The Vale Academy admission arrangements for September 2019-2020



The Vale Academy Admissions Policy 2017/18

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The Vale Academy Admissions Policy 2018/19

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Is your child due to start school in September 2019?

If your child is due to start school in September 2019 and you would like to have a look around our academy, please come along to one of our open mornings running from Tuesday 2nd October 2018 - Thursday 10th January 2019. We will also be holding a parent open evening on 15th November 2018 6pm - 7:30 pm.

If you would like a tour but cannot attend one of our open mornings, then please do not hesitate to contact us on 01582 211150, and  Mrs Hagan (Admissions Officer) will be able to book you in for a tour of the academy and a meeting with our Headteacher or a member of the Senior Leadership Team to answer any questions you may have.

Open Morning 2018-2019


How to apply...

If you live in Central Bedfordshire, please click on the link to be transferred to their website where you can apply online or download a paper copy of the application form.

If you live in Luton, please click on the link to be transferred to their website where you can apply online or download a paper copy of the application form.

In line with the School Admissions Code (1.4) The Vale Academy wishes to notify all interested parties that it is increasing its Published Admission Number (PAN) in National Curriculum Years R – 4 from its previous PAN of 50 to 75 students.

Admission to The Vale Academy falls into one of two categories, but in all circumstances admission is subject to the statutory Admissions Code, which can be found by following the link below to the Department for Education website: 

1. NORMAL ADMISSIONS ROUND - Admission to a year group starting in September of the current academic year 

Application for admission to start in Year R for September 2019 – the Normal Admissions Round for 2019-20, is managed by the local authority’s admissions team, whose address can be found below. 

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 15 January 2019. Applications received from Wednesday, 16 January are deemed late.

2. IN-YEAR ADMISSION - Admission to a year group after the starting date for that academic year (ie. September) 

Applications for admission in-year -  If you wish to apply for a place at The Vale Academy, after the academic year has started,  please  click here for an application form

If the year group applied for is full (over-subscribed), an application for admission may be unsuccessful and parents will be advised of this as soon as possible. In such circumstances parents will need to consider alternatives and are advised to seek clarification and/or advice from one or more of the following

TSLT Central Admissions Team on 01582 601221 
The Shared Learning  Trust Central Admissions Team,
c/o West Academy,
Leagrave High Street,
LU4 0NE. 

Central Bedfordshire School Admissions Team on 0300 300 8037
School Admissions
Central Bedfordshire Council
Watling House
High Street North
Telephone: 0300 300 8037


Luton Borough Council Education Department on 01582 548016
School Admissions,
Luton Borough Council,
Town Hall,
George Street,
Telephone: 01582 548016


Further information about choosing an academy can be found on the Department for Education website: 

Refusal of a place at one of The Shared Learning Trust academies does not affect the parental right to appeal – details of which can be found below and also by following the link below to the Department for Education website.

Appeal Forms 

Parents and Carers whose application for a place at The Vale Academy has been unsuccessful and who wish to appeal against that decision should do so by clicking here to download the form and submitting it to the TSLT Central Admissions Team at the address above. 

On receipt of their written appeal, all appellants will be notified of the date and time of their hearing within statutory timescales and no later than 10 days in advance of the scheduled hearing date. Decision letters will be sent to parents/carers within 5 days of the appeal having been heard.