Admissions

Procedures for Admission into Year 7 - 2021

You can apply for up to six schools but you must make sure you use the Sandwell application form (The Common Admissions Form) which can be found on the link below. The academy will liaise with Sandwell Local Authority and other neighbouring Local Authorities in line with the national coordinated admissions arrangements during the process.

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, George Salter Academy applied to the Regional Schools Commissioner for a variation in our previously agreed admission arrangements for 2021-22. This was agreed. Therefore, for this intake, there will be no NFER non-verbal reasoning tests nor a Aptitude in the Performing Arts admission stream.

The CAF form must be submitted by 31st October 2020.

The Admissions Authority will send out letters and e-mails giving the decision about which school your child has got into on 1st March 2021. You must ensure you confirm the offer by 19th March 2020. Appeals must be received by Friday 26th March 2021.

If you have any queries regarding Admissions please contact the Academy on 0121 533 4665 ext 5262.

Procedures for Admission into Year 7 - 2022

This Admissions Policy is currently under consultation.

The academy will liaise with Sandwell Local Authority and other neighbouring Local Authorities in line with the national coordinated admissions arrangements during the process.

OAT will use norm referenced banding to achieve an intake of the ability profile of applicants.

All applicants will be tested using an NFER non-verbal reasoning test and placed into 5 equal bands with the same number of places in each band. All children will be placed in one of the bands and an equal number of children will be taken from each. No child can fail this test. The assessment will last 1 hour. Parents/carers will be given information on the dates for the test during September of that year. Any student not sitting the test at all will be considered for a place, but only after all students who did attend testing have been considered (this does not apply to students with an EHCP, a Statement of SEN, or who are looked-after children, or previously looked-after children .)

The oversubscription criteria for George Salter, if the academy is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care Plan where the academy is named in the Statement or Plan, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in order:

  1. Looked after children and those who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after was adopted or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order. A looked after child is a child who is in the care of a local authority, or being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (definition used is in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).
  2. Children with a sibling attending the academy at the time of application. Sibling is defined in these arrangements as children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers and sisters.
  3. Children of staff employed at the Academy or appointed to commence employment at the Academy .
  4. Other children by distance from the academy, with priority for admission given to children who live nearest to the school as measured by using Ordnance Survey data to plot an address in this system. Distances are measured from the main entrance of the child’s home to the main entrance of the academy (Davey Road entrance) as specified in the academy information pack.

Random allocation will be used as a tie-break in category ‘4’ above to decide who has highest priority for admission if the distance between two children’s homes and the academy is the same. This process will be independently verified by an officer of the Local Authority.

If the number of applications is less than the number of spaces, then all children will be offered places.

Annual appeals commence from early May through to the end of July each year. You will be given 10 days’ notice of an appeal hearing date and time. You will be made aware of the decision within five school days unless there is a good reason why the decision has been delayed.