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The consultation period for The MFG Academies Trust proposed changes to the oversubscription criteria of the admission arrangements of Marsden Junior School to be introduced from September 2022 has now closed. All responses have been collated and the final admission arrangements are now available. 

Admissions and Consultation 2022-23

Click here for Consultation on School Admission Arrangements for 2022-23

Click here for Proposed Admission Arrangements for 2022-23

Admissions 2021/22 

Marsden Junior School – an academy for boys and girls aged 7-11 years


The Academy is the Admissions Authority. The Academy plan to offer 60 places at age 7 years; this is the Published Admission Number (PAN) for the school year.

Applying for a place In order to be eligible for a place parents must make the school one of their three choices on the online local authority application.

Oversubscription Criteria

Where the number of applicants for Marsden Junior School, received during the normal admissions round, exceeds the admission number of the school, the Academy will apply the following criteria in order of priority.

Priority 1: Children in public care (looked after children) or children who were previously looked after.

Priority 2: Children who live in the school’s Priority Admission Area (PAA) who have a brother or sister attending from the same address at the date of admission (the sibling rule).

Priority 3: Children who live in the school’s PAA

Priority 4: Children who live outside the schools PAA who have a brother or sister attending from the same address at the date of admission (the sibling rule).

Priority 5: Children who live outside the school’s PAA

The Academy will admit children with statements of special educational needs where the school is named on the statement or Education, Health Care Plan (EHCP).

Please note:

.The definition of a ‘looked after child’ is a person under the age of 18 who is provided with accommodation by a local authority, acting in its social services capacity, for a continuous period of more than 24 hours, by agreement with the parents or in accordance with section 22 of the Children Act 1989. Previously looked after refers to those children who immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption order, (under section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002), residence order (under Section 8 of the Children Act 1989), or specialist guardianship order (under Section 14A of the Children Act 1989). Children looked after under an agreed series of short term placements (respite care) are excluded.

· ‘Live’ means the child’s permanent home at the date when applications close or, if a significant house move is involved, the latest reasonable date before the final allocation of places

· Distance is measured in a straight line from a child’s home address to the school. Measurements are calculated using six-figure National Grid Co-ordinates taken from the National Land and Property Gazetteer.

This grid reference refers to a point that falls within the permanent building structure corresponding to the address. The boundary of the building structure for the address is from Ordnance Survey's MasterMap. For smaller, residential properties the grid reference marks a point near the centre of the building. For larger properties, like schools with, for example, multiple buildings and large grounds, the grid reference relates to a point inside the main addressable building structure. The distance calculated is accurate to within 1 metre.

Notification of Offer of Place

The formal offer of a place will come from the Local Authority which will write to Parents/Carers in April 2022 allocating a single place to their child.

Waiting List/Appeals

The Governing Body will use the oversubscription criteria above to rank unsuccessful applicants in a waiting list so that further places may be offered by the Local Authority if they become available. The waiting list will close on the final day of the 2019/20 school year.

Unsuccessful applicants may also contact the Academy to be advised of their right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel.

In-Year Admissions

All applications for an in-year admission to The MJS must be made on the Kirklees In-year Common Application Form (ICAF) available from the Academy.  This form is available on the Kirklees Council Website: http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/admissions/pdf/in-year-admissions.pdf. together with a booklet explaining the process. 

The completed form is then sent directly to The MJS.