How to apply for a place

The Academy will admit up to 140 pupils who are moving from primary to secondary school.

Applications for places will be made in accordance with the LA’s co-ordinated admission arrangements and must be made through Darlington Borough Council Admissions Department,  apply online https://www.darlington.gov.uk/education-and-learning/school-years/admissions/apply-online/ , email schools.admissions@darlington.gov.uk or telephone 01325 406333.

Admissions Policy

The annual admission round in September each year is co-ordinated by Darlington Borough Council's Admissions Department who provide information and guidance for parents and carers on their website.

St Aidan’s Academy will admit up to 140 pupils who are moving from primary to secondary school.

Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the PAN, applications will be considered against the criteria set out below. After the admission of pupils with an Education Health and Care Plan where the Academy is named on the plan, the criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set out below:

Priority 1: Children in Public Care (Looked After Children)

Priority 2: Pupils with exceptional medical factors and/or social factors directly relating to school placement.

Priority 3: Applications under this criterion should be supported by written evidence from a doctor or other professional practitioner. Applications in this category will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Priority 4: Pupils whose siblings currently attend the school and who will continue to do so on the date of admission;

Priority 5: Pupils who live nearest the Academy, measured from the front door of the home address (including flats) to the main entrance to the Academy as determined by the Governing Body, by the shortest walking route judged to be safe by the Academy, using the criteria adopted by the LA.

Waiting list

The LA will maintain a waiting list until the end of the summer term 2016. After this time the Academy will maintain a waiting list, which will be open to any parents to ask for his or her child’s name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application, due to oversubscription for the relevant year group. The position of children on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criterion.

Arrangements for appeal panels

Parents will have the right of an Independent Appeal Panel if they are dissatisfied with an admission decision of the Academy. The appeal panel will be independent of the Academy. The arrangements for appeals will be line with the School Admission Appeals Code published by the DofE as it applies to Foundation and Voluntary Aided schools.

The determination of the appeal panel will be made in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code and is binding on all parties. The Academy will prepare guidance for parents about how the appeals process will work and will provide parents with a named contact who can answer any enquiries they may have about the process. For further details, write to the Chair of Governors at St Aidan’s Church of England Academy.

Admission of children outside their normal age group

Parents may request that their child is admitted outside their normal age group. When such a request is made, the College will make a decision on the basis of the circumstances of the case and in the best interests of the child concerned, taking into account the views of the Headteacher and any supporting evidence provided by the parent, bearing in mind the age group the child has been educated in up to that point.

The process for requesting such an admission is to apply to the Academy in writing giving a clear explanation of why the request is being made. Once a decision has been made the Admission Authority will write to the parent(s) informing them if the decision and setting out reasons for such.

Parents have a statutory right to appeal against the refusal of a place but this does not apply if the authority can offer a place but it is not in the year group that has been requested.