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Admission Arrangements

At Venture, we are committed to ensuring that we provide an outstanding education to our local community.

Secondary admissions

The process detailed in this section is for admissions for secondary admissions. For further information on this process please contact Admissions Manager at Ormiston Venture Academy (via


Number of spaces (PAN)

The academy has an agreed admission number of 180 per year.


Application process

Applications for the 2019 academic year begins in September 2018.


To apply you need to complete the local authority’s (LA) common application form (CAF) and submit this directly to the LA by the deadline, 31 October. This can be obtained via the Norfolk Schools Admission website


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

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:


  • 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).
  • Up to 10% of students on the basis of aptitude in Information Technology *
  • Siblings of students who will be on roll at the time of the application
  • Children living in the town of Gorleston, the Parish of Bradwell and the catchment area served by Belton Moorlands **
  • Children whose parent/carer is a staff member at the academy with 2 or more years service or recruited to a vacancy with an identified skills shortage.
  • Children living outside the priority areas listed in rule iv) above.


If all children within any of the above rules cannot be offered a place, the highest priority will be given to children living nearest to the academy within that rule.



Sub Notes


*Parents who wish to apply for their child to be considered for admittance under the criteria for aptitude or ability in Information Technology (up to 10% of intake) must complete an application form available from the academy from 10th September. When completed it should be returned to the Principal by 30th September of the year prior to transfer. The academy will set a test for these pupils and inform parents of the outcome by 31st October, prior to parent’s submission of the Common Application Form to the Local Authority.


**Criterion iv) Belton Moorlands Catchment area: Parishes of Belton, Browston, Burgh Castle, Fritton and St. Olaves


In-year admissions

Applications for in-year admissions are considered in the same way as those made at the beginning of the academic year and are dealt with in accordance the local authorities Fair Access Protocol. In-year admissions forms can be obtained from Admissions Manager at Ormiston Venture Academy (via


Students included in the Fair Access Protocol will take precedence over those held on the waiting list. Once a student has been identified for admission to the academy under the Fair Access Protocol the academy will  notify the local authority within seven calendar days of the decision to accept or refuse the student’s admission.


It the academy refuses entry, the local authority may request a direction from the Education Funding Agency (on behalf of the Secretary of State). The academy will set out its reasons for refusal in writing to the local authority within 15 calendar days (for CLA this is reduced to seven calendar days) and may make further representations directly to the EFA (these will be made within seven calendar days). The decision of the Secretary of State will be binding upon the academy.


Unsuccessful applications

The academy will inform the child’s parent if a decision has been made to refuse their child a place at the academy for which they have applied, this will include the reason why admission was refused, information about the right to appeal, deadlines and contact details.


A child is allowed to be on the academy waiting list while lodging an appeal and the appeal will not affect their position on the list. The decision of the appeals panel is binding on the academy.


Applications are made through Norfolk County Council.   Please click on logo to be taken to their website.

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2019/2020 Admissions Policy

2018/2019 Admissions Policy