Thank you for your interest in joining King Alfred’s.
King Alfred’s Academy is a co-educational comprehensive academy and part of the Vale Academy Trust. As such, it is its own admissions authority. King Alfred’s Academy has adopted the Local Authority’s Admissions Policy (Oxfordshire County Council) and the Governing Body has delegated the responsibility for admission arrangements for Years 7 – 11 to the Local Authority. (The policy is the same as for all Community Schools). King Alfred’s Admission Number is 390. Students from our agreed catchment area will be admitted at age 11 without reference to ability or aptitude.
Our aim is that every parent or guardian of a child living in the catchment area who has applied for a place in the normal admission round receives an offer of a place at our Academy.
The catchment area for King Alfred’s Academy can be found via the link below. This includes the primary schools listed below, although as a very successful Academy we are increasingly taking students from out of catchment.
Charlton Primary School
Grove CE Primary School
The Hendreds CE Primary School
Millbrook Primary School
Ridgeway CE Primary School, Childrey
St Amand’s RC Primary School
St James CE Primary School, East Hanney
St Nicholas CE Primary School, East Challow
Stanford-in-the-Vale CE Primary School
Stockham Primary School
Uffington CE Primary School
Wantage CE Primary School
Details on how to apply for a Year 7 place can be found on the Local Authority’s website: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/public-site/starting-school
The Admission Arrangements for King Alfred’s Academy are detailed in the academy’s Admissions Policy.
Below you will find a Common Application Form which you will need to download and complete. This should only be used for applications during the academic year, not for the annual round of September applications for Year 7.
The Common Application Form can either be returned by post to School Admissions at OCC (address below), or it can be uploaded via their website. For further information on how to do this, visit: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/transferring-or-moving-different-school
The Local Authority will process the application and inform you directly about the outcome of your application.
Postal address for return of In-Year Applications:
School Admissions, County Hall, New Road, Oxford OX1 1ND
The Vale Academy Trust Admissions Rules for In Year Applications for King Alfred’s Academy remain the same as for Community Schools and there is no change to the designated catchment area for the academy. Click HERE to view the Admissions Rules and Arrangements for 2018-2019.
If you have any general queries relating to In-Year Applications, or would like to arrange a visit to the academy, please CLICK HERE to use the email contact form, or call us on 01235 225700.
The Vale Academy Trust follows the Admissions and Appeals process of the Oxfordshire Local Authority co-ordinated scheme.
Parents and carers who wish to appeal against the decision of the Trustees/Governors of The Vale Academy Trust to refuse to offer a place in the school may make an appeal to an Independent Panel, and details
of the procedure (including Appeals Timetables) are available from the Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) website:
The Independent Appeals Panel have a statutory duty to act in accordance with:-
- The School Standards and Framework Act (SSFA) 1998, as amended by subsequent legislation and case law;
- The Codes on School Admissions and School Admission Appeals produced by the Department for Education (DfE); both of which govern all school Admission Appeals/Reviews.
Arriving at any new school can seem daunting, so from well before the end of Year 6 students have their places confirmed and we work with primary schools to ensure that we make students feel part of King Alfred’s Academy even before they apply. In the year before a student makes the transition to us, they might be involved in or attend:
- Open Evening
- Drama productions
- Sports events with King Alfred’s staff visiting the primary school, or held at King Alfred’s
- Lessons with King Alfred’s teachers and King Alfred’s students visiting primary schools (including year groups other than, and as well as, Year 6)
- Coming to King Alfred’s for lessons, special events or extra support
- The Family Evening
- Visits to the Year 6 students from their Student Manager, Leadership Team, Primary Liaison Coordinator and SEND Department
- Taster / Transition Day (a full day at King Alfred’s Academy).
- A variety of Summer Schools
And it doesn’t stop when they arrive! On their first day, Year 7 have West Site to themselves, along with the whole Tutor team, teachers, Peer Supporters and other staff on hand to help students find their way around the site and get to their lessons. It is a wonderful day, and just the beginning! An overnight trip to Youlbury follows swiftly and students are soon bonded together by the Talent Show, Bin Bag fashion show and fantastic activities run by the energetic Year 7 staff team. Our Primary Liaison Coordinator, Ms J Beckley, has long experience in this role, and brings skill and dedication to ensuring that every single new Year 7 student is settled on their first day at King Alfred’s by working with students, parents, primary schools and academy staff throughout the process.
Many students come to us that are not from the local primary schools, and the Year 7 team work just as hard to ensure that these students are just as confident and feel as important as every other student making the transition. The majority of students find the whole process of transition exciting and fulfilling, but some students are always more worried than others. As well as the huge team of West Site staff on hand to support the students, every tutor group has a dedicated Peer Supporter, a trained Sixth Former who commits to supporting students in the tutor group on a weekly basis. They are very positive role models and provide huge support as friendships develop and students settle into life at the academy. Transition to King Alfred’s Academy is an overwhelmingly positive experience and the team will work with every individual student and their family to ensure that we meet their hopes and their expectations.