Admissions Policy 2024-25
This policy is reviewed annually to ensure compliance with current regulations
For admission September 2024
Draft approved by Governing Board
15 October – 23 November 2021
Final version approved
28th September 2022
Next review date
The Admissions Authority is the Board of Co-op Academies Trust, with authority delegated to the local governing board of Co-op Academy Leeds.
The Academy has an admissions number of 180 in Year 7.
By mutual agreement, the academy and the local authority can, should place planning requirements dictate, agree to temporarily change the PAN for any given year.
The Academy will accordingly provide for the admission of 180 pupils to Year 7 each year if sufficient applications for entry are received. Where fewer than the published admissions number for the relevant year group are received, the Academy will offer places to all those who have applied.
Children with an education, health and care plan (EHCP) which names Co-op Academy
Leeds will be admitted to the school.
Applications for places in the normal admissions round
Parents are required to fill in a Common Preference Form (CPF) in the Local Authority in which they live to apply for a school place.
Applications can be made online from 1 August at www.leeds.gov.uk. All applications must be submitted by the deadline date of 31 October. In accordance with the co-ordinated admissions policy, on 1st March each year the Local Authority will make a formal offer of a place to parents or carers on behalf of the Academy.
If you return the Common Preference Form after the deadline we cannot consider your application at the same time as those received on time. Late applications will be dealt with once all other applicants have been considered.
Oversubscription criteria for Years 7-11
When the Academy is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with EHCPs where the school is named, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:
1 – Looked after children and children who were previously looked after but left care as they were adopted, became subject to a Special Guardianship Order or Child Arrangements order
2 – Children with siblings* (see note) who are students at the Academy and will still be at the Academy when the applicant child attends and who are living at the same address. This priority will not apply where the older sibling joined the sixth form from a different school
3 – Children who live within the Academy’s catchment area** (see note) (the Academy’s Catchment map is attached to this policy)
4 – Other children
Note*: Siblings include adopted siblings, step-siblings and foster siblings, providing they are permanently residing at the same address, but this does not apply to cousins or other family members living at the same address.
Note**: Catchment polygon: The area has been defined by the straight-line distance between the school and the next nearest school with a non-faith based admission policy and was set in November 2015 based on the schools and academies expected to be admitting year 7s in September 2017. You can apply for any school but if you live in the defined catchment area for a school you will receive a higher priority for it than families living outside of the catchment area. Living in the catchment area does not guarantee a place at the school.
If, in any of the categories above, a tie-break is necessary to determine which child is admitted, the child living closest to the academy will be given priority for admission.
Random allocation, carried out by someone independent of the Academy, will be used as a tie-break in any of the categories above to determine which child has highest priority for admission if the distance between a child’s home and the Academy is equidistant in two or more cases.
Looked after Children definition
A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided
with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions
(see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989.
Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order. This includes children who were adopted under the Adoption Act 1976 or under the Adoption and Childrens Act 2002, Child arrangements orders as defined in s.8 of the Children Act 1989, as amended. Child arrangements orders replace residence orders and any residence order in force prior to 22 April 2014 is deemed to be a child arrangements order. Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians).
The definition also includes children who appear to the admission authority of the Academy to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted. A child is regarded as having been in state care in a place outside of England if they were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation or any other provider of care whose sole purpose is to benefit society
Parents may be asked to provide a copy of the Court order and evidence that the child was previously looked after to the Academy Address
For admission purposes, the home address is where the child usually lives with their parent
or carer. You must not give the address of a childminder or relative. The Local Authority or
Academy will investigate any queries about addresses and, depending on what they find,
they may change the school offered to your child.
When we consider your application, we assume your address will be the same in the
following September as you have provided on your application. If you plan to move house,
you must still give your current address. If you move house after the deadline of 31 October
for applying for Secondary places, you must tell the Local Authority your new address as
they may have to offer your child a place at another school.
If it is found that a false address has been given with the aim of fraudulently securing a
school place, that place may be withdrawn, even if the child has already started at the
Where a child lives with parents with shared parental responsibility, each for part of a week, the address where the child lives is determined using a joint declaration from the parents stating the pattern of residence. If a child’s residence is split equally between both parents, then parents will be asked to determine which residential address should be used for the purpose of admission to school. If no joint declaration is received where the residence is split equally by the closing date for applications, the home address will be taken as the address where the child is registered with the doctor. If the residence is not split equally between both parents then the address used will be the address where the child spends the majority of the school week.
Distance is measured from the child’s home to the main Academy administration building in
a straight line, using the computer system in use by Leeds City Council.
If you return the preference form after the deadline we cannot guarantee to consider your
preferences at the same time as those received on time. Any secondary applications
returned after the deadline will only be dealt with once all other preferences have been
considered, unless there are significant and exceptional reasons. Late applications will be
considered before placements are made (where no preference could be met)
Parents will be asked to accept the offer of a school place by contacting the Academy
directly. This can be done by telephone on 0113 380 7940 or via e-mail on
This will not affect their position on any waiting list for a higher preference, or their right to
appeal. Parents who do not wish to accept the offer, or do not accept the offer within a
reasonable time, may have the place withdrawn.
After offers have been made on 1 March, parents can ask to go on the waiting list for the Academy.
Waiting lists will also be held for each year group for applications outside of the admissions
As per paragraph 2.14 of the Admissions Code:
- The position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria in this policy
- Each time a child is added to the waiting list, the list will be ranked again in line with the oversubscription criteria in this policy
- Looked after children, previously looked after children, and those allocated a place at the academy in accordance with a Fair Access Protocol, must take precedence over those on a waiting list
Temporary School Site
If a school has to move to a temporary site for any reason, such as the building being damaged by a fire, we will base our distance measurements on the school’s permanent site.
Applications out of normal age group
Parents may request that their child is admitted outside their normal age group. To do so parents should include a request with their application, specifying why admission out of the normal year group is being requested, and the year group to which they wish their child to be admitted.
When such a request is made, the academy will make a decision on the basis of the
circumstances of the case and in the best interests of the child concerned, taking into
account the views of the Principal and any supporting evidence provided by the parent.
There is no right of appeal against a decision not to allocate a place outside of normal year
group, only if the offer of a place in the normal year is not granted.
Applications outside the normal admission round – In Year Transfer Requests
All applications outside the normal admission (‘In-year’) round should be made using an
in-year common preference (ICPF) form. If you would like to request a place at Co-op
Academy Leeds, you should return the form directly to the school. If the school is full, you
will be offered a right of appeal against the refusal.
The sibling priority will apply to younger and older siblings where families move during the
Where no house move has taken place you will be offered a place to start at the beginning
of the next term, unless no other accessible school place is available to you
All applicants refused a place have a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel
constituted and operated in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code.
Appellants should contact the Local Authority for information on how to appeal.
All appeals will be held within 40 school days of the appeal being lodged; for in-year
applications, this appeal deadline is reduced to 30 school days.
Fair Access Protocol
As part of the co-ordinated admissions arrangements with the Local Authority, the Academy may accept “hard-to-place” pupils onto its roll in accordance with the Fair Access Protocol. These are special cases arranged wholly outside the boundaries of this admissions policy.