Year 7 September 2021 Admissions
The first admissions round has now closed - if you submitted your application in the first round (up to October 31st 2020), you will receive your offer of a secondary school place on March 1st 2021. If you have not applied or wish to change your preferences, you must submit a late application before the deadline of March 31st 2021. You will then receive your offer on April 27th 2021.
To apply for a place in Year 7 in 2021, parents/carers will need to apply through the Cambridgeshire County Council admissions process (families living outside of Cambridgeshire need to apply via their own local authority). All parents/carers are required to complete the Local Authority Common Preference Form in accordance with the established timelines. Further details, application forms and information on applying for a secondary school place can be found on the Cambridgeshire County Council website.
If once you have received notification from the local authority, your child has been unsuccessful in obtaining a place at the Thomas Clarkson Academy, you are entitled to appeal that decision. If you wish to appeal, please visit our appeal section for more information.
See TCA's Admission Policy for 2021/22 at the bottom of this page.
|Closing dates for applications:||5pm, Saturday 31st October 2020|
Cambridgeshire County Council:
Monday 1st March 2021 (via Citizen Portal)
Norfolk County Council:
Monday 1st March 2021 (via School Admissions. Paper applications: offers sent out by post on March 1st)
Thomas Clarkson Academy will consider all applications for places. If the Academy receives more applications than it has spaces and after the students with statements of Special Educational Needs where the Thomas Clarkson Academy is named on the statement have been admitted, the oversubscription criteria will be applied. Please refer to the Brooke Weston Trust Admissions Policy for further information.
Admissions information regarding students with an Education Health and Care Plan can be requested from the Academy.
To enable parents, children and the receiving school to plan well in advance of transfer from primary to secondary phase, secondary school placement must be discussed as part of the Year 5 Annual Review. We recommend individual visits and contact with the SENDCo as part of this process. Parents will receive a letter from Cambridgeshire START team in late September/ early October, seeking details of their school preference or representations. Parents should return their preference to Cambridgeshire START team by the end of October/early November. Consultation then follows with the school and the Local Authority has to make the final decision about placement, informing parents by mid February. Parents are given their right of appeal at this stage, if they are not in agreement with the decision.
Where the Academy receives more applications for places than there are places available, your child's name will be added to the waiting list. Your child will remain on this list until either a place becomes available, or until 31 December 2021, whichever is sooner. The waiting list will be maintained by the Thomas Clarkson Academy and it will be open to any parent to ask for his or her child's name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application.
Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria (see Admissions Policy).
If your child has been unsuccessful in obtaining a place at Thomas Clarkson for Year 7 entry, September 2021, you are entitled to appeal that decision. If you wish to appeal, please go to www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/admissions selecting School Admission Appeals.
Please refer to the Appeals timetable on the Cambridgeshire County Council admissions website for more information around the statutory timeframes for appeals.
Parents will have the right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel if they are dissatisfied with an admission decision of the Thomas Clarkson Academy. The Appeal Panel will be independent of the Academy. The arrangements for Appeals will be in line with the Code of Practice on School Admission Appeals published by the Department for Education (DfE) as it applies to Foundation and Voluntary Aided schools. The determination of the appeal panel will be made in accordance with the Code of Practice on School Admission Appeals and is binding on all parties. The Academy will prepare guidance for parents about how the appeals process will work and will provide parents with a named contact who can answer any enquiries parents may have about the process.
In-year admissions are dealt with by Cambridgeshire County Council, regardless of what county you are living in.
If you are applying for a place at the Academy from another secondary school or because you've recently entered the country, you will need to follow the guidance on in-year admissions issued by the county council. Click here for more details.
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