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    New Year 7 Intake

    Applications for admission BRIGSHAW HIGH SCHOOL for September 2020 have now closed. Applications for September 2021 entry must be made by completing the Local Authority’s Common Application Form, naming the BRIGSHAW HIGH SCHOOL as a preference on the form obtained from: Leeds City Council Admissions Team.  Parents/carers will be notified of decisions on places allocated for September during the first few days of March. If a parent/carer does not receive a letter from the Admissions Team within the first week of March they should contact them direct on 0113 222 4414.

    Once a parent/carer receives notification from Leeds City Council that their child has been allocated a place in Year 7 at Brigshaw High School they will also receive a welcome letter from the school. This letter will explain the next steps of the transition process and also contain a reply slip which must be signed and returned to the main office at Brigshaw indicating if the place is accepted or declined. Telephone notification is not permitted. Parents/Carers do not need to contact the school via telephone in the first instance, but if a letter from Brigshaw has not been received by 5th March parents should then contact the school directly to accept or decline the place on offer. This can be done by calling 0113 2878900 and asking to speak to our Admissions Administrator or by emailing office@brigshaw.com marking the email for the attention of the Admissions Administrator.

    Should a parent/carer choose to decline the place allocated, they will be asked to follow this up with a letter clearly stating their reasons for doing this and this can either be emailed to the address above or posted to:-

    Brigshaw High School, Brigshaw Lane, Allerton Bywater, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 2HR

    Appeal arrangements for Year 7 intake

    If you have not been offered a place at Brigshaw Highs School, you are entitled to appeal this decision. Please see below for appeal timetable and Click here for Appeal Form. Appeals are heard by panels which are independent of the ​council, schools, admission authorities and governing bodies. The panel follows the School Admission Appeals Code drawn up by the Department for Education with advice from the Local Government Ombudsman. Leeds City Council manage the appeals service for Brigshaw High school. Their online appeal form can be found here.


    Prejudice appeals

    For appeals where class size legislation does not apply ie all admissions into Brigshaw High School (often known as prejudice appeals), the appeal panel must consider:

    • whether the admission arrangements (including the area’s co-ordinated admission arrangements) complied with the mandatory requirements of the School Admissions Code and Part 3 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998
    • whether the admission arrangements were correctly and impartially applied in the case in question

    The appeal panel must then decide whether the admission of additional pupils would prejudice the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources.

    Where the panel is satisfied that prejudice would be caused by a further admission, they must then balance the prejudice to the school against the parent/carer’s case for the child to be admitted. This second stage is called “the balancing of arguments”. Stage 2 of the appeal hearing provides you, as the parent/carer, the opportunity to outline the reasons why you feel your child should be admitted into the school. Following the hearing, the panel will consider both arguments and decided which argument outweighs the other.

    Online appeals: www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/children-families-and-carers/schools-and-learning/school-places/admissions-appeals.

    Click here for Leeds Appeals Timetable 2020


    From September 2013, whilst Leeds City Council still have sole responsibility for the new Year 7 intake from the surrounding Primary Schools, all high schools will be legally required to manage and process their own in-year admissions. As a result of this parents/carers should now contact the school directly to arrange a visit to look around the school and request an In-Year Common Preference Form (ICPF), which is to be completed and returned to school. Alternatively, you can click on the link below to download a form for completion and return it to school. Please mark all returned forms and correspondence for the attention of the Admissions Administrator.

    In Year Common Preference Form

    Once the ICPF has been received, Brigshaw staff will make a series of checks in relation to attendance and behaviour of the applicant from the previous school. Where attendance is above 95% and there are no fixed term exclusions recorded a letter may be received directly from the school notifying the parent of an offer of a place. If the threshold criteria have not been met, a letter will be sent rejecting the application with the reasons stated. Such cases will be referred to the Fair Access Panel with Leeds City Council Admissions team.

    Appeals for an in year transfer place 2020-21

    If your application for an In-Year Transfer place has been refused by the academy, you have the right to appeal against the decision.
    An appeal must be made in writing. Appeal forms can be either collected from the academy’s reception.
    Please return the completed appeal form to us within 20 school days* of your child having been refused a place at the academy (“the deadline”). Appeals which we receive by the deadline will be heard within 30 school days of us receiving the appeal form.
    If you do not return the completed appeal form to us by the deadline, we will still hear your appeal, but it will be held later in the year.

    Our 2019/20 admissions policy can be found here

    Our 2020/21 admissions policy can be found here

    Our 2021/22 admissions policy can be found here

    Admissions Policy Appendix E Post 16 Admissions Policy 21/22

    Admissions Policy Appendix D BHS Catchment map  click here

    Admissions Policy Appendix B BLP Supplementary Information Form click here

    Admissions Policy Appendix C BLP Supplementary Information Form for medical needs click here


    Appeals Timetable 2021

    National Offers Day

    1st  March 2021

    Deadline date for parents wishing to lodge an appeal

    (please return appeal forms to the academy)

    29th March 2021

    Dates on which Year 7 appeal hearings will be held

    May to July 2021 

    Appeals received by first cut-off date will be heard within 40 school days.