Admissions Policy

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The Governors of Welland Park Academy  have adopted an Admissions Policy modelled on the guidance from the LA who are the admissions authority for this academy.  Leicestershire Authority makes all decisions about placements. 

If you are unhappy with the placement, you do have the right to appeal. (Please see details for our policy and appeals link below).

The following primary schools will all have feeder status to Welland Park Academy:

Great Bowden; Little Bowden; Farndon Fields; Meadowdale; St Joseph’s; Church of England; Ridgeway; Lubenham; Foxton; Church Langton and Billesdon.

 We will continue to adopt the Local Authority’s policy for admissions. From September 2020 our PAN (Pupil Admission Number) will be 180 on a phased basis.

 If applications exceed available spaces for Welland Park Academy, priority will be given to children in the appropriate age-range, whose parents applied on time, in the following order:

Priority Criteria for Entry Autumn 2020 Admissions and Mid-term Applications during 2020/21 Academic Year

For all children whose Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP) names a school, they must be admitted regardless of the criteria below.

IIf there are too many requests, priority will be given to children, whose parents applied on time, in the following order (see note i below):



Children who are in public care and those children who were

previously looked after children. (See note ii.)


Pupils who live in the catchment area. (See note iii.)


Pupils who will have an older brother or sister attending the same school

at the same time. (See notes iv and v.)


Pupils who have a serious medical condition or exceptional social or

domestic needs that make it essential they attend the school

requested. (Professional documentation confirming the situation

must be submitted with the application.) (See note vi.)


Pupils who will have attended a feeder school for at least two years

before the time of transfer. (See note vii)


Pupils living nearest to the school measured in a straight line

distance (home to school front gate). (See note ix.)



i.Combinations of the above criteria are used where appropriate, in priority order.


ii. 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. Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order Section 19 or special guardianship order).


iii. The child’s place of residence is taken to be the parental home. Living in the catchment area does not guarantee you a place at your catchment school.


iv. Regarding brothers or sisters who will be of sixth form age, these are counted as brother/sister connections for criteria 3 or 6 above.

v. If criterion 4 is used, professional supporting documentation from the Lead Professional must be supplied and must be submitted with the application. The following list are the areas that are considered exceptional:-

  •  Crown Servants
  •  Children subject to Child Protection Plans
  •  Hard to Place children – who fall under the Fair Access Protocol
  •  Parents suffering domestic violence (This is dependent on documentary evidence by a lead professional
  •  A child for who transfer to the catchment area school would involve attending a different  school until he/she is the right age for transfer. (This is dependent on the child having attended the present school for at least a year.)

Each case will be assessed on its individual merits.

vi. For criterion 5 above, the child must have been enrolled at the feeder school on or before the start date of the Autumn Term two years before transfer.

ix. For criterion 6 above, measurement of distance is in a straight line from the centre point of the property to the school’s main designated front gate, using a computerised mapping system (Geocoding). Where there is equal distance then lots will be drawn, supervised by an independent officer.

Normal FTA / Transfer Applications

Welland Park Academy will participate fully with the LA’s Co-ordinated Transfer Scheme. This means parents must apply through the LA online system or using the LA’s common application form. The application forms must be completed and submitted or returned by the national closing date (31st October).

Late Applications

Any applications received after the closing date will be accepted but considered only after those received by the closing date. You are therefore encouraged to ensure that your application is submitted on time. All supplementary information i.e. medical consultant letters to proof of change of address, remains the parent’s responsibility to supply.

Oversubscription Criteria

If Welland Park Academy has more applications than places available, Governors will draw up a ranked list based on the criteria listed above and inform the local authority accordingly. Children who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs that name Welland Park Academy will be admitted even if the school is full.

Oversubscription (OSL ‘Waiting’) List

Parents whose children have been refused a place at Welland Park Academy will automatically be added to the Welland Park Academy’s OSL (waiting) list. The OSL for admission will remain open until the end of the Autumn Term in the admission year.

The OSL is ranked using the oversubscription criteria listed above. The OSL may change, this means that a child’s OSL position during the year could go ‘up’ or ‘down’. The OSL makes no distinction between on time or late applications.


If your child has been refused a place at the Welland Park Academy, you retain the statutory right to appeal. Welland Park Academy has engaged the services of the LA to conduct all our appeals. Therefore, you can appeal using the LA’s ‘Notice of Appeal’ available through the following link  The LA will arrange the appeal on behalf of the governors to be heard by an independent panel, whose decision is binding on all parties.

Applications during the School Year

Welland Park Academy has engaged the services of the LA to co-ordinate mid-term applications. This is because the LA’s online systems operate 24/7, and throughout school holidays (online application link -  If Welland Park Academy has a space, the LA will offer the place, if there are more applications than places the Governors will rank the applications and inform the LA, who in turn inform parents of outcomes.

Fraudulent Information

If the allocation of a place has been made on the basis of fraudulent or intentionally misleading information, the governors reserve the right to withdraw the place.

Fair Access Protocol

Welland Park Academy will participate in full with the LA’s Fair Access Protocol in order to make sure that the most vulnerable children are offered a place at a suitable school as quickly as possible. This includes admitting children above the published admission number of a school that is already full.


Objections to any aspect of the determined admissions arrangements may be made to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator ( ), but must be made before 30th June. 


Useful links:

LA policy (

LA Appeals link (

Policy implemented February 2014.