Frequently Asked Questions
ARE THERE TUITION FEES?
BOA is a state-funded 14-19 Academy and therefore there are no fees for tuition*.
*others costs for uniform/equipment etc may be required.
HOW MANY PLACES ARE AVAILABLE?
Year 10 – 150
Year 12 – 175 *
*should all current Year 11 students transfer internally to Year 12. If fewer transfer, the balance will be offered to external applicants who demonstrate aptitude.
Birmingham Ormiston Academy received 467 applications for the places available in Year 10 for September 2023.
Birmingham Ormiston Academy received 643 external applications for the places available in Year 12 for September 2023.
WHAT IS THE ACADEMY CATCHMENT AREA?
We will recruit most of our students from Birmingham and the surrounding metropolitan boroughs of Coventry, Dudley, Solihull, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. We expect 10% of our intake to come from the wider Midlands region.
Please note that due to funding regulations, we cannot accept applicants who are ordinarily resident in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.
WHEN WILL OFFERS BE ANNOUNCED?
Confirmation of places will follow in March/April. All students who attended the aptitude workshops will receive an email from the Admissions Team advising whether they have been successful or not.
It is important that the email address provided with the application form is accurate.
Should you need to update this for any reason during the application process, then please email email@example.com
WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE NOT BEEN SUCCESSFUL?
There will be a right of appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel for unsuccessful applicants. The letter you receive will detail what to do if you wish to appeal.
IF I HAVE BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL ON ONE PATHWAY FOR 2024 ENTRY, CAN I RE-APPLY FOR/REQUEST A PLACE ON ANOTHER PATHWAY?
No. Even if you appeal, this can only be for the same pathway as was originally chosen. We must also be fair to applicants who applied for our other pathways and who met aptitude, so they must be offered places on their chosen pathways.
You can reapply in the future for the next intake that you are naturally eligible for and choose a different pathway with that application (e.g. if unsuccessful for Year 10 entry, you can reapply for Year 12 entry).
I HAVE MISSED ALL APPLICATION DEADLINES. CAN I STILL APPLY? (1)/ CAN I JOIN MID-YEAR? (2)
- Once the final deadline has passed, we are unable to accept further applications.
- All students that attend BOA must secure their places via a rigorous selection process during our aptitude workshops in February - this is our admission criteria - and we are unable to run ad-hoc aptitude workshops outside of our designated weeks. Furthermore, due to continual assessment in our specialist pathways, students have to attend BOA for the full two-year duration of the course in order to achieve success.