In this section, you will find documents relating to the Brigshaw Partnership Charitable Company, including our Annual Accounts, our Data Protection policies, and supplier contracts.
The Brigshaw Learning Parntnership (BLP) is the Admissions Authority for:
The (BLP) is running a statutory consultation on the 2023/24 Admissions policies for the schools in the trust. The (BLP) board intends to determine (set and approve) the attached Admissions Policies as the school’s admission arrangements for entry into our school during the academic year September 2023 to July 2024.
The main changes to our existing policy are:
We must determine our policy by 28 February 2022. We welcome your views on the changes and encourage you to respond by the deadline of 28th January 2022. You can respond by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications for admission must be made by completing the applicants Local Authority’s Common Application Form, naming the school as a preference on the form. leeds residents obtain the application from: Leeds City Council Admissions Team. Parents/carers will be notified of decisions on places allocated for September during the spring term.
Once a parent/carer receives notification from Leeds City Council that their child has been allocated a place they will also receive a welcome letter from the school. This letter will explain the next steps of the process and also contain a reply slip which must be signed and returned to the school indicating if the place is accepted or declined. Telephone notification is not permitted.
If your application is not successful, you may appeal the decision following the procedures on the school's website.
If you want to transfer school or are applying other than starting primary or secondary school for the first time you need to apply directly with the school.
If you are applying to start primary or secondary school for the first time, visit School Admissions.
The Primary and Secondary schools with vacancies lists will assist you in securing a school place. These lists are updated on a weekly basis and are collated from information schools provide to the Leeds admissions team.
You will need to contact the school(s) directly to confirm the vacancies remain.
Before you request a transfer, if there are any problems with the school your child is currently attending you should talk these through with the school. Transferring can be very disruptive to a pupil.
If you are not happy with the way the school is dealing with the problem you should speak to the Headteacher or the Chair of Governors.
If you wish to transfer, you will need to complete an In-year Common Transfer Form. The school you want to transfer to can also supply you with a form. Please return the completed form to the school either in person or by post. During school holidays you can email the form to email@example.com or post it to:
The Admissions Team
Leeds City Council
P.O. Box 837
If you are wanting apply to more than one school you only need to approach one school with your completed In Year Common Preference Form (but you can approach more than one school if you wish).
If the school is unable to offer you a place, your child will automatically be added to the waiting list. The admissions team will contact you in writing to confirm you child has been placed on the school waiting list. You can find out about schools with vacancies by clicking on the schools with vacancies lists towards the top of this page.
You will have the right of appeal to an independent panel for the school you have been refused. If you want more information about the appeals process please visit the School appeals page.
If you are moving within Leeds you will need to provide proof that you have moved. A photocopy of the proof should be attached in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acceptable proofs of address are photocopies of:
any exit utility bill for the previous property, e.g. gas, electricity, water, landline telephone
and one of the following:
council tax bill for the new property in the parent’s name
tenancy agreement for the rented property
document stating a house sale has completed (exchange of contracts is not sufficient)
You must apply for a school place using the address where your child lives for the majority of the time.
The BLP is its own admissions authority and each school has its own individual admissions policies. You can find these on the individual schools websites or by reviewing the appropriate tabs on the left.
If you have not been offered a place at the school you wanted you are entitled to appeal against the refusal.
Appeals are heard by panels which are independent of the BLP, council, schools and governing bodies. The panel follows the School Admission Appeals Code drawn up by the Department for Education with advice from the Local Government Ombudsman.
Only you can decide whether you would like to appeal. Before making this decision, it is worth considering the reasons that have been given for the refusal to offer a place, and the grounds on which an appeal panel can grant your appeal.
Infant class size legislation relates to Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 and states that there can be only 30 children in an infant class with a single school teacher.
For appeals where class size legislation applies (this is the case for the majority of appeals for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in Leeds), the appeal panel may only grant an appeal if they are satisfied that:
For appeals where class size legislation does not apply (often known as prejudice appeals), the appeal panel must consider:
Where the panel is satisfied that prejudice would be caused by a further admission, they must then balance the prejudice to the school against the parent/carer’s case for the child to be admitted. This second stage is called “the balancing of arguments”. Stage 2 of the appeal hearing provides you, as the parent/carer, the opportunity to outline the reasons why you feel your child should be admitted into the school. Following the hearing, the panel will consider both arguments and decided which argument outweighs the other.
You should make sure that your completed appeal form is returned either by e-mail to email@example.com or by post to Leeds City Council, PO Box 837, Admissions, Leeds, LS1 9PZ.
This form should only be completed when you have applied for and been refused an offer of a place and the admitting authority (the BLP) have offered you the right of appeal.
If you are appealing for a school place in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 please use the Class Size Admission Appeal Form. As well as by post, you can return your completed form by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are appealing for a school place in Year 3 and above please use the Admission Appeal Form. As well as by post, you can return your completed form by email to: email@example.com
Leeds City Council has an appeals timetable containing deadlines and timescales:
Appeals against a decision for a transfer of school place, outside of starting primary or secondary school, can be submitted any time during the academic year. Appeals will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal request being received (where the in-year application has been processed and the right of appeal has been issued).
You will receive a written invitation to the appeal and this will be 10 school days before your appeal is heard.
A statement setting out our case for not offering your child a place at the school concerned is sent to you and the appeal panel at least one week before the appeal date.
While waiting for an appeal, we advise that you accept the place you have been offered by contacting the school directly. This will ensure your child does not miss out on education and it will not affect your appeal. Your child will automatically be placed on the waiting list for any school you appeal for and can remain on the list if the appeal fails.
Whatever your reason for appealing, you should provide in advance as much information in support of your appeal as you can. This might include particular personal circumstances including, for example, medical advice. The late introduction of evidence for your appeal may cause a delay as all parties need to read the new evidence.
The appeal will be heard by an independent panel made up of three people in Leeds Civic Hall. At the hearing the panel will have copies of both the written submission prepared by us and the information which you have provided. A panel member should not normally hear your appeal if he or she knows you directly, is a governor of your preferred school or has been involved in your case previously.
It is important, wherever possible, that you attend the hearing. You can also bring someone to help you make your case, such as a friend, relative or other adviser. It is possible for an appeal to be heard in your absence if you do not attend.
The Presenting Officer for the BLP may attend to clarify any factual matters about the circumstances at the school and present the school's case.
A clerk is present at all times during the hearing. Their job is to make sure that the correct procedures are followed and that the appeal hearings are carried out fairly.
Your appeal will be heard in private and the proceedings are confidential. The appeal hearing is a formal meeting and follows a set procedure but you will be guided through it.
Once the hearing has taken place, the clerk will write to you as soon as possible to notify you of the result. The decision of the appeal panel is final and we must keep to it.
If you feel that the appeal panel, the BLP or Leeds City Council has not followed proper procedures in the appeal hearing, you can complain to the Local Government Ombudsman.
If you are not happy with the place you have been offered you can put your child on a waiting list for a different school without going through the formal appeal process.
The Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) is a national charity that provides independent advice on the admissions and appeals process.
If you have followed the guidance on this page and are still having difficulty with the admissions appeals process, you can get in touch with Leeds City Council's Admissions Team for advice.
Phone: 0113 222 4414
(Weekdays, 9am - 5pm, except Wednesdays when they are open from 10am)
If you're struggling to find a particular policy or document, don't hesitate to get in touch, we're happy to help.