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Millbrook Academy is an inclusive institution. We aim to meet the needs of all children irrespective of whether they have physical, sensory, emotional/behavioural, specific or general learning needs.

All students have access to the full National Curriculum and are encouraged to make the most of their individual talents. Special Educational Needs are identified early and we secure the appropriate provision for students with SEN. These students are integrated into the school community.

For all In-Year Admissions please complete the attached form and return to Admissions at Millbrook Academy or email 


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Admission criteria

Pupil Ability

Pupils will be admitted with reference to ability.


Where the number of applications for admissions is greater than the number of places available, places will be offered in accordance with the following criteria. The criteria will be applied in the order set out below:

Priority 1           Where the child is in public care (looked after children). A 'looked after child' or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship order[1]. 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)

Priority 2           Children with a sibling who will still be on roll at the Academy when the child starts (Sibling is defined as a brother or sister, half-brother of half-sister, adopted brother or adopted sister, step brother or step sister or the child of the parent/carers partner and, in every case, the child must be living in the same family unit at the same address).

Priority 3           Children with the strongest geographical claim, measured in a straight line from the Ordnance Survey Point of the child’s home address (including flats) to the front gate of the Academy, using the local authority’s computerised measuring system, with those living closer to the Academy receiving the higher priority.

In the event of a tie between two or more children when applying the above tie-break (strongest geographical claim based on straight line distance) where there are not enough places available to offer all children a place at the academy, a process of allocation will be followed by the Governing Body.

Statements of Special Education Need

The academy is required to admit a child with a statement of special educational need if that statement names the academy. This applies even if the academy is full.

Appeals against Non-Admission

Appeal guidance and papers will be available from the academy. An independent panel will be established in accordance with the Government regulations for Academies to hear parents’ appeals.

In Year Admissions

Any applications for a place at Millbrook Academy, made outside the normal year of entry, must be made directly to the Academy. We will be responsible for offering Academy places to children on behalf of the Governing Body.

[1] An adoption order is an order under section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002.

A ‘residence order’ is as 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. 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).


Admission Appeals

Timetable for Admissions Appeals

Academies Enterprise Trust is the admission authority for this academy. 

The Academy will adhere to the following timetable in regard to appeal hearings:

  • Academy to notify parents that their application was unsuccessful;
  • Parents to be allowed 20 school days from the date of this notification to prepare and lodge their written appeal;
  • Academy to set appeal hearing date following receipt of appeal - at least 10 school days notice should be given.  This date should include reasonable deadlines for appellant to submit additional evidence, for admission authorities to submit their evidence and for the clerk to send appeal papers to all parties;
  • Academy to ensure decision letters following the appeal hearing are sent to appellant within 5 school days of the date of the hearing.


Appeals lodged by the appropriate deadlines are heard within the following timescales:

  1. For applications made in the normal admissions round[1], appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals;
  2. For late applications[2], appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged;
  3. For applications to sixth forms:
  1. Where the offer of a place would have been conditional upon exam results, appeals must be heard within 30 school days of confirmation of those results;
  2. Where the offer of a place would not have been conditional upon exam results, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals;
  1. For applications for in-year admissions[3], appeals must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

Appeals submitted after the appropriate deadline must still be heard, in accordance with whatever timescale is set out in the timetable published by the admission authority. 

For further information please see The School Admission Appeals Code:

[1] Under the School Admissions (Admission Arrangements and Co-ordination of Admission Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2012 an application is made in the ‘normal admissions round’ if it is not a ‘late application’ or an ‘in-year application’:  see footnotes 2 and 3.

[2] An application is a ‘late’ application if it is for the admission of a child to a relevant age group; it is submitted before the first day of the school term of the admission year; and a determination relating to the application is not made by an authority on or before the offer date.  The ‘relevant age group’ is the age group at which pupils are or will normally be admitted to the school e.g. reception or year 7 (Section 142 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998).

[3] An application is an ‘in-year’ application if it is for the admission of a child to a relevant age group and it is submitted on or after the first day of the first school term of the admission year, or it is for the admission of a child to an age group other than a relevant age group.