Please see the Birmingham City Council’s Website here for information regarding our consultation and determined admission arrangements.



Arena Academy Admissions Arrangements


In Year 5 your child’s primary school will receive a small supply of the “Opportunities for your child in Birmingham – Secondary Education” booklet, which contains all the necessary information regarding the transfer process into Secondary Education. Each child will also be provided with a ‘Secondary Schools Open Sessions’ leaflet which contains the dates and times of Birmingham School’s individual Open Days and Open Evenings. Both the booklet and open sessions leaflet are also available to view in libraries or on the Birmingham Local Education Authority website:


Although we are now an Academy, the school still follows the admission procedures of Birmingham Local Education Authority.


You can apply online for your child’s secondary school place at  to complete the Birmingham Local Authority Preference form.


All offers of Secondary School places are made on 1 March (or the next working day) each year. If places become available throughout the Summer Term offers will be made from the waiting list. The admissions limit for Arena Academy is 210 students in each year group.


You will need to accept or refuse this offer by 16th March 2020.


Any child with a statement of special educational needs is required to be admitted to the academy that is named in the statement. This gives such children overall priority for admission to the named academy. This is not an oversubscription criterion.


Arena Academy will use the following criteria to allocate school places in all year groups:

A. Looked after or previously looked after children.

B. Children of staff in the Trust where there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

C. Children with a brother or a sister already at the school who will still be in attendance in September of the academic year of the sibling joining the school.

D. Children attending Nansen Primary School, a CORE school.

E. Children who live nearest the school.

Within each of these categories, priority is given to those who live nearest the school, calculated on the basis of a straight-line measurement between home and school.

Distances are calculated on the basis of a straight-line measurement between the applicant’s home address and the main school gates. The Local Authority uses a computerised system, which measures all distances in metres. Ordnance Survey supply the co-ordinates that are used to pilot an applicant’s home address and the address of the school.

Parents should, however, bear in mind that it is important that the school preference form is completed even if there are older siblings at the school.

Siblings (brothers or sisters) are considered to be those children who live at the same address and either:

  1. have one or both natural parents in common; or
  2. are related by a parent’s marriage; or
  3. are adopted or fostered by a common parent.

Unrelated children living at the same address, whose parents are living as partners, are also considered to be siblings.

Children not adopted or fostered or related by a parent’s marriage or with one natural parent in common, who are brought together as a family by a same sex civil partnership and who are living at the same address, are also considered to be siblings.

Where parents have shared responsibility for a child, and the child lives with both parents for part of the week, then the main residence will be proposed as the address where the child lives the majority of the week. Parents may be requested to supply documentary evidence to support the address used.

In a very small number of cases it may not be possible to decide between the applications of those pupils who are the final qualifiers for a place, when applying the published admission criteria. For example, this may occur when children in the same year group live at the same address, or if the distance between the home and academy is exactly the same, for example, blocks of flats. If there is no other way of separating the application according to the admissions criteria and to admit both or all of the children would cause the Published Admission Number for the child’s year group to be exceeded, the Local Authority will use a computerised system to randomly select the child to be offered the final place. In the event of this occurring with twins or other multiple birth applicants, academies will be asked to admit over their Published Admission Number to accommodate the pupils.

Birmingham Local Authority will only consider applications received after 31st October 2019 (the final closing date) for Year 7 September 2020 in exceptional circumstances. Once Birmingham Local Authority has exchanged provisional offers with other admitting authorities (in December 2019) it will not be able to consider any late applications for an oversubscribed school until after the offer of places (2nd March 20).

Parents whose children have not been offered their preferred school will be informed of their right of appeal. Appeals will be considered by an Independent Appeal Panel. Children will also be added to the school’s waiting list in accordance to the oversubscription criteria. The waiting list will be kept until 31st December 2020.

If you live outside Birmingham but wish to apply for a Birmingham School or Academy, you must apply to your own Local Authority (your home Authority). Your Local Authority will then send your details to Birmingham Local Authority on your behalf, who in turn will forward it onto the school.

In Year Admissions 

Applications made outside the normal admissions round (in-year admissions) should be made directly to the academy. Parents/carers can apply for a place for their child at any time and to any academy. On receipt of an in-year application, the academy will notify the local authority of both the application and its outcome, to allow the local authority to keep up to date with figures on the availability of academy places in Birmingham.

Information regarding Birmingham Local Authority In Year Admissions and the application form can be found here:

Please do not hesitate to contact us on 0121 729 7310 and speak to Louise Mullen, Admissions, if you have a particular enquiry.

Our admission arrangements will remain unchanged and will follow all Birmingham City Council Admission regulations. However if you are still unclear please contact Birmingham City Council via their website