Admissions to Outwood Grange Academy are controlled by Wakefield Local Authority (Wakefield Council).

Full details of the Authority’s policy on admissions are given in the “Guide for Parents”. This is available in all schools and from the School Admissions Team, Wakefield One.

At the Academy, 360 students will normally be admitted in the academic year beginning in September. This is the admission limit (AAL) set by the Authority after consultation with the Governing Body of the Academy.

If the number of preferences received for the Academy does not exceed the admission limit, all preferences will be met.

However, if there are more applications for admission to the school than there are places available, preference will be given to children in the following order:

a. Children in public care or fostered under an arrangement made by the Local Authority

b.(i) Children who live in the Academy’s catchment area who have brothers or sisters attending the school at the time of admission
(ii) Other children who live in the Academy’s catchment area

c. Children who have brothers or sisters in attendance at the Academy

d. Other children, with priority being given to those living nearest to the Academy.

In all categories, when decisions have to be made between children satisfying the same criteria, children living nearest to the Academy, measured as the crow flies, have priority.

All late preferences received will be considered after all applications which were received on time.

In all categories, “live” means the child’s permanent home address. A child is normally regarded as living with a parent or guardian and the LA will use the parents’ or guardians’ address for admission purposes. An applicant cannot lodge a child with a friend or relation in order to gain a place at a school.
Where a child resides with more than one parent/carer, the LA will take the address where the child lives the majority of the time during the school week as the main place of residence for determining the catchment area. Where both parents make a separate preference for admission, we will take the preference form from the parent where the child lives predominantly.

Changing Schools – Transfers and Mid-Year Applications

A mid-year application is normally made due to a change in your child's address. Sometimes it can be because your child is having difficulties at their current school. To make a mid-year application for a place at Outwood Grange Academy, you must use a Wakefield admissions form.

Before you stop your child attending their current school, you must wait for confirmation that the school you want them to move to can offer them a place.

If your child is having problems at school, please tell the Headteacher immediately; they may be able to sort the problems out.

If your child is in Year 10 or 11, moving them to another school can be difficult and should be discouraged; if they are studying for GCSEs, the new school may not be able to offer them the same GCSE courses they have been studying.

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