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Admission Arrangements

 ‘Admission arrangements’ are the overall procedure, practices and criteria used in deciding on the allocation of school places and refers to any device or means used to determine whether a school place is to be offered.

School Admission Arrangements 2024

Who should apply for a Reception place for September 2023?

If your child was born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019, they are due to start school in September 2023.


You need to apply for a school place by 15 January 2023.


National Offer Day - 17 April 2023


Southend School Catchment Areas

Children who will have their fifth birthday between 1st September and 31st August of the coming academic year will be offered  three full terms in a Reception class; however parents have the option to defer the starting date.


After a place has been agreed the parents will be asked to complete an 'Admission Form' and attend an introductory meeting at the school to finalise the admission arrangements. 

For the 2023/24 academic year the PAN or admission limit will be 60 pupils.

Bournemouth Park Academy welcomes all applications.


If the number of applications for places at the Academy is within the PAN then the Academy will admit all pupils who apply.


If the number of applications for places at the Academy exceed the PAN, the following criteria will be applied, in priority order, to determine which pupils will be admitted:


The admission criteria are listed below by school and should be read alongside the explanatory notes found in the BPA Admissions Policy:


  1. Looked after children and previously looked after children.
  2. Pupils who live in the catchment area and have a sibling on roll at the Academy at the time of application.
  3. Pupils who live in the catchment area served by the Academy.
  4. Pupils living outside the Academy’s catchment areas and have a sibling in roll at the Academy.
  5. Pupils living outside the Academy’s catchment area.
  6. Remaining applications.


The school can admit up to 60 children into each year group. Admissions for Reception and Year 3 are arranged in the preceding summer term for the start of the academic year in September. All admissions to the main school are co-ordinated through:


'Schools Admission Service' at the Department for Children and Learning

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Civic Centre

Victoria Avenue





Parents must provide their child's details to this department who will then advise if a place is available at Bournemouth Park Academy.


SEN Admissions

Those pupils with statements or Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) have a separate admissions procedure overseen by the SEN team at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.  They are required to be admitted to a school regardless of their place in the priority order.


What we need to know:

For every child attending the school we need to collect certain information.

Parents will be asked to complete an ‘Admission Form’ and the information given will be stored on the school’s computer system. Academic achievements of the child will be added to this record as they progress through the school. As time passes the original information given may change, especially telephone/mobile numbers. Please remember to update the school so that we can be sure to contact you.

Appeals Information


National Offer Day - 17 April 2023


If you are unsuccessful in securing a place you have the right to appeal.


Click here for the Privacy Notice (Admissions)

Click here for the DfE Admissions Appeal Guidance


If you wish to appeal the decision to an independent panel you must submit your appeal, in writing, on an Appeal From, setting out the grounds for appeal by 19 May 2023.  The Academy is responsible for organising an independent appeal.


Any additional evidence you wish to submit in support of your appeal must be received by Friday 16 June 2023.

Appellants will receive at least 10 school days' notice of the appeal hearing, unless you indicate that you are willing to accept short notice.

Wherever possible, appellants will receive a decision letter within 5 school days of the hearing.


Appeals lodged by the deadline will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals.

Late appeals will be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals, where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.


Appeals will be heard w/c 3 July 2023.


Admission to the Nursery

The Nursery admits children aged three and four years old. The Nursery can admit children in:


  • Full time, Monday - Friday
  • Part time sessions, either morning or afternoon.
  • Part time sessions - All day Monday, Tuesday and mornings on Wednesdays
  • Part time sessions - Wednesday afternoon and all day Thursday and Friday


Applications for the Nursery should be made directly to the School Office. Parents will need to apply separately for a school place (See Admissions).

Secondary School Admissions