Sixth form admissions arrangements

Sixth form admissions arrangements for September 2017

Minimum Entry Criteria

Applicants who want to attend King Solomon Academy sixth form need to achieve the following entrance requirements:

- A levels: 6 GCSEs graded 6 or above including English language and maths (not including BTECs or other equivalents)

- BTEC Business: 5 GCSEs graded 5 or above

- For entry to particular courses, specific entry requirements must also be met (see individual course requirements in the academic curriculum section).

Conditional offers will be made for places based on pupils’ current and predicted attainment grades (as detailed in writing from their current school for external candidates). On the basis of these entry criteria being met in achieved GCSE results, places will be confirmed.

Conditional offers will be made subject to places being available on chosen courses, and where subject specific entry requirements for these courses have been met. The sixth form will operate with capacity to ensure there is a place available for every successful internal applicant. Internal applications will be considered and conditional offers will be awarded prior to those of external candidates.

Over-subscription criteria

Each year, places will be available to applicants from other schools (external applicants), who meet the general and subject specific minimum entry requirements. Where there is oversubscription, conditional offers will be made to those applicants where there is space on the courses for which they have applied. Oversubscription criteria will only apply where two or more applicants meet the minimum entry requirements for the same courses.

There remain a small number of places available for pupils who would like to study specific courses. You should submit an application if you are interested in joining KSA sixth form and then we can take it from there.

At point of over-subscription, we will review applications and apply the following over-subscription criteria in this order:

a) Where the Academy is named on a pupil’s Statement of Special Educational Needs

b) Looked After Children and Children who have been previously looked after (pursuant to the Admissions Code)[1]

c) Children of staff at the school where there is a demonstrable skill shortage– children of members of staff will have priority in the oversubscription criteria if the staff member is filling a post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage. ARK Schools is required to approve the Principal’s designation of such posts and confirm the assessment that a member of staff appointed meets the requirements of the shortage. Priority will be limited to one place for each form of entry in any year.

d) Children who at the time of the admission have a sibling who attends the academy. For this purpose “sibling” means a whole, half or step-brother or -sister or an adopted child resident at the same address. In respect of applications to the primary school, the fact that an applicant has a sibling attending the nursery school will not be a factor giving rise to priority. In the case of twins or brothers and sisters in the same year group, where there is only one place available in the academy, both will be considered together as one application.

e) Children of staff in the school - Where there is no demonstrable skill shortage, priority may be given where the academy is oversubscribed to a child of a person who will have been employed in the academy for two or more years at the time the application for admission is made. Priority will be limited to one place for each form of entry in any year.

f) Distance measurement.- A child’s home will be the address at which the child normally resides and which has been notified to the Academy and other relevant agencies as being the child’s normal place of residence.

i) In those cases where the relevant local authority measures distance on behalf of ARK Schools, the method they adopt for measurement and also selection between equal applicants and those living in flats will apply.

ii) In those cases where ARK Schools is required to carry out the measurement itself priority will be given to those children who live closest to the school using a straight line measurement taken from Ordinance Survey Data from the Academy building’s main reception to the main entrance of the child’s home. Where a child resides in a block of flats, the distance will be measured from the Academy building’s main reception to the main entrance of the building in which the flats are located.

iii) If ARK Schools is unable to distinguish between applicants using the published criteria, including those who live in blocks of flats with the same building entrance, places will be offered via a random draw which will be supervised by someone independent of the academy. The oversubscription criteria will initially be applied to the applicants who apply before the external admissions deadline. Applicants who are not offered a place following this deadline will be placed on a waiting list ranked on the criteria above. Once these applications have been considered, and conditional offers made, later applications will be considered as they are received, and where the courses chosen in these applications are available and where the minimum entry requirements are met, they will be offered a place. Where the courses are not available, but the minimum entry requirements are met, these candidates will be added to the waiting list, ranked on the oversubscription criteria outlined above.