Consultation 2021



Thank you for visiting our consultation about extending our primary school to include all year groups up to the age of 16.


We are now seeking your views about changes to our admission policy because of our proposed Significant Change.


Consultation about changes to our Admissions Policy


We are consulting about our admissions arrangements which are given below. We are expanding our primary school to include years 7 to 11. We set out how year 6 pupils in our Primary School will transfer to year 11 and how we will apply our published admissions criteria when a pupil vacancy arises in year 7 up to the 31st December of each teaching year, and in all other year groups. We are running this consultation for a period of 6 weeks (which will end on the 31st May) and we will consult in line with section 1.44 of the Admissions Code with


  1. Parents of children between the ages of two and eighteen
  2. Other persons in the relevant are who in the opinion of the admission authority have an interest in the proposed admissions
  3. All other admission authorities within the relevant area (except that primary schools need not consult secondary schools)
  4. Whichever of the governing body and the local authority who are not the admission authority;
  5. and in the case of schools designated with a religious character, the body or person representing the religion or religious denomination.


Please contribute to this consultation about our admission arrangements by completing the following survey


Draft Amendment to our LIPA Primary Admissions Policy, if the extension to include years 7 to 11 is approved.

This draft amendment assumes the DfE supports our case for Significant Change.




  1. Our extended LIPA Primary School now includes years 7 to 11. We follow ‘the coordinated admission arrangements’ set by Liverpool City Council’s  Children’s Services Department.
  2. We have revised our admissions policy and set out our admission arrangements for Reception, year 7 and the Sixth Form. Our policy complies with the DfE Admissions Code 2014 and all other relevant legislation.
  3. Our extended Primary School will continue to


  • be the ‘admissions authority’.
  • work in partnership with the City of Liverpool Local Authority.
  • operate with all schools within the City of Liverpool.


Arrangements from September 2021: for future year 6 pupils


  1. In line with section 15d of the Admissions Code 2014, all families of year 6 pupils, from September 2021, must apply for a place in year 7. Families must use the Common Application Form provided by Liverpool City Council or the  Local Authority where they reside.
  2. If a pupil place in year 7 is not taken up by a pupil in year 6, we will follow the coordinated admission arrangement guidance of Liverpool City Council. This applies from the start of the formal secondary admissions process in September of year 6 to the end of December in year 7. The Local Authority will allocate a place based on our published admissions criteria. This is set out in points 6 and 7 below.
  3. Our Primary School will keep a ‘Waiting List’. In line with section 2.14, we will maintain that ‘Waiting List’ for the full teaching year. We will refresh it before the start of the next secondary admissions process. We will do this by writing to all those families who are listed on the current Waiting List. We will ask if they wish their child’s name to remain on the waiting list. We will tell them that we will prioritise the ‘Waiting List’ according to our admissions criteria. 
  4. The wording in our admission policy about the Waiting List is as follows. 


The School will hold the Waiting List up to the end of the teaching year and allocate places in order of the oversubscription criteria set out in our admissions policy and not in the order in which applications are received or added to the Waiting List. Looked after children and previously looked after children will take precedence over those on the waiting list.


  1. We will allocate any ‘in-year’ vacancy using our published oversubscription criteria. This applies, at any time, to all places in years 8 to 11. This cannot happen before 1st January in year 7. The Local Authority manages pupils places for year 7 until 31st December.


Arrangements for entry to year 7 in September 2021:


For our current year 6 pupils in the academic year 2021/22


  1. For entry to year 7 in September 2021, we will offer all existing year 6 pupils in our Primary School a place in year 7. Families of these pupils will be asked to accept or reject this offer in writing to us. We will pass the names of those who have accepted our offer to Liverpool City Council. Once the Local Authority confirms a pupil place, each family will be asked to reject the secondary place issued on National Offer day. 


            For year 6 pupils on our Waiting List


  1. We have a clear strategy, if fewer than 52 of the school’s Year 6 pupils choose to join year 7. We will use our Waiting List and apply our published oversubscription criteria.
  2. For September 2021, we will write to all families on our current ‘Waiting List’, when a place is not taken by a current year 6 pupil. This is before the DfE confirms that we can start an extended Primary School. We will inform all families on our Waiting List that we intend to refresh this data. We will invite them to confirm whether they wish to remain on our Waiting List. We will inform these families, that we will apply our published oversubscription criteria. We will make any offer of a place with the Local Authority.
  3. If parents accept a place at the extended LIPA Primary School, they will need to inform the Local Authority that they are refusing a place at any other school where they have been made an offer.
  4. Parents will need to reject the secondary place allocated on National Offer day, if they accept a place in year 7 with us.


You may know that we have devoted the last six months to extend our school so that our year 6 youngsters can continue their education in years 7 and 8 here.


We have received helpful feedback from the Department for Education (DfE) who would now like us to submit a full business case for not just years 7 & 8, but years 7 to 11 as well. We are happy to do so, because we were planning to do this anyway.


If you have read this far, I hope you are as breathlessly enthusiastic  as we are, about having the chance to create the first ever learning journey from 4 to 21, informed by the creative and performing arts. We want this journey to maintain the joyful creativity and curiosity that is typical of our primary youngsters. We want this quality to last the rest of their lives.  


We need to conclude this process properly. Please help us by responding to our consultation survey by accessing this link. Alternatively, you can use the QR code below to access the survey via your smartphone or tablet device.


If you have any queries or questions about our consultation concerning changes to our published admissions arrangements, please contact Lucy Bassett at LIPA, her email address is l.bassett@lipa.ac.uk   Our consultation about Significant Change continues to be open and runs alongside our consultation about proposed changes to our admissions arrangements – both consultations will close on the 31st May 2021.