Post-16 Admissions Criteria

Post-16 Admissions Criteria


Alec Reed Academy is a publicly funded independent school. The Academy has an agreed annual admission number of 90 pupils per year for the Primary School and 180 students for the High School. In Years 12 & 13 there is an admission number of 125 per year. The Academy admits children against the following process and criteria:

Consideration of applications
The Academy will consider all applications for places. Where numbers do not exceed the admission numbers places will be offered to all those who meet the entry and course requirements.

Applicants must reach the age of 16 during the year 1 September - 31 August inclusive, immediately prior to entry to Post-16 study at the Academy. (The exception to this being where students already enrolled at Alec Reed Academy High School are enrolled on accelerated programmes at Post-16 level whilst in Key Stage 4).

Procedures where the Academy is oversubscribed
In the case of oversubscription to Post-16 the priority for admission will be given in the following order to:

  • students currently attending the Academy
  • students living in the catchment area (as defined in the ARA general admissions policy)
  • proximity of student’s home to school, with those living nearer being accorded the higher priority
  • students living outside both catchment areas will be admitted only when there are available places and then according to the published criteria.

Course requirements
N.B. The following should be read in conjunction with the Post-16 prospectus published annually by the Academy.

Students must have attained the minimum of 5 A*- C qualifications at GCSE or equivalent (e.g. BTEC), with a ‘B’ grade in each subject to be studied at AS. Students studying AS subjects must have at least grade C in both English and Mathematics.

Entry requirements vocational courses such as BTECs are dependent upon the course on offer and previous courses studied by the student which may provide them with a good basis for further study.

Students have a GCSE (Level 2) equivalent in Mathematics and English at grade D will be required to follow a course leading to a level 2 qualification in this area.

All students will be interviewed by their mentor in the first half term regarding compliance with the contract signed on entry and areas such as attendance, punctuality, conduct, progress and suitability for their preferred courses. At the end of each academic year a further interview will take place and all aspects of their contribution to the post 16 area will be considered.

Progression from Year 12 into Year 13 is not automatic.

All students will be interviewed by a senior member of staff regarding attendance, punctuality, conduct progress and suitability for further study of their preferred course.

Operation of waiting lists
Where in any year Alec Reed Academy receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate. This will be maintained by the Academy and it will be open to any parent to ask for his or her child’s name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application and, if wanted, an appeal for the school. The child will remain on the waiting list for one term. A prospective student’s position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the over-subscription criteria set out above.

Arrangements for appeals
The School Admission Appeals Service provided by Democratic Services, London Borough of Ealing organises appeals for Community Schools, Alec Reed Academy and a number of Foundation and Voluntary Aided schools in the borough. Both parents and the child not of compulsory school age if their application has been refused.  A sixth form appeal can only be submitted once the child has received his or her GCSE results.  Neither the child nor the parent can appeal following the receipt of an initial refusal based on projected results.

Alec Reed Academy is its own Admission Authority and will notify in writing both children and their parents of all decisions made in respect of applications for sixth form education. If admission is refused, the person who applied for the school place (parent or child) will receive the following information in writing from the Academy:

  • Details of why the application was unsuccessful in light of the published admission arrangements;
  • Notification of their right to appeal and how to do so;
  • Their right to attend the appeal hearing;
  • That where separate appeals are lodged by a parent and a child in respect of the same decision, the Academy will ensure the appeals are heard together, and notify the appellants right to both attend the appeal hearing.

A full copy of the School Admission Appeals Code can be downloaded from


Attendance  Expectations at Post-16
Post 16 students are expected to attend Alec Reed Academy on a full-time basis. In accordance with the ARA Post-16 contract all students must attend:

  •          Post-16 briefing periods
  •          Lessons
  •          study periods
  •          mentoring sessions

and at any other times as directed by any staff at the Academy. Should students need to make appointments with a doctor or dentist or to research coursework etc they should do this either after the Academy day or in non-contact time.

Students should not take up part-time employment during Academy hours.

Students who need to leave the Academy in the day during curriculum time or study periods should seek authorisation from the Key Stage 5 Learning Manager. Should students need to leave Academy in the day to undertake coursework activities, the class teacher for that curriculum area should complete a permission slip.