At The Ripley Academy we collaborate closely with the Ripley Academy Family of Schools (our feeder primary schools) and our admissions policy reflects our commitment to this collaboration. The primary and junior schools that make up the Ripley Academy Family of Schools are Codnor Primary, Ripley Juniors, Ripley Infants, St Johns C of E School and Waingroves School.


We are an inclusive school and welcome all applications and we will endeavor to provide places for children who do not attend the Ripley Academy Family of Schools provided they can be accommodated within the admission limit, which currently stands at 120 for Year 7. We do not select any students based on ability or aptitude.


If the school is oversubscribed, we then use the following criteria:

  1. If the child is looked after by the local authority.
  2. If the child attends one of the Ripley Academy Family of Schools.
  3. If the child attends a primary or junior school that is not within the Ripley Academy Family of Schools but has a brother or sister already in the school.
  4. Distance from the school ‘as the crow flies’.


In September, you will receive a letter from your local authority sent via your child’s primary school asking you to complete an online application to name your choice of secondary schools in order of preference. On the letter you receive there will be a return date and we strongly advise you to complete your application to your local authority by that date. If you do not apply by the date given, the local authority will consider your application as a ‘Late Application’ and this will delay, or even prevent, you from gaining the school place that you have opted for.


In the March before your child starts secondary school you will be advised by your local authority if you have been successful or not. There will be further information in this communication from your local authority telling you how you can appeal if you have not been successful.


If your circumstances change after application, please inform your local authority and us immediately. If you have not been successful in gaining a place and are on the school’s waiting list then this information could result in your child moving to a higher priority on the waiting list.