Austin Farm Academy follows the Admissions Policy of the Westcountry Schools Trust. All school admissions are dealt with through a common application form submitted to the Local Authority. The admissions procedure to Plymouth schools is clearly explained in the ‘Starting School in Plymouth’ parents’ guide that is published by Plymouth City Council and can be found on their website at http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/schooladmissions
The admissions arrangements detailed on this webpage apply to Austin Farm Academy. Westcountry Schools Trust (WesT) are the Admissions Authority.
For children looking to make an in-year admission, further information about application procedures can also be found online on the Plymouth Schools’ Admissions website in the ‘In-Year School Admissions Parents’ guide’. Information regarding admission arrangements can be found via the links below:
Austin Farm Academy Admission arrangements 2022 - 23
Austin Farm Academy Admission arrangements 2023 - 24
The Trust uses the following criteria for admissions:
At the normal point of entry, where there are fewer applicants than the Planned Admission Number (for Austin Farm Academy this is 30 pupils in each year group), all children will be admitted unless they can be offered a higher ranked preference. For in-year admissions where there is space in the school, all children will be admitted unless the school can demonstrate that admission would prejudice provision of efficient education or efficient use of resources.
In the event that the School is oversubscribed, the admission authority will apply the following oversubscription criteria in order of priority:
- A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after A 'looked after child' is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989) at the time of making an application to a school.
- A child with exceptional medical or social need Applicants will only be considered under this heading if the parent/carer or their representative can demonstrate that only the preferred school can meet the exceptional medical or social needs of the child. This can be in the form of a testimony from a medical practitioner, social worker or other professional who can support the application on an ‘exceptional’ basis. Exceptional medical or social grounds could include, for example: a serious medical condition, which can be supported by medical evidence; a significant caring role for the child which can be supported by evidence from social services.
- Children with a sibling already attending this school at the time of admission. Children will be classed as siblings if they live in the same household in a single family unit. This includes for example, full, half, step, or adoptive brothers or sisters;
- A child home address is within the designated school catchment area. A child’s home address is defined as the address at which the child is normally resident or, where a child lives at more than one address, the address at which the child lives for the majority of the time.
- Children whose parent/carer is a member of staff employed on a permanent contract at this school
- Other children not shown in a higher oversubscription criteria
In the event that an applicant is denied a place at the school, the parent/carer will have the right of appeal to an independent appeal panel. Information relating to the appeal process can be obtained from Plymouth City Council’s School Admissions Team1.
Plymouth School Admissions Team
All admissions queries: Telephone 01752 307469
The website at www.plymouth.gov.uk/schooladmissions has information about applying for a place at the school, school appeals, and the coordinated schemes of admission.