How to apply for a place

Determined Admissions Arrangements 2021

Admissions Consultation

Department for Education Number: 330 6905
Published Admission Number: 150
Number on roll (all ages): 832

How to apply for Year 7 in September 2021

An application must be made online at or by using a Local Authority Preference Form.

Previous admission pattern at the time of offer of places for Year 7

In the last 5+ years, Heartlands Academy has received more applications than there were places available.

Year Admissions number Preferences received Furthest distance
2020 150
2019 180 1,069 1,381 meters
2018 180 970 1,006 meters
2017 150 929 794 meters
2016 150 785 1,030 meters
2015 150 773 1,006 meters
2014 150 672 1,218 meters
2013 150 547 1,390 meters
2012 150 439 2,758 meters

Admission criteria

Where there are more applications than there are places available, places will be allocated based on the following order of priority:

  1. Looked after or previously looked after children.
  2. Children (siblings) with a brother or sister already at the academy and who will still be in attendance at the time the sibling enters the school.
  3. Children who attend Nechells Primary E-ACT Academy.
  4. Children who live nearest the academy.

Within each of these categories, priority is given to those who live nearest the school. For these purposes, distances are calculated on the basis of a straight-line measurement between the applicant’s home address and the front gates of the academy on Great Francis Street.

We have adopted the Local Authority’s definitions for: ‘children with a statement of special educational needs’, ‘looked after or previously looked after children’, ‘distance’, ‘sibling’, ‘shared responsibility’ and ‘separating “final qualifier” applications (blocks of flats etc)’.

Fair access protocol

The academy complies with Birmingham local authority’s Fair Access Protocol (FAP). The purpose of Fair Access Protocols is to ensure that – outside the normal admissions round – unplaced children, especially the most vulnerable, are found and offered a place quickly so that the amount of time any child is out of school is kept to the minimum. This is why every local authority is required to have in place a Fair Access Protocol, developed in partnership with local schools.

Waiting lists and appeals

Parents whose children have not been offered their preferred school will be informed of their right of appeal.

Appeals are administered by the Local Authority for this academy. Parents who wish to appeal against the decision to refuse their child admission should contact the Children’s Information and Advice Service on: 0121 303 1888 to request an appeal form. Appeals will be heard by an independent panel.

Children will also be added to the academy’s waiting list in accordance to the over-subscription criteria. The waiting list will be kept until January.

The Department for Education appeals code

For the Department for Education’s admissions appeals code click here.

Information about recent changes to the appeals process can be found here.

Timetable for the secondary school admissions process

Stage of processDate
Application period starts1 September 2020
Heartlands Academy open day19 September 2020
Closing date for applications31 October 2020
National Offer Day1 March 2021
Deadline for accepting the offer16 March 2021
Deadline for submitting appeals30 March 2021
Appeal hearings for appeals submitted on timeMay and June 2021
Induction day at secondary school3 July 2021
Term startsSeptember 2021

Admission number

  • From September 2020: 150
  • From September 2018: 180
  • Until September 2018: 150
  • Year 7 – 150
  • Year 8 – 180
  • Year 9 – 180
  • Year 10 – 150
  • Year 11 – 150

Admissions Policy 2021-2022
Admissions Policy 2020-2021
Admissions Policy 2019-2020

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