Hall Cross Academy Consultation

We are consulting on a proposed increase in the Published Admission Number (PAN) in Year 7 from 280 to 310.

The Schools Admissions Code 2021 sets out a requirement for all admission authorities to undertake statutory consultation where they propose a variation to the PAN of a school.

Once the admission arrangements have been determined for a particular year, the admission authority is required to seek approval, in the case of academies, from the Education and Skills Funding Agency on proposed variation /increase of the school’s PAN and must notify the appropriate bodies.

The purpose of this consultation is to seek the views of parents, carers, and other interested stakeholders on the proposal to increase the school’s PAN for September 2025. The school’s admission code can be found at: School admissions code – GOV.UK (

Why are we looking at making the proposed changes to Hall Cross Academy?

Hall Cross Academy, which is part of Exceed Learning Partnership Trust, is consistently oversubscribed with an agreement with the local authority to admit 310 students since September 2019. As such we now propose to set PAN at this number.

The demand for pupil places is expected to continue to grow as new houses are built in the local area. The academy also receives applications from students in the surrounding areas.

The academy proposes to formally increase the official PAN for Year 7 from 280 to 310 from September 2025.

The current number on roll for each year group is as follows;

Hall Cross Academy PAN Number On Roll
Year 7 280 309
Year 8 280 310
Year 9 280 296
Year 10 280 311
Year 11 280 297
Totals 1,400 1,523

As a school, we have the highest expectations for what children can achieve. We back this up with strong leadership, excellent teaching, and support for all pupils. We make sure children are getting an excellent education. We want more local children to access this education and take advantage of every opportunity.

We want to build on the excellent teaching and learning at the school to create a sustainable school for the future, generating unique opportunities for more of the local young people.

Please note that there are no proposed changes to our current Admissions Policy in any year and all other entry criteria remain unchanged.

What is Hall Cross Academy asking me?

We want to understand what you think of the proposed changes. We want to hear from you, even if you do not have particularly strong views. All voices count.

The Admission Code says that we must consult with:

a) parents of children between the ages of two and eighteen;
b) other persons in the relevant area who in the opinion of the admission authority have an interest in the proposed admissions;
c) all other admission authorities within the relevant area (except that primary schools need not consult secondary schools);
d) whichever of the governing body and the local authority is not the admission authority;
e) any adjoining neighbouring local authorities where the admission authority is the local authority; and
f) in the case of schools designated with a religious character, the body or person representing the religion or religious denomination

You can tell us what you think in the following ways:

Email: [email protected]
Post: Laura Evans, Hall Cross Academy Upper School, Thorne Road, Doncaster, DN1 2HY
Form: Complete the form linked here.

Please contact us via email [email protected] if you would like to request assistance in responding to this consultation.

What happens next?

The consultation will run from 20th December 2023 until midnight on 31st January 2024.

At the conclusion of the consultation, we will publish a summary of questions received during the consultation and our responses to them.

Kind regards,
Beryce Nixon(CEO) & Simon Swain (Principal)