Admissions Policy

Admission Numbers

In common with the many other schools in Havering, Drapers’ Academy has agreed an increase in admission numbers to 210 pupils going into Year 7 for September 2019.

We plan to uphold this expansion permanently for upcoming years. For further information on Havering' Secondary Schools Expansion plans, please click here.

Consideration of Applications

Drapers’ Academy will consider all applications for places at the Academy.  Where fewer applications for admission are received than the published admission number of 210 for admission to Year 7, the Academy will offer places to those who have applied.

Procedures where Drapers’ Academy is Oversubscribed

Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the published admission number, applications will be considered against the criteria set out below. After the admission of pupils with statements of Special Educational Needs where Drapers’ Academy is named on the statement, the oversubscription criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set out below:

  • 3.1 Looked after children and children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order). For a definition of this, please see the website of the London Borough of Havering at
  • 3.2 Admission of pupils whose siblings are attending any Drapers' Multi-Academy Trust at the time of application. In this context the term “sibling” follows the definition made by the London Borough of Havering’s Pupil services, details of which can be found on their website at
  • 3.3 Admission of pupils attending Feeder Primary Schools within Drapers’ Multi-Academy Trust. For entry into Year 7 this is Drapers’ Brookside Junior School and Drapers' Pyrgo Priory School.
  • 3.4 Admission of pupils residing in the Academy’s agreed priority admissions area, with priority given to those living closest to the Academy. This priority area is shown on the map at Appendix A;
  • 3.5 Admission of pupils residing outside the Academy’s agreed priority admissions area, with priority given to those living closest to the Academy.

Distance Measurements

Distances are measured using the Local Authorities Geographical Information System (GIS) which measures distances from the main entrance of the Academy to the centre of the child’s home. The distance between the home address and the Academy is determined using address points and is measured in a straight line, not by the shortest walking or bus route, between the address point for the Academy and the address point of the child’s normal place of residence. (Address points are points marked in the centre of the child’s home address, or in the centre of the block of flats in which the child’s home address is located, and at the main entrance to the Academy).

In the event that two or more applicants, apply for a single place under either criteria 3.4 or 3.5 and live at addresses that are located at exactly the same distance or live in the same block of flats, the place will be offered on a random basis drawn by an Independent person who is not involved in the admissions process.

Waiting List

The waiting list for admission in to Year 7 will be maintained by the Local Authority until the end of the Autumn term. Each added child will require the list to be ranked again in line with the published oversubscription criteria. Priority will not be given to children based on the date their application was received or their name added to the list. This means that a child’s position on any waiting list can move down as well as up.

If you are a Year 6 pupil wanting to apply for Drapers' Academy this must be completed via Havering Admissions which can be found at