Garforth Academy is basically its own admissions authority which works in accordance with the national Schools Admissions Code and co-ordinates with the Schools Admissions Department of Leeds City Council. There is just one basic difference between our admissions policy and that of the local authority: we offer a higher criteria for children in one of the GSPT (Garforth School PartnershipTrust) primary schools.
To fully understand how places are allocated to Garforth Academy please read our admissions policy carefully. You can access a copy by clicking on the appropriate link on this page.
Our admissions officer will be happy to take any enquiries and to offer information and advice. Please contact: John Carr on 07931692954 or else by email: email@example.com
YEAR 7 applications
For admissions into the next year’s Year 7 parents are required to complete an application form (known as the “preference form”) which will be sent to them by their local authority. No applications direct to the Academy can be accepted.
Parents are strongly advised to read carefully the information and advice from the local authority. The main points to remember are:
- You must submit an application form by the deadline (usually 31 October). A place at any secondary school can only be offered if an application has been received.
- Think carefully about the order in which you place your chosen schools on the form. You should enter your most preferred school first on the list. You should also include your nearest school on your list.
- Be sure to include at least 3 different schools on your preference form.
- Be realistic. If you only choose one school or else a selection of popular schools which are some distance away from where you live you may well find that you are offered another school which you did not preference and which you do not know.
On 1 March the local authority will notify you of the school where your child has been offered a place. Assuming that you are happy with the offer, you MUST ACCEPT this place by contacting the Academy (or local authority for other schools).
If you are unhappy with the school place you have been offered you have the right to go to appeal. Your offer letter will give you a contact for more information.
For children who will be starting at Garforth Academy in September, we arrange two days late in the previous summer term when they come into the Academy and sample life here as well as enjoying the opportunity to get to know the other children who will be in their Form group.
If your child is in another secondary school and you feel that a change of school would benefit their education and / or general well-being you are entitled to apply for a school transfer.
From September 2013 the law will allow you to apply directly to the school or academy where you would like your child to go. Contact the Academy’s admissions officer to request a School Transfer application form.
Please note that there is no guarantee that a place will be available. The admissions officer will be able to advise you of the situation as well as the different courses of action open to you.