Applying for a place at the Academy

The Burgess Hill Academy welcomes all applications for prospective new students. Most students join at the start of reception, during the Admissions Round. If you would like to apply for your child to join us outside of the Admissions Round, you can make an In-year Application. Details of both can be found on this page.

Useful links:
Prospectus WSCC guidance University of Brighton Academies Trust Admission Policy

If you are unable to complete an online application form, please call West Sussex County Council on 03330 142 903.

Year 7 Admissions (Admissions Round)

Admissions Round applications are made direct to West Sussex County Council (WSCC) using their application form here. Please do not apply through the Academy directly.

The deadlines for the 2020-2021 academic year admissions round are:

  • Admissions information available: September 2019
  • Closing date for applications: 31st October 2019
  • Allocation letters and emails sent out: 2nd March 2020
  • Induction days: Summer term 2020
Need help? Phone West Sussex County Council on 03330 142 903

Oversubscription criteria

Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the Published Admissions Number (PAN), applications will be prioritised in accordance with the oversubscription criteria set out below. After the admission of pupils with a Statement of Special Education Needs or an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) where the academy is named on the statement or plan, the criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set out below:

  1. Looked after children (children in public care) and children who were previously looked after who leave care under a special guardianship or residence order. Evidence must be provided.
  2. Children who need a place at the academy on exceptional and compelling social, psychological or medical grounds. Evidence must be provided.
  3. Children of staff employed at the academy in either or both of the following circumstances:
    • (a) Where the member of staff has been employed at the academy for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the academy is made
    • (b) The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage
  4. Children who have brothers or sisters already at the academy at the time of application and will still be in the academy at the time of admission. Brothers or sisters may be half or step-siblings (by marriage or co-habitation) or foster siblings but must be living permanently at the same address.
  5. Children who live in the catchment area.
  6. Children who live outside the catchment area
Details of the catchment area for the academy is shown on the diagram available here.

Tie breaker – oversubscription

If there are more children who qualify for a place than places available, places will be allocated to students living closest to the Academy (using the shortest distance from home to school measured in a straight line).

If, after all of the relevant criteria have been applied, two applicants cannot be separated for a final place, the Academies Trust will use random allocation to determine the property for the remaining place.

In-year Admissions

Students and families wishing to apply for places outside the normal admissions round (including years 8 to 11, and applications to join the Academy part way through year 7) need to complete an online application on the WSCC website which is available here.

If you wish to query availability of space, please please contact the Local Authority stating clearly to which academy you are referring and the year group in which you are interested.


If the Academy has more applications than places, parents whose child has not been allocated a place may appeal. Appeals will be considered by an independent appeals panel.

Details of how to appeal can be found here or by contacting the School Appeals Manager at ESCC on 01273 481583 or email

Admissions Round appeals
  • Deadline for submitting an appeal: 1st April 2020
  • Appeals to be heard: Throughout May until 18th June 2020
  • Appellants will receive at least 10 school days’ notice of their appeal hearing.
  • Decisions letters are sent within five school days of the hearing wherever possible.
In-year Admissions appeals

  • Deadline for receipt of an in-year appeal: you should submit your appeal within 25 school days of being told that your application was refused.
  • Your appeal will be heard within 30 school days of it being received.
  • Appellants will receive at least 10 school days’ notice of their appeal hearing.
  • Decisions letters are sent within five school days of the hearing wherever possible.

Extra evidence

Ideally, evidence supporting an appeal case should be submitted when you make your appeal. However, where this is not possible any extra evidence can be submitted up to seven working days before the hearing. You can send additional evidence after this deadline or bring extra items with you on the day of your hearing; however, it will be for the appeal panel to decide whether to accept any evidence received after the deadline. Submitting extra evidence late can sometimes also lead to your hearing being adjourned, or even postponed to another day.