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Consultation on School Admission Arrangements for 2022-2023 

The consultation period for The MFG Academies Trust proposed changes to the oversubscription criteria of the admission arrangements of Colne Valley High School to be introduced from September 2022 has now closed. All responses have been collated and the final admission arrangements are now available here


Admission Arrangements for 2021/22


The MFG Academies Trust has responsibility for admissions to Colne Valley High School and plans to offer 287 places (admission number) at age 11 in September 2021.  To apply for a place at Colne Valley High School (‘the school’), an applicant must complete the Secondary Common Application Form (SCAF) supplied by their home Local Authority and return it as instructed by the Local Authority.  It is very important that the form is returned by the closing date because forms received after this date will be treated as “late”.  Late applications are not dealt with until all those received on time have been through the application process.

The school will admit children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs where Colne Valley High School is named on the Statement.

Oversubscription Criteria

If the number of applicants exceeds the number of available places, the following priorities will apply:

a) looked after children and previously looked after children

b) children who have an older brother or sister attending from the same address at the date of admission (the younger sibling rule)

c) children who live in the school’s Priority Admission Area

d) children who live outside the school’s Priority Admission Area

If the requests for admission in the Oversubscription Criteria b) to d) exceed the admission number, priority will be given up to the admission number to children living nearest the school.

Please note:

  • A ‘looked after child’ is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or ‘(b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989) at the time of making an application to school. ‘Previously looked after children’ are children who were adopted under the Adoption Act 1976 (see section 12 adoption orders) and children who were adopted under the Adoption and Children’s Act 2002 (see section 46 adoption orders).
  • The definition of an ‘older brother or sister attending’ means a sibling, half sibling, foster sibling or adopted sibling who is currently in Years 7-11 (inclusive).
  • ‘Live’ means the child’s permanent home at the date when applications close or, if a significant house move is involved, the latest reasonable date before the final allocation of places
  • Distance is measured in a straight line from a child’s home address to the school. Measurements are calculated using six-figure National Grid Co-ordinates taken from the National Land and Property Gazetteer. This grid reference refers to a point that falls within the permanent building structure corresponding to the address. The boundary of the building structure for the address is from Ordnance Survey's MasterMap. For smaller, residential properties the grid reference marks a point near the centre of the building. For larger properties, like schools with, for example, multiple buildings and large grounds, the grid reference relates to a point inside the main addressable building structure. The distance calculated is accurate to within 1 metre.

Notification of Offer of Place

The formal offer of a place will come from the Local Authority which will write to Parents/Carers on 1 March, 2021 allocating a single secondary school to their child.

Waiting List/Appeals

The MFG Academies Trust will use the oversubscription criteria above to rank unsuccessful applicants in a waiting list so that further places may be offered by the Local Authority if they become available. The waiting list will close on the final day of the 2021-2022 school year.

Unsuccessful applicants may also contact the school to be advised of their right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel.


All applications for an in-year admission to Colne Valley High School must be made on the Kirklees In-year Common Application Form (ICAF) available from the school.  The completed form is then sent directly to Colne Valley High School.

Further information about our academies

For more information about Colne Valley High School and other schools and academies within Kirklees, please see the Kirklees Local Authority Website.