The proposed admissions policy has been carefully developed in-line with the vision for the School. Admissioninto Year 7 will be comprehensive and academically non-selective whilst Sixth Form will be selective based on GCSE results to ensure that pupils are capable of studying in an academically-focused environment.
Year 7 admissions
The School will admit up to 150 year 7 pupils, starting in September 2015. Birmingham City Council will coordinate the admissions process according to their schools’ admissions timetable and provide the Application Form.
School places will be allocated across four areas, or nodes, in the city, based on distance between the applicant’s home address to the main entrance of the node (see below).
The nodes have been selected to:
Help ensure that the school’s pupil intake is representative of the city of Birmingham.
Ensure that the opportunity to attend the school is open to a large number of students across the city, whilst recognising that the school should also benefit the community in which it is located.
Target those areas where there is a need for secondary school places over the next 10 years.
Railway stations allow a good geographical spread of points and encourage pupils (particularly older pupils) to use public transport when travelling to school to reduce local congestion. They are also stable and easily identifiable.
The selected points and proportion of places allocated to each node are set out below1:
The University School site itself (B29 6QW): 50.0% (75 pupils)
Hall Green Rail Station (B28 8AA) : 16.7% (25 pupils)
Small Heath Station (B10 0DP): 16.7% (25 pupils)
Jewellery Quarter Station (B18 6LE): 16.7% (25 pupils)
1The actual pupil numbers outlined above may change if the school has admitted pupils with a statement of SEN prior to the application of the over-subscription criteria set out below.
If the number of applications for admission is greater than the published admission number, over-subscription criteria will be used to allocate places. After the admission of pupils with statements of Special Educational Needs where the University School is named on the statement, the criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set out below:
Looked After Children in the care of a local authority.
Siblings of pupils currently attending the University School and who will continue to do so on the date of admission.
Distance between home address and the main entrance to the nodal point nearest to that address.
If there are fewer applicants for a nodal point than the allocation of places, the remaining places will be allocated to the applicants living closest to other nodal points, in-line with the % distribution set out above.
In the event that a tie break situation occurs with two students living equal distance from their closest node, a random allocation tie break will be used.
Sixth Form admissions
For 2015/16, the University of Birmingham Sixth Form can admit up to 140 pupils into the 1st year of Sixth Form (year 12). For later years, the Sixth Form has an agreed admissions number for entry into year 12 of 200 pupils, minus those eligible to transfer from Year 11.
The admissions process starts from 1 September in the year prior to admission, with an application form available on the School’s website. The closing date for admissions will be confirmed annually. Both internal and external applicants must complete an application form. Further detailed information will be published in the sixth form prospectus and on the University of Birmingham School website.
Both internal and external pupils wishing to enter the Sixth Form will be expected to have met the minimum academic entry requirements:
Pupils will have at least 5 GCSEs at Grade B or above.
Pupils will have at least a Grade C at GCSE in English and Maths.
Pupils will have least a Grade B at GCSE in the subjects (or associated subjects) that they select to study at Advanced Level (A-level). Grade requirements for each Advanced Level programme will be set out in the prospectus.
When the Sixth Form is under-subscribed, all applicants meeting the minimum academic entry requirements will be admitted, subject to the School’s capacity to run each course.
If there are more external applications which fulfil the academic entry criteria than places available, the same over-subscription criteria as applied in year 7 will be applied, with the same proportion of applicants allocated across the 4 nodal points.
On an annual basis, all offers made depend on numbers applying and the School’s capacity to run each course.
The University of Birmingham School and Sixth Form shall ensure that parents and relevant children will have the right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel if they are dissatisfied with an admission decision.