Why You Should Choose Hemsworth Arts & Community Academy For Your Child

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The students, staff and Governing Body welcome you to the Hemsworth Arts & Community Academy. We believe that every young person who comes into the academy is entitled to an excellent education that is suited to their academic needs and are given opportunities to develop themselves and become responsible citizens.

As an Academy we understand that your child may be coming from a smaller primary school and transferring to a larger secondary school may seem a little daunting but we have developed excellent care, support and guidance programmes to help your child not only settle quickly but ensure they make the expected progress.

The on-line prospectus gives you only a taste of what the Academy can offer your child and I encourage you to visit the Academy and see the work of the students and meet the staff. Our Academy will be holding an open evening on Thursday 6 October from 6pm to 8pm and on the evening parents and children are able to tour the campus and see the work of students. 

Main Aims

The Academy has three main aims in developing Successful learners, Confident Individuals and Responsible Citizens

Students who achieve these aims will be prepared for the world of work, be flexible to changes that will occur in their lifetime and understand and can contribute positively to the the communities in which they live and work

The role of the parent / carer is very important to achieving these aims and we encourage all parties to support their child whilst at the Academy that has strong, well developed partnerships with the main agencies and organisations that support families and young people.

Successful Learners

Students are all individuals and the Academy has developed a flexible curriculum that provides a large amount of choice at key points which when matched with excellent support and guidance gives students the greatest opportunity to succeed to their potential.

The Academy recognises that not all students' make progress at the same rate and there are extensive systems of support available to help students achieve their potential.

Confident Individuals

A strength of the Academy which has been recognised by national awarding bodies is how students are given the opportunities to become confident learners who are able to access learning and recognise its value. The Academy philosophy supports the principle of inclusive education providig a broad and balanced curriculum ensuring all students experience learning opportunities that develop their full potential.

Responsible Citizens

Learning cannot be seen isolation. Unless the student is well prepared to take his or her place in the community then their full potential and ambition may not be realised. The Academy is very proud of the numerous opportunities that students are given to develop themselves and develop appreciation and understanding of those around them. Working with the community gives learning the context of the real world and helps prepare the students for their next steps.

We are committed to safeguarding children and young people. Anyone working at the Academy, in whatever capacity, is expected to share this committment. 


The curriculum models are available on the curriculum overview section of this website. Any viewer wishing to request a copy of the current model please contact the academy via email reception@hemsworthacademy.org placing "curriculum" in the header.

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Special Educational Needs and Disability

Hemsworth Arts & Community Academy is committed to the effective inclusion of all SEND children and young people. The Academy pays close attention to and abides by the principles and statutory requirements set out in both the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0-25 which came into place in September 2014 and the Equality Act of 2010.

All staff at the Academy will show a commitment to:

  • Raising student achievement by promoting all students’ personal, social and academic achievement and attainment; valuing and recognising all-round achievement in both academic and non- academic areas; setting high but attainable targets for students.
  • Working together as a partnership between home and school, by seeing the best in people; demanding the best in people and sharing good practice across the Academy.
  • Actively encouraging and guiding students to play an active part in our community, promoting citizenship and developing strong links with the community.

We believe that:

  • Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy has a responsibility to provide for the needs of all its students;
  • Every student is an individual, with an equal right to care and attention, regardless of gender, race, social background, physical disability or ability;
  • Every student has a variety of educational needs – some of a temporary nature, others longer term;
  • Every student should have the opportunity to study a broad, balanced curriculum and have access to the National Curriculum;
  • Every student should have the opportunity to make progress and experience success;
  • Students with Special Educational Needs are best integrated with their peers in order that they can make good progress, both educationally and socially, and this policy on inclusion supports this belief; accepting that some students need access to an alternative curriculum;
  • All staff have an important role to play in ensuring that the Academy meets the above aims and the training of all teachers will support this;
  • All teaching staff will be teachers of students with special educational needs and will take all reasonable measures to promote inclusion;
  • The views of parents and students should be taken into account when planning educational provision for students with special needs.

Further information can be found on the Local Offers from both the Academy and Wakefield Local Authority, these are available on their websites.

The academy defines special needs and disabilities in line with the guidance given by the SEND code of practice, these can be categorised in one or more of the following areas:

  • Cognition and Learning
  • Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
  • Sensory and/or physical needs
  • Communication and Interaction

If you have particular concerns regarding your child’s ability to access the curriculum or participate in lessons, then please contact the Academy and these will be discussed with you.

The following Provision map represents an outline of the interventions and support a child/ young person at Hemsworth Arts & Community Academy with Special Educational Needs may receive.

To view policies related to SEND and the SEND Local Offer policy - Click Here 




If you live in West Yorkshire click here to download the admission form

If you live in South Yorkshire click here to download the admssion form

i         If your child is due to transfer to the Academy in September 2017:

All applications must be made on an Admissions Preference Form obtained from the Local Authority in which you live (this will be Barnsley LA for parents from Brierley, Cudworth, Grimethorpe and Shafton areas). 

You will receive an Admissions Preference Form automatically.  In the case of Wakefield LA, this form must be returned by 31 October 2016.  Late preference forms will be dealt with only after those returned by the prescribed date and are, therefore, less likely to be successful in obtaining a place than those returned on time.

ii          All other cases:

You should contact the Headteacher of your child’s existing school who will be able to offer advice.  You must then contact the Local Authority’s Admission Team.

If your child has a statement of special education needs or an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) transfer to Secondary School will be discussed and form part of the statement or EHCP. You should contact your child’s current school / SENART to discuss this process.

Further Information

Full details of the admission arrangements for schools and colleges in Wakefield Metropolitan District are given in the “Guide for Parents”.  This is produced by Wakefield Local Authority and is available in schools and from members of the Admissions Team in Wakefield, who are happy to advise parents on all aspects of admission to the Authority’s schools and colleges.

Please write to:
School Admissions Team
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street

The telephone number is Wakefield (01924) 306052 or please visit their website at www.wakefield.gov.uk.


If the number of preferences received for a school does not exceed the Admission Number, all preferences will be met.

All applications received will be considered as follows:

  1. Applications received by the closing date in the normal admission round:
    • for secondary applications the closing date is TBA
    • for primary applications the closing date is TBA

However, if there are more applications for admissions to a school than there are places available, preference will be given in the following order:

  1. Children in public care or fostered under an arrangement made by the Local Authority
  2.       (i)      Children who live in the school’s catchment  area, who have brothers and sisters attending the school at the time of admission;
    1. Other children who live in the school’s catchment area;
    2. Children who live in that part of the primary school’s catchment area which is designated as an option area;
  3. Children who have brothers or sisters in attendance at the school;
  4. Other children, with priority being given to those living nearest to the school.

In all categories “live” means the child’s permanent home address.  A child is normally regarded as living with a parent or guardian and we will use the parent or guardian’s address for admission purposes.  An applicant cannot lodge a child with a friend or relation in order to gain a place at a school.

In all categories, when decisions have to be made between children satisfying the same criterion, children living nearest to the school, measured as the crow flies, have priority.  The distance measured will be from the central (centroid) point of the applicant’s property to the central (centroid) point of the school’s ground.  Measurement will be made using the LA’s in-house admission system and mapping software. 

Where there is more than one application from a postal address contained within a block of flats, places will be decided by random allocation.

If two or more pupils live equidistant from the school, the distance each pupil lives by road from the preferred school will be measured and the place offed to the pupil who lives nearest by this means.  In the event of this being equal, places will then be decided by random allocation.

Where the admission of siblings from a multiple birth (twins, triplets) would cause the school to rise above its Planned Admission Number (PAN), all of the children from the multiple birth will be admitted.

For admissions purposes, only one address can be used as a child’s permanent address.  Where a child resides with more than one parent/carer, at different addresses, the LA will use the preference expressed by the parent/carer at the address where the child lives the majority of the time during the school week as the main place of residence.

Children will be placed in the appropriate category, depending upon their circumstances at the closing date for receiving applications for admission to school.  Changes in address will be accepted in accordance with the provisions of the Secondary and Primary Co-ordination schemes.  In cases where there is an anticipated change in circumstances, documentary evidence will be required.  In the event of any category being over-subscribed, places will be offered in the order of priority (a) – (d) detailed above.

The Fair Access Protocol

The LA has agreed a Fair Access Protocol with its primary and secondary schools.  This means that, in some circumstances, pupils defined in the Protocol will have a higher priority for admission to schools and/or year groups, which are already full, than all other pupils seeking admission to that school.  Full details of the Protocol can be obtained from the LA.

The Offer of a Place at a School

Decisions will be posted by second class post to parents on:

Secondary School:                               TBA

Primary, Infant & Junior School:         TBA

Parents who have applied electronically will be able to access their offer of a school place via the on-line website after 12.00 midnight on the respective offer date.

Unsuccessful Applications

If a Wakefield pupil is not successful in securing a place at any school he/she has preferenced, a school place will be allocated in accordance with the Wakefield Co-ordinated Admission Arrangement Scheme.

Any parent whose child is not offered a school place for which they have expressed a preference has the right to an independent appeal panel

Year 7 Induction Booklet - This booklet contains all the information you need to know about joining Hemsworth Arts & Community Academy.