Contact:- Ms S Arnould  01322 665231 ext 215

Year 7

Orchards Academy admits 120 students in Year 7. All Year 7 admissions are processed by the Local Education Authority and we adhere to its Admissions policy as follows:

·           Looked after pupils will be given first priority ahead of all other applications

           Pupils living in the priority admissions area of the school with a sibling attending at the time of application and admission.

          Other pupils living in the priority admissions area.

           Pupils living outside the priority admissions area with a sibling attending at the time of application and admission.

             Remaining applications


Remaining Applications

In the event of over-subscription with any of the above criteria, priority will be determined by the straight line distance from home to school, those living closest being given highest priority. Exceptional medical circumstances (supported by medical evidence) may override the above.

Application forms can be obtained from your child’s Primary School.

Please refer to for further information

Make an appeal

If your child is due to start Secondary School in September 2020 you can appeal if you were refused a place at one of your preferred schools.

You can appeal between 2 March and 27 March 2020 to guarantee your appeal will be heard by 15 June 2020

If the school application was made in the normal round of applications appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline.

If it was a late application, appeals should be heard within 40 schools days of the deadline where possible, or within 30 schools days of making the appeal.

Guidance for parents will be available on national offer day about appeals.

General Admissions and Transfers

If you are looking to transfer from another secondary school or join Orchards Academy post Year 7 admissions.  Please complete the Enquiry Form below.

Any child not offered a place has the statutory right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel. The Independent Appeal Panel will be determined by the Governing Body on an annual basis and will, usually, consist of two lay members and one person from the community, independent of the School. The decision of the Independent Appeal Panel will be binding on the Governors and the parents. Full details of the Appeals process are available from the Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel. Parents wishing to make an appeal should contact the school to request a Registration and Appeal Form.


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