Career First Academy
Career First Academy offers students a wide variety of employment-related activities and opportunities to enhance and improve the employment-readiness of its students.
Selected modules in the Career First Programme are compulsory and all STEM Academy students will be expected to participate in these activities. Other modules are optional and these are subject to individual choice and interest.
We would like to know a bit more about you and your interests, please provide short responses of 1-2 paragraphs under each of the headings below
How do you think STEM subjects will shape the future? (*)
Why do you want to study STEM? (*)
What Careers or University subjects you are considering for the future? (*)
What are your main hobbies and interests outside school (*)
Have you had any work experience and/or part time employment that would support your application and/or chosen subjects? (*)
Admission numbers for Croydon Gateway applications only
1. STEM Academy Croydon Gateway will admit 230 students in September 2015, for entry onto its 1-year Level 2 and 2-year Level 3 courses.
2. STEM Academy Croydon Gateway has a full capacity of 460 students. Each year it will admit 230 students into year 12. From September 2016 onwards there will be a total of 460 students studying at STEM Academy Croydon Gateway. Where fewer applicants than the published admission numbers for the relevant year group are received, STEM Academy Education Trust will offer places at the STEM Academy Croydon Gateway to all those who have applied, subject to students meeting any relevant course-specific entry criteria (if applicable).
3. Details of all course-specific entry criteria can be found in STEM Academy's prospectus; on the Trust website: www.stemacademy.org.uk; or by request: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applying for a place at STEM Academy
4. STEM Academy operates its own admissions process. The admissions criteria prioritisation for assessing applications is set out below.
5. Applications are made via submission of an application form to STEM Academy.
6. Applicants should apply via STEM Academy’s website, where an electronic application form is provided for this purpose: www.stemacademy.ac.uk/apply.
7. The application form captures information in relation to the courses that a student may wish to undertake, as well, as relevant data required for the purposes of assessing the oversubscription criteria (as set out below).
8. When STEM Academy is oversubscribed, after the admission of students with an Education, Health and Care plan or statement of special educational needs naming STEM Academy, priority for admission will be given to students who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:
a) Looked after children/young people and children/young people who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order;
b) Students who were entitled to free school meals in the school year preceding their application to STEM Academy (students should complete the Free School Meals section on STEM Academy’s application form);
c) Tie-break: - where needed, a tie break will be applied based on applicants' proximity to the Academy. Proximity is measured as the straight line distance from the Academy’s main reception to the front door of the student’s primary residence . This ‘straight line distance’ will be determined using an appropriate software package which will be used consistently for all such applications. Where two dwellings with the same front entrance are located on different floors of the same building, a lower floor will be regarded as being closer to the Academy than any above it. Where two or more dwellings with the same front entrance are located on the same floor of the same building, the closest dwelling to the front door, counting clockwise, will be regarded as being closer to the Academy than any subsequent dwelling counted clockwise.
9. The published deadline for submission of completed applications is 31st March 2015 for admission to STEM Academy in September 2015. Any applications received after this date will be designated as late applications.
10. Late applications will be considered after those received on time. Late applicants should be aware courses may not be available in their preferred subject(s). If, following consideration of all applicants STEM Academy is oversubscribed, students may request to be placed on STEM Academy's waiting list.
11. STEM Academy will operate a waiting list for each year group. Where in any year STEM Academy receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate until the end of the academic year. This will be maintained by STEM Academy Education Trust and will be open for any eligible student to request to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application.
12. Student’s position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. For avoidance of doubt, where places become vacant they will be allocated to students on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.
13. All applicants refused a place have a right of appeal to an independent appeal panel constituted and operated in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code.
14. Appellants should contact the clerk to the Governors no later than 3 weeks after decision is made. information on how to appeal. Information on the timetable for the appeals process is on our website at www.stemacademy.org.uk.
15. This policy will be reviewed on an annual basis. The next review will be completed by 31 July 2015.