Admissions Policy

Objectives and constraints

The Macclesfield Academy Trust is responsible for determining the Academy’s Admission Policy. In undertaking this responsibility, the Trust will be guided by the requirements of the law and will conform fully to the admissions code. The admissions oversubscription criteria have been created so as to ensure fairness, transparency and ease of operation to minimise appeals.

Admission Number(s)

The planned admission number for year 7 will be 120.

Oversubscription Criteria

Where more applications are received than there are places available, after the admission of pupils with a statement of special educational need naming Macclesfield Academy, applications will be considered in accordance with the Academy’s published oversubscription criteria:

i) ‘Looked after Children’ and ‘Previously Looked after Children’ - A ‘looked after child’ is a child who is in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by that authority (as defined in section 22 of the Children Act 1989) at the time of application and who the local authority has confirmed will still be looked after at the time of admission to the school. Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order).

ii) Children for whom there are particular medical or social reasons which, in the Academy’s view, justifies admission to the school
Supporting evidence from a registered professional, such as a medical practitioner, psychologist or social worker, must be provided which sets out the particular reasons why the school is the most suitable school and the difficulties that would be caused if the child had to attend another school. The Academy Trust will consider the information presented and will determine whether the evidence is sufficiently compelling to apply this criterion to the application Few applications fall within this category.

(iii) Siblings
Pupils with elder brothers or sisters, step-brothers or step-sisters, half-brothers or half-sisters, adopted brothers or adopted sisters living together as part of one household, already attending the Academy (in years 7 through to Year 10) and expected to continue at the Academy in the following school year. (i.e. at the time of admission).

(iv) Children resident within the designated catchment zone of the Academy

Children will be classed within this category if they and their parents/carers are resident within the area served by the Academy on the closing date for applications.

The Academy’s catchment zone is illustrated in Annex A to this policy, and is available additionally, and in further detail, at the following website:

(v) Children not resident within the Academy’s designated catchment area but attending a school nominated as a feeder/partner primary school for admissions purposes, as out-of-zone pupils.

The agreed feeder/partner primary schools are:

  • Ash Grove
  • Broken Cross
  • Gawsworth
  • Hollinhey
  • Ivy Bank
  • Parkroyal Community
  • Puss Bank
  • St John The Evangelist CE
  • Whirley
  • Wincle CE

(vi) Pupils living nearest to the Academy measured using an Ordnance Survey address-point system which measures straight line distances in miles from the address point of the Academy to the address point of the place of residence. [This criterion will be used as a tie-break in criteria (iii) to (v) above]

(vii) If the Academy cannot differentiate between the applications using criterion vi a random allocation tie-breaker will be applied. This may be required for example, where applicants reside in the same block of flats or are children of a multiple birth living at the same address.

Children of Multiple Births

In relation to children of multiple births, exceptionally it may be necessary to offer places over the published admission number. This is to ensure that, as far as possible, siblings (i.e. twins, triplets or children from other multiple births) can attend the same school. .

Parents and Carers with Shared Responsibility for a Child

Where parents or carers have shared responsibility for a child the place of residency will be determined as the address where the child lives for the majority of the week (e.g. where the child wakes up between Monday to Friday). Full details must be submitted in writing to enable the Academy to determine which address will be used for the purpose of admission.

Waiting Lists

Those pupils refused a place will be placed on a waiting list if their parents indicate in writing that they wish them to be so.

Waiting lists will be held in criteria order and not on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Placing a child’s name on a waiting list does not affect the statutory right of appeal.

Waiting lists will be held until the end of the autumn term in the normal year of admission.


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