Admissions Arrangements 2023 - 2024
Grestone Academy is a member of the Hamstead Hall Academy Trust. We work closely with Birmingham Local Authority Admissions team. This means that Birmingham, manages the admissions to our school (except in Nursery). Birmingham determine which children are offered a place here at Grestone Academy based upon our Admissions Criteria. At Grestone Academy we have a Published Admissions Number of 60 pupils per year group in Reception to Year 6.
Birmingham publish the Admissions details on the Birmingham website: https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/schooladmissions.
Grestone Academy is a 3 -11 years Nursery and Primary Academy and is part of the Hamstead Hall Academy Trust.
The maximum number on roll is 480 as well as a maximum of 52 places available in our Nursery. There are 90 places available in Year 6, and 60 places available in Reception – Year 5.
In Year Applications
Applications for school places in Years 1 - 6 or Reception after September should be made directly to the Academy. Please call in to collect an application form or complete and return the relevant forms below to firstname.lastname@example.org
If we are able to offer you a space you will then be asked to provide your child's original Birth Certificate and proof of address, this could be a Council Tax or Utility bill '(received in the last 3 months) so that we can take a copy.
If you have any questions please contact Mrs Jackson in our main school office on 0121 675 6787.
(Please note that this form is NOT relevant for Reception September 2023 applications - please see Reception Applications for further details)
We admit Nursery pupils the term after their 3rd birthday. We offer 15 hours free childcare which run in the following timetable:
Monday (8.45am – 3.15pm)
Tuesday (8.45am – 3.15pm)
Wednesday (8.45 – 11.45am)
Wednesday (12.15 – 3.15pm)
Thursday (8.45am – 3.15pm)
Friday (8.45am – 3.15pm)
We are now offering free 30 hours for eligible working parents. If you wish to check whether you are eligible for a 30 hour place please visit www.gov.uk/apply-30-hours-free-childcare
If you are eligible for 30 hours, your child would attend Nursery Monday - Friday, 8.45am - 3.15pm.
Applications for Nursery places should be made directly to the Academy. Please call in to collect an application form or complete and return the relevant forms below to email@example.com
If we are able to offer you a space you will then be asked to provide your child's original Birth Certificate and proof of address, this could be a Council Tax or Utility bill (received in the last 3 months) so that we can take a copy.
Please speak with Miss Bailey in the main school office to if you wish to discuss Nursery places further.
Applications for places in Reception for September 2023 should be made to Birmingham City Council Admissions and Pupil Placements. This must be done online through the Birmingham City Council webpage.
Secondary School Admissions
Birmingham manage the Admissions process for entrance to secondary school on-line. Birmingham publish the Admissions details on the Birmingham website: https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/schooladmissions.
Birmingham Admissions team is accessible by calling 0121 303 1888.
When there are more applications than places available at the school the following criteria will be used to determine which children will be allocated places:
1. Looked After Children (in public care).
2. Children with a brother or sister already at the academy who are still in attendance. If you are applying for a future Reception place, you will be entitled to a sibling place if you have a child in Year 6 in the current academic year, but who will not be in the September that the Reception child is due to start at school.
3. Children who live nearest to the academy.
Within each of these categories, priority is given to those who live nearest to the academy, calculated on the basis of a straight-line measurement between home and the academy.
School admission appeals
Please note: School Admissions (England) (Coronavirus) (Appeals Arrangements) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2021 are currently in place until 30 September 2022 and temporarily change the existing law setting out how School Admission Appeals should be dealt with, as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The temporary regulations remove references to specific deadlines for appeal, and instead indicate that appeals must be heard and determined by an appeal panel as soon as reasonably practicable.
They also allow hearings to take place remotely in recognition of the ongoing impact of the pandemic.
To provide certainty for families, minimise social contact and avoid delays, the council has decided that any admission appeals heard during the autumn 2021 term will be conducted remotely using Microsoft Teams
Families will be able to access their hearing using a mobile telephone, tablet, laptop or any device that can access the internet via an internet browser.
Full and clear instructions will be provided with the appeal invite.
Submitted appeals will be processed in due course, and you will receive an invitation for your appeal hearing from the School Appeals Team approximately 14 days prior to the hearing .
You will also be provided with an information leaflet with more details on how the hearings will operate.
Please note that both the School Admissions and Fair Access Service and the School Appeals Team request that, if you need to contact someone about your appeal, you use email wherever possible.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the School Admissions and Fair Access Service on 0121 303 1888 or Admissions@birmingham.gov.uk.
For further information regarding appealing for a school place, please click the link below to read the Birmingham City Council Guidance: