Admissions Policy

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Admissions Policy

Admissions Policy - Post 16

Post 16 Admissions Policy for 2017 Entry

Entry Requirements – September 2017

At The Hereford Academy we offer a range of academic, vocational and occupational qualifications, all of which will require certain minimum grades at GCSE/BTEC level. We strive to ensure all students who wish to continue their studies at The Hereford Academy in Post 16 are placed on appropriate course where they are most likely to succeed. In order to do this we ask all applicants, with parents and/or carers where possible, to attend a meeting with the Assistant Principal Post 16 to discuss their career aspirations and suitability of courses. At this meeting students could be asked to demonstrate a particular skill or portfolio of appropriate work.

All students in Year 11 will be encouraged to stay on in Post 16. We will also accept applications from students wishing to come to The Hereford Academy from another school or provider. In all cases the same admission criteria will apply.

The Admissions Policy

Entry into Year 12

i)   Admissions to Post 16 will be from :

ii)  Students in Year 11 currently on roll at the school; and

iii) Students from outside the school

The entry requirement for admission to Post 16 shall be the same for students on roll in Year 11 at the school and external applicants.

Academic entry requirements

For entry onto our :-

For the A’Level courses we offer, students must have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSE A* - C grades from at least three subject areas and may include GCSE English and Maths.  A Grade ‘B’ or higher  is required in the specific area they would like to take the A’Level in.

Vocational Level 3 (e.g. BTEC National) courses we require a minimum of 5 GCSE A* - C grades from at least three subject areas and may include GCSE English and Maths.

NVQ Level 2 courses we require a minimum of 3 GCSE D-G grades to include GCSE English and Maths

NVQ Level 3 courses we require a minimum of achievement at NVQ Level 2 in the occupational area, GCSE English and Maths grade C or above or Functional Skills Level and at least 50 days work experience in the relevant field /occupational area.

Please note for the purpose of entry:

Applied subjects at GCSE will count as 1 GCSE

BTEC/OCR courses count as 1 GCSE

Core and Additional Science will count as separate GCSEs.

GCSE re-takes

Students taking advanced (Level 3) courses who achieved GCSE grade D in English Language and/or Maths will be expected to re-sit these subjects under their Study Programme in line with he government’s Raising Participation Age (RPA) policy.

Students achieving below a grade D in either subject will be entered onto the Functional Skills English and/or Maths course.

Entry into Year 13

Entry to Year 13 will depend on the availability of places on the courses for this year group. The student’s results from any modules taken in Year 12 will also be taken into consideration as we require evidence that the student will be likely to go on to complete the courses successfully.

v  Students taking vocational courses will have finished all work for units delivered in Year 12.

v  Students not meeting these criteria will be required to attend a progress meeting to discuss the terms upon which they may return to Post 16.

Oversubscription Criteria

All students are treated in a fair and consistent manner with exceptional circumstances being taking into account. However, where the number of eligible applicants for a course of study exceeds the places available then admission will be determined in accordance with the following priority o admission criteria.

i) Applications from internal applicants who are predicted to meet or exceed the academic requirements

ii) Students in public care (looked after children)

iii) Students with siblings at the school in Year 7 – 14. Siblings are defined as brothers or sisters (including step brothers or sisters) living at the same address as their primary place of residence); and

iv) All remaining places will be offered to those students who have the better performance predicted at GCSE or equivalent for their subject specific requirements.

Appeals

Any student refused a place in Post 16 has the right of appeal to an independent appeals panel.

False Information

Any place offered on the basis of a fraudulent or intentionally misleading application will have that place withdrawn with immediate effect.

Timetable for Admission

Students on roll in Year 11 at the School

  • Information through assemblies - Oct – Jan

  • Post 16 Opportunities/Careers Evening - October

  • Student to complete the application form - Oct – Apr

  • Meeting with AP Post 16 to discuss options - Jan- May

  • GCSE results - August

  • Confirm place made on conditional offer - Aug/Sept
  • Decision communicated to parent/carer/student - September

  • Independent Appeals - September


External Applicants

  • Student completes application form - Oct – Jan

  • Post 16 meeting with AP Post 16 - October

  • GCSE results - August

  • Confirm place made on conditional offer - Aug/Sept

  • Decision communicated to parent/carer/student - September

  • Independent Appeals - September

Late Applications and Transfers

Late applications will be considered up to the beginning of October.

Where an application is received on behalf of a student who has moved into the area during the school year it will be considered in accordance with the minimum entry requirement and oversubscription criteria.

The right of appeal will also apply to late applications and transfers.

On programme

Students are expected to comply with the expectations set out in the Post 16 Handbook and familiarise themselves (and their parents/carers) with the disciplinary code.

Date for review

This policy should be reviewed on an annual basis.

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