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Year 7 admissions

Year 7 Admissions

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Our inclusive admissions process is, at all times, open, transparent and fair, and meets the requirements of the national Schools Admissions Code, the Appeals Code and Admissions Legislation.

Shireland CBSO Academy processes applications inside of the normal Local Authority process for coordinating school offers. 

You must apply via your local authority.

We will have 150 year 7 places for the academic year beginning September 2024.

Music Aptitude Programme

All students attending Shireland CBSO Academy are expected to have a commitment to music, recognising that they will be immersed in a musical experience throughout their time with us. 

Each year, we are able to offer a limited number of year 7 places (15) on our music aptitude programme for students who are already exceptionally talented in music.  Obtaining a place at the Academy via this music aptitude route means that these students will be expected to be leaders amongst their peers and an example of key characteristics of a successful musician through, for example, their outstanding performance skills.  They will be expected to act as ambassadors for the Academy and support our work with our local primary schools and community groups to help shape the Shireland CBSO students of the future. 

Important dates for Year 7 applications:

  • Monday 17 July 2023: Applications open – apply via your local authority.
  • Wednesday 20 September 2023: Open evening.
  • Thursday 21 and Friday 22 September 2023: Open mornings – by appointment only.
  • Saturday 23 September 2023: Open morning.
  • Monday 2 October 2023: Music aptitude applications close – apply via our website.
  • W/c 16 October or 23 October 2023: Music aptitude auditions.
  • Tuesday 31 October 2023: Deadline for year 7 applications.
  • Friday 1 March 2024: National Offer Day for year 7.
  • Friday 15 March 2024: Deadline for accepting offers.

Nodal points

Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the number of places available in a year group, applications will be considered against the oversubscription criteria as described in our Admissions Policy. 

We have six nodal points for admission located in the six towns of Sandwell – Wednesbury, Oldbury, Smethwick, Tipton, West Bromwich and Rowley Regis.

In a nodal point structure, we look at how close students live to their closest nodal point rather than how far they live from the Academy, which will ensure that every child in Sandwell will have the opportunity to gain a place at the Academy.

For admissions enquiries email info@scbso.shirelandcat.net or call 0121 818 4620.

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