Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust

Admission Arrangements

The Governing Body of Manor Community Academy is responsible for all admissions to the Academy. The admission number for Manor Community Academy in September 2022 is 250. The criteria proposed follow the general guide lines of Hartlepool Admission Authority and takes into account the statutory duties and recommendations contained within the School Admissions Code.

Manor Community Academy is a sponsored academy and is part of the Northern Education Trust and, as such, we are our own Admission Authority; we recognise that all admissions must comply with the published co-ordinated arrangements.

In the first instance, places will be awarded to those pupils with a statement of special educational needs or ONE (Education, Health and Care) Plan where Manor Community Academy is named in the statement.

In the event of the Academy being oversubscribed in 2022-2023, the remaining places will be in accordance with the following priority criterion which has been agreed by the Governing Body.

Priority 1 A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child
arrangements, or special guardianship order* including those who appear [to the admission authority] to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).*1 An adoption order is an order under the Adoption Act 1976 (see Section 12 adoption orders) and children who were adopted under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (see Section 46 adoption orders). A ‘child arrangements order’ is an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live under Section 8 of the Children Act 1989 as amended by Section 14 of the Children and Families Act 2014. Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians).
Priority 2 Children who have a sibling who will still be attending the school at the time of admission

  • Sibling refers to brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer’s partner, and in every case, the child should be living in the same family unit at the same address.
  • In the case of siblings in the same age cohort and where there is only one place available in the school, all will be admitted even if it goes above the admission number for the school.
Priority 3 Children who attend a Partner Primary School linked to Manor Community Academy. Those children who attend Fens, Eskdale, Grange, Greatham, Golden Flatts, Rossmere and Kingsley – Manor’s identified Partner Primary Schools.

Places will be allocated in the following order of priority:
a) Those children who attend a Partner Primary School and live within the
admission zone of that primary school.

b) Those children who attend a Partner Primary School but live outside the
admission zone of that primary school.

c) Those children who do not attend a Partner Primary School but live
within the admission zone of a Partner Primary School.

Priority 4 Those children who are distinguished from the great majority of other applicants, whether on medical grounds or by other exceptional circumstances, and who would suffer significant hardship if they were unable to attend the Academy.
Priority 5 Those children who live closest to Manor Community Academy as determined by a straight line distance measurement; from the address point for the child’s home to the address point of the school, using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system, with those living closer to the school receiving the higher priority.

If more children qualify under a particular criterion than there are places available, priority will be given to those children who live closest to the school (as described under criteria 5). Should it not be possible to separate two or more applications, for example two applicants who live at an equal distance from the school, the Local Authority’s computerised system will use random selection.

A request may be made for a child to be admitted outside of their normal age group, for example, if the child is gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health. Any such request should be made in writing to the Principal of the academy. The Academy Council will make its decision about the request based on the circumstances of each case and in the best interests of the child. In addition to taking into account the views of the Principal who has statutory responsibility for the internal organisation, management and control of the school, the Academy Council will take into account the views of the parents and of appropriate medical and education professionals.

Unsuccessful applicants will be offered the opportunity to be placed on a waiting list. This waiting list will be maintained in order of the oversubscription criteria set out below and not in the order in which applications are received or added to the list. Waiting lists for admission will operate throughout the school year. The waiting list will be held open until the last day of the summer term. Inclusion on the school’s waiting list does not mean that a place will eventually become available.

An application can be made for a place for a child at any time outside the admission round and the child will be admitted where there are available places. Parents/carers should contact the Local Authority’s School Admissions Team, Hartlepool Borough Council, Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning, Brierton Lane, Hartlepool, TS25 4AF, on 01429 284368 or by email at [email protected]. Where there are places available but more applications than places, the published oversubscription criteria, as set out above, will be applied.

If there are no places available, a request can be made that the child is added to the waiting list (see above).The parent has the right of appeal to an independent appeal panel.

Where a parent has been notified that a place is not available for a child, every effort will be made by the local authority to help the parent to find a place in a suitable alternative school. Parents who are refused a place have a statutory right of appeal. Further details of the appeals process are available from the Local Authority’s School Admissions Team, Hartlepool Borough Council, Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning, Brierton Lane, Hartlepool, TS25 4AF, on 01429 523768 or 284368 or by email at [email protected]


Applying for your child to attend Manor Community Academy

Applying for a Secondary School Place

In Year School Admissions (Transfers)

Hartlepool Council Admissions Team co-ordinate in year admissions for all primary and secondary schools within the town. An in year admission is when a parent wishes to apply for a place at a school that is not during normal rounds of entry (eg Reception – starting primary school or Year 7 – moving from primary to secondary school). Should you wish to apply to transfer to our school, please complete and return a form which can be found by clicking on the following link: https://www.hartlepool.gov.uk/info/20014/schools_and_learning/655/in_year_school_admissions

Manor Academy is a member of the Northern Education Trust.
We constantly focus on standards as we understand outcomes are paramount. Our decision making is driven entirely by what is best for children. By doing this we enhance the life chances of the children and young people in our care.