Admissions at the point of Primary/Secondary transfer (transition year) 

Students will be admitted without reference to academic ability or aptitude. The number of intended admissions for the year commencing September 2022 and 2023 will be 297. The school proposes to continue to admit students with Statements of Special Educational Need or an Education, Health and Care Plan, where that is the wish of the parents and of the Local Authority administering the statement or plan.

Oversubscription Criteria 

Where parental preferences for admission exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied in the order set out below, to decide which children to admit.

  • Children who are in public care, including those who ceased to be looked after because they were adopted or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order within the regulations set out by the Admissions Code (September 2020).
  • Children who appear to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.
  • Students of All Saints Primary, Bowling Green Primary, Cross Lane Primary, Elland CE  (VA) J&I, Holywell Green Primary, Old Earth Primary, St Patrick’s Catholic Primary, The Greetland Academy and West Vale Primary schools.
  • Those students who have a brother or sister (or step/half-brothers or sisters) permanently resident in the same household and currently attending the school (this excludes those students in their final year (Year 11) and those in the Sixth Form).
  • Children of staff at the school. “Staff” for this purpose are defined as anyone employed by the school who has a permanent contract with the school at the date of the deadline for Year 7 admissions applications relating to the child in question (usually 31st October in the year before the child would start in Year 7).
  • Children who have a particular aptitude for sport.  Allocations under this criterion will be limited to up to 10% of the planned admission limit.  Parents must complete a separate application form for consideration under this category.  This must be returned to the school by the deadline set by the school.  Parents must also have expressed a preference for The Brooksbank School on the online application form.  Applicants under this criterion will be invited to attend a session where their sporting aptitude will be assessed. All those who are above the minimum standard in the test will be submitted (in ranked order) for consideration under this criterion in the allocation process.
  • Direct distance between the child’s home to school, with those living nearer being accorded the highest priority. Distance will be calculated using a straight line measurement from the student’s home to the closest designated school gate.

Distances will be calculated using the Local Authority’s GIS system (Geographical Information System). To ensure consistency applies, all measurements will be carried out by the Local Authority’s GIS system and no other method of measuring distance will be considered. Each property has a coordinate taken from Ordnance Survey ADDRESS-POINT data. This is the point which distance measurements will be taken from. In the event of calculated distances for two or more students being equal, a tie-breaker based on Calderdale MBC Admissions Section random allocation system will be applied.

If there is oversubscription within any category, the next criterion would be applied (except for sporting criterion, which is based on the rankings in the sporting aptitude test).


Key Dates


Admission Arrangements Timeline: 2022/23 Intake

Date Event/Deadline
TBC Open evening
07/10/22 Applications to apply under the sporting criterion to be submitted to the school
w/c 17/10/22 Sporting aptitude tests to be carried out
21/10/22 Parents/carers informed of outcome
31/10/22 Deadline for online application to be submitted to the Local Authority


Independent Appeal Arrangements

Parents/carers who wish to make an independent appeal for a place for their child must contact the Clerk to the Independent Appeals Panel at the school.

The Clerk will inform parents/carers about the procedure and send them all the relevant documentation including an appeals form to complete and return to the school.

Click here for some general notes about the appeals process.

Appeals are administered by an independent panel and the school follows the statutory requirements in both the School Admission Appeals Code and the School Admissions Code when organising admission appeals.


The Local Authority Co-ordinated Admission Scheme

For information regarding this scheme, please click here.


Waiting Lists

For students placed on the waiting list during their transition year from Year 6 – Year 7, the waiting list will be maintained in accordance with the co-ordinated admission scheme by the Local Authority. If parents/carers wish the student to stay on the list after 30th September, they must inform the school in writing. The school does not maintain waiting lists beyond December each year.


Application under Sporting Criterion

The Brooksbank School can take up to 10% of each Year 7 admissions based on sporting aptitude where spaces are available.

The students accessing this route will receive the same high quality academic provision as other students as well as;


  • An extensive and successful extra-curricular programme.
  • Well-developed school/club links and support from national governing bodies.
  • Where applicable, personal support to assist with school/sport issues concerned with specific competitions or training in school time.
  • Master classes with high performance coaches.

Students From Nominated Feeder Schools

If your child is already attending one of our nominated primary feeder schools: 

When you complete the common preference form for your choice of secondary school make sure you put The Brooksbank School down as a preference.

Make sure you submit the common preference form on time to the LEA – late applications will not be dealt with until after the first allocation process.

Students NOT From Nominated Feeder Schools

If your child attends another primary school and he/she would like the opportunity to be offered a place here under the sporting aptitude criterion

  • You will need to complete an application form for entry under the sporting criteria and return it to the school by the date shown on the form – click here for the form or contact the school and ask for one to be sent to you
  • The tests for sporting aptitude will be held early October. The results will be sent out before you have to submit your common preference form.
  • You must ensure that you make The Brooksbank School one of your preferences on the common preference form.
  • Ensure you submit your common preference form to the Local Authority by the deadline.

You are strongly advised to attend the open evening in the September prior to your child making the transition to secondary school to find out more about the application process