Admissions

Important Information about applying for admission into Year 7

APPLY ONLINE – APPLY ON TIME!

If your child is due to transfer to secondary school in September 2020 you must apply for a school place, even if you want your child to attend your catchment secondary school.

This year the Local Authority will not be sending out transitional applications as a matter of course and are expecting all parents to apply online.

The online application system will open for parents who live in the Wakefield district on 01 September 2019 – please read the guide on the Local Authority website before using the system.

Complete your online application at www.wakefield.gov.uk/admissiontoschool and submit it by the closing date of 31 October 2019.

Submitting your application on time is extremely important – last year 94% of on-time applicants were offered a place at their 1st preference school, compared to only 43% of late applicants.

Documents

Resource Download
Admissions Policy 2019/20 Download File
Post 16 Admissions Policy 2019/20 Download File

Secondary School Places

Date Event
1st September 2019 Applications for secondary school places open online.
31st October 2019 Closing date for applications.
2nd March 2020 National Offer Day – Offer and refusal notification. Updated online.

Primary School Places

Date Event
1st November 2019 Applications for primary school places open online.
14th February 2020 Closing date for applications.
16th April 2020 National Offer Day – Offer and refusal notification. Updated online.

Appeals

Date Event
16th April 2020 Primary National Offer Day
2nd March 2019 Secondary National Offer Day

Currently awaiting confirmation of dates from the Local Authority for the appeal hearings.

Important Information About Appeals

  • Appeals may be lodged with the Local Authority from the above dates.
  • Parents are requested to complete and return their appeal form within 20 school days. It is preferable that all supporting evidence is submitted at the same time as the appeal form. However, if this is not possible, additional information will be accepted up to three working days before the appeal hearing. It is possible that any information submitted after this time will not be considered by the Independent Appeal Panel.
  • All parents will be given the full 20 school days to submit their appeal. No appeals will be heard until the deadline for submitting appeal forms has passed.
  • If you submit your Appeal form after this deadline, your appeal may not be heard with all the other appeals being heard for that school.
  • Parents will be sent a letter informing them of the date and time of the appeal hearing. At least 10 school days notice of the hearing date will be given.

Admission Authority’s case

The Admission Authority is required to produce documentation explaining the reasons why the school place has been refused. This will be sent to parents at least five working days before the appeal hearing.

Notification of the Appeal Panel’s decision

The Appeal Panel’s decision is communicated to you in writing. This is normally within five working days of the appeal hearing.

Appeals for mid-year transfers

Parents are requested to complete and return their Appeal form within 20 school days from the date of notification that their application was unsuccessful.

It is preferable that all supporting evidence is submitted at the same time as the Appeal form. However, if this is not possible, additional information will be accepted up to three working days before the appeal hearing. It is possible that any information submitted after this time will not be considered by the Independent Appeal Panel.

Appeals will usually be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged. Parents will be sent a letter informing them of the date and time of the appeal hearing. At least 10 school days notice of the hearing date will be given. The Admission Authority is required to produce documentation explaining the reasons why the school place has been refused. This will be sent to parents at least five working days before the appeal hearing. The Appeal Panel’s decision is communicated to parents in writing. This is normally within five working days of the appeal hearing.