Header Image 1

Admissions & Appeals

National Offer Day 1st March 2024 If your child is offered a place in September for Year 7 at Cockburn Laurence Calvert Academy:

On receipt of your offer letter/e-mail you should click the link below to complete our online acceptance form to secure your place. You will need to either accept or decline your place and provide some details about yourself and your child.

If you intend to accept the place offered for your child, please ensure that you complete the linked form as soon as possible to ensure that their place is secure. Please be aware that the form will take 10-15 minutes to complete in full.


A member of our Transition Team will visit your child at their primary school prior to our Transition Evening. You will be invited, by letter, to the Transition Evening on Tuesday 2nd July where you and your child will receive support and guidance to ensure you are prepared for the exciting step of joining Cockburn Laurence Calvert Academy in September. There will also be a new area on this website for transition that will go live in the summer term.

Info from Leeds City Council: https://www.leeds.gov.uk/schools-and-education/school-admissions/offer-day-and-what-happens-next


Cockburn Multi-academy Trust (the Trust) intends to determine (set and approve) the following admissions policy for Cockburn Laurence Calvert Academy as the academy’s admission arrangements for entry into our academy during the September 2025 to July 2026 academic year.

This is currently out to consultation and that we welcome any comments, please see the following email address for comments consultation@cockburnlca.org


Below is information regarding the application process for parents/carers for a Year 7 place in September 2024


Admissions and Appeals at Cockburn Laurence Calvert Academy

Admissions Policy 2023-24

Admissions Policy 2024-25

Admissions Policy 2025-26

Click here to go to the Leeds City Council Secondary School Admissions website.

Cockburn Laurence Calvert Academy is part of a Multi-academy Trust.

The Governing Body will act as the Admissions Authority for the school as part of the coordinated scheme with Leeds City Council Children’s Services. Following due consultation in accordance with the national School Admissions Code the Governing Body has agreed the following Admissions Policy for the academic year 2023-24.

Parents and carers of children in Year 6 must apply for a place in the school using the Common Preference Form which must be completed and returned as specified on the form. Alternatively, parents and carers may apply directly to Leeds Education Authority online. Only under exceptional circumstances will late applications be accepted – until 1st December. Applications received after this date will only be considered after those applications which have been submitted on time.

Cockburn Laurence Calvert will be a high quality fully inclusive inner city 11-16 Secondary school, with a maximum capacity of 1050 students. 

The school will replicate the successes of the other Secondary schools within the Cockburn Multi-academy Trust and provide the young people of south Leeds the excellent education that will increase their life chances and create opportunities within and beyond the curriculum to enable each student to develop their potential so that they become confident, independent and successful citizens. We seek to widen their aspirations to reach destinations that are attainable and fulfilling. We work to raise attainment and the quality of teaching and learning for all our pupils through high expectations of academic success and behaviour.

Cockburn Laurence Calvert Academy has 210 places available for Year 7 in September 2024. 

Children with an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) will be admitted to the school named in their plan.

Allocation of Places

If the number of applications does not exceed the number of places available, all applicants will be granted a place at the school. When the academy is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care plan naming the school, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:

Priority 1

Children in public care or fostered under an arrangement made by the local authority, special guardianship order or children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted or become subject to a Child Arrangements Order or Special Guardianship Order.

Priority 2 

Children with siblings who are attending the school at the time the application is received and are living at the same address.

Priority 3 

Children for whom Cockburn Laurence Calvert Academy is the nearest high school.

Priority 4 

Other children.

Tie Break

Within each criterion, if there is oversubscription, remaining places available will be allocated according to distance. Children living closest to the school will, therefore, be allocated a place before those who live further away. 

Notification and Acceptance of Places

In accordance with the coordinated Admissions Policy on 1st March Leeds City Council Children’s Services will make the formal offer of a place to parents and carers on behalf of the Governing Body of the school. Parents and carers must contact the school to confirm acceptance of the offered place by the published date. This will in no way affect the rights of parents and carers to appeal for a place at another school.

Appeals procedure

Parents and carers who want to appeal against the governors’ decision not to offer their child a place at the school must appeal directly to the authority. Appeals should be addressed in writing to the authority within 20 days of receiving the decision letter from Leeds Children’s Services. The envelope should be clearly marked ‘Admission Appeal’. The appeal will be heard by an independent appeals panel. Parents and carers will receive notification of the date and time of their appeal hearing, which they can attend to explain their case. If they wish, parents and carers may be accompanied by an adviser or a friend. Following the appeal the Clerk to the Appeals Panel will write to parents and carers with the decision.

Appeals 2023

If the Governors have not been able to meet your preference for a place at this academy for Year 7 September 2023, you can appeal against the decision to an independent appeals panel.

You will need to put your appeal in writing and send this by 28th March 2023 to:
The Admissions Team, Floor 10 West, 110 Merrion Centre, Leeds LS2 8DT.

Appeals submitted by this date will be heard within 40 school days.

Appeals submitted after these dates will be heard within 40 school days from the date when the appeal is received by the Clerk where possible this may not be before the end of the academic year.

You will receive at least 10 school days notice of your appeal hearing.

The Governance Services Section of Leeds City Council are administering the appeals on our behalf. You must ensure any additional evidence you wish to submit in support of your appeal is received by the Governance Services Section, 4th Floor West Civic Hall Leeds LS1 1UR at least four working days before your appeal.

Appeals against a decision in any other year groups will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being received by the Clerk.

Following the hearing, decision letters will be sent within five school days of the hearing.

School days are term time only and do not include school holidays. If an appeal is submitted in the holidays the school days deadline will not start until the beginning of the next term e.g. an appeal received in July after schools have closed will not be heard until the new academic term,  ‘school days’ will start from when the school re-opens for the academic year 2023.