considered under this criteria if they are supported by an attached written statement from a doctor. This must demonstrate that there is a very specific connection between the child’s medical need and the school requested.

(4) Children of current permanent members of staff at King’s Leadership Academy with a minimum of two years’ service at the time the application is made

(5) Five places from the 120 will be offered additional support as part of our music development programme, this is for children with an aptitude for music.  Applicants will be subject to an aural skills test which is designed not to discriminate in favour of those who have already had instrumental lessons. The tests will take place during the month of November 2016. The successful applicants will receive additional music enhancement at the academy.

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(6) Students living nearest to the school measured as a direct distance from the child’s permanent place of residence to the site of the new school on Hillock Lane measured using a geographical information address point system based on the local land and property gazetteer. This measures straight line distances from the address point of the permanent place of residence.

(7) When the school reaches its published admission number from students within one of the categories listed above those students to be admitted from within that category will be those whose permanent place of residence is closest to the school as defined in over subscription criterion 6.

(8) In relation to the children of multiple births, exceptionally it may be necessary to offer places over the published planned admission number. This is to ensure that, as far as possible, siblings (i.e.twins, triplets or children from multiple births) can attend the same school.

(9)Appeals: Parents/Carers wishing to appeal against refusal of a place in the school are automatically placed on the waiting list when notification of appeal is received. Parents/Carers have the right to appeal against a decision not to offer a place at the academy. If you wish to appeal, you should do this by emailing Warrington Borough Council through  Parents/Carers must appeal within 20 school days from the date of notification from the Local Authority that their application was unsuccessful.  King’s uses the Local Authorities independent appeals panel who are properly trained and act in accordance with the admissions code. If there are a number of appeals, these will be heard at the same time.

Waiting Lists

Where in any year the Academy receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate after the beginning of the school year. The waiting list will be maintained by the Academy Trust. It will be open to any parent to ask for his or her child’s name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application.

Children’s position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the over-subscription criteria. Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the over-subscription criteria.

How To Apply For Admission

The Local Authority has a statutory duty to compile admissions for King’s Leadership Academy and we must advise you to follow the Authority’s on-line secondary school admission process.

The Academy has a maximum admission number of 120 students per year. The admission number was agreed by the Board of Directors with the Department for Education, the academy will accordingly base its curriculum and provision around 120 students to Year 7.

Information on how you can find out about admission arrangements through the local authority can be found below.

Further information

In addition, further information can be found in the school’s admission policy.