Admission Arrangements

How to Apply and Admissions Policy

All applications for a place at our school are administered by Halton Council.  If you are interested in your child joining us in year 7 in September; you can apply for a place online via Halton Council website.

In accordance with the Department for Education (DfE) School Admissions Code, Halton Local Authority (LA) has agreed a coordinated scheme for admissions to primary and secondary schools.

For admission to secondary school, booklets are delivered to all primary schools, the Halton Direct Link offices and can also be requested from Halton LA’s Child Place Planning Team.

Parents can also save and print their own copy of the booklet or preference form by opening the relevant booklet in PDF format on the Halton LA’s website, at

If the closing date for applications has passed parents are advised to call into any of the Halton Direct Link Offices.

Parents can also speak to our Head of Yr7 or Transition leader, about their child’s move from primary school to us. Parents can request a look round the school during the school day or arrange to come in and discuss any concerns or questions they may have about their child’s transition to secondary school.

In Year Admissions: Applying for a change of school

Outside of the normal admissions rounds, parents/carers can apply for their child to change school at any time within the school academic year.

Parents/carers wishing to apply for a place outside of the normal intake round in September, or for a place in all other year groups, should contact our school reception and book to have a tour

Following the tour and meeting, if you are invited to make an application, you should complete the Common Application Form (CAF) on the Halton Local Authority Website.  The LA will then contact you to let you know if you have been allocated a place at Sandymoor Ormiston Academy.

To book a tour and meeting, please contact our Reception on: 01928 571217

Admissions and Appeals

The school PAN is set at 120 and, subject to any changes approved or required by the Secretary of State, for subsequent years.
Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the published admission number, applications will be considered against the criteria set below. After the admission of students with statements of Special Education Needs where the school is named on the statement, the criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set out below
1. Admission of children in public care;
2. Admission of students whose siblings currently attend the school and who will continue to do so on the date of admission. The term sibling covers elder brothers and sisters including half brothers and sisters and unrelated children living together as part of the same household.
3. Children of staff, where the member of staff has been employed by the school for 2 or more year at the time of application or the member of staff was recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
4. Admission of students living nearest to the school measured using an Ordnance Survey address point system which measures straight-line distances in kilometres or metres from the address point of the school to the address point of the place of permanent residence of the student. In the instance of a tie regarding distance for the last place to be offered (to two decimal places in metres), a place will be offered using the electronic admission system’s random allocation function.

Looked after children and those who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after was adopted or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order. A looked after child is a child who is in the care of a local authority, or being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (definition used is in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).

Admission arrangements including appeals can be found contained in the information and links below;

Admission Downloads Link
Common Applications Form (CAF) / In Year Transfer Download
Admission Arrangements Policy Download
Late Admissions for year 7 September 2018 Download
Admissions to secondary school booklet Download