Admissions

PLANNED ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2018/19

Planned Admission Level

The Planned Admission Number (PAN) for the Year 7 entry is 192. This level has been agreed by the Governing Body for the 2018 entry. This number may be exceeded at the discretion of the Governing Body but they are not obliged to accept students in excess of this number unless parents have successfully challenged the initial decision as part of the Independent Appeal Panel procedure. The Appeals Process is arranged by the Local Authority.

Admission Policy

A student who has a statement of special educational needs or Education, Health and Care Plan that names Wilnecote High School must be admitted. This will reduce the number of places available. If the total number of preferences exceeds the PAN, the following order of priority will be used to allocate places:

a) Looked after and previously looked after children

b) Students residing within the traditional ‘catchment’ area (broadly Dosthill, Hockley and Wilnecote)

c) Students who, at the time of the application, have an elder sibling in attendance at the School, who will still be attending at the proposed admission date (For admission purposes, a brother or sister is a child who lives at the same address and either: have one or both natural parents in common; are related by a parents marriage; are adopted or fostered by a common parent or are unrelated children who live at the same address, whose parents live as partners).

d) Students who satisfy both of the following tests:

  • i) They are distinguished from the great majority of applicants either on medical grounds or by other exceptional circumstances. Medical grounds must be supported by a medical report, (obtained by the parents). It must clearly justify, for health reasons only, why it is better for the child to attend Wilnecote High School rather than any other school. Exceptional circumstances must relate to the choice of school, i.e. the circumstances of the child, not the economic or social circumstances of the parent. They should be supported by a professional report (obtained by the parents), e.g. social worker, justifying why it is better for the child to attend Wilnecote High School rather than any other school.

 

  • ii) They would suffer hardship if they were unable to attend Wilnecote High School. Hardship means severe suffering of any kind, not merely difficulty or inconvenience, which is likely to be experienced as a result of the child attending a different school. Parents must provide detailed information about both the type and severity of any likely hardship at the time of application.

e) Students who attend the major contributory schools of Dosthill Primary School or Wilnecote Junior School.

f) Other students arranged in order of priority according to how near their home addresses are to the main gate of the school, determined by a straight-line measurement as calculated by the School Admissions and Transport Services Geographical Information System.

Procedure

Admissions are administered through the Local Authority’s co-ordinated admissions scheme. The applications process usually begins in September with a closing date of 31 October. National offer day is usually in March. Parents whose request for a place for their child is not accepted will have the right of appeal. Parents moving to the School catchment area later than September 2018 or those who wish to move their child to the School should contact the School directly. Places are only assured for those within the ‘catchment’ area. It is the Governors policy at Wilnecote High School to avoid any form of selection or discrimination on the grounds of a child’s ability, religion or race.

Additional Notes

  • There is no charge or cost related to the admission of a child to a school.
  • Children in Care means children who are in the care of, or provided with accommodation by a local authority in accordance with section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989 at the time of making the application.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide any supportive information required in order for the application to be assessed against the published admissions criteria, the Academy will not seek to obtain this information on behalf of the applicant.
  • The Local Authority uses a Geographical Information System (GIS) to calculate home to school distances in miles. The measurement is calculated using Ordnance Survey (OS) data from an applicant’s home address to the main front gate of the school. The coordinates of an applicant’s home address is determined and provided by the Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) and OS Address Point data.
  • The home address is considered to be the child’s along with their parent’s main and genuine principal place of residence at the time of the allocation of places i.e. where they are normally and regularly living. If a child is resident with friends or relatives (for reasons other than legal guardianship) the friends or relative’s address will not be considered for allocation purposes.
  • Where parents have shared responsibility for a child, and the child lives with both parents for part of the school week, parents will be required to provide documentary evidence to support the address they wish to be considered for allocation purposes.
  • If a child’s home address changes during the admissions process it is the responsibility of the parent/carer to inform the Local Authority immediately. Where there is a proposed house move taking place during the admissions process the Local Authority will only accept the revised address for purposes of allocation where parents/carers can provide documentary evidence of the move by 12 February 2018.
  • If a place is offered on the basis of an address that is subsequently found to be different from the child’s normal and permanent home address at the time of allocation of places then that place is likely to be withdrawn.
  • If there are a limited number of spaces available and we cannot distinguish between applicants using the criteria listed, such as in the case of children who live in the same block of flats, then the child or children who will be offered the available spaces will be randomly selected. This process will be independently verified.
  • Admission Outside of the Normal Age Group – Parents may seek to apply for their child’s admission to school outside of their normal age group, for example if the child is exceptionally gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health. These parents will need to make an application alongside children applying at the normal age which should explain why it is in the child’s best interest to be admitted outside of their normal age which may include information such as professional evidence as to why this is the case and why an exception should be made in the case of the child. A decision as to whether this is an appropriate course of action will be made by the Governing Body who will take into account the circumstances of the case and views of the Headteacher. Parents do not have the right to insist that their child is admitted to a particular year group.