Amethyst Academies Trust Academies serve diverse and culturally rich communities reflecting a wide range of social and economic backgrounds.
Amethyst Academies Trust will work in partnership with its family of schools, parents and sponsors to become a beacon for learning within their communities. We will aim to extend the potential of every student through an enriched programme of academic, social technological and recreational experiences in order to prepare pupils for the challenges of adult life.
Amethyst Academies Trust operate within Wolverhampton’s Scheme for Co-ordinated Admission Arrangements for Secondary Admissions. The scheme aims to ensure that each child receives the best possible single offer of a place at a secondary school, based on parents’ preferences.
This means that:
1. Parents only fill in ONE application form, stating their preferred choices and reasons for them.
2. Five preferences are invited
3. Initially, ALL preferences are treated as equal, and sent out to other admission authorities as appropriate.
4. If the preferred Amethyst Academy Trust Academy is full the over-subscription criteria will be applied (where appropriate).
5. If the over-subscription criteria is not met and the Amethyst Academies Trust are unable to offer a place, then the next parental choice on the preferential form will be offered.
The Governors will offer:
Aldersley High School – 180 places;
Moreton School – 155 each academic year.
Where the number of applications exceeds the number of places available and, therefore, the school is over-subscribed, the following criteria will be applied in allocating places:
In order of priority places will be offered on the basis of:
1. Children in Public Care (Looked After Children) who are the subject of a full care order. Children in Public Care are either on care orders made by a court or accommodated by the Local Authority at the parent’s request. Children in care may live in foster homes, residential homes with relatives or continue to live at home.
2. Children who have older siblings currently attending an Amethyst Academy Trust Academy at the date of admission. Older children from the same family unit, attending a particular school, can be considered to ‘qualify’ a younger child under sibling link criteria, provided proof is available to demonstrate that the children are permanently resident at the same address and part of the same family unit. (We accept that in some family units (one or two adults and children) the children may not be natural brothers and sisters and are half brothers and half sisters or step-brothers and step-sisters). Permanently resident must refer to where a child lives for most of the teaching week e.g. three or more days at the same residence.
3. Children who suffer from some medical condition or disability, which makes it better for them to attend an Amethyst Academy Trust Academy rather than another. Places will only be offered under this criteria if the child has a certified medical condition with strong professional supporting evidence confirming that existing exceptional problems with the child’s health would be seriously exacerbated if a place were not made available.
4. All remaining applications will initially be ranked on the basis of the distance from the preferred Amethyst Academy Trust Academy measured in line with the Local Authority ‘Straight Line Measurement Policy’.
5. For flats, this will be measured from the communal entrance to the building. In the event of a tie-break within a block of flats, those nearest to that entrance will be given priority.
In the event of a place not being offered, notice of intention to appeal must be made to the Chair of Governors through the Admissions Officer at the school within 14 days of the date on the letter refusing a place.
Appeals will be considered initially by the Admissions Committee of the Governing Body. Should the Committee decide not to offer a place, parents can further appeal to an independent panel, which will be convened for this purpose, as established under Section 94 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.
Amethyst Academies Trust Academies operates within Wolverhampton’s Scheme for Co-ordinated Admission Arrangements for Secondary Admissions.