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Types of secondary schools

There are various types of state-funded schools in Birmingham. These include schools and academies that are maintained by the Local Authority, and those that are sponsored by other organisations.

In line with legislation, the Local Authority co-ordinates applications to all state-funded schools in Birmingham, regardless of the type of school or academy.

However, different types of schools and academies have different admission authorities, and therefore different admission and appeal processes. In particular, academies, foundation, grammar,voluntary aided and free schools may have their own oversubscription criteria, and many of them have supplementary information forms that need to be completed in addition to the Local Authority Form. You should carefully read and understand the admission arrangements for these schools before completing your child’s Local Authority Preference Form or Application for a Change of School Form.

Community schools
Foundation schools
Grammar schools
Voluntary Aided schools
Academies
Free Schools

Community Schools
Birmingham Local Authority is the admission authority for community schools. For admissions to schools in the academic year 2012–2013 onwards, Birmingham Local Authority has formulated a co-ordinated admissions scheme. The local authority ensures all schools adhere to the scheme and the published admission arrangements.

Foundation Schools
The Governing Body is the admission authority at each foundation school. The Governing Body is responsible for setting the oversubscription criteria at their school, although the local authority will coordinate the offer of places in Year 7 and all other year groups.

Foundation schools may have different admission arrangements. You should read and understand the admission arrangements for individual schools before completing the Preference Form.

Grammar Schools
These are schools (which may be academies, community, foundation or voluntary aided schools) that select children by reference to their academic ability. They co-ordinate the secondary transfer process with the local authority, and for this purpose tests are held in the Autumn Term of the academic year preceding that in which children are admitted to secondary school (i.e. in the Autumn Term of Year 6). Please note that children older than 11 years may not register for the tests, but parents / carers can still contact these schools about their admission arrangements outside the normal admissions round.

Voluntary Aided Schools
These are schools that have been set up by voluntary bodies, such as churches or foundations. The Governing Body at each voluntary aided school is its own admission authority and they decide their own oversubscription admission criteria, although the local authority will co-ordinate the offer of Year 7 places and places in all other year groups.

The following secondary schools in Birmingham have voluntary aided status:

Voluntary aided schools may have different admission arrangements. You should read and understand the admission arrangements for individual schools before completing your Local Authority Preference Form.

Academies
These are state-funded schools that are sponsored by independent sponsors from a wide range of backgrounds. The Governing Body and Headteacher at each academy are responsible for managing the academy. Once an academy is open, the Department for Education provides funding direct to the academy.

This funding is on a comparable basis to maintained schools in the area. The Governing Body at each academy is the admission authority. The Governing Body sets the oversubscription criterion at their academy, although the Local Authority coordinates the offer of places in Year 7 and, in the case of 14-19 academies, Year 10.

Academies may have different admission arrangements. You should read and understand the admission arrangements for individual schools before completing your Local Authority Preference Form.

Free Schools
Free schools are new independent, state-funded schools that are established by individuals or organisations from a wide range of backgrounds, including charities and community groups. The body that established each free school is its own admission authority and is responsible for setting the oversubscription criteria at their school.


Please refer to the parents' information booklets for the status of a particular school. The booklets can be found at the bottom of the page by following this link.