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Admission Consultation - Admissions 2022-23
Harris Academy Beckenham – Admission Consultation Notice
The Governing Body are consulting on admission arrangements for students applying for places for the academic year beginning in September 2022. The consultation will run for 8 weeks from 23 November 2020 and 18 January 2021. The full draft admissions arrangements for 2022/23 can be found by clicking on:
We believe it is important for all stakeholders, including prospective parents and carers, to understand how our Academy manages the admission process. The Trust Board have developed a Trust wide template policy for use by all Harris academies to ensure consistency, clarity and compliance with the Admission’s Code. This may look different to previous policies, but we are simply setting out our existing criteria in a clearer way.
Proposed changes to the policy include a change of wording and clarification regarding definitions and an additional oversubscription criterion. They are as follows: -
Definition of a 'Parent'
A 'parent' includes a natural or adoptive parent of the child (regardless of whether they child lives with them, has contact with them, or they have parental responsibility for the child). It also includes a person who is not a natural or adoptive parent of the child, but who has care of and/or parental responsibility for the child.
Definition of a ‘Sibling’
A 'sibling' is a full sibling (sharing both parents), a half sibling (sharing one parent), an adopted sibling, a long term foster sibling (i.e. not a temporary placement), a step sibling (one child's parent married to the other child's parent), a cohabitee child, or child of their parent's cohabiting partner. In all cases, the sibling must live at the child's home address (as defined by this policy) as part of the same core family unit. For the avoidance of doubt, a child of a friend or extended family member (e.g. cousin) will not be a 'sibling' for this purpose, even if they live at the same address as the applicant child. The sibling must still be attending the Academy at the time of application/application closing date, and at the time of the applicant child’s admission.
Definition of ‘Children of Staff’
A 'child' of a staff member is:
- their natural or adopted child, whether they live with the staff member or elsewhere; and/or
- their step-child or child of their cohabiting partner, who lives and sleeps with the staff member at their home address for more than 50% of their time from Sunday to Friday night during term time.
- For the avoidance of doubt, or a step-child or child of a cohabiting partner, who lives elsewhere, will not be eligible for a place under this category.
It is further proposed to add an additional criterion, 7.1.4, to the oversubscription criteria to give preference to: -
Changes to the oversubscription Criterion
Children attending Harris Primary Academy Beckenham
Under this category, the child must be attending Harris Primary Academy Beckenham at the time of application/the application deadline. For inclusion in this category, parents must confirm attendance at the named feeder school in the application form. The PAN of the proposed feeder primary school, Harris Primary Academy Beckenham, is 60 students. Harris Primary Academy Beckenham have proposed to change their admissions policy to move to a straight-line measurement from the child’s home address to the academy using London Borough of Bromley’s electronic measuring system. The current nodal point system is difficult to administer, and many parents have informed us that they find it difficult to understand. This system was put in place when the primary academy was first set up and was only intended to be in place for the first few years of the academy being opened. The impact of these changes will ensure that those local children who attend the Harris Primary Beckenham will be able to attend a/their local secondary school, Harris Academy Beckenham.
The rationale for the proposal is due to the fact that Harris Academy Beckenham and Harris Primary Academy Beckenham have been working in a formal partnership for a number of years with staff being shared across both Academies. Considerable work takes place surrounding curriculum development, numeracy, literacy support in addition to sharing the same staff, site and associated resources. Students at the primary academy have already developed relationships with secondary staff and to have Harris Primary Academy Beckenham named as a designated feeder school would support the educational needs and wellbeing of the students and their families as they already have shared resources.
Change to Tie Breaker (All Year Groups) Definition
The Tie Breaker definition in section 10 will change within each category as explained below
Where there are more applications than places remaining in any of the oversubscription categories, the order in which places will be allocated will be determined by the distance between the child's home address (as defined by this policy) and the Academy, with those living nearest receiving highest priority.
Distance will be measured in a straight line from the easting and northing co-ordinates for the child's home address to easting and northing coordinates for the front door of the Academy, using the London Borough of Bromley's electronic measuring system which relies on Ordnance Survey GIS references.
Where the child lives in a multi-dwelling building (for example, an apartment block), distance will be measured from same point in the building so that the distance will be the same for all children living there.
Where two or more children live an equal distance from the Academy (including where they live in the same multi-dwelling building), the order in which places are allocated will be determined by random allocation supervised by someone who is independent of the Academy.
The consultation has been communicated by Harris Academy Beckenham as follows:
- Notification to the London Borough of Bromley
- Notification to all parents, carers and guardians of the academy and publication on the academy website
- Adverts in the local newspaper and other social media platforms that the academy use.
- Headteachers/Principals and Chair of Governors for all primary and secondary schools in a 10m radius of Harris Academy Beckenham and all nurseries and pre-schools (that are listed on the Bromley Council website).
- Local libraries, doctor surgeries, coffee shops and places of worship.
- Neighbouring Councils
- Bromley LA Admissions Forum
- Bromley Councillors
- Diocesan Boards
The updated admissions can be found here: https://www.harrisbeckenham.org.uk/956/admissions-consultation-admissions-2022-23 and recipients of this will be welcomed to respond by submitting the online consultation form on the website or by emailing comments relating to the proposed admissions arrangements above to the email@example.com. You can also submit your responses via post addressed to The Clerk to the Governing Body, Harris Academy Beckenham, Manor Road, Beckenham, BR3 3 JS and marked for the attention of the Clerk to the Governing Body by noon 18 January 2021.