Kearsley Academy is an 11 – 16 Northern Education Trust academy. As an academy within the Bolton Authority we admit students under the general criteria for admission as published by Bolton Council. The admission number (PAN) for Kearsley Academy in September 2021 is 180.
The academy is a comprehensive school and will accept children of all abilities. This means no child is offered a place or refused a place on the basis of his or her general ability.
The academy recognises that all children, including those resident outside the Borough, have an equal right to apply for a place. The academy will admit a pupil into any year group throughout the academic year if parents request a transfer which is agreed to by the Local Education Authority after consultation with the academy. NB If the transfer is from another secondary school within the Local Authority then consultation will take place with that school before transfer is finally agreed.
Online secondary school place applications for September 2022 opened on Tuesday 31st August 2021. The closing date for secondary school applications is 31st October 2021. To apply for a secondary school 2022 place for a child in year 6, you need to apply online through the Bolton Council Citizen Portal.
The Academy will consider all applications for places without reference to the order in which the school is expressed as a preference. Where the Academy receives fewer applications/preferences than the admission number, it will offer places to all those applicants. Where more applications are received than the admission number, the Academy will use the same admission criteria below to rank applications.
Children who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) will be offered places first. The following criteria will then apply:
Children who live nearest the school (geographical proximity). Under this category, the remaining places will be offered to children who live nearest the preferred school. The distance will be measured in a straight line using Routefinder, a computerised mapping system which measures from the home address point to the designated main entrance to the school.
Where a single place remains at the school and the application being considered is for twins etc. the school will allocate above the admission number to accommodate each child.
This policy will be reviewed and approved by the Trust every year.
Whenever changes to admissions arrangements are proposed (except where the change is an increase to the agreed admission number), the governing board will publicly consult on these changes for a minimum of 6 weeks between 1st October and 31st January before the following February publication date.
Usually your child will be offered a place at a preferred school, but if you are not offered a place in one of your preferred schools or you are unhappy with the school place allocated for whatever reason, you have the right to appeal to an independent panel. Bolton Council’s Democratic Services unit will set up appeals on behalf of all the schools in Bolton. Further details on the Appeals process will be included in your offer letter.
For more information please contact Mr R Baxter – Assistant Principal.