How to apply for a place

Department for Education Number: 330 6905

Published Admission Number: 150

Number on roll (all ages): 875

Number on roll in Sixth Form: 100

How to apply for Year 7 in September 2018

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 Preferences Received Furthest Distance
2017 929 0.794 km
2016 785 1.030 km
2015 773 1.006 km
2014 672 1.218 km
2013 547 1.390 km
2012 439 2.758 km

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 purses, 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)’.

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 2018.

For the DfE’s admissions appeals code click here.

Timetable for moving onto secondary education

July 2017

If you live in Birmingham, you will receive information on the secondary transfer process from us through your child’s Birmingham primary school or via post if your child attends a primary school outside Birmingham. If you have not received any literature then please contact the Children’s Information and Advice Service on: 0121 303 1888.

If you live outside Birmingham but wish to apply for a place at Heartlands Academy, you must apply to your own Local Authority (your home authority) for their information booklet and preference form for you to fill in and return to them.

20 September 2017

Heartlands Academy Open Evening.

1 October 2017

You are strongly advised to have applied online or to have returned your Birmingham Local Authority Preference Form by this date to:

Birmingham City Council
Directorate of People
School Admissions and Pupil Placements Service
PO Box 16513
B2 2FF

If you wish to also view schools that are outside of Birmingham, and whose open evenings fall after 1 October, then you may return your Birmingham Local Authority Preference Form by the final deadline of 31 October 2017. This will not disadvantage your application.

31 October 2017

This is the final date for acceptance of preferences and online applications or change of preference through, moving home etc. If you have not received an acknowledgement of your application before this date, then you should contact the Children’s Information and Advice Service.

1 March 2018

Emails are sent to those applicants who have applied online for their child’s secondary education place (and will arrive ahead of postal notifications). You can also log in to the online application system using your user name and password to check your offer.

All applications are sent a letter on this date letting you know the secondary education place your child is offered.

16 March 2018

If you have been offered a place at Heartlands Academy, then you must return your reply slip directly to us by this date and indicate whether or not you are accepting the place

29 March 2018

You must complete and appeals forms and return them by this date to Birmingham City Council, Directorate for People, School Admissions and Pupil Placements Service, PO Box 16513, Birmingham, B2 2FF. Please visit the School Appeals Enquiry page on Birmingham City Council’s website for more information on how to appeal.

18 June 2018

Date by which all appeals that have been submitted on time will be heard.

June 2018

Year 6 transition, an introduction to at Heartlands Academy.

03 September 2018

Start school in Year 7.

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