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The application process

SEPTEMBER 2022 APPLICATIONS

The admission process to start at BOA from September 2022 will commence with our Open Week in October 2021.

We admit to Year 10 and to Year 12 only as all of our main pathway courses are for a two-year duration. For September 2022 entry, your date of birth must be between:

Year 10 entry: 1st September 2007 – 31st August 2008 (Current Yr9)

Year 12 entry: 1st September 2005 – 31st August 2006 (Current Yr 11)

Or

            1st September 2004 – 31st August 2005 (Current Yr12)

We are unable to admit students born outside of these dates for September 2022.

If you intend to apply to start at BOA from September 2022 then you are advised to attend at least one of the events during the Open Week.

Admission to BOA is via an aptitude workshop within a specialist pathway. No prior experience is required. Even if you are a beginner, you may have the potential to be very good.

The ADMISSIONS POLICY can be viewed below - hard copies can be requested.

 

WHEN TO APPLY

All application forms must be submitted by 31st January 2022.  Online applications will confirm submission automatically, whilst paper applications will be acknowledged by email within a few days. We strongly recommend that you send paper applications by trackable post and that you ensure the postage is correct.

If your application is received after 31st January 2022, your application will only be considered after all on-time applications have been considered. You are therefore strongly advised to meet this deadline.

A second round of aptitude workshops for late applicants may take place later in the year, however please note:

      • That there may be fewer, or no, places available via the second round.
      • That events outside of the Academy’s control may prevent a second round going ahead.
      • That the Academy reserves the right to delay or cancel a second round due to operational matters and that its existing students must take priority.
      • That once the second round has concluded, there will be no further workshops for 2022 entry.

Notice re COVID-19: Please be aware that to ensure the safety of both staff and students on site from the risks associated with external individuals coming onto site and to protect external visitors from the risks associated with coming into BOA premises, we are unable to accept hardcopy applications and documents via personal hand delivery to the Academy building and all such must be posted via Royal Mail.

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CHOOSING A PATHWAY

You must only select one pathway on your application. This is the pathway to which you will be invited to an aptitude workshop for, and which – if you are successful – you will be offered a place on. If you are unsure which pathway to choose, it is wise to consider where your personal strengths lie.

Your online application will be locked upon submission. If, after submitting your application, you decide on a different pathway, you will need to email admissions@boa-academy.co.uk (marked for the attention of the Head of Admissions) naming your new pathway choice and requesting the change to be considered. You should also consider whether you need to include in your email a new personal statement that relates more to your new choice of pathway. Please do not submit multiple online applications – if you need to notify us of any other changes, such as a new address or contact details, please email these to the above email address.

Any request to change pathway must be submitted by 31st January 2022. Requests received after this date will not be considered.

HOW TO COMPLETE AN APPLICATION

Our online application is now live - Please click the appropriate link below.

To apply for Year 10 entry, click on the below link:

https://boa.applicaa.com/year10

To apply for Year 12 entry, click on the below link:

https://boa.applicaa.com/year12

A pdf of how to register can be found in the Attachments section at the bottom of this webpage (How to Register on Admissions+ & Start Your Application).

If you are unable to complete an online application, please telephone 0121 359 9300 or email admissions@boa-academy.co.uk to request a prospectus and application (please make sure you state whether it is for Year 10 or Year 12).

Please ensure you attach to your online application, or enclose with a paper one:

  • the relevant school reports and attendance breakdowns (these can be obtained from your current school).
  • 2x passport size photographs.
  • Any medical, SEN, or other relevant documents.

 

HOW SCHOOL REPORTS WILL BE USED

We will use these for information purposes only, in the event of you being offered a place. They will not be used to process your application nor as part of the aptitude workshop process.

SUPPORTING PORTFOLIOS OR VIDEOS

To ensure fairness to all applicants, any such items that are provided with applications will not be used as part of the application process nor the aptitude workshop process.

STUDENTS WITH SEN/EHCP*AND LOOKED AFTER/PREVIOUSLY LOOKED AFTER STATUS

*Education Health & Care Plan

Please refer to the sections of the Admissions Policy entitled Consideration of Applications for Year 10 and Post 16 Admission Criteria.

It is important that any SEN or status as looked after/previously looked after are stated on the application, so that reasonable adjustments can be made at the aptitude workshop if required.

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 339 applications for the places available in Year 10 for September 2021.

Birmingham Ormiston Academy received 573 external applications for the places available in Year 12 for September 2021.

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.

WHAT IS THE APTITUDE WORKSHOP AND GROUP DISCUSSION?

If your application form is successful, you will be invited to a practical aptitude workshop and group discussion. Aptitude workshops will take place during the week commencing 28th February 2022. For most pathways, they will consist of one day’s attendance at the Academy.

Applicants are considered on the basis of aptitude in their chosen pathway and the criteria laid down in the admissions policy. Aptitude will be demonstrated via a series of pathway-specific tasks on which applicants will be evaluated and scored.

The group discussion will be a chance for you to show your knowledge of your chosen pathway, ask questions, discuss your inspirations and aspirations, and clarify options. The discussion will not form part of the aptitude evaluation and you will not be scored on it.

WHEN WILL OFFERS BE ANNOUNCED?

Confirmation of places will follow in April. All students who attended the aptitude workshops will receive a letter through the post advising whether they have been successful or not.

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 2022 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)

  1. Once the final deadline has passed, we are unable to accept further applications.
  2. All students that attend BOA, must secure their place via a rigorous selection process at one of our aptitude workshops - 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.

 

How Can I Find Out More?

Open events are advertised on our website: www.boa-academy.co.uk

Email admissions@boa-academy.co.uk or call: 0121 359 9300.