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Birmingham City Council

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.

The following are Birmingham community secondary schools:

Bordesley Green Girls’ Specialist Business & Enterprise School
Bournville School - Specialist Business & Enterprise College
Broadway School
Castle Vale School and Specialist Performing Arts College
Cockshut Hill Technology College
Frankley Community High School
Golden Hillock School - a Specialist College for Sport and The Arts
Handsworth Wood Girls’ Visual and Performing Arts Specialist College and Sixth Form Centre
Hillcrest School - a Specialist Maths and Computing College & Sixth Form Centre
Hodge Hill Sports and Enterprise College
Hodge Hill Girls’ School
Holte Visual and Performing Arts College
International School & Community College
John Willmott School - a Technology College
Kingsbury School and Sports College
Kings Heath Boys’ Mathematics and Computing College
Lordswood Boys’ School & Sixth Form Centre
Saltley School and Specialist Science College
Selly Park Technology College for Girls
Swanshurst School - a Specialist Science College
Turves Green Boys’ Technology & Humanities College
Turves Green Girls’ School & Technology College
Washwood Heath Technology College
Waverley School
Wheelers Lane Technology College
Yardleys School - a Specialist Science College

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.

The following secondary schools in Birmingham have foundation status:

Baverstock Foundation School and Specialist Sports College
Colmers School & Sports College
Dame Elizabeth Cadbury Technology College
Four Dwellings High School
Great Barr School
Hamstead Hall School
Kings Norton Boys’ School
Moseley School - a Language College
Queensbridge School: Specialist College in The Visual and Performing Arts
Small Heath School and Sixth Form Centre

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.

The following are Birmingham grammar schools:

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School
Handsworth Grammar School
King Edward VI Aston School
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls
King Edward VI Five Ways School
King Edward VI Handsworth School
Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls

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:

Al-Hijrah Secondary School
Archbishop Ilsley Catholic Technology College
Bishop Challoner Catholic School
Bishop Walsh Catholic School
Cardinal Wiseman Catholic Technology College
Handsworth Grammar School
Holy Trinity Catholic Media Arts College
St. Edmund Campion Catholic Language College
St. John Wall Catholic School
St. Paul’s School for Girls
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School

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.

The following secondary schools in Birmingham are Academies:

ARK Kings Academy
Arthur Terry School
Aston Manor School
Bartley Green School
Fairfax School
George Dixon Academy
Hall Green School
Harborne Academy
Heartlands Academy
Hillcrest School
Holyhead School
King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy
Kings Norton Girls’ School and Language College
Lordswood Girls’ School and Sixth Form Centre
Ninestiles School - An Academy
North Birmingham Academy
Park View School - The Academy of Mathematics and Science
Perry Beeches - The Academy
Plantsbrook School
Shenley Academy
St Alban’s Academy
Stockland Green Technology College

14-19 Academies

Aston University Engineering Academy
Birmingham Ormiston Academy

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.

The following secondary schools in Birmingham are free schools:

Nishkam School
Perry Beeches II - The Free School


Visit the online schools directory to find out more about any of these schools and go to each school's web site from there.