Brighton Aldridge Community Academy

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Admissions Consultation

Admissions Consultation

In line with DFE guidance, we are currently consulting on changes to our admissions policy.  The consultation will run until January 29 2021.  If you have a comment please see details below.


The attached policy will replace the existing admissions policy and bring BACA in line with other
Aldridge academies.

Proposed Admissions Policy

This consultation follows the procedure set by the Admissions Code 2014 (‘The Code’) and gives the
local community the opportunity to provide their views on these proposed admission arrangements.

This consultation relates to proposed clarification and amendment of the following issues.

  • The revised policy clarifies that Aldridge Education Multi-Academy Trust is the admissions authority
    for Brighton Aldridge Community Academy, and co-ordinates with Brighton and Hove Local
    Authority for the administration of admissions applications. In common with Aldridge Education’s
    ethos of working closely with all local schools for the benefit of the community, since opening,
    Brighton Aldridge Community Academy has chosen to operate under the Brighton and Hove Local
    Authority’s schools’ admissions process for secondary schools and with parents applying for a
    school place through the Brighton and Hove Local Authority.
  • It updates -
    • the details for any consultation of changes to the admission code to bring the policy in
      line with section 1.42 and 1.43 of the DFE admissions code.
    • the timeframe for the determination of and representation about the admissions
      arrangements to be set so they are in line with section 1.46 and section 1.50 of the DFE
      admissions code.
    • the oversubscription criteria to replace references to Statements of SEN with reference
      to Education and Health Care Plan.
    • the oversubscription criteria to: (i) update the definition of sibling to adopt the same
      definition as the Brighton and Hove Admissions Guidance (ii) include criteria for the
      children of staff recruited to a post of demonstrable skills shortage and (iii) Children of
      staff who have been in post for two or more years.
  • It amends the time period for the operation of a waiting list.
  • It makes clear the arrangement for admission of children out of normal age group in line with the
    admissions arrangements used by Brighton and Hove City Council.

We are keen to hear views from the local community who are likely to be affected by the proposed
changes and are consulting interested parties in accordance with the Admissions Code.

For schools, if appropriate and by whatever means you feel most suitable, please make the parents/carers of children in your school aware that this consultation is taking place.

The statutory consultation period will run from Monday 14 December 2020 to Friday 29 January

Please send any responses to or by letter to the school address, BACA,
Lewes Road, Brighton BN1 9PW, labelled Admission Consultation.