Hardcopies of all policies and reports found on this website are available on request at the school office.
The name, postal address and telephone number of the school, and the name of a person to whom enquiries should be addressed is:
Education Fellowship Interim Principal: Mrs Becca Willians, Blackthorn Academy, Blackthorn, Waingrove, Northampton NN3 8EP
Tel: 01604 407254
At Blackthorn Academy we operate an open admission policy. This means that, providing the needs of the individual child can be met at Blackthorn Academy, the trust will accept any child into the Foundation stage without reference to ability or aptitude at the beginning of the academic year in which they reach the age of 5. Pupils with a statement of Special Educational needs or an Education Health Care Plan will be allocated a place where the school is named as being the appropriate provision.
All applications for admission must be made through Northamptonshire County Council (http://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk)
Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available i.e. 60, the following criteria will be applied, in the order set out below, to decide which children to admit:
• Children in Public Care
• Pupils with exceptional social needs, supported by written evidence from an appropriate professional person.
• Where the child has a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission.
• Where there are medical grounds (supported by a doctor’s certificate) for admitting the child.
• The proximity of the child’s home to school, with those living nearer being awarded the higher priority.
Should any application for a place at our school be turned down under any of these criteria, the parents of the child/children concerned may always appeal to the Academy Advisory Board. Details of the appeals procedure are available from the Principal.
Our analysis of the most recently collated SATs tests results are available in the Our Pupil Outcomes page.
To access our evaluation of the impact of our most recent Sports Funding you will be able to use the download in the Key Files & Reports panel in the sidebar.
The Equality Act 2010 replaced all existing equality legislation such as the Race Relations Act, Disability Discrimination Act and Sex Discrimination Act, and provides a single, consolidated source of discrimination law, covering all the types of discrimination that are unlawful. It simplifies the law by removing anomalies and inconsistencies that had developed over time in the existing legislation, and it extends the protection from discrimination in certain areas.
The Single Equality Act reflects the Government’s commitment, ‘to narrowing gaps, and to tackling the barriers to equal opportunities and social mobility which hold individuals back, and bring heavy social and economic costs. Equality is central to building a strong economy and fairer society. It underpins the Coalition’s guiding principles of freedom, fairness and responsibility’.
The Government believes that they need to reform education to tackle educational inequality, which has widened in recent years. They believe, ‘that too many children are held back by disadvantage and discrimination. We want to build a fair society where social mobility is unlocked; where everyone, regardless of background, has the chance to succeed. We welcome the fact that the Equality Act gives us all an opportunity to do this in a more streamlined and effective way’.
An Accessibility Plan is drawn up in compliance with current legislation and requirements as specified in Schedule 10, relating to Disability, of the Equality Act 2010. The academy is accountable for ensuring the implementation, review and reporting of progress of the Accessibility Plan over a prescribed period.
The Equality Act 2010 replaced all existing equality legislation, including the Disability Discrimination Act. The effect of the law is the same as in the past, meaning that “schools cannot unlawfully discriminate against pupils because of sex, race, disability, religion or belief and sexual orientation”.
According to the Equality Act 2010 a person has a disability if:
(a) He or she has a physical or mental impairment, and
(b) The impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
The Accessibility Plan is structured to complement and support the academy’s Equality Objectives, and will similarly be published on the academy website. We understand that the Local Authority will monitor the academy’s activity under the Equality Act 2010 (and in particular Schedule 10 regarding Accessibility) and will advise upon the compliance with that duty.
Blackthorn Academy is committed to providing an environment that enables full curriculum access that values and includes all pupils, staff, parents and visitors regardless of their education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual emotional and cultural needs. We are committed to taking positive action in the spirit of the Equality Act 2010 with regard to disability and to developing a culture of inclusion, support and awareness within the academy.
The academy recognises and values parent’s knowledge of their child’s disability and its effect on their ability to carry out everyday activities and respects the parent’s and child’s right to confidentiality.
The Blackthorn Academy’s Accessibility Plan will shows how access is to be improved for disabled pupils, staff and visitors to the academy within a given timeframe and anticipating the need to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate their needs where practicable.
The Accessibility Plan will contain relevant and timely actions to:-
- Increase access to the curriculum for pupils with a physical disability and/or sensory impairments, expanding the curriculum as necessary to ensure that pupils with a disability are as equally prepared for life as the able-bodied pupils; (If a academy fails to do this they are in breach of their duties under the Equalities Act 2010); this covers teaching and learning and the wider curriculum of the academy such as participation in after-academy clubs, leisure and cultural activities or academy’s visits – it also covers the provision of specialist or auxiliary aids and equipment, which may assist these pupils in accessing the curriculum within a reasonable timeframe;
- Improve and maintain access to the physical environment of the academy, adding specialist facilities as necessary – this covers improvements to the physical environment of the academy and physical aids to access education within a reasonable timeframe;
- Improve the delivery of written information to pupils, staff, parents and visitors with disabilities; examples might include hand-outs, timetables, textbooks and information about the academy and academy events; the information should be made available in various preferred formats within a reasonable timeframe.
Blackthorn Academy’s Accessibility Plan is in the process of being re-viewed and re-written.
Special Educational Needs & Disabilities
Charging & Remissions
Vision & Ethos
Our school ethos is to encourage our children to be ambitious about their futures; to believe in their abilities and of course to work hard in order to achieve success.
Our Governors web page details who are governors are, their roles and responsibilities.
Our complaints procedure will be available as a download in the Key Files & Reports panel in the sidebar.
The Education Foundation Specific Information
- Academy Annual Accounts
- Academy Annual Report
- The current memorandum of association
- The trust’s articles of association
- The trust’s funding agreement
- Charity trustees’ and members’ names
All of these documents related to the The Education Foundation will be available as a download in the Key Files & Reports panel in the sidebar.