Crayford Academy Public Consultation - October 2018

This is a public consultation about Haberdashers’ Aske’s Crayford Academy. It is seeking views on changing Crayford Academy from an all-through 3 – 18 academy consisting of one secondary site and two primary sites to three legally separate schools – one secondary school and two primary schools – which work together as a cluster. Although these changes are quite technical in nature and they will only have a limited effect on the character and operations of Crayford Academy, DfE guidance requires that a consultation is carried out before making changes of this kind. This document is also consulting about the admissions policies for these schools, as required by the Schools Admissions Code.

 

This consultation will run from Monday 1st October to Wednesday 21st November 2018.  We welcome your feedback - please submit your views using the consultation form displayed in the right hand menu of this page. 

Areas of consultation 

Disaggregation

We would like to invite your views on the legal separation of Haberdashers’ Aske’s Crayford Academy from an all-through 3-18 school to three separate schools: one secondary school for children age 11-18, and two primary schools for children age 2 or 3 – 11 which would work together in the same way a cluster. The cluster would have one Cluster Board, replacing the local governing body that is currently in place for Crayford Academy.

Admissions Policies

We aim to have simple, fair, and easy to understand admissions policies that use home to school distance as the main criteria for allocating places.
We will have to put new admissions policies in place if our schools are separated into individual academies within a cluster, but we don’t actually want to make any changes to how admissions are decided. In fact we want to make sure that the criteria for deciding who gets a place are the same as now, to ensure that all the children who are in the primary school can get a secondary school place.


The new admissions policy for the secondary school will say:


If the school is oversubscribed, first priority will be given to children with an ‘Education, Health and Care Plan’ or ‘Statement of Special Educational Needs’ naming the school followed by children who meet the following criteria, in priority order:
1. Looked after children
2. Children who attend either of the primary schools within the cluster
3. Children admitted on the basis of aptitude in music (10% of intake), using a specified assessment process
4. Children with exceptional medical or social needs
5. Siblings of pupils attending the school at the time the application is received
6. Pupils who live nearest to the secondary school based on a straight-line home to school distance.


The new admissions policy for each primary school will say the same as it does now, which is:


If the school is oversubscribed, first priority will be given to children with an ‘Education, Health and Care Plan’ or ‘Statement of Special Educational Needs’ naming the school followed by children who meet the following criteria, in priority order:
1. Looked after children
2. Children with exceptional medical or social needs
3. Siblings of pupils attending the school at the time the application is received
4. Pupils who live nearest to the primary school they are applying to based on a straight-line home to school distance.


We would like to invite your views on the new admissions policy for the cluster, full admissions policies and a place where you can give us your views are on the right hand side of this page.

The reasons for change