Admissions Information

Admissions to Ossett Academy are controlled by Wakefield Local Authority (the LA). ‘The Guide for Parents’ gives the full details of the policy and is available below.

At Ossett Academy, approximately 310 students will enter Year 7. The annual admissions limit is set by the LA after consultation with the Governing Body of the Academy.

All applications must be made via the Wakefield Enrol Online System or via the Wakefield Schools Application Pack (provided to your child’s previous school).

Any application to Ossett Academy will be considered by the following criteria providing that the applications received do not exceed the annual admission limit and are received before the closing dates:

  • Applications received by the closing date (31 October) via the normal submissions.
  • Late applications received between the closing date for the normal admissions round and the end of the summer terms.
  • Applications received after the closing date will be regarded as ‘late applications’ and will not be considered until after the normal submissions have been allocated.
  • Offers will be communicated on 1st March by the Wakefield Admissions Team.

If there are more applications to Ossett Academy than there are places available, preference will be given in the following order:

A.  Children in Public Care (Looked after Children)

B.  (i) Children of statutory school age who already attend a school in Education Ossett Community Trust (EOCT). The latest EOCT admissions policy can be found below.

(ii) Children of statutory school age who live in the academy’s catchment area, who have brothers and sisters attending the school at the time of admission

(iii) Other children of statutory school age who live in the academy’s catchment area

C.  Children of statutory school age who have brothers and sisters in attendance at the academy

D.  Other children of statutory school age, with priority being given to those living nearest the academy

In all categories, when decisions have to be made between children satisfying the same criteria, children living nearest to the academy/school measured as the crow flies, have priority. The distance measured will be from the central point of the applicant’s property to the central point of the school’s ground. Measurement is made using the LA’s in-house admission system and mapping software.

All admissions are administered by Wakefield LA. Full information and all policies are available on Wakefield Council’s Admissions Area.

  • Wakefield Local Authority Guide for Parents 2020/2021

  • Wakefield Enrol Online System

  • EOCT Admissions Policy

  • Wakefield Council’s Admissions Area


Admission Numbers

This is the number of children who can be admitted in the school year.

Catchment Areas

Each academy/school has its own catchment area which serves their local communities. When completing the relevant forms parents are still required to express their preference/choice of academy/school even if the academy/school chosen is in the ‘catchment’ area. However, it cannot be guaranteed that there will be a place for every child at their catchment area academy/school although every effort is made to place the child at their first choice academy/school. If there is any doubt which catchment area you live in please contact the Admissions Team at County Hall.


This category includes children with brothers or sisters (including step brothers or sisters residing at the same address) of statutory school age, living at the same address, in attendance at the same academy/school, or an academy/school on the same site, on the date of admission.

Families Living Outside the District Boundary

Families living outside the district boundary will be considered alongside those who live within the Wakefield Metropolitan District.

Children in Care

This includes children who are subject to care orders or interim care orders or who are accommodated by a local authority in full-time placements.

The Admissions Team at Family Services is happy to give advice on all aspect of admission to the academy’s/schools in the area.

Please write to:

School Admissions, Wakefield One, PO Box 700, Wakefield, WF1 2EB

Telephone 01924 302004

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The Accord Multi Academy Trust is an educational charity established in September 2016 that is currently made up of four academies who were the founding members of the Trust. In September 2016 Horbury Academy and Ossett Academy & Sixth Form College came together, moving away from their stand-alone Trust status and were joined in December 2016 by Horbury Primary Academy and Middlestown Primary Academy.

The overarching vision for the Trust is to work in one ‘Accord – celebrating the differences of each academy through strong collaboration in order to inspire all members of our learning community to be the best that they can be.

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