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Admissions & Appeals ~ Years 7 - 11 Admissions
Admission Arrangements To The School 2020/21

The Governors wish to offer 240 Year 7 places for the year commencing September 2020

* DISTANCE FROM THE SCHOOL WILL SERVE AS AN OVERRIDING TIE-BREAKER IN THE EVENT OF OVERSUBSCRIPTION WITHIN ANY CATEGORY FOR ALL RELEVANT AGE GROUPS AND BY DRAWING OF LOTS IF NECESSARY

  1. Places will be offered firstly to Look After Children and Previously Looked After Children. Applications made under this criterion must be accompanied by details of circumstance and professionally support evidence (e.g. from a social worker).

    To qualify for the highest priority, currently looked after and previously looked after children are defined as:

    • Children who are (a) in the care of a Local Authority, or (b) being provided with accomodation by a LA in the exercise of their social services functions in accordance with Section 22 of the Children Act 1989, at the time an application for a school is made.
    • Children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted, subject to a residence order (in accordance with Section 8 of the Children Act 1989) or a special guardianship order (in accordance with Section 14A of the Children Act 1989).

  2. Places will be offered to those able to provide written evidence from a suitably qualified person such as a doctor, social worker or Educational Welfare Officer at the time of application of particular social or medical needs which can only be met most appropriately by attendance at Grey Court. Circumstances cannot be taken into account unless information is provided at the time of application and failure to provide such information at that stage may therefore affect whether or not the children are allocated places at the preferred schools. All information submitted will be regarded as confidential.*

  3. Places will be offered to those with a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission, including adopted, foster, step or half siblings living at the same address. *

  4. Children (by which is meant full, step-, half- and adopted siblings living in the same househould) of staff directly employed by Grey Court School for two years or more before the admission application and at the point of admission.

  5. 5. The other children on the basis of distance from home to Grey Court, measured by the shortest route by road and maintained footpath, from the middle (the “seed-point”) of the home, out of the front entrance, to the nearest pedestrian school gate used by the relevant year group.

Places will be offered to those pupils where the secondary school has been named in their Statement of Special Educational Needs, in accordance with the Education Act 1996 and the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.

Late Admissions

Late applications will be dealt with in accordance with the Local Authority's policy.

Waiting List

For entry into Year 7 in September 2020, following co-ordination, the waiting list will automatically consist of the names of all unsuccessful applicants who have not had a higher preference offer and will be held in criteria order until the end of term in July 2020.

Parents can request to add names of children who have had a higher preference offer, or who did not originally name the school as a preference, to be added to the waiting list. These names will be added in criteria order. At the end of each academic year, parents of the children in Years 7 to 11 will be asked if they wish their child's name to remain on the waiting list.

In Year Applications

In-year applications must be made using Richmond's In Year Application Form available from Richond School Admissions. Tel 020 8891 7514 or email school.admission@achievingforchildren.gov.uk to ask for a copy or request a copy from http://www.richmond.gov.uk/school_admissions.htm.

For entry into Years 7 to 11, the position of any applicant on any waiting list will be determined using the oversubscription criteria as outlined in paragraphs 1) to 5) above.

Notes:

Any offer of a place on the grounds of proximity is conditional on the child being resident at the address provided at the closing date for application. A business address, a childminder's address or any address other than the child's permanent home will not be accepted. Proof of address will be sought and may be the subject of further investigation. Temporary addresses will not be used for the purpose of administering applications.

Children with an Educational Health and Care Plan that specifies the school as the placement school will be allocated a place through a seperate procedure, in accordance with the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.

These criteria will apply to all applicants, regardless of the borough in which they live. Late applications will NOT be processed until after all on-time applications.

The Local Authority reserves the right to seek verification of the information parents have given on the application form and to withdraw places if false information has been given.

The Local Authority's Pupil Placement Panel may make placements, over the admission number if the school is full, for children who are deemed to be 'hard to place'.

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