The Burgess Hill Academy’s admissions policy and procedure is governed by the University of Brighton Academies Trust’s Funding Agreement with the Secretary of State. The academy has a Supplemental Funding Agreement (SFA), which includes the policy on admissions arrangements in the academy. The trust’s admissions policy is available here:University of Brighton Academies Trust - Polcies
The admissions arrangements for The Burgess Hill Academy are the same as those Oakmeeds Community College (The Burgess Hill Academy replaced Oakmeeds Community College on 1 September 2016).
The Burgess Hill Academy will consider all applications for places.
The arrangements summarised below apply to September 2017 entry. Most students join at the start of year 7. Applications will be made in accordance with West Sussex County Council’s coordinated admissions arrangements and will be made on the application provided and administered by West Sussex County Council’s Admissions Team.
Information on the admissions process and how to apply is available here:West Sussex County Council website
Parents are encouraged to complete the application online. If you have no option but to apply using a paper form, please telephone 03330 142 903 to request one and return the completed form to the academy.
Applications for September 2017 entry
The dates for September 2018 entry will be published here in due course.
Pupils will be admitted according to the following Admissions Oversubscription Criteria.
Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the published admission number, applications will be considered against the criteria set out below. After the admission of pupils with Statements of Special Education Needs where the academy is named on the statement or Education Healthcare Plan, the criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set out below:
Details of the catchment area for the academy is shown on the diagram available hereCatchment Map
If there are more children who qualify for a place than places available, places will be allocated to pupils living closest to the academy (using the shortest distance from home to school using a straight-line distance. All distances are measured by a straight line from the academy to the child’s home address, using Ordnance Survey address point data from a central point in each building.
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 the year 7) should, in the first instance, contact the Admissions Manager at the University of Brighton Academies Trust by email (email@example.com) or by post:
University of Brighton Academies Trust Admissions Manager
University of Brighton
Multi Academy Trust Office
Checkland Building Room E345
If you wish to query availability of spaces please email the Trust’s Admissions Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) stating clearly to which academy you are referring and the year group in which you are interested.
The oversubscription criteria referred to above also apply where the number of applications for in year admission is greater than the number of places.
The Burgess Hill Academy has a Published Admission Number of 240, which applies to the year 7 only. Admissions to other year groups are based upon (a) the size of teaching groups already existing in the academy and (b) the efficient use of resources.
The Burgess Hill Academy will operate a waiting list. Where in any year the academy receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate for unsuccessful applicants to the year 7. Waiting lists will also be maintained for other year groups when these year groups are full.
If you would like to place your child’s name on the waiting list for the relevant year group following an unsuccessful application, please submit your request in writing to the Trust’s Admissions Manager (email@example.com).
A child’s position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria set out above. When places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.
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. The trust's independent appeals service is provided by East Sussex County Council (whilst the academy is based in West Sussex, the trust's appointed appeals service provider is East Sussex County Council).
Detailed guidance on making an appeal, what happens at an appeal hearing and how appeals decisions are made can be found at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/schoolappeals or by emailing the ESCC School Appeals team at firstname.lastname@example.org. We recommend you read this guidance before making an appeal.
Timetable for in year admissions appeals: