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Admissions Policy

Allerton Grange is a voluntary controlled school and the admission authority is Leeds City Council, who sets our admission policy every year.
You can read our school’s admission policy at Our school admissions policies (leeds.gov.uk)

How to apply for a September 2022 place
If you are applying for a Year 7 place for September 2022, all applications are made in advance. Offers are made by the Local Authority on national offer day.
You must apply to the local authority who empties your bins. If this is Leeds, go to www.leeds.gov.uk/apply. The website is a composite prospectus for all Leeds schools and this includes:

• all of the steps you need to go through to make an application
• the key dates
• a search tool to see if your home address gives any higher priority for admission to any school(s)
• an explanation about how places are offered if there are more applications than spaces (oversubscribed)
• the online application portal - apply online and you’ll be sent your offer by email
• a summary of each school’s individual admission policy criteria
• data about who got a place in the last 3 years - this will help you work out if there is a reasonable chance of your child qualifying for a place.
• Information about applying under a specific admission criteria (such as your child being previously looked after). It is really important to ensure you submit all supporting evidence by the deadline to show you meet any such criteria.

You can also watch the Leeds City Council school admissions video for more information.

The council’s social media pages will also tell you about any Q&A sessions where you can ask questions.

You can also see information about our school, including previous admission data, on our school page on the Leeds City Council’s website.

Application timetable - The below timetable applies to applications made to Leeds City Council. If you apply to another local authority, they may have different dates.

1 August 2021     Applications open. You can apply online at www.leeds.gov.uk/apply 
31 October 2021  National deadline for applying
28 November 2021  Deadline for making changes that will be considered as being on-time.
31 December 2021  Final date Leeds City Council uses for adding late applications or receiving change of address evidence. 
 Any new applications received after this date will not be offered a school place until the first round of reallocations
1 March 2022  National offer day
15 March 2022  First cut off for waiting list requests
29 March 2022  Deadline for accepting offers and first cut off for appeal forms. Leeds City Council arranges our appeals. All appeals received by this date will be heard before the summer holiday
April to August 2022  Places allocated from waiting lists
May to July 2022  Appeals heard by independent appeal panels
September 2022   Start secondary school

In-year applications

If you're moving into Leeds or want to change schools in Leeds, you need to make a school transfer – often called an in-year application.
Moving schools can be a difficult experience for a child. You should always speak to your child's current school before trying to move to see what support they can offer you.

How to apply for an in-year place
Leeds City Council has delegated the decision making for in-year applications to our Governing Body.
You can apply for a place online using the Leeds in-year application form at Before you move schools (leeds.gov.uk). You can apply for places at our school and any other Leeds schools who are part of the centralised Leeds in-year application scheme at the same time. Natalie Harris, Attendance Manager, will be happy to assist you through the application process, should you need help.

If you have moved house, please upload evidence of the house move with the online application. You can find out what you need to provide on the above website.

We have to offer places by applying our admission policy criteria to your child’s application and we will contact you with our decision about offering you a place. We will tell you our decision no later than 15 school days from when you apply.

If we cannot offer you a place, we will
• write to you to explain the reasons
• explain how you can appeal and
• add your child to our waiting list in case a place becomes free.

Our waiting lists are kept until end of each school year. You will need to make a new application if you want to be on the waiting list for the following school year.

Appeals
If we cannot offer you a place, you will have the right of appeal. The appeal panel is independent of the school and council and their decision is legally binding.

Before you appeal you:

• should accept any place that you have been offered in case your appeal is not successful
• should think about why you are appealing and check if it's likely to be successful
• could read the advice for appealing school places on GOV.UK
• could get independent advice on making an appeal from a charity

Leeds City Council arranges our appeals and you can find the appeal form at School appeals (leeds.gov.uk)

If you are applying for a Year 7 place for September 2022, you need to submit your appeal by the deadline to ensure the appeal will be heard before the summer holidays.

You can appeal because you want your child to attend a particular school. These are successful if the panel agree that the reasons for your appeal outweigh the school's decision not to admit any more children.

Wanting your child to go to a school because you think it is the best one in the area is not likely to convince the panel that your child should get a place there.

 

Leeds City Council useful information:

Leeds City Council Admissions Team: 0113 222 4414
Leeds City Council - Apply for a Secondary School
Leeds City Council - School Admissions
Leeds City Council - Applying for a Secondary School place for Sept 2022 FAQs
Leeds City Council - School Admissions Check School Details - Allerton Grange School  


Visiting Allerton Grange School 

We strongly recommend you see the School for yourself and to meet our staff and pupils.

There are usually many opportunities to visit; you can come along to our Open Evening, arrange a taster day or have a personalised tour during or after school hours.
As this isn't possible at the moment due to COVID-19 restrictions, you can take a Virtual Tour of Allerton Grange which includes 360 Tours of areas of school as well as visit our Virtual Open Day pages.

If you wish to apply for a place in our Sixth Form please contact Mrs E Braim (Head of Sixth Form) at school who will be able to help you with your enquiry. You can also view our Virtual Sixth Form Open Day pages for more details.

We welcome you wholeheartedly and look forward to meeting you in the near future.

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- Prospective Parent, September 2018
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- Year 7 Parent on Parents' Consultation Evening, October 2018
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