(last updated 9 June 2023)
Thank you for your interest in joining GWA. If you are interested in joining the Sixth Form please click here. If you are looking for staff vacancies they can be found here. If you are interested in a place in Year 7 for September 2023 please read on!
Information for Year 6 students and their parents/carers - September 2024 entry
We very much hope to see you at our open evening on Thursday 14th September 2023 (5:30 - 7:30 pm).
However, if you are not able to join us then we welcome you to watch the videos below. We suggest you watch them in the order listed as this would most closely reflect the experience you would have had, but the choice is yours
The following documents may also support your decision making
We hope you find this information useful and informative. You are always able to contact us with questions - you can forward your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
We do not currently run individual tours.
Applying for a place in Year 7 - September 2024
If your son / daughter is in Year 6 in September 2023, you will need to make an application for a place at a secondary school by 31st October 2023. This is a national deadline for places.
To make your application you need to apply though the Council where you currently live. If you live in Swindon, this can be made by following this link
If you move house during the application process and before the offer of a place, you need to inform the Council by providing proof of address. This must be done by Thursday 12th January 2024 to ensure that the correct address is used when applying.
Failure to notify the Council could lead to your application being withdrawn if it is considered using incorrect information
WHEN IS OFFER DAY?
You will receive notification of your offer of a school place on 1st March 2024. This will come from the Council where you live. If you have any queries about receiving your offer, please contact the council.
If you have been offered place, we will write to you shortly after offer day, with some initial information.
If you have not been offered a place you will be added to the Academy's waiting list. Please contact the school for any waiting list enquiries (email@example.com).
Applying to transfer in-year from another secondary school
At the current time, we hold waiting lists for all years (7-11). If you would like to make an application to join the waiting list please make an in-year application through Swindon Borough Council.
Please visit their website for further information:
If your child has been unsuccessful at gaining a place at Great Western Academy, you have the right to appeal. The appeal must be submitted in writing through Swindon Borough Council.
Appeals will be heard in accordance with the Department for Education (DfE) Admissions Appeal Code which can be downloaded from the DfE website.
Main allocation (September 2024)
The national offer day is 1 March 2024. If an application for a place is unsuccessful, then a parent or carer should lodge their appeal to Great Western Academy by 30 March 2024. The appeal must be in writing through Swindon Borough Council as indicated above.
The Council will arrange with Great Western Academy when the appeals are to be heard.
Parents/Carers will be give at least 10 school days’ notes of the appeal date.
If an application has been refused for the normal round of admissions after the national date, then a parent or carer wishing to appeal should do so within 20 school days from the date of the letter.
The appeal will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
If an application for a place has been unsuccessful, parents or carers or the applicant should appeal to Great Western Academy within 20 school days of the date of the letter notifying that their application has been unsuccessful.
Where the offer is conditional upon examination results the appeal will be heard within 30 school days of the confirmation of the results. This will be extended to 40 school days where the offer is not conditional upon results.
In year applications
If an application for a place is unsuccessful, parents or carers should make and appeal within 20 school days of the date of the letter notifying them that their application has been successful. This must be in writing.
Great Western Academy will endeavour to arrange for the appeal to be heard within 30 school days of receipt of the lodged appeal where possible.
ENTRY - SEPTEMBER 2024
The Sixth Form Open Evening will be on Thursday 12th October 2023 5.30 - 7.30pm (last admission 7pm)
Please view our sixth form page for more information