Frequently Asked Questions

How can I apply for a place?
Admissions are not open yet, but it is important that you express your interest in sending your child to the Academy in order for us to demonstrate to the Department for Education that there is parental demand to match the established need for the Academy. You can register your interest on this website if you are the parent of a child currently in Years 4 and below. 
Register your interest

What is a free school?
Free schools are independent, state-funded schools. They have the same legal status as academies.

Will free schools be able to make a profit?
No. Free schools can only be set up and owned by charities. The Academy will be run by the Head and their leadership team and they will be answerable to a Governance Board and the Academy Trust.

Why are you proposing to open with only Year 7 classes?
We do not want to disrupt the education of students who are already settled in other schools or indeed to disrupt those schools by causing numbers of students to leave. We want our new school to grow organically and for its first intake of students to set the highest standards for those who follow them.

Are free schools selective?
No. Free schools have to follow the new admissions code like all state-funded schools.

If North Halifax Community Academy opens in north Halifax, will that mean less money for the other schools in the area?
No. Funding for free schools will be equivalent to the funding of maintained schools and academies in the same local authority area. The opening of a free school does not mean that the overall funding available in an area goes down. However, the total funding an individual school receives will depend on the number of pupils attending.

Have you chosen a Headteacher?
No. We would expect to appoint a Headteacher to start with the Academy two terms before the Academy opens in September 2019.

Will North Halifax Community Academy be inspected by Ofsted?
Yes. All free schools are subject to inspection in the same way as other academy category schools. The Academy will also be subject to termly visits from the Department for Education in its first year.

How will the Academy be accountable?
The Academy will be run by a Governance Board who will be accountable to the charitable trust which oversees the Academy. In addition the Academy will also be accountable to the Secretary of State for Education through the terms of its Funding Agreement.