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Academies: Admissions

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what proportion of children in each English academy (a) were admitted on the basis of aptitude, (b) were entitled to free school meals and (c) secured five grades A-C at GCSE in the most recent period for which figures are available. (150909)

[holding answer 18 July 2007]: Academies can admit pupils on the basis of aptitude for certain specialisms on the same basis as other specialist schools. The Department does not collect data on how many pupils are admitted on the basis of aptitude. The proportion of children in each academy entitled to free school meals, and the proportion gaining five or more A*-C at GGSE in 2006 are included in the following table.

Academy name

Percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals

Percentage of pupils achieving five or more A*-C at GCSE in 2006

The Academy of St. Francis of Assisi

47.1

40.2

St. Paul’s Academy

25.6

59.1

The Marlowe Academy

29.1

28.0

Grace Academy

28.0

n/a

John Madejski Academy

29.1

n/a

Macmillan Academy1

25.5

92.9

Dixons City Academy1

7.2

96.9

Paddington Academy

50.8

n/a

The Petchey Academy

47.8

n/a

North Liverpool Academy

39.1

n/a

Westminster Academy

40.9

n/a

Harris Academy Bermondsey

60.6

n/a

The Barnsley Academy

37.3

n/a

Burlington Danes Academy

20.6

n/a

Sheffield Park Academy

36.3

n/a

Sheffield Springs Academy

35.0

n/a

Harris Academy Merton

30.0

n/a

David Young Community Academy

42.1

n/a

Harris Girls' Academy East Dulwich

40.5

n/a

Walthamstow Academy

31.8

n/a

The Gateway Academy

36.3

n/a

Greig City Academy

39.1

60.7

Walsall Academy

11.4

57.4

Unity City Academy

45.0

33.5

The Business Academy Bexley

35.9

32.3

St. Mark’s Church of England Academy

27.1

n/a

The City Academy Bristol

44.9

49.7

City of London Academy (Southwark)

34.2

n/a

The King's Academy

25.3

34.8

Manchester Academy

50.0

28.7

The Academy at Peckham

53.1

30.1

Capital City Academy

35.4

31.3

Djanogly City Academy Nottingham

37.5

56.7

West London Academy

46.3

47.7

Mossbourne Community Academy

40.6

n/a

Stockley Academy

40.3

31.9

London Academy

41.3

50.9

Northampton Academy

15.7

40.2

Lambeth Academy

43.0

n/a

Sandwell Academy

16.8

n/a

The Harefield Academy

16.0

32.1

Trinity Academy

15.4

33.8

Haberdashers' Aske's Knights Academy

44.3

29.3

Salford City Academy

18.0

49.5

Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College1

21.3

93.6

Landau Forte College

9.6

n/a

1Former city technology colleges that have converted to academy status. Note: Those academies with n/a against the GCSE result column, were either not open as academies when GCSEs were taken in 2006 or were open, but were new schools with no pupils in year 11.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether it is his policy that academies should follow local authority admissions procedures; and if he will make a statement. (155982)

Academies are required, by their funding agreements, to comply with admissions law and the Department's admissions codes as though they were maintained schools. This doesn't mean that they must adopt their local authority admission arrangements. Like voluntary-aided and foundation schools, academies are responsible for determining their own admission arrangements in consultation with the local school admissions forum, on which the local authority is represented, and other local admission authorities. They must also be part of the local coordinated application process. Unlike other state funded schools, academies are required to seek the approval of the Secretary of State for their admission arrangements and before making any changes.