How to Apply for a Year 7 place


NBA are proud of the diverse and inclusive learning environment we promote. We are dedicated to making sure students of all abilities are welcomed, supported and challenged to achieve their full potential.

North Birmingham Academy is sponsored by the E-ACT group and is committed to an Admissions Policy which is consistent with all other maintained schools in Birmingham. Details of this criteria can be found in the Birmingham City Council Admissions booklet.

Key admissions information

All parents wishing to apply should complete a local authority secondary school application form. To view the application form or for more information on how to complete your form please visit.

Pupil Admissions Numbers – We have 180 places in Year 7 2021-22

Our  Pupil Admission Numbers (PAN) for 2021-22 are:

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
180 180 210 180 180


NBA Admissions Arrangements

For Admissions in the normal round from Year 6 to Year 7

To apply for a place at North Birmingham Academy for September 2021, an application must be made online at School Admissions

Year 7 places, commencing September 2021, will be allocated and notified to parents in a formal offer sent by letter on 1 March 2021 where a single secondary place will be awarded.

North Birmingham Academy, at present, follows the Birmingham City Council appeals procedure and any appeal for a Year 7 place under the normal progression from primary to secondary school should be made through the LEA. All appeals will be heard within the statutory guidelines as specified within the Admissions Code.

For late applications for Year 7 places, please contact Admissions and Appeals at Birmingham City Council who will advise you as regards availability.

Timeline for Applications

A timeline detailing the key dates for your Year 7 Application can be found using the link below:

School Admissions


If you have any further questions or queries in regards to the Year 7 application process please email


In a very small number of cases it may not be possible to decide between the applications of those pupils who are the final qualifiers for a place, when applying the published admission criteria.

For example, this may occur when children in the same year group live at the same address, or where there are twins, or if the distance between the home and school is exactly the same, for example, blocks of flats.  If there is no other way of separating the application according to the admissions criteria and to admit both or all of the children would cause the Published Admission Number for the child’s year group to be exceeded, the Local Authority will use a computerized system to randomly select the child to be offered the final place.

In the event of this occurring with twins or other multiple birth applicants, schools will be asked to admit over their Published Admission Number to accommodate the pupils.

If you have any further questions about the secondary transfer process, or want some help please contact the Birmingham City Council’s Admissions Team on T: 0121 675 0555, Email: or

‘In year’ Admissions

Applications received outside the normal admissions round will be considered in line with the oversubscription criteria. A place will be offered at the Academy provided there is a vacancy in the appropriate year group. The address used to process the application will be the address where the parent and child normally live and they must be living there at the time of application. Admission of one child to the Academy does not give a right of admission for brothers or sisters, if places are not available for all at the same time.

Applications made outside the normal admissions round (in-year admissions) should be made directly to the academy, further information can be found at: Admissions

Or alternatively you can download a copy of the NBA application form here:  NBA Application Form

Parents/Carers can apply for a place for their child at any time and to any school.  On receipt of an in-year application, the school will notify the local authority of both the application and its outcome, to allow the local authority to keep up to date with figures on the availability of school places in Birmingham.

Please note that you may be asked for further proof if applying under medical/social needs etc. You will be placed on the waiting list and places will be allocated as they become available and prioritised according to our over subscription criteria.

Fair Access Protocol

The Academy complies with Birmingham LA’s Fair Access Protocol (FAP). The purpose of the FAP is to ensure that, outside the normal admissions round, unplaced children who fall into the specified categories are offered a place quickly, so that the amount of time any child, especially the most vulnerable, who remains out of education is kept to a minimum. The FAP will only be used once the in-year admissions process has been exhausted.

Students can also be placed at NBA through the Fair Access protocol and this will occur in two different ways.

1)   Through the FA team at Birmingham LA will approach NBA in order to accommodate a child who is without a school place

2)   A student could be sent through the FA team to the local sharing panel and the chair of this panel will place the student at the nearest school based on  a rotational basis between the schools on the panel.

Waiting Lists

Waiting lists are not maintained on a ‘first come – first served’ basis. Waiting lists are kept in the priority order as explained in the oversubscription criteria of the admissions policy. Places are offered from the waiting list throughout the year. When a place becomes available, it is offered to the first child on the list and if it is accepted all other children will move up the list. Children may also move down the waiting list if another family, with a higher priority under the oversubscription criteria, ask for their child’s name to be added to the list. Applicants, who ask for their child’s name to be placed on the waiting list for another school, after a school place has been allocated, are indicating they prefer this school to the Academy. If at a later date a place is offered from the waiting list, this new offer will supersede any previous offer, which will then be withdrawn.

Appeals Procedure

Appeals are administered by the Local Authority for this Academy.  Parents who wish to appeal against the decision to refuse their child admission should contact the School Admissions and Pupil Placements Service on 0121 303 1888 to request an appeal form.

The appeal will be heard by an independent appeals panel constituted and operated in accordance with the School Admissions Appeals Code. Parents will receive written notification of the date and time of their appeal hearing, which they can attend to explain their case. If they wish, parents may be accompanied by an adviser or friend. Following the appeal, the Clerk to the appeals panel will write to parents with the decision.

The Department for Education appeals code

For the Department for Education’s admissions appeals code click here.

Information about recent changes to the appeals process can be found here.


If you have further questions or queries please use the contact details below to speak to NBA direct or the LA Admissions team.

Academy contact: Adam Duckers (Assistant Headteacher)

Email:     Phone: 0121 373 1647

LA contact: Birmingham School Admissions

Email:   Phone: 0121 303 1888

Admissions Policies

Changes to school admission appeals due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

E-ACT Supplementary Information Form

NBA Admission Arrangements 2022-23

Admissions Arrangements 2021-22

Admissions Arrangements 2020-21

Post 16 Admissions

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