We hope that the information provided to you on this page helps you and your family to understand more about how to apply for a place at John Smeaton Academy.  

We have seen an increase in the demand for places at the academy as a result of the academy joining The GORSE Academies Trust (The GORSE Academies Trust (, To give you the best chance of securing a place within our school, we would encourage all families to ensure that you meet the deadline for applications and remember to put John Smeaton Academy as your first-choice preference.  In line with the admissions policy, however, it is important to note that placing us as your first-choice preference does not guarantee you a place at the school.

We look forward to working with you as a family over the course of the next five years.

Admissions Timetable 2022

Deadline date for applications for Year 7 places in September 2022

Saturday 31 October 2021

National Offers Day

Monday 1 March 2022

Deadline for accepting offers and first cut off for appeal forms

Monday 29 March 2022

Appeals held by Independent appeal panels

May to July 2022

Appeal decision letters to be sent

Within 5 working days from date of hearing wherever possible

Year 7 Intake Admissions

Please apply directly to Leeds City Council and complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) if appropriate and return it to the academy.

Supplementary Information Form (SIF)
Word Document  |  PDF

In-Year Admissions

Please apply directly to the academy using an In-Year Common Preference Form (ICPF) which is available to download below.

TGAT In-Year Common Preference Form (ICPF)
Word Document  |  PDF

Appeals for a Year 7 Intake place

If your application for a Year 7 Intake place has been refused by the academy, you have the right to appeal against the decision.

An appeal must be made in writing. An Appeal Form can be collected from the academy’s Reception or downloaded below.

TGAT Appeals Form
Word Document  |  PDF

Please return the completed appeal form to us within 20 school days* of your child having been refused a place at the academy (“the deadline”). Appeals which we receive by the deadline will be heard within 40 school days of us receiving the appeal form. Appeals received after the deadline will be heard whenever practicable.

For both types of appeal the following rules apply:

You will receive at least 10 school days’ notice of the appeal hearing.

The best time to send evidence is with your appeal form. If you are unable to do this, please send all evidence at least 7 school days before the hearing. If evidence is received after this time the Independent Appeals Panel will decide whether this evidence can be heard or not.

Wherever possible the academy will send its evidence to you at least 7 days before the hearing.

Wherever possible a decision letter will be sent out to you within 5 school days of the hearing.

*School days are those days on which students are taught at the academy. They do not include, for example, school holidays or weekends.