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Academies: Admissions

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 6 May 2008, Official Report, column 813W, on academies: admissions, if he will list each of the academies which fall in each category of selection; and if he will make a statement. (205314)

In the case of over subscription:

The following academies can exercise selection by aptitude in their specialism:

The Business Academy, Bexley; The City Academy, Bristol; Capital City Academy, Brent; The Academy at Peckham, Southwark; City of London Academy, Southwark; Djanogly City Academy, Nottingham; Dixons City Academy, Bradford; Macmillan Academy, Middlesbrough; Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham Academy, Lewisham; Haberdashers' Knights Academy, Lewisham; Harefield Academy, Hillingdon; The John Madejski Academy, Reading; Ashcroft Technology Academy, Wandsworth; William Hulme's Grammar School, Manchester; The Belvedere Academy, Liverpool; Harris City Academy, Crystal Palace, Croydon; John Cabot Academy, South Gloucestershire

The following Academies can exercise banding in line with ability range of applicants:

The Business Academy, Bexley; The Walsall City Academy, Walsall; Capital City Academy, Brent; The Academy at Peckham, Southwark; City of London Academy, Southwark; The West London Academy, Baling; Mossbourne Community Academy, Hackney; Dixons City Academy, Bradford; Macmillan Academy, Middlesbrough;

Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham Academy, Lewisham; Haberdashers' Knights Academy, Lewisham; Sandwell Academy, Sandwell; The Petchey Academy, Hackney; The Harris Bermondsey Academy, Southwark; David Young Community Academy, Leeds; Landau Forte College, Derby; North Liverpool City Academy, Liverpool; Harris Girls Academy East Dulwich, Southwark; Ashcroft Technology Academy, Wandsworth; William Hulme's Grammar School, Manchester; The Belvedere Academy, Liverpool; The Bridge Academy, Hackney; Leigh Technology Academy, Kent; The Thomas Deacon Academy, Peterborough; Harris City Academy, Crystal Palace, Croydon; Bacon's, A Church of England Sponsored Academy, Southwark.

And, the following Academies can exercise banding in line with ability range of pupils nationally:

Harris Academy Merton, Merton; The Harris Academy South Norwood, Croydon; John Cabot Academy, South Gloucestershire.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether new academies will be allowed to select by banding with reference to the national ability range; and if he will make a statement. (205315)

Academies must abide by the School Admissions Code, which allows for the banding of applicants with reference to (i) the ability of applicants for the school, (ii) the range of ability of children in the local area or (iii) the national ability range. Of the 83 open Academies, three currently have Funding Agreements which allow for banding with reference to the national ability range. Twenty-six others have Funding Agreements which allow for banding but all of these refer to the ability range of the applicants to the Academy. New Academies will be under the same obligations as existing Academies and other schools in this respect and will therefore be able to band with reference to the national ability range should they choose to.