The Hastings Academy welcomes all applications for prospective new students. Most students join at the start of year 7, during the Admissions Round. If you would like to apply for your child to join us outside of the Admissions Round, you can make an In-year Application. Details of both can be found on this page.
If you are unable to complete an online application form, please call Information for Families on 0345 60 80 192.
Admissions Round applications are made direct to East Sussex County Council (ESCC) using their Common Application Form (CAF). Please do not apply through the Academy directly.
The deadlines for the 2020-2021 academic year admissions round are:
Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the Published Admissions Number (PAN), applications will be prioritised in accordance with the oversubscription criteria set out below. After the admission of pupils with a Statement of Special Education Needs or an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) where the Academy is named on the statement or plan, the criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set out below:
Tie-breaker – oversubscription
If there are more children who qualify for a place than places available, places will be allocated to students living closest to the Academy (using the shortest distance from home to school measured in a straight line).
If, after all the relevant criteria have been applied, two applicants cannot be separated for a final place, the Academies Trust will use random allocation to determine the property for the remaining place.
Students and families wishing to apply for places outside the normal admissions round (including years 8 to 11, and applications to join the Academy part way through Year 7) need to complete an online application on the ESCC website which is available here.
If you wish to query availability of space, please contact the Local Authority stating clearly to which academy you are referring and the year group in which you are interested.
Please note that the Published Admission Number of 180 applies to Year 7 only.
Admissions to other year groups are based upon (a) the size of teaching groups already existing in the Academy and (b) the efficient use of resources.
Subject to any provisions regarding waiting lists in ESCC's co-ordinated admission scheme, the Academy will operate a waiting list. Where in any year the Academy receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate for unsuccessful applicants to Year 7. Waiting lists will also be maintained for other year groups when these year groups are full. Waiting lists 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 a waiting list for the relevant year group following an unsuccessful application.
A child's position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria set out above. When places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.
If the Academy has more applications than places, parents whose child has not been allocated a place may appeal. Appeals will be considered by an independent appeals panel.
Success rate of appeals
For September 2018 entry, 26 appeals were heard for Year 7 places, 4 of which were successful.
For September 2019 entry, 22 appeals were heard for Year 7 places, 3 of which were successful.
Admissions Round appeals
In-year Admissions appeals
Ideally, evidence supporting an appeal case should be submitted when you make your appeal. However, where this is not possible any extra evidence can be submitted up to seven working days before the hearing. You can send additional evidence after this deadline or bring extra items with you on the day of your hearing; however, it will be for the appeal panel to decide whether to accept any evidence received after the deadline. Submitting extra evidence late can sometimes also lead to your hearing being adjourned, or even postponed to another day.