The TLA Admissions Policy will satisfy requirements of the School Admissions Code, the School Admissions Appeals Code and admissions law.

The admissions process will be inclusive, open, fair and transparent. The School will adopt a medical criterion to prioritise vision impaired children

The school will have a six form intake each year. So initially, the school will open with 180 Year 7 students, growing to full capacity of 1,140 including a Sixth Form by, 2022.

TLA will accordingly provide for the admission of 180 students per year if sufficient applications for entry are received. Children with Education, Health and Care plans who have named TLA in their statement will be given priority.  


Admissions for vision impaired students

Where fewer than the published admission number(s) for the relevant year groups are received, TLA will offer places to all those who have applied.

TLA is able to accommodate up to 5% of the student intake per year to be vision impaired. This is over and above the national incidence of VI children which is approximately 2 per 1,000.


Oversubscription Policy

Our policy for allocating school places is designed to be as fair as possible while ensuring that resources are used sensibly.

When applying for a school place at TLA and no places are available, the preference will be refused for all applicants.

When applying for a school place and there are some places available, but if there are more applications for places than places available, then the oversubscription criteria as laid out below will be applied. The applicant who meets the highest priority of these criteria will be offered the place.


Oversubscription criteria

When the Academy is oversubscribed, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:

  • Looked after children.
  • Children who are registered blind or partially sighted.
  • Children who are diagnosed with a named eye condition or qualify against an eyes test showing moderate, severe or profound vision loss in distance and/or near vision and where vision impacts on access to the curriculums. TLA plans for 5% of the school intake per year to be vision impaired students.
  • Those with brothers or sisters at school.
  • Priority will be given to local children who live nearest to the school, measured by a straight line.