Admission Arrangements 2019/20

The academy will follow the admissions arrangements of Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, as agreed in the Admissions Annex of the Ash Hill Academy’s Funding Agreement.

Only Doncaster Council (the Local Authority) is able to decide who is eligible for a place in this academy. Neither the Principal, Sponsors, nor their representatives are able to offer a place at the academy.

Admission Number

Every school must have an admission number for each relevant age group, defined in law as ‘an age group which pupils are or will normally be admitted to the school in question’. The admission number for each year group is set with regard to the capacity assessment for the school, taking into account the nature and type of the school buildings and provides an acceptable amount of space for each pupil. Each school year the LA consults with the Governing Body of the academy, before an admission number is set. The admission number for this academy is 220.

In the case of the year of entry, a child may not normally be refused admission to a school on the grounds of prejudice to efficient education or the efficient use of resources unless the number of applications for admission exceeds the admission number or a child is offered a school which is ranked higher on a Common Application Form (CAF) under a Co-ordinated Admission Scheme (CAS).

Oversubscription Criteria – Years 7-11

When the academy is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with Statements of Special Educational Needs where the academy is named in the Statement, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:

  1. Looked after children
  2. Children living in the catchment area (Area 10 in the map) 
  3. Children with siblings already attending the academy who will be on roll when the child is admitted
  4. Children attending a school which is a linked pyramid school and who have, on the closing date for late applications, attended that school continuously for more than one calendar year. These schools are:

5.  Proximity - Children who live nearest to the academy, measured in a straight line from the point of the front entrance of the pupil’s place of ordinary residence, to the entrance nearest to the reception point of the academy building. If two or more pupils live equidistant from the academy, the distance each pupil lives by road from the preferred academy will be measured, and the place offered to the pupil who lives nearest by this means. In the event of this being equal (e.g. in the case of flats), places will then be decided by random allocation. Measurements will be made using ONE provided by Capita Education Services and/or ArcView GIS provided by Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc or suitable substitute.Oversubscription criterion ‘5’ will also be used as a tie-break in criteria 2-4, if a tie-break is needed to differentiate between applicants.

Post 16

The academy operates a sixth form for a total of 200 students. 100 places overall will be available in Year 12 (the Year 12 ‘capacity’). The admission number for Year 12 is 50. This is the number of places which will be offered on an annual basis to eligible external applicants.

If fewer than 50 of the academy’s own Year 11 students transfer into Year 12, additional external pupils will be admitted until Year 12 meets its capacity of 100.

To determine eligibility for admission, the Academy Trust will publish specific criteria in relation to minimum entrance requirements for Year 12 based on GCSE grades or other measures of prior attainment.  The Academy will also publish academic entry requirements for each course available based upon GCSE grades or other measures of prior attainment.  These criteria will be the same for internal and external transfers and will be published in its prospectus and on its website

Waiting lists

The academy will operate a waiting list for each year group. Where in any year the academy receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate until the end of the first term, after the beginning of the school year This will be maintained by the academy Trust and 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 list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. Where places become vacant, they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. For further information including catchment area details, please see:


If you wish to appeal against a decision, you should contact DMBC here: