Fair band­ing sys­tem could make it eas­ier to se­cure school place

Halifax Courier - - Schools News Trinity Academy -

Trinity Academy has re­cently amended its ad­mis­sions pol­icy to open up the op­por­tu­nity of an out­stand­ing ed­u­ca­tion for the lo­cal commu- nity, writes Prin­ci­pal Michael Gosling. As an over­sub­scribed school with more than dou­ble the amount of ap­pli­ca­tions for places, we have a high level of chil­dren, many who live less than ten min­utes away, who un­der for­mer ar­range­ments had lit­tle chance of se­cur­ing a place.

We have there­fore now in­tro­duced fair band­ing, an as­sess­ment that p l ac e s chil­dren within four bands.

Chil­dren do not pass or fail this, and it is not an en­trance exam. It is sim­ply a way to give fam­i­lies a fairer chance of gain­ing ac­cess to the pro­vi­sion they want. Un­der this sys­tem, our places are split across fou r bands rang­ing from A-D, each A group of academy stu­dents re­cently trav­elled to Wem­b­ley Sta­dium in Lon­don to sup­port chart-top­ping singer Pixie Lott.

The academy has many tal­ented dancers, many of whom study the sub­ject at GCSE.

A group of stu­dents were lucky enough to be of which re­flect a score range.

An in­de­pen­dent as­sess­ment de­ter­mines the band a stu­dent is placed in, and then our ad­mis­sions pol­icy over­sub­scrip­tion cri­te­ria ap­plies within each band.

The order­ing of over­sub­scrip­tion cri­te­ria en­sures that, as al­ways, our vi­sion of serv­ing the com­mu­nity we are based in is ful­filled with high pri­or­ity given to those re­sid­ing in north Hal­i­fax. part of a dance troupe per­form­ing for thou­sands of guests at Wem­b­ley en­joy­ing a live per­for­mance from Pixie at the Sara­cens v Har­lequins rugby union match.

Trinity Academy was one of just 12 schools se­lected from across the coun­try to take part in the Sara­cens Com­mu­nity Dance Pro-

We want ev­ery stu­dent to achieve their po­ten­tial, re­gard­less of abil­ity. Not only do more fam­i­lies have a fairer chance of ac­cess­ing out­stand­ing, as­pi­ra­tional and trans­for­ma­tional pro­vi­sion, there are huge ed­u­ca­tional benefits.

Chil­dren at­tend­ing pri­mary schools within our catch­ment area will au­to­mat­i­cally have ar­range­ments made for their as­sess­ment, whilst other stu­dents will be given the gramme, with the full group then join­ing to­gether as part of Pixie’s per­for­mance.

It was a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence for stu­dents, who got to ex­pe­ri­ence the hard work that pro­fes­sional dancers ex­pe­ri­ence on a daily ba­sis, and of course the thrill of be­ing part of a per­for­mance for a huge crowd. op­por­tu­nity to sit the as­sess­ment at a later date.

We ap­pre­ci­ate that par­ents may have ques­tions, and this year we have taken the de­ci­sion to host two open events – on Wed­nes­day, June 24, and Tues­day, Septem­ber 15 - to sup­port par­ents.

As a Chris­tian academy, our val­ues of em­pa­thy, hon­esty, re­spect and re­spon­si­bil­ity are at the heart of ev­ery­thing we do.

We pas­sion­ately be­lieve that out­stand­ing pro­vi­sion should be avail­able to all chil­dren.

Although we can­not serve ev­ery stu­dent ap­ply­ing for a place, fair band­ing is a re­spon­si­ble way for us to pro­vide lo­cal chil­dren with a fair op­por­tu­nity to suc­ceed with us – whilst safe­guard­ing our po­si­tion as a school here to trans­form out­comes in north Hal­i­fax.

Pixie Lott Dancers from Trinity Academy in Hal­i­fax per­formed at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium in Lon­don

Trinity Academy, Holm­field

Michael Gosling, Prin­ci­pal at Trinity Academy, Holm­field.

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