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Dixons Music Primary

Admissions

Reception intake for September 2024

Parents can apply for a place at the Academy by naming it as a preference on the local authorities’ Common Application Form (CAF).

You will receive information about applying from your child's nursery, pre-school setting, or your local authority (council), in November 2023. If you do not receive this information, please contact your local authority’s admissions department. For Bradford residents, the application form and further information will also be available on the Council website in mid-November. If you live outside of the Bradford area, you will need to apply via your own local authority’s website.

The Academy offers 6 places to children with an aptitude for music. The deadline to apply for a music place is 3.30pm on Friday 24 November 2023. Further information about the music places can be found below. The supplementary information form (SIF), which needs to be completed to apply for one of these places, is available from the Downloads section below.

The Academy receives many more applications than there are places available. Places are ranked in line with the oversubscription criteria as stated in the Admissions and Appeals Policy (available from the Downloads section below). Please note that last year the Academy allocated places based on random allocation. For applications in September 2024, priority will be given to children eligible for pupil premia (after siblings have been prioritised) and distance will replace random allocation.

Last year there were 253 applications for the 60 places available; the breakdown of how places were allocated is as follows:

Number who named the Academy as a preference

253

Number of places available

60

Number who remained on the waiting list on 16 April (national offer day)

149

Number of places awarded to each oversubscription criteria in order of priority

Children with an EHCP

2

Looked-after & former looked-after children

1

Children with exceptional medical or social need (applications agreed)

0

Music specialist places (10%)

5

Children of staff (up to 2)

2

Siblings of children in years Reception to 5

19

Random allocation

31

Siblings of children in the same admission year

0

60


Open Evening

The Academy will hold two open events. The dates of these are:

  • Tuesday 21 November 2023. Tour starts at 4.15pm and finishes at 4.45pm.
  • Tuesday 9 January 2024. Tour starts at 4.15pm and finishes at 4.45pm.

Please attend either event. It is not necessary to book a place.


Music specialism

There are 6 places (10% of our intake) available each year. These places are aimed at children who demonstrate a gifted musical aptitude and children will be required to actively participate in the music workshop to be considered for a place.

To apply for a music place, parents must complete the Dixons Music Primary supplementary form (SIF) (available from the Downloads section below) and return it to the Admissions Office by the deadline stated at the top of this page. Paper forms can also be requested by e-mailing: admissions@dixonsta.com or by telephoning Admissions on 01274 089780 – option 7.

All applicants by the deadline will be required to attend a music workshop on the morning of either Tuesday 5 or Wednesday 6 December, to be considered for one of these places.

Children will be given a score based on their performance in each element of the workshop. Children will be ranked in the order of their total combined scores, with those children who score the highest being ranked from 1 to 6. A reserve list of up to 2 children will then operate should any of those ranked in the top 6 not require a place. If there are insufficient applicants who demonstrate the required aptitude, then fewer than 6 places will be offered.

Children who are unsuccessful in gaining a music specialist place will still be considered for one of the remaining places, along with all other applicants.


Exceptional medical or social need and Children of staff criteria

If you are applying for a place at the Academy under the 'Exceptional medical or social need', 'Children of staff' or Pupil Premia oversubscription criteria, please follow the instructions in the Admissions guidance document, which can be found in the Downloads section below.

Further information for parents on early year’s pupil premium can be found here.

The Admissions & Appeals policy containing the admissions arrangements can be found in the Downloads section at the bottom of this page. If you have any specific questions about the admissions process, please contact us via:

Further information about the Academy can be found on this website or by contacting the Academy via:


In-Year admissions

Dixons Music Primary is a heavily oversubscribed school and, consequently, a vacancy is only likely to occur if a child leaves the year group which rarely happens.

To apply, you will need to complete an In-Year Common Application Form (ICAF) for the local authority in order to be eligible for a place if a vacancy occurs. The ICAF and more information about the process is available from the council website or you can request for a form to be sent to you by e-mailing: schooladmissions@bradford.gov.uk or by telephoning 01274 439200.

If a vacancy does occur, the Academy will look at the waiting list and children will be prioritised in accordance with the oversubscription criteria in the Admissions & Appeals policy 2023-24 (available from the Downloads section below). We send this list to the local authority, and they then allocate the place in the order of the waiting list and in line with parental preference (as specified on the ICAF).

Should you have any questions about the admissions process, please e-mail: admissions@dixonsta.com or telephone 01274 089780 – option 7.

Downloads
DMP Admissions Guidance 2024 intake (PDF)
DMP Music Place SIF 2024 intake (WORD)
DMP Admissions & Appeals Policy 2024 25 (PDF)
DMP Admissions & Appeals Policy 2023 24 (PDF)