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We know that selecting a secondary school for your child or assisting your son or daughter with their Sixth Form application is a vital part of every parent’s life. Understanding the Great Barr Academy admissions process is integral, and without such knowledge you may find it difficult to access the places you child is entitled to.

Here at Great Barr Academy, we aim to make the admissions process as simple as possible for both parent and pupil, and are clear about our arrangements for each school year, whether your child is making the transition from Year 6 to secondary school, from secondary school to Sixth Form or progressing with an in-year application.

All parents must apply via Birmingham Local Authority, and here we explain what to expect from the process.

Transferring from Year 6

Making plans for the next academic year starts early, and all parents are invited by Birmingham Local Authority to complete an online application in September for a transfer to secondary education the following September. Parents of every Year 5 pupil living in Birmingham will also be introduced to all maintained secondary schools, academies and free schools with online application available from this time also.

When transferring from Year 6 to secondary school all applications, whether submitted online or by post, must be submitted by a specified deadline at the beginning of November so that arrangements to sit selective or assessment tests can be made. Up to six applications can be made to any maintained school inside or outside Birmingham Local Authority. A number of factors will be considered during the Great Barr Academy admissions process where applicable, such as your child’s special educational needs and Education Health and Care (EHC) Plan, their status as a looked after or previously looked after child, whether there is already an older brother or sister in attendance and home to school measurements, with distance from the child’s main residence considered in cases of shared parental responsibility.

Year 12 admissions

School admissions for prospective Year 12 Great Barr students must also be made via Birmingham Local Authority. Entry is based on meeting certain criteria however, including the attainment of academic results, prospective Year 12 students must have a minimum of 5 GCSEs A* to C. Progression to Year 13 is determined by the Director of Sixth Form and is subject to students obtaining three or more passes in their AS subjects.

In-year applications

Applications made outside of the normal admissions round must be made to the academy directly. Our admissions team will notify Birmingham Local Authority on your behalf regarding the application and its outcome.

To find out more about the Great Barr Academy admissions process, including Birmingham Local Authority criteria and admission dates, please view our PDF below, or call 0121 366 6611 / email secretariat@greatbarr.bham.sch.uk

PDF_download Determined Admissions

PDF_download In-Year Admission Form

 Birmingham School Admissions

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