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Admissions Arrangements

Lambeth Academy is an inclusive school and welcomes children from the local community. The Governors are also committed to ensuring that the admissions to the academy reflect the full range of ability.

Lambeth Academy admits up to 180 students to Year 7 each September. The admission arrangements described in this document below will apply to admissions in September 2018. In addition to the ability banding, we have up to 18 places available for our French Bilingual Programme. Please see the second admissions policy below for more details.

In order to ensure that the intake to the academy represents the full range of ability, we will use student banding as part of our admissions arrangements if oversubscribed. Other than to determine the ability band into which a student will be placed, the assessment of a student’s ability plays no other part in the admission arrangements for Lambeth Academy.

Admissions to Lambeth Academy will be coordinated through the Pan London Coordinated Admissions Scheme and its timetable. Applications should be submitted on the Common Application Form to the local authority responsible for the parental address. Families should also complete a Supplementary Information Form to be returned directly to the academy.

The admission of students with a Statement of Special Educational Needs is conducted through a separate process. Parents of these students should contact their home Local Authority’s SEN department.

We believe that strong parental or guardian involvement is essential for the success of every student and all parents, guardians and students will be invited to meet with staff at the school soon after a place is offered.

There are no faith criteria as part of the admissions policy. Children from families of all faiths, or none, are very welcome.

Please note that the Admissions Test for September 2018 will be held on Saturday 11th November 2017.

Over-subscription criteria

If there are more applicants than the number of places available the following over-subscription criteria will be applied. All applicants will be asked to take a cognitive ability test and, based on their test score, will be placed in one of five equal ability bands, with the same number of applicants in each band. After places have been allocated to children with a Statement of Special Educational Need that names Lambeth Academy, places within each band will be allocated in the following order of priority:

  • Children in Public Care (Looked After Children)
  • Siblings of students currently attending the academy and who will continue to do so on the date of admissions. The term “sibling” means a full, step, half, adopted or fostered brother or sister, but not cousins. The academy reserves the right to ask for proof of relationship.
  • Special medical needs, social needs and special needs (where the application is supported by written specific professional advice, e.g. from a doctor or specialist, not a primary school alone, as to why admission to Lambeth Academy is necessary.) The decision as to whether the academy is uniquely placed to meet the stated need of the applicant will be determined by a panel. The panel will give special consideration to children with a visual impairment.
  • Nearest straight-line distance to the academy.  The distance which determines how close the student lives is the shortest straight-line distance between the door to the student’s permanent address and the designated entrance to the academy main building.

A child’s permanent address is the place of normal residence during term time. Where parental responsibility is shared, the address of the parent/guardian who receives the Child Benefit Allowance for the child will be taken as the permanent address.

If places become vacant in a band, for example, because parents accept offers of places at other schools, and no applicants in those bands remain without a place, they will be evenly filled by children falling into the next nearest bands (i.e. the bands on either side, or below or above). If the first child is elected by proximity from the band above, the next will be selected by proximity from the band below.

Late applications will not be considered until after National Offer Day. Applicants will then be placed on the waiting list in a position determined by the application of our over-subscription criteria.

We will provide reasonable opportunities for children to take the cognitive ability test that is used to determine the ability band for each child, but with the exception of children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs that names Lambeth Academy, children who have sat the NFER test will be given priority over those who have not.

If, for any reason, an applicant has not sat the cognitive ability test, then they will be given a zero score and placed in the lowest band.

Operation of waiting lists

Subject to any provisions regarding waiting lists in the local authorities’ co-ordinated admission scheme, we will operate a waiting list for each band in each year group admitted on or after September 2018. This will be maintained by the academy and 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 banded waiting lists will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria set out above. Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.

In-year admissions will be managed by the local authority in line with the Admissions Code.

Other points to note

Twins and same-year siblings - Where applications are received from twins, triplets or same-year siblings the following procedure will be followed. If one child is selected for a place within their band the twin/triplet/same year sibling will be ranked in their own band immediately below Looked After children.

Confirmation of Address - Proof of residence can be requested at any time throughout the admissions process. If false or misleading information is used to gain entry to the academy, the offer of a place will be withdrawn and an appeal offered.

How to apply

Applications must be made using the Common Application Form from your home local authority by 31st October 2017. A Supplementary Information Form must also be completed and returned directly to Lambeth Academy by Friday 20th October 2017.

Admissions March 2017 – September 2018

On 1st March your home borough will inform you of the outcome of your application and which school you have been allocated.

Lambeth Academy will also send out offer letters with a deadline for accepting or declining a place.

Those students who have been successfully offered and accepted a place with us at the academy will be invited to a Family Meeting. We will also hold 3 induction days for students to sample life at the academy before they join us in September.

During the early part of the summer holiday a Welcome Pack will be sent out to all students starting in September with information they will find useful before they join us.

French Bilingual programme

A maximum of up to 10% of our admission number will be designated for our French Bilingual Programme.

The French Bilingual programme is aimed at students with pre-existing French linguistic skills, French mother tongue or French as an additional language. The curriculum is designed to enable students to further develop their bilingualism. The programme includes tailor made French lessons which match the needs of each student according to individual strengths in specific skills. In addition, students learn humanities through the medium of French. This enables them to further develop their linguistic skills whilst acquiring knowledge in History or Geography. Daily Tutor Time is also delivered in French to maximise the exposure and consolidate skills.

We also welcome applications from students who do not currently speak French but can show linguistic aptitude alongside enthusiasm and commitment to being part of this demanding programme.

To apply for a place on the programme you are required to complete Section A and B on page 2 of our Supplementary Information form.  You and your son / daughter will be invited to attend a brief meeting after the October half term holiday to discuss the programme in more detail and assess their suitability.

Waiting list

If you have not been offered a place but wish to go on our waiting list you may do so by contacting Lambeth Education or your relevant home borough with your request.  You can also call our Admissions Officer on 0207 819 4718 to discuss this.

The criteria shown in our Admissions Policy will be applied to all applications on the waiting list.

Further enquiries

Please contact our Admissions Officer, Samantha Bradley on 0207 819 4718 or email samantha.bradley@lambeth-academy.org

 

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