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

Pupils will be admitted without reference to academic ability or aptitude. The number of intended admissions for the year commencing September 2021 and 2022 will be 297. The school proposes to continue to admit pupils 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
  • Pupils 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 pupils 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 pupils 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 pupil’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 pupils 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).

The school’s Year 7 Admissions Policy for September 2021 can be downloaded here

The school’s Year 7 Admissions Policy for September 2022 can be downloaded here

The school’s Year 12 Admissions Policy for September 2022 can be downloaded here

Key Dates

Admission Arrangements Timeline: 2020/21 Intake

Date Event/Deadline
02/03/20 Calderdale MBC will make offers of secondary school places to their residents
16/03/20 Deadline for parents to request reallocation and/or appeal via Calderdale MBC
17/03/20-01/05/20 Parents that have not already appealed should contact the school directly to make appeals
11/05/20 Deadline for parents to return completed appeal notification forms to the school
01/06/20-19/06/20 Appeal hearings will be heard (exact dates to be confirmed nearer the time)


Admission Arrangements Timeline: 2021/22 Intake

Date Event/Deadline
01/10/20 Open evening
08/10/20 Applications to apply under the sporting criterion to be submitted to the school
w/c 12/10/20 Sporting aptitude tests to be carried out
20/10/20 Parents/carers informed of outcome
31/10/20 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.