Admissions

GENERAL ENQUIRIES
Garforth Academy is basically its own admissions authority which works in accordance with the national Schools Admissions Code and co-ordinates with the Schools Admissions Department of Leeds City Council.  There is just one basic difference between our admissions policy and that of the local authority:  we offer a higher criteria for children in the named local criteria 3 schools.

To fully understand how places are allocated to Garforth Academy please read our admissions policy carefully.  You can access a copy by clicking on the appropriate link on this page.

Once you have read the information our admissions officer will be happy to take any enquiries and to offer information and advice.  Please contact:   Tom O'Reilly on 0113 2 127 119 or else by email:   o'reillyt@garforthacademy.org.uk

 

ACADEMY OPEN EVENING
Details of the 2017 Open Evening will be posted on the website nearer the time. The evening usually takes place in October.
The open evening is an opportunity for current Year 6 pupils and their parents/ carers to visit Garforth Academy before completing their school preference forms.

Doors open at 5pm and there will be two identical presentation sessions during the evening. The first starts at 5.20pm and the second at 6.30pm. The evening closes at 8pm.

Each session starts with a presentation by Principal Mr Woodhouse in the Main Hall and followed by an opportunity to tour the school and visit the different subject areas. Teaching staff and current Year 7 students will be available to talk to and answer any questions you may have.

Please note: There will be no parking spaces within the site car parks however the front sunken playground will be opened for parking from 4.30 pm. Owners of cars with low front spoilers are NOT recommended to use this car park due to the access ramp leading down to it. Please note also that all roads in the vicinity of the Academy will have NO PARKING cones in force on the night.


 YEAR 7 APPLICATIONS
For admissions into the next year’s Year 7 parents are required to complete an application form (known as the “preference form”) which will be sent to them by their local authority.  No applications direct to the Academy can be accepted.

Parents are strongly advised to carefully read the information and advice from the local authority.  The main points to remember are:

 

  • You must submit an application form by the deadline (usually 31 October).  A place at any secondary school can only be offered if an application has been received.

  • Think carefully about the order in which you place your chosen schools on the form.  You should enter your most preferred school first on the list.  You should also include your nearest school on your list.

  • Be sure to include at least 3 different schools on your preference form and preferably use all 5 options.

  • Be realistic.  If you only choose one school or else a selection of popular schools which are some distance away from where you live you may well find that you are offered another school which you did not preference and which you do not know.

On 1st March the local authority will notify you of the school where your child has been offered a place.  Assuming that you are happy with the offer, you MUST ACCEPT this place by contacting the Academy (or directly to the school you have been offered in the case of other Leeds schools).
If you are unhappy with the school place you have been offered you have the right to go to appeal.  Your offer letter will give you a contact for more information. All appeals for Garforth Academy should be sent directly to the academy and marked for the attention of the Admissions Officer. All appeal requests received by 21st April 2017 will be heard within 40 school days. Garforth Academy has provisionally set aside Thursday 18th and Friday 19th May 2017 for incoming year 7 appeals. Please note: These are provisional dates and could change. You will receive at least 10 school days’ notice of any appeal hearing from the independent appeals clerk. Appeals submitted after 21st April will be heard within 30 school days from the date the appeal is received. We will endeavour to accommodate late appeals however there is no guarantee they will be heard prior to the end of the academic year.

 

For children who will be starting at Garforth Academy in September, we arrange two days late in the previous summer term when they come into the Academy and sample life here as well as enjoying the opportunity to get to know the other children who will be in their Form group. There will be a liaison day on 13th July 2017 as well as an activity day in the last week of term.
Students will be notified of the exact date of their activity day on July 13th.

 

IN-YEAR APPLICATIONS

If your child is in another secondary school and you feel that a change of school would benefit their education and / or general well-being you are entitled to apply for a school transfer. 

From September 2013 the law will allow you to apply directly to the school or academy where you would like your child to go.  Contact the Academy’s admissions officer to request a School Transfer application form.

Please note that there is no guarantee that a place will be available.  The admissions officer will be able to advise you of the situation as well as the different courses of action open to you.


ADMISSIONS POLICY 2016-17

The Academy's Admissions Policy for 2016-17 has been approved by Leeds City Council's School Admissions Department.  Any queries concerning the policy should be addressed to the Academy's Admissions Officer, Download the policy from the link below.

Tom O'Reilly (email:  o'reilly@garforthacademy.org.uk ).

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