How to Apply
Admission of Pupils in the Year commencing September
Criteria for Admission
Wellacre Academy is an 11-18 state funded independent school with admissions normally taking place at 11 and 16. Wellacre is a successful, high performing academy with specialist status in Technology and Applied Learning. The number of intended admissions for the Year 6 transfer into Year 7 commencing 1st September 2017 is 200.
This policy is based on the Co-ordinated Admissions Arrangements under which all children are admitted to schools in Year 7. All applications for a place in the academy will be handled through the LA where a child lives. They will provide an application form to each parent. This must be completed and returned by the due date to your LA.
Students will be admitted at age 11 without reference to ability or aptitude. The academy will admit students to Year 7 in September, up to the admission number. Where the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, criteria will be employed by the LA, applying the academy admissions policy, to determine which children to admit. The criteria will be applied in the order set out below.
If parents live outside Trafford LA they are entitled to apply for a place at Wellacre Academy using the application form provided by your home L.A.
The catchment area for Wellacre Academy is all of the M41 postcode. The over-subscription criteria adopted by Wellacre Academy is:
1. “Looked after” children (as defined in the Education Act 2002 – Admissions).
2. Children who live in the catchment area of the academy who will have a sibling attending the academy at the time of the applicant’s proposed admission (This includes half/step/adopted/foster brothers and any other children who are living at the same address as part of the same family unit).
3. Children who live in the catchment area of the academy.
4. Children who live outside the catchment area who will have a sibling attending the academy at the time of the applicant’s proposed admission (This includes half /step/ adopted/ foster brothers and any other children who are living at the same address as part of the same family unit).
5. Children who live nearest to the academy, measured in a direct straight line from the front door of the child’s permanent place of residence to the main entrance of the academy.
If there are more applicants than can be accommodated in criteria 1-4, places will be offered to those children in each criteria whose place of residence is nearest to the academy as defined in criterion 5. This will be measured using property co-ordinates provided through a combination of the Trafford Local Land and Property Gazeteer (BS7666), other LA’s and Royal Mail Postal Address Information.
Admission for Years 8-11
For Years 8-11 applications should be made directly to the academy Principal. Advice can also be sought by contacting Trafford Admissions. The academy has an admission number approved by the Department for Education of 194 for our current Years 8 to 11.
Your home address
The criteria used to determine admission refer in every case to the child’s home address. This means the address where the child normally and permanently lives on a full-time basis, not the address of any child-minder or relative. In the case of parents who are separated and where child-care arrangements are shared between two addresses in the catchment are the average of the distances of the two addresses from the academy will be used for the purposes of determining priority for admission. Where one of the addresses is outside the catchment area the applicant will be regarded as living outside the catchment area and the average of the distances of the two addresses from the academy will be used for the purposes of determining priority. You may be required to provide proof of residency. Failure to do so may result in the offer of a place being withdrawn.
We assume that you will always provide us with the correct factual information when you apply for a place at the academy. You should be aware that any school place that has been offered on the basis of false information may be withdrawn and the place may be offered to another child.
Right of Appeal
The parent of any child refused admission to the academy will have the right to appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel in accordance with the requirements of the Education Act 1998.
A waiting list for children who have not been offered a place will be kept and ranked according to admission criteria. If requested, parents will be informed of their position on the waiting list.