Year 7 Admissions

If your child is currently in Year 6 of primary school, you should apply for a place in the Academy now. The Academy has its own Admissions Body for admissions to the Academy.

For September 2018 entry, parents are asked to use and follow the guidelines in the Blackburn with Darwen information booklet ‘Secondary school admissions for September 2016’. This booklet gives further detail on the Academy and the process of application.

The Academy is offering places for up to 240 Year 7 students in September 2018. In the case of the Academy receiving more applications than places available, the Blackburn with Darwen ‘over subscription criteria’ will be used to determine places, in the same way that the criteria applies to Community Schools.

31st March 2018

Deadline for on-time appeals

Appeals will be accepted after this deadline but they may be heard at a later date than appeals lodged on time

20th April – 18th May 2018

Notice of hearing issued

For appeals lodged on time, notice of appeal hearing date and time should be issued in this time appeal

8th May – 15th June 2018

Appeal Hearing will take place

All appeals lodged before the deadline of 31st March 2018 will be heard before the end of 15th June 2018

15th June – 29th June 2018

Notice of hearing information issues for late appeals

For appeals lodged after the deadline, notice of appeal hearing date and time should be issued in this time period

W/C 16th July 2018

Late appeal hearing will take place

Hearings for appeals lodged after the deadline of the 31st March 2017 will take place before the end of the 20th July 2018 *

*Appeal hearings for all appeals lodged after 31st March 2018 will be heard with the on time appeals wherever possible. If they cannot be heard with the on-time appeals, they will be heard within 30 school days of the date the appeals is lodged. In some circumstances, this may mean appeals for the September intake will be heard after the school’s summer holidays.


We will endeavour to stick to the above dates wherever possible, however please be aware that these dates may be subject to change depending on the numbers of appeals received. 

If you would like any further information on Year 7 admissions please fill in the enquiry form or telephone 01254 819500 or contact our Student Services team on 01254 819540.

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