Admissions Explained

Guidance for Parents & Guardians 

The Brian Clarke CofE Academy is a Church of England school that welcomes pupils of all faiths and none. It is a multicultural school that serves all the communities of Oldham and is a microcosm of the town’s rich diversity. The school will bring young people together to build a community where all are valued, respected, nurtured and challenged to become the best they can be and are meant to be.

Our admissions policy has been specifically designed to ensure our vision for the school is made a reality.  You can access the full Admissions Policy document here – BCA – Admissions Policy Feb 21

Please register your interest in our new school here. This will mean we can keep in touch with you and keep you up to date with the admissions process and important dates and events.

Below is a summary plus some graphics to help you understand our policy:

  • The school’s Published Admission Number (PAN) for the admission of pupils to Year 7 is 240.

If fewer than 240 applications for admission to Year 7 are received, all applicants will be offered places.

  • The school will admit all children with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) naming the school. These admissions are made without reference to faith.
  • In the event of more applications for admission to the school being received than there are places available (after the admission of any pupils with statements of special educational needs or EHCPs naming the school) the following criteria will be used to determine the allocation of places.

If the school is oversubscribed, then the following process will be undertaken to ensure the vision for the school is supported:

  • Looked after children and previously looked after children. These priority allocations are made without reference to faith.
  • Christian & other faiths based allocation.

*Children of the Christian faith who, with one or more parents or guardians, regularly attend public worship at a Christian Church. For the purposes of these admission arrangements ‘Christian Church’ means a church which is Designated under the Ecumenical Relations Measure 2018, nationally by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, or locally by the Diocesan Bishop.  This includes:

Priority is given to those children with most frequent and sustained attendance at public worship. Our approach takes into account the Covid19 pandemic and that all places of worship were completely closed from 17th March to 31st August 2020. It also recognises that attendance remains restricted through the remainder of 2020 and that this is likely to continue in 2021.These places are allocated with reference to faith and count towards the 50% of pupils who may be admitted on the basis of faith. A maximum of 60 places will be allocated under this criterion.

**Children who are active members of one of the five major world faiths other than Christian (i.e. Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Sikh) present in Oldham that are members of the UK Inter-Faith Network, Oldham Interfaith Forum or Oldham Mosques’ Council. These places are allocated with reference to faith and count towards the 50% of pupils who may be admitted on the basis of faith. A maximum of 60 places will be allocated under criterion.

Geographical Zone Allocation

Children who live within one of the 3 geographical zones defined by the school, i.e. 1 mile from the school (Zone 1), 1-2 miles from the school (Zone 2) and 2-3 miles from the school (Zone 3).  – please see the maps above.

Distance will be measured by the Local Authority’s mapping system (see definitions).  In line with the distribution of population, places within the 3 zones will be allocated according to the following ratio: 9:10:5.

At least 120 places will be allocated on a non-faith basis. We anticipate this will mean that there will be 45 places allocated in Zone 1, 50 in Zone 2 and 25 in Zone 3.

If the faith-based places are not taken up, they will be added to the places available through the geographical zones allocation.

When do I apply?

The closing date for applications is by 10th December 2021.

Applications can be made for entry to the school in September 2022 from Monday 26th July 2021 up to Tuesday 10th December 2021.

When will I find out if my child has gained a place?

The Offer Day for The Brian Clarke Church of England Academy will be on 23rd February 2022.  Parents then have 2 weeks to confirm that they will be accepting the offer. Confirmation must be received by 9th March 2022 at 3.00pm. If confirmation has not been received by this date and time, the offer will be withdrawn, and the place will be offered to the next person on the waiting list.  Confirmation may be by letter, email or telephone call.

The Brian Clarke Church of England Academy is proud to be part of the Cranmer Education Trust

Cranmer Education Trust is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. Company registration number: 07687709. Registered Office: Cranmer Education Trust, c/o Blue Coat School, Egerton Street, Oldham OL1 3SQ