Admissions Policy 2017-18
Parents whose children live in Essex must apply to the Local Authority (LA) Essex County Council for their preferred secondary school. Parents must use the Common Application Form (CAF) to apply to our school. At the end of August 2016 Secondary Education in Essex booklets, including the CAF and notes of guidance, will be made available to all Year 6 pupils attending an Essex primary, junior or independent school and as far as practicable to Essex pupils attending primary schools in other LAs. Information is also placed on the Essex County Council web site www.essex.gov.uk/admissions. The closing date for applications, including on-line, is 31st October 2016. National offer date is 1st March 2017. The LA will send offer/refusal letters for places at all schools to parents of all pupils living in Essex by first class post.
The number intended to admit is a maximum of 240 pupils in the year.
In the event of oversubscription, places will be allocated using the following criteria in the order given:
- Children Looked After (see additional notes);
- Children from the priority admissions area (map available at the school);
- Where the child has a brother or sister at the school at the closing date defined above and where this sibling remains at the school when the child starts;
- Children of staff where a member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school has been made, and/or a member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage;
- Remaining applications.
Straight line distance between the home and school will be used as a tie breaker, with those living closest to the school having highest priority. Distances will be measured using the Local Authority’s Geographical Information System.
Children with a statement of Special Educational Needs that names the school will be given priority over any of the above criteria.
Looked After Children
Defined as a looked after child or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after, became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).
If a child has not been offered a place at their preferred school their parents have the right to appeal to an independent Statutory Appeals Panel. Detailed information about how to appeal will be sent out by the LA in the offer pack.
Applications received after the published closing date will be treated in accordance with the co-ordinated admissions scheme operated by the LA.
For applications made in the normal admissions round and for mid-year applications the school will use the sibling definition outlined by the LA in the Secondary Education in Essex booklet.
In the event of oversubscription, the LA will hold a waiting list until the end of the first week of the autumn term. Applicants will be ranked in priority order, according to the admission criteria above. After this date the school will continue to hold a waiting list until the end of the autumn term. The school will also maintain waiting lists for mid-year applications to other over-subscribed years for the duration of the current academic year. All waiting lists will be ranked according to the admissions criteria above.
Year 6 to Year 7 Applications
Parents whose children live in Essex must apply to the Local Authority (LA) Essex County Council for their preferred secondary school. Parents must use the Common Application Form (CAF) to apply to our school. At the end of August 2016 secondary school application information is sent to all parents of Year 6 pupils attending an Essex primary, junior or independent school and Essex children attending non-Essex schools (where known). The Secondary Education in Essex 2017-18 booklet is placed on the ECC website:www.essex.gov.uk/admissions
For any queries tel. 0845 603 2200
The closing date for applications, including on-line, is 31st October 2016. The national offer date will be 1st March 2017. The LA will send offer/refusal letters for places at all schools to parents of all pupils living in Essex by first class post.
The number intended to admit is a maximum of 240 pupils in the year (Year 7)
Applications received (all preferences) Sept 2016: tbc
Number on roll Jan 2016:
In 2015 the last child was admitted under criterion 5 above.
Transfer from Primary School
We value our positive partnerships with local primary schools and the local community. This key aspect of our work was reported positively in our recent Ofsted inspection. Every summer term we hold Year 5 Taster Days and run two Induction Days for the Year 6 pupils joining us in September. The pupils are given the opportunity to ‘sample’ the life of the school during a typical day. They focus on key areas such as problem solving and developing generic skills.
Many of our faculties have arranged reciprocal visits to our partner primary schools. Joint ventures such as speech competitions, drama workshops and performances and music festivals have been organised. Our sporting facilities and expertise have been shared with local schools and our students have worked with primary school children as part of the Junior Sports Leader Award on such ventures as mini Olympics and inter-school competitions.
Admission arrangements for Students with Disabilities
Before admission students and their parents will meet with the appropriate Director of Learning (DoL), the Head of Extended Learning and representatives from SENCAN. An assessment of the student’s needs will take place and appropriate provision will be determined. The DoL and Head of Extended Learning will then liaise with other staff to make any arrangements that are required – including levels of support.
Visitors are always welcome. To make an appointment please contact Mrs Bev Louth, Admissions Secretary. (Tel. 01371 878659, email@example.com )
Mid-Year Applications to Years 7-11
If your child is already at secondary school and you wish to transfer him/her to a different secondary school, you should complete the Mid-Year Secondary School Application Form and apply directly to the school. Please remember, moving schools is a serious step to take. You should not remove your child from his/her current school before you have an offer of another school place.
To download the application form, please click on the link above.
For further information please contact Mrs Bev Louth, Admissions Secretary. (Tel. 01371 878659, firstname.lastname@example.org )
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