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The Headteacher has responsibility for the admissions to the Sixth Form. Any queries regarding Sixth Form admissions should be directed to the Director of Post 16 at the school. The capacity for the Sixth Form is 650. In some circumstances Gosforth Academy will admit students to the Sixth Form above this number if to do so will not have a detrimental effect upon class sizes in popular courses and if it will not require the appointment of additional members of staff.

Sixth Form Admissions

The Admissions Authority for the Gosforth Federated Academies is the Governing Body, which is responsible for determining and applying this policy. Any queries regarding Sixth Form admissions should be directed to the Director of Post 16 at the school.

We have a PAN of 300 for Year 12 admissions. The capacity for the Sixth Form as a whole is 650. If there are more places in Year 12 than applicants, every child who wants a place and who meets the entry requirements will be offered a place.

Applications for the Sixth Form should be made directly to the Academy. Parents or children wishing to apply for a place in the Sixth Form should telephone or email the Sixth Form by 15th February in the year of admission. Late applications will be considered only after all those received by the closing date have been processed.

Parents who are unsuccessful in obtaining a place have a statutory right of appeal. Parents should contact the Academy for an Appeal Form. The completed form and accompanying statement setting out grounds for appeal should be returned to the Academy and marked “For the attention of The Chair of Governors”.

Admission to the Sixth Form

1. Admission to Year 12 of the Sixth Form will be from:
a. pupils in Year 11 at Gosforth Academy
b. pupils in Year 11 from outside of Gosforth Academy
c. students in Year 12 at Gosforth Academy or another institution, wishing to restart Year 12

2. The admission number for students entering the Sixth Form from outside of Gosforth Academy will be approximately 80 each year.

3. The Governing Body accepts its duty to offer a Sixth Form place to any Year 11 student with a statement of special educational needs or Education, Health and Care Plan which names Gosforth Academy as the school that the student should attend.

4. Students must be aged under 19 at the start of any course.

5. The entry requirements for admission to the Sixth Form will be the same for students on roll in Year 11 at the school and external applicants.

6. Students will be admitted into Year 12 at the start of the Autumn Term in each school year.

7. Where parents have shared responsibility for a child following the breakdown of their relationship and the child lives part of the week with each parent, and the parents are in disagreement about which school the child shall attend, the views of the parent who lives at the address where the child is registered for his or her GP will take precedence. This will be the case until the child reaches his or her eighteenth birthday, at which point the views of the child will take precedence.

Minimum Entry Requirements

All those seeking admission to the Sixth Form must meet the minimum entry requirement of Four Grade 4s or equivalent at GCSE. or equivalent for Level 3 courses or 4 D grades at GCSE or equivalent for the Access to A Levels Level 2/3 courses. In addition, students must meet the specific requirements for each course they wish to study, details of which are outlined in the prospectus and on our website.

Oversubscription Criteria

Students will be offered a provisional place in the Sixth Form up to the time at which the admissions limit is reached. If the Sixth Form becomes oversubscribed, however, the following criteria for admissions will apply to students, strictly in order of priority:

1. Looked After Children in the care of a local authority or children that were looked after by the local authority and after that became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order (see definitions). Evidence of the appropriate order must be submitted before the closing date.

2. Students with a specific medical reason to go to the Academy. An example would be a student who suffers visual impairment – Gosforth Academy is the regional VI –ARC. Supporting evidence from a doctor or other medically aligned professional involved with the child must be provided. This supporting evidence should set out the particular reasons why the Academy is most suitable and the difficulties that would ensue if the student had to attend another institution.

3. Children or step-children of members of staff employed directly by the Academy on a part or full time basis for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, or members of staff who have been recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

4. Students living nearest to the Academy. We measure a direct line from a single fixed point in the centre of your address to a point in the centre of the Academy and this is done using an electronic mapping system.

5. In the case of a tie in any of the above categories, random allocation will take place. This will be overseen by the Local Authority.

A waiting list will be established and students will be placed upon it based upon the above criteria. This waiting list will be kept open until 31st December in the year of entry. If a place becomes available, the oversubscription policy will be applied and parents contacted with view to admission of the student. Beyond 31st December the waiting list will not be maintained. Parents or children seeking entry after this date should contact the school directly.

Definitions

A Looked After Child is a child who is in the care of a local authority in accordance with section
22 of the Children Act 1989 at the time the application for admission to school is made and whom the local authority has confirmed will still be looked after at the date of admission.

An Adoption Order is an order made under section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002.
A Residence Order is an order outlining the arrangements as to the person with whom the child will live under section 8 of the Children Act 1989.

A Special Guardianship Order is an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian or guardians.
 

Admission to Year 13
 

All students wishing to complete their advanced level studies in Year 13 must achieve an E grade or better in each of the AS subjects if they wish to take to A levels.


Students wishing to spend a third year in the Sixth Form (‘Year 14’)

All offers of a place in Year 14 will be made on condition of students meeting the school entry requirements laid out below:

  • He or she should have had extenuating personal circumstances which affected his or her performance in Year 12 or Year 13.
     
  • Subject staff comment favourably on the student’s attitude and ability to study any given course to A level.
     
  • It is essential that the student continues a particular course to A level in order to progress onto the next stage of his or her education or career.
     
  • A ‘full’ timetable can be created for the student in Year 14.

 
Appeals
 

In the event of a place not being offered at Gosforth Academy Sixth Form, the applicant has the right of appeal to the Governors in the first instance and, beyond this, to an independent appeals panel.