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Bacon’s College has a temporary agreed admission number of 190 pupils. Bacon’s College will admit at least 190 pupils in the relevant age group in September 2021 if sufficient applications are received. Pupils will not be admitted above the Published Admission Number unless exceptional circumstances apply. Such circumstances shall be reported to the Secretary of State.

Process of Application

Applications for places at Bacon’s College will be made in accordance with Southwark LA’s co-ordinated admission arrangements and will be made on the Common Application Form provided and administered by the Southwark LA. Bacon’s College will use the following timetable for applications each year (exact dates within the months may vary from year to year) which, whenever possible, will fit in with the common timetable agreed by Southwark LA:

  1. September – Bacon’s College will publish in its prospectus information about the arrangements for admission, including oversubscription criteria, for the following September (eg in September 2020 for admission in September 2021). This will include details of open evenings and other opportunities for prospective pupils and their parents to visit the school. Bacon’s College will also provide information to the LA for inclusion in the composite prospectus, as required
  2. September - Bacon’s College will provide opportunities for parents to visit the College campus
  3. October - Common Application Form to be completed and returned to Southwark LA to administer
  4. November - LA sends applications to Bacon’s College
  5. November/December- Applicants invited to sit the tests for the purpose of banding
  6. January – Bacon’s College sends list of pupils to be offered places to Southwark LA
  7. February – Southwark LA applies agreed scheme for all Southwark schools, informing other LAs of offers to be made to their residents
  8. 1st March offers made to parents by Southwark LA (or first Monday in March if 1st falls at a weekend).


Consideration of Applications

Bacon’s College will consider all applications for places. Where fewer than 190 applications are received, Bacon’s College will offer places to all those who have applied.

Pupils where Bacon’s College is named on their Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education and Health Care Plan, that child will be admitted by the academy.

All applications received will be considered on an ‘equal preference’ basis.

Late applications will be considered in line with the common timetable agreed by the Southwark Admissions Forum. Late applications added after the initial offer of places will be considered along with other applicants on the waiting list in accordance with the published over subscription criteria. This will necessitate the carrying out of a random selection exercise each time a place becomes available.

Procedures where Bacon's College is Oversubscribed

If there are more applicants than the number of places available, the following oversubscription criteria will be applied. The applicants will be placed in one of 5 ability bands according to their test scores, including those with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which names the College.

After places have been allocated to children with an EHCP which names Bacon’s College, places within each band will be allocated in the following order of priority:

I. Looked after children and previously looked after children. Looked after children are children who are in the care of the Local Authority or being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions as defined by Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989 at the time of making an application to the College. Previously looked after children are children who were looked after immediately prior to being adopted or who became subject to a residency order (now termed child arrangement order under the Children and Families Act 2014) or special guardianship order. The College governors will require written confirmation that the child is looked after or previously looked after and will be so at the time of making an application to the College. Such children will be given top priority in each band before the other oversubscription criteria are applied.

II. Children who, on the date of their proposed admission, will have a sibling who will then be a pupil at Bacon’s College. Siblings includes full, half, step, foster and adopted brother or sister living in the same family unit and at the same home address as the child at the time of admission. The home address is where the parent/carer lives and where the child permanently lives unless otherwise directed by a Court Order. This will also apply to informal care arrangements. Where a child or young person spends time with both parents/carers in separate homes and both have parental responsibility, the school will need to establish where the majority of school nights (Sunday to Thursday) are spent. Should Bacon’s College have reason to suspect that a sibling does not live at the address stated, it will carry out an investigation. If it is discovered that a parent is making a fraudulent claim, the offer of a place will be withdrawn.

III. Children of qualifying members of staff (including children who are adopted or formally fostered) who are living at the same home address as that member of staff. Qualifying members of staff are those who are part-time or full time and teaching or non-teaching and who have been employed permanently at the College for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the College is made and who will still be employed by the College on the date of admission.

IV. Children living at a permanent address south of the River Thames with a South East London (SE) or South West London (SW) postcode on the basis of their proximity to the College – closest first. The College determines the distance using Google Maps to measure the distance from each applicant’s home to the main entrance of the College by the shortest straight-line route in metres. If a child lives in a block of flats where a communal entrance is used, the distance for the block and not the individual flat is used for calculation purposes. When dealing with multiple applications from a block of flats to the College, applicants will be chosen at random, by a person independent of the College. The child’s permanent address is where she/he normally lives and sleeps and goes to school from. Where a child spends time with both parents/carers in separate homes and both have parental responsibility, the school will need to establish where the majority of school nights (Sunday to Thursday) are spent). Proof of residence can be requested at any time throughout the admissions process. If false or misleading information is used to gain entry to the College, the offer of a place will be withdrawn, and the application cancelled.

V. Children living in any other postal area on the basis of their proximity to the College – closest first, using the same method described above. The process of allocation using the criteria above will continue until the correct PAN in each year group is reached. If at the end of the process there are unallocated places in any band these will be filled by unallocated applicants, alternating between the band above and below, using the same allocation criteria set out above and continuing the sequence of allocation. If after applying the process set out above there are more candidates than there are places and it is not possible to differentiate between them on the basis of the criteria at i) to vi) above and in the event that any applicants live equidistant from the College, applicants will be chosen at random by a person independent of the College. Children who apply and then do not attend to take the banding test, unless they have an Education Health and Care Plan or are Looked After Children, will be considered for a place after all those children who have taken the test.

Twins and in-year siblings

Where applications are received from twins, triplets or in year siblings (same academic year) the following procedure will be followed. If one child is selected, the twin/triplet/same year sibling will be ranked in their band immediately below Looked After children.

Operation of waiting lists

Where in any year Bacon’s College receives more applications for places than there are places available a waiting list will be maintained by Bacon’s College from 1st September of the year to which the allocation applies. 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.

Children’s position on the waiting lists will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria set out in paragraphs above. Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the published oversubscription criteria.

Children who are the subject of a direction by a local authority to admit, or are allocated to the college in accordance with Southwark LA’s In-Year Fair Access Protocol, will be given precedence over children on the waiting list.

Arrangements for appeals panels

Parents will have the right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel if they are dissatisfied with an admission decision of Bacon’s College.

The Appeal Panel will be independent of Bacon’s College. The arrangements for appeals will be in line with the Code of Practice on School Admission Appeals published by the Department for Education and Skills as it applies to
Foundation and Voluntary Aided schools. The determination of the appeal panel will be made in accordance with the Code of Practice on School Admission Appeals and is binding on all parties. The College will provide parents of all unsuccessful applicants with guidance about how the appeals process will work and provide parents with a named contact who can answer any enquiries parents may have about the process.

You can access the appeals form by clicking here.

Full policy

A copy of the full Admissions Policy is available on our policies page here and a hard copy can be requested. Please contact the College for further information.


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