Fair Banding Access Test
Registration for Fair Banding Test
Hammersmith Academy accepts students of all abilities, and in order to secure an all ability intake, all applicants for admission should take a Fair Banding test. This is not a pass or fail test. All applicants for places in the school will be banded according to the principles of Fair Banding, using the national profile.
Children in public care (Looked After Children) and those with a SEN statement, will be required to take the Fair Banding test.
Parents/guardians who intend to put Hammersmith Academy down on the preference form as either first, second, third, fourth, fifth or sixth choice will need to take the school Fair Banding test. Parents can choose for their child to sit the test before or after the closing date for applications (31st October). When they sit their test will have no impact on whether or not they are offered a place.
Those who did not sit the test in September 2016, and who placed Hammersmith Academy as one of their preferences, will be invited to attend a Fair Banding test on either Saturday 19th or Saturday 26th November.
After the allocation of children with SEN or EHC plan, the admission criteria will be applied in the following order of priority within ability bands:
- Looked After and previously Looked After Children
- Pupils living in the Academy admissions priority area on the basis of straight-line distance
- Siblings outside the Academy admissions priority area on the basis of straight-line distance
- Pupils living outside the Academy admissions priority area on the basis of straight-line distance