The Application Process
SEPTEMBER 2021 APPLICATIONS
The process for admission to start at BOA from September 2021 will commence with our Open Week in October 2020.
We admit to Year 10 and to Year 12 only as all of our main pathway courses are for a two year duration.
If you intend to submit an application to start at BOA from September 2021 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.
How Do I Apply?
Download an application form from the bottom of this page, fill it out in full, and return it to us before 31st January 2021. If you are unable to download an application, please telephone 0121 359 9300 or email email@example.com to request a prospectus and application (please make sure you state whether it is for Year 10 or Year 12).
Please ensure you enclose the relevant school reports and attendance certificates. These can be obtained from your current school. Please also ensure you enclose 2 passport size photographs.
WHAT WILL SCHOOL REPORTS BE USED FOR?
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.
CAN I PROVIDE SUPPORTING INFORMATION SUCH AS PORTFOLIOS OR VIDEOS?
Please do not include such items with your application. To ensure fairness to all applicants, these will not be used as part of the application process nor the aptitude workshop process.
When Do I Apply?
All application forms must submitted before 31st January 2021. All applications that are received will be acknowledged by email within a few days. We strongly recommend that you send your application by trackable post and that you ensure the postage is correct.
If your application is received after 31st January 2021, your application will only be considered after all on-time applications have been considered. You are therefore strongly advised to meet this deadline.
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 applications via personal hand delivery to the Academy building and all applications/documents must be posted via Royal Mail.
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.
ARE THERE TUITION FEES?
BOA is a maintained 14-19 Academy and therefore there are no fees for tuition*.
*others costs for uniform/equipment etc may be required.
HOW ARE STUDENTS WITH SEN/EHCP* AND LOOKED AFTER/PREVIOUSLY LOOKED AFTER STATUS CONSIDERED?
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 Child are stated on the application. A member of the Curriculum Support Team will contact you ahead of the workshop to discuss whether reasonable adjustments apply. Please ensure you make contact with BOA if you do not hear from the Curriculum Support Team.
*Education Health & Care Plan
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.
For entry in September 2020 we received 468 applications for 150 Year 10 places.
For entry in September 2020 we received 532 applications for 175 Year 12 places.
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 22nd February 2021. For most pathways, they will consist of one day’s attendance at the Academy.
Applicants will be immersed in three workshops which are interactive and allow applicants to demonstrate the following: collaboration, communication, problem-solving, creativity. The workshops are designed to offer applicants the opportunity to demonstrate potential in their chosen arts pathway area. Members of staff who oversee each aptitude workshop will be looking for the following: a) creativity in specialist areas, b) effective communication relevant to a specialist arts pathway area, c) a flexible approach to a range of specialist area contexts, d) a positive response to the learning process. Members of staff are immersed in annual training to ensure all workshops assess aptitude - which is an individual’s ability to learn and develop proficiency – rather than testing ability. The Academy will publish the average score for a successful applicant in each arts pathway course as a guide for prospective students, and these scores will be based on the previous year’s applications. Please note that average scores may vary from year to year, based on the number and calibre of applicants for each arts pathway subject.
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 2021 ENTRY, CAN I REQUEST AN APTITUDE WORKSHOP FOR ANOTHER PATHWAY?
No. Even if you appeal, this can only be for the same pathway as was originally chosen. 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).
How Can I Find Out More?
Open events are advertised on our website: www.boa-academy.co.uk
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 0121 359 9300.