Admissions Criteria

Number of spaces (PAN)
The academy has an agreed admission number of 180 per year.

Application process
Applications for the 2023/2024 school year begins September 2023.

To apply you need to complete Suffolk County Councils application form (CAF1) and submit this directly to Suffolk County Council by the deadline, 31st October. This should be done online at or submit a normal year of entry application form (CAF1) available from the Local Authority Admissions Team on 0345 600 0981 no later than the national closing date of 31st October.

Late applications will not be considered until all other applications have been reviewed. All offers of secondary places will be made through the LA. The academy will not contact parents about the outcome of their application until the offer from the local authority has been received. All offers will be made on the secondary national offer day (1 March or the next working day).

Selection criteria
Children are admitted to the Academy using the criteria outlined in this our admissions policy. Arrangements for applications for places will be made in accordance with the Local Authority’s (LA) coordinated admission arrangements and will be made on the normal year of entry application form (CAF1) provided and administered by the Local Authority.
Children who have special educational needs but who are not statemented or have an EHC plan will be treated equally to all other applicants in the admissions process. This includes children who may need extra support or reasonable adjustments to be made. See our SEND policy for details of special provision provided by the Academy. If the number of applications is less than the number of spaces then all children will be offered places.

Oversubscription criteria
If the academy receives more applications than there are available places then children with the academy named on an education, health care plan (EHC) or equivalent will be automatically admitted to the academy. If there are still places available, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the oversubscription criteria set out below:

  1. Looked after children and those who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after was adopted or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order. A looked after child is a child who is in the care of a local authority, or being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (definition used is in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).
  2. Student with exceptional medical or social needs, that can only be met by providing a place at Ormiston Endeavour Academy rather than any other school. This will only be considered where there is evidence attached to the application and will need to take the form of evidence from an appropriate professional Admissions policy Page 9 of 11 like a Doctor (Consultant) or Social Worker.
  3. Students with a sibling in attendance at the Academy and who will still be on roll in the year of entry. See definition of sibling in “Definitions 2.1” in the policy.
  4. Students whom live closest to the Academy. See the definition distance “Definitions 2.1” in the admissions policy.
  5. Students from Multiple Births (e.g. twins/triplets) If the final place available at the Academy is offered to a twin, triplet or other multiple births and the remaining siblings would ordinarily refused, Ormiston Endeavour Academy will where practicable offer places to the remaining sibling/s at the Academy.
  6. Ordinarily Resident: By ordinarily resident we mean the place where your child usually lives. We consider this to be where they sleep overnight. We may need proof of this address. If you use another address to give the impression that your child lives at a different address to where they are ordinarily resident, such as a second home or a grandparent’s address, so that you have a higher priority for a place at that school; we consider this to be a fraudulent application. Where a child lives at two or more addresses, each for part of the week, the address at which the child is ordinarily resident will be considered to be the address that the child lives at for most of the week (excluding weekends and school holidays). Separate evidence in writing from each parent must be provided to confirm the child’s living arrangements at the time of application.
    In cases where the child spends an equal proportion of the school week at two or more different addresses, evidence of which is to be considered the main contact address will be required to support the application. Agreement in writing by the parents will be required to state which address is to be used as the ordinarily resident address. This address will then be used when processing all school preferences expressed. It is not acceptable to use one address for one school preference and another address for another school preference. If we are aware of a parental dispute affecting the application, we may not be able to deal with the application
    and you may need to seek independent legal advice in order to resolve the matter.
  7. Late applications: Applications received after the set closing date will be accepted but will not be normally considered for a place at the Academy until after the initial offer date.
  8. Tie Break: In the unlikely event that two or more applicants competing for a single place at Academy live the same distance from the school, the place will be offered to one applicant on the basis of random lots drawn by a person who is independent of the Academy.

Our appeals procedure can be found here.