Oversubscribed in 2016 and 2017

Applying for a school place

Lord Derby Academy School is responsible for all its own admissions although the co-ordination of admissions arrangements into Year 7 is undertaken by Knowsley Local Authority.

Parents seeking a place for their child in Year 7 in September 2018 must include Lord Derby Academy in ranked order of preference on their Local Authority’s Common Application Form.

The number of places available for admission to Year 7 in September 2018 will be 240. Places will be offered by the Local Authority on 1st March 2018.  Pupils will be admitted without reference to ability or aptitude.


Where the number of applicants for admission exceeds the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied, in the order set out below, to determine how places are awarded:

  1. ‘Looked after’ children, including ‘previously looked after’, as defined by the School Admissions Code, 2012.
  2. Children who will have an older sibling attending the School up to and including Year 11 at the time of the applicant’s proposed admission. This includes half/step or adopted brothers or sisters, who are living at the same address as part of the same family unit. Except when the older sibling obtained a place solely because he or she was in possession of a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Educational Healthcare Plan that names Lord Derby Academy School.
  3. Children of staff at Lord Derby Academy who have 2 years continuous service at the time of application.
  4. Children who attend one of the eleven partner primary schools listed below. 

–  The Sylvester
–  Huyton with Roby
–  Mosscroft
–  Stockbridge Village
–  Blacklow Brow
–  St. Gabriel’s CoE
–  Knowsley Lane
–  Malvern
–  Park View
–  Roby Park
–  Hope

5.   Children who live nearest to the School, measured in a direct straight line from the child’s permanent place of residence to the main entrance of the School.  This will be measured using property co-ordinates provided through a combination of the Knowsley Local Land, other LA data and Royal Mail Postal Address Information

Waiting Lists

Unsuccessful applicants may ask to be placed on a waiting list and considered for any places that may arise in the future. These places will be awarded in accordance with the criteria listed above.  These waiting lists will be maintained to the end of the academic year that your child has applied for.

Tie Break Arrangements

In the event that following the over subscription criteria points 1 – 4 above, where two or more applicants are otherwise unable to be separated for a place at the school, this will be decided through a random draw conducted and scrutinised by person’s independent from the School and from the Children, Families and Wellbeing Directorate.

 Final Tie Break Arrangements

Each random allocation event only holds for the allocation of the currently available school place. On any waiting list the remaining applicants remain equally ranked and any further place is offered as the result of a further random exercise.


Under the terms of the School Standards Framework Act 1998 you have the right to appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel against any decision made by the School. Parents who wish to exercise this right must state their intention either in writing or on the school’s online form at within 28 days of receipt of notification letter.


This section applies to applicants applying for places outside the normal admissions process:

  • Pupils wishing to change schools
  • Pupil moving into the area
  • Pupils excluded from their school
    Waiting lists are maintained for these year groups and any places that become available will be awarded strictly in accordance with the School’s published Admissions Policy at that date with the nearest person being awarded the place irrespective to how long they have been on the waiting list. These waiting lists will be maintained to the end of the academic year (September – July) that your child has applied for.


Lord Derby Academy

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