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Joining the School

About joining West Coventry Academy


Admissions and Appeals

West Coventry Academy accepts pupils from across Coventry as well as some pupils from Warwickshire and Solihull. 

The majority of pupils join West Coventry Academy at the beginning of the academic year and the majority will start with us in Year 7, but we can accept in-year transfers at any time, as long as we have pupil places in the appropriate year.  

Admissions Process

All admissions for West Coventry Academy are managed on our behalf by the Admissions Team at Coventry City Council; this process is known as the coordinated scheme and is used by the majority of schools within Coventry – you can access the online process and online application form (sometimes called the Common Application form or CAF) at this link - Secondary school admissions – Coventry City Council. In particular the section entitled Starting Secondary school in 2022 may be of particular interest and contains links to information booklets. The online application form is the easiest and most secure option for parents wishing to apply for a place at West Coventry Academy.

 Applications outside the normal admissions round

An application outside of the normal admission round is sometimes referred to as an ‘in-year’ admission application. This includes all admissions at other times, other than the usual transfer process to Year 7. All admissions including in-year admissions are administered for West Coventry Academy by the Admissions Team at Coventry City Council as part of their coordinated Admissions scheme for schools across the city.

Pupils usually start school at the beginning of the school year in September, however sometimes your child will need to start or change school after this because you may move house outside the Coventry area or you may want your child to change schools for a different reason. Please refer to the specific section for ‘in-year admissions’ on the Coventry Admissions website; you can follow the link here to the specific page relating to In Year admissions Secondary school in-year admissions - About your child - Coventry City Council

An application must be made via the online process of Local Authority who co-ordinate all such applications on the schools behalf. Applicants refused a place will be offered the right of appeal.

For parents who are either thinking of changing their child’s school or wish to join us directly from primary school we recommend a tour of our school and our excellent facilities. There is also a further opportunity to attend our vibrant and informative Open Days which takes place in September annually. Although we are an academy our admissions are still processed by the local authority and it is the Local Authority who will write to parents regarding school finalised and agreed admissions for our school.

What catchment area is my house in?

Please refer to the catchment area information in the link below. Simply enter your street name to find out which secondary school catchment area covers your home.  If more than one school is listed for your street, you can each school's listings for specific house numbers or names.

 Catchment areas – Coventry City Council

Admission Appeals

 All appeals for entry into Year 7 to 11 should be lodged with the school, who will arrange an independent appeals panel, with further information available and submission details available by contacting the school. You can lodge your appeal by emailing info@westcoventryacademy.org – please enter the Subject line as “Admission Appeal”.

For more information on the process please read the Admissions Appeals document which can be found at the foot of this page  

 Feeder Primary Schools are:

Allesley Hall Primary School

Allesley Primary School

Eastern Green Primary School

Earlsdon Primary School

Hearsall Academy

Leigh CofE Primary School

Limbrick Wood Primary School

Mount Nod Primary School

Our Lady of the Assumption Primary School

Park Hill Primary School

St Christopher Primary School

St John Vianney Catholic Primary School

St John CofE Primary School

Templars Primary School

Whoberley Hall Primary School

 

Most of our pupils have attended one of these Primary Schools. In addition some children living in our catchment area have attended other local Primary Schools (e.g. Bournebrook). For a list of catchment area roads please read the catchment area information document at the bottom of this page. However you do not need to live within the catchment area to apply for a place at West Coventry Academy, we warmly welcome applications from across the city. We have strong links with our family of schools. Staff from West Coventry Academy visit feeder primary schools and teach in them on a regular basis. This level of co-operation is very important when it comes to ensuring that children move smoothly between Primary and Secondary School and that we can build on the progress your child has made in Years 1 to 6.

Joining us at West Coventry Academy

During your child’s final year at Primary school you will receive an invitation to West Coventry Academy’s events, held during September and October annually.  You are, of course, welcome to visit our school at any time, but during the late summer and Autumn Term all parents of Year 5 pupils in our feeder and local Primary schools receive personal invitations to specific events such as the Open Evening, sports events and personal tour days. At our open events you will have the chance to meet the Leadership Team, Pastoral Leaders and teaching staff and be able to discuss aspects of the curriculum which interest you and your son or daughter.  You can view our excellent facilities, and, of course, you can see many examples of our pupils work.

During our calendared open events, pupils are available to show you round and to tell you about the school.  In the autumn term you will receive official transfer documents from the Local Authority (LA) inviting you to select your preferred Secondary school.  Your child’s Primary school will also organise meetings to discuss transfer to Secondary education.  Obviously, we hope that you will feel confident about entrusting your child’s secondary education to us.  We care for every child as an individual and strive to meet children’s needs so that they achieve the highest possible academic standards that they are capable of.  The Local Authority informs the Secondary school of its prospective pupils in the Spring Term, and we then keep in close contact with our new parents for the rest of Year 6.  Our Leadership Team, Pastoral/Progress Leader for Year 7 and members of our SEND team visit your child’s Primary school.  They meet the children and begin to get to know them.  They talk to their teachers about the progress each child has made and any particular needs.  In this way your child comes to know a number of our staff before they join us in September. 

During the summer term, Year 6 children who have chosen to come to West Coventry Academy in September will spend a whole Induction Day with us, getting to know staff and pupils in their new school.  During this day they meet their Head of Year, their Pastoral Leader, Progress Leader and Form Tutor.  They follow a timetable of lessons and are told about the Academy’s Code of Conduct.  In this way they not only learn to find their way around the school but begin to learn what is required of them as a pupil of West Coventry Academy.  There will then be a further parental evening for parents to meet our staff. 

WCA Catchment Area by Street Name  Download (149kb)

In Year Transfers - Before you apply things to think about  Download (149kb)

Online Parent Portal Guide - August 2021  Download (149kb)

Coventry Secondary Coordinated Admissions Scheme 2022
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Coventry Secondary Coordinated Admissions Scheme 2023
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School Appeals

Further information, including details of "In-Year Transfer Appeals" may be obtained on the Council's website by clicking here.