Admission Arrangements for 2017-2018

Admissions Authority

Hollingworth Academy is an 11-16 secondary school under the trusteeship of the Hollingworth Academy Trust.

As an Academy, the Academy Trust is the Admissions Authority and is responsible for taking decisions on applications for admissions.

The co-ordination of admissions arrangements is undertaken by the Local Authority.

Published Admissions Number (PAN)

The Governing Body has set its admissions number at 270.

Transition to Secondary School from Primary Schools

A ‘Transferring to Secondary School’ booklet is published by the Local Authority, giving details of the Local Authority’s co-ordinated admissions arrangements.  This is available from Local Authority Offices, on the Rochdale Council website and on request from the Local Authority directly.

In the Autumn term 2016, parents/carers of children in Year 6 in the Borough’s primary schools should receive a letter reminding them that they now need to apply for a secondary place.

All initial correspondence and any reminders of the deadline for applications will come through the child’s primary school.  Parents/carers should, therefore, ensure that the contact details held by the primary school are up-to-date.

Parents/carers must complete a common application form, expressing three preferences for secondary school admission, and return this to the School Admissions Team at the Local Authority.

The closing date for all applications for September 2017 admission is 31 October 2016.

Parents/carers can request an application form by contacting the Local Authority directly.  Alternatively, applications can be made online or by downloading an application form from the Rochdale Council website

Parents/carers should ensure that all relevant information is included on the application form.

Late applications or applications which are missing key information, such as a child having a sibling already attending our school, will affect the child’s position on the admissions list and may result in him/her missing out on a place.

All applicants will be considered at the same time after the closing date for admissions and in a fair way based on the PAN (Published Admission Number), the published admissions criteria and the information that is returned on the application form.

Parents/carers will be informed of the Governors’ decision to offer a place by Rochdale Local Authority at the beginning of March 2017.

Within-Year Transfers between Secondary Schools

Parents/Carers who would like their child to transfer to Hollingworth Academy from another secondary school must complete a Within-Year Transfer Application Form and return this to the School Admissions Team at Rochdale Local Authority.

If places are available, children qualifying under the published admissions criteria will be admitted.

If there are more applicants than places available, then the published oversubscription criteria will be applied.

Admissions Criteria

The Governing Body will consider all applications for admission on an equal basis, with the following set of Admissions/Oversubscription Criteria forming a priority order where there are more applications for admissions than the school has places available:

If applications for the school are in excess of the number of places available the Governors will apply the above criteria, to decide which children should be admitted/offered places.  In the event of oversubscription in any of the above categories, applicants living nearest to the school will be given priority.  Distance will be measured from the front door of the child’s home address (including flats) to the main entrance of the school, using a recognised computerised measuring system, with those living closer to the school receiving the higher priority.

It is the responsibility of all applicants to state clearly any specific details which relate to any of the above admission criteria.  The information should be included on the application form which should be fully completed before submission.

Children living in other authorities must apply to their own Council and name Hollingworth Academy, Rochdale.


If in any category there are more applications than places available, priority will be given on the basis of distance from home to school with those living nearer to the school having priority.

Distance will be measured using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system.

If the distance is the same for two or more applicants for the last place/s to be allocated, a random lottery will be carried out in a public place.

Year 7 Admissions Waiting List

If there are more applications than places available, a waiting list will be maintained.  Waiting lists will be ranked according to the relevant admissions/oversubscription criteria.  Parents/carers will be notified if a vacancy arises.  The Year 7 admissions waiting list will not be maintained beyond the Autumn term of the admission year.

The Right of Appeal

If an application for admission or a within-year transfer request has been turned down by the Governing Body, parents/carers can appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel.  This appeal must be made in writing to Rochdale Local Authority Legal Services Team within 20 school days of notification of refusal.  The date of notification of will be two working days after posting by first class post.

The decision of the appeals panel is binding on all parties.

Admissions and Appeals Information

The following forms and documents are available from the School Admissions Team at Rochdale Local Authority:

Contact Details

RMBC School Admissions Team
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
OL16 1XU

Tel: (01706) 925089

RMBC Legal Services Team
School Admissions Appeals
Number One Riverside
Floor 2
Smith Street
OL16 1XU

Tel: (01706) 924811


Looked-After Children and Previously Looked-After Children
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 under Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989.
A previously Looked-After Child is one who immediately moved on from that status after becoming subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order.
Shared Parenting
Where a child lives with parents with shared responsibility, each for part of a week, the child’s “permanent place of residence” will be determined as the address of the parent who normally has responsibility for the majority of school days in a week.

Admission into a Different Year Group

There may be exceptional circumstances where admission into a different year group may be advised or considered (gifted and talented children, for example, or those who have experienced problems or missed part of a year, for example due to ill health).  The Governors’ Admissions Committee will make a decision based on the circumstances of each case.  Parents/carers of children refused a place at the school have a statutory right of appeal, but this does not apply if parents are offered a place other than in the year group for which they applied.

The Governing Body reserves the right to:

Policy Review and Consultation

The school’s Governing Body will review and approve the Admissions Policy annually.

Consultation on admission arrangements will take place whenever there are significant changes to the policy or every seven years if there is no significant change.

Consultation will be for a minimum of 8 weeks and will take place between 1 November and 1 March in the academic year before the arrangements are to apply.

Admission arrangements will be submitted to the Local Authority by 1 May and publicised on the school’s website for the full offer year.

Any objections – If you are not happy with our application process you have until the 15 May 2016 to make an objection to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator.