The academy has an agreed admissions limit of 210 students in Year 7, providing 1,050 places for 11–16 year olds and a sixth form of 150 places, a total of 1,200 places. Applications to the academy are made through the local authority’s coordinated admissions scheme. Parents are required to complete the Common Application Form (CAF) which is sent by their local authority. If you would like to apply for a Year 7 place at the academy you should name the academy as your first choice preference on the CAF. If you would like to apply online, please follow this link…

The academy will operate the same admission arrangements and oversubscription criteria as Wolverhampton City Council. In accordance with these arrangements, where there are more applications received than there are places available, the oversubscription criteria below will be applied.

After the admission of students with statements of Special Educational Needs where the academy is named on the statement, the criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set out below:

Criterion 1: looked-after children

(As defined by Section 22 of the Children Act 1989). Priority will be given to a child who is in the care of a local authority or provided with accommodation by that authority.

Criterion 2: medical/social

Whether there are specific medical or social circumstances that can be met only by the child’s attendance at the academy.

Criterion 3: siblings

Whether siblings attend the academy and will still be attending the academy at the time of admissions. For admission purposes, a sibling is a child who resides at the same address as the child for whom a place is being requested, and is one of the following:

  • Brother/sister
  • Half-brother/sister (i.e. share one common parent)
  • Stepbrother/sister (i.e. related by a parent’s marriage)
  • Any other child for whom it can be demonstrated that he/she is residing permanently at the same address (e.g. under the terms of a residence order).
  • The sibling connection only applies where families have a sibling attending the academy at the time of the application as well as at the time of admission.

Criterion 4: distance

How close the child lives to the academy, with those living closest to the academy getting the highest priority. The measurement between home and academy will be determined by a straight line measurement from the designated seed point of the home address to the designated seed point of the nearest academy site using the authority’s computerised system.

Open Days

Details about our open events can be found on our Calendar or in our NEWS section. Alternatively, send us a message and we would be more than happy to talk about your child and a place at NEWA.


Parents will have the right of appeal to an independent panel. Further information can be found in the local authority’s secondary admissions brochure.

Waiting lists

Where more applications are received than there are places available, a waiting list will operate. Following an unsuccessful application, parents can ask for their child’s name to be placed on the waiting list. A child’s position on the waiting list and the allocation of a place will be determined solely in accordance with the aforementioned oversubscription criteria.

The admission of students with statements of Special Education Needs (SEN)

The academy shall ensure that students with SEN are admitted on an equal basis with others in accordance with its admissions policy. If a child with a Statement of Special Educational Needs is allocated a place to the academy, this will reduce the number of places which are available for allocation. In line with Wolverhampton’s arrangements for the admission of students with SEN statements, where the academy has been named on the students Statement of Special Educational Needs, placements will be determined through the procedures for reviewing and amending the statement in consultation with parents/carers.

Further information on the academy’s SEN policy is available here.