King’s Cross Academy is a brand new primary school which opened in September 2015. It has been built in response to the growing community in the area around King’s Cross. The Academy serves its local community and welcomes all enquiries about admission procedures and availability of places.
We teach pupils from age 3. For the 2015 academic year we have 26 nursery places and up to 60 places in reception. In 2016 we will have 26 nursery places and 60 places in reception and 60 in year 1. The Academy will grow every year until it reaches 420 places in 2021. The Academy shares a building with Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children but both schools are being run separately with separate admissions.
King’s Cross Academy governing body has accepted Camden Council’s policy and criteria for admissions to its reception classes with one addition arising from colocation with Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children. All children whose SEN or Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs), name King’s Cross Academy will be admitted. In the event of over subscription the following criteria (priority groups) will be applied:
1. Looked after children (children who are in public care) or previously looked after children ( children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order).
2. Applicants who have a brother or sister at the school who will still be on roll when they join; (For this criterion, ‘brother or sister’ includes any whole or half-brother or sister by adoption, any step or foster brother or sister who lives at the same address with the child for whom the application is made at the date of application);
3. Applicants whom the Academy accepts have an exceptional medical or social need for a place at the school. Parents/carers need to submit a case supported by appropriate professional evidence from a doctor, social worker or similar professional which sets out the particular reasons why this school is the most suitable and the difficulties that could be caused if they were to attend another school. This evidence is normally in the form of a letter. It must not be more than six months older than the date of applying.
4. Applicants who have a brother or sister (For this criterion, ‘brother or sister’ includes any whole or half-brother or sister by adoption, any step or foster brother or sister who lives with the child for whom the application is made at the date of application) at Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children who will be on roll when they join.
5. Other applicants, with higher priority given to those living closest to the Academy measured in a straight line ‘as the crow flies’, between the centre of the child’s home and the centre of the school building, using the local authority’s computerised measuring system. The address given must be the one at which the child normally lives.
- Distance is be measured between the middle of the school building footprint and the middle of the home building footprint
- Camden Schools’ Admissions Team use the equal preference model for deciding which school is offered. This means that all school preferences are considered together and the admissions criteria administered equally for all level (rank) of preference. The rank or order of preference will only be used if it is possible to offer more than one of the preferences. The highest ranked potential offer is offered and the lower preferences are automatically withdrawn
If necessary, priority within 2, 3, and 4 will be decided on by the distance criteria.
Camden residents can apply directly to the Academy for an in-year school place by emailing a completed application form to email@example.com or by visiting the Academy. Download our in-year admissions form here.
If you live in another borough, you must apply through your local authority.
Deferred entry for infants
Parents offered a place for their child have a right to defer entry, or to take a place up part-time, until the start of the term beginning immediately after their child has reached compulsory school age. However, places cannot be deferred until the next academic year.
Please note: Children become of compulsory school age on the first prescribed day following their 5th birthday: 31 August, 31 December or 31 March (or on that day if any of these dates are the child’s birthday).
Admission of children outside their normal age group
Parents may request that their child is admitted to a year group outside their normal age range, for instance where the child is gifted or talented or where a child has suffered from particular social or medical issues impacting his or her schooling. All such requests are considered on their merits and either agreed or refused, on that basis. If a request is refused, the child will still be considered for admission to their normal age group.
The process for requesting such an admission is as follows:
With the application, parents should request that the child is admitted to another year group (state which one), and the reasons for that request. Parents submit any evidence in support of their case with the application, for instance from a medical practitioner, headteacher etc.
Some of the evidence a parent might submit could include:
• whether the child is ‘summer born’ and is seeking admission to a year group other than reception (or is seeking admission to reception rather than year 1)
• information about the child’s academic, social and emotional development
• where relevant, their medical history and the views of a medical professional
• whether they have previously been educated out of their normal age group
• whether they may naturally have fallen into a lower age group if it were not for being born prematurely
The Academy considers each case on its merits, taking into account the individual circumstances of the request and the child’s best interests. We also ensure the parent is aware of whether the request for admission out of age group has been agreed before final offers are made, and the reason for any refusal.
Requests for admission out of the normal year group are considered alongside other applications made at the same time. An application from a child who would ‘normally’ be a year 1 child for a reception place will be considered alongside applications for reception.
All applications received by Camden Borough after the deadline are considered to be late applications. Late applications are considered after those received on time. If, following consideration of all applicants, King’s Cross Academy is oversubscribed, parents may request that their child is placed on the Academy’s waiting list.
King’s Cross Academy operates a waiting list for each year group. Where in any year the Academy receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list operates until the end of the academic year. Until the half term in October Camden Borough School Admission Team administer the Academy waiting lists. After that date, waiting lists are administered by King’s Cross Academy.
It is open to any parent to ask for his or her child’s name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application.
Children’s position on the waiting list is determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. Where places become vacant they are allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. The waiting list is reordered in accordance with the oversubscription criteria whenever anyone is added to or leaves the waiting list.
All applicants refused a place have a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel constituted and operated in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code.
The appeals process for King’s Cross Academy is operated through Camden Borough. Information and guidance on how to appeal together with the timetable for the appeals process is located on the Camden website, here.
Appellants can only make appeals once offers and rejections have been firmed up. Appellants should submit appeals to Committee Services, Room 226, Camden Town Hall, Judd Street, London WC1E 9JE within 20 days of the date that they have been told that their child has not been given a place.
Before you apply please read Starting School in Camden Brochure, which can be found here.
You are able to state a preference for the new King’s Cross Academy as one of your six preferred school options on the form – in the same way that you can for any other Camden (or other London) primary school.
Applications can be made online here. The deadline for applying for September 2016 reception places is 15 January 2016.
National Offers Day when you hear which school has accepted your child will be in April 2016. Applications in writing for Reception class places must be made through the Camden admissions team and other local authorities and returned to the address below. For further information can be found here.
If you need help in filling in the forms for reception class then please phone us on 020 7504 0533 or ask us at one of our information sessions.
To download our full admissions policy please click here.
For Nursery admission please click here.