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The Planned Admissions Number for the school is 285.
a) Applications for admission to Westlands School should be made on the Local Education Authority’s “Common Application Form.” Parents only need to make a separate application to Westlands School if they are applying for admission based on their child’s aptitude in mathematics. Application forms for admission by aptitude are available from the Head of School and should be returned to the school when completed. The “Common Application Form” should be returned to the Local Authority by the agreed published date. The aptitude test for Westlands School will be taken after the “Common Application Form” has been lodged with the Local Authority (LA).
b) Parents who wish to request their child to be taught outside of their normal age group, must apply in writing to the Headteacher stating their reasons for the request.
c) The Governors will follow the Local Authority’s timetable for applications.
d) In the event of the school being over‐subscribed, all applications for admission will be considered according to the criteria set out below.
e) The Local Authority will send letters to parents by first class post on the agreed published date advising them whether or not they have been allocated a place for their child at Westlands School. Parents have to accept the offer of a place by the agreed published date.
a) The deadline for the return of the “Common Application Form” is the agreed published date.
b) Late “Common Application Forms” received by the Local Authority after the published return date, but before the published end of scheme date will be dealt with.
c) “Common application Forms” received by Westlands School after the agreed published date, and also applications for places in year groups other than the normal year of entry, will be treated as “casual admissions”. The Governors will send the form to the Local Authority along with their decision on the application. The Governors will also notify the parent of their decision at the same time. If the parent is refused a place they will be advised of their right of appeal.
The local authority has commissioned 34 places in the resourced provision for pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties and 6 in the resourced provision for Physical Disabilities. The local authority manages admissions to these units in close liaison with the school. The local authority will only consider pupils who already have a Statement of Special Educational Need or an Educational, Health and Care Plan.
Before the application of oversubscription criteria, children with a statement of special educational need which names the school will be admitted. As a result of this, the published admissions number will be reduced accordingly. Where applications for admission exceed 285, the following criteria will be applied, in the order set out below, to decide which children to admit:
a) places will firstly be offered to children in Local Authority care. i.e. a child under the age of 18 years for whom the Local Authority provides accommodation by agreement with their parents/carers (Section 22 of the children Act 1989) or who is the subject of a care order under Part IV of the Act. This applies equally to children who immediately after being looked after by the Local Authority became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order. (As defined by Section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or Section 8 or 14A of the Children Act 1989).
b) Medical, health, social and special access reasons will be applied in accordance with the school’s legal obligations, in particular those under the Equality Act 2010. Priority will be given to those children whose mental or physical impairment means they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Equally, this priority will apply to children whose parents’/guardians’, physical or mental health or social needs means that they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Such claims will need to be supported by written evidence from a suitably qualified medical or other practitioner who can demonstrate a special connection between these needs and the particular school.
c) places will then be offered to children who score highest on the school’s test of aptitude in mathematics. Places offered under this criterion will not exceed 10% of the school’s planned admission number, i.e a maximum of 29 places for the Year 7 intake. Places will only be offered under this criterion if the parent has expressed a preference on the “Common Application Form” for Westlands School. Below is a copy of the maths aptitude test application form:
d) places will then be offered in the following order, using the criteria below:
i. A brother or sister attending the school when the child starts. In this context brother or sister means children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers and sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers and sisters.
ii. Pupils in Year 6 at Westlands Primary School and Regis Manor Primary School;
iii. Residence in the parishes of Bobbing, Borden, Bredgar, Hartlip, Iwade, Lower Halstow, Newington, Stockbury, Tunstall, Upchurch;
iv. Nearness of children’s homes to school – we use the distance between the child’s permanent home address and the school, measured in a straight line using Ordnance Survey address point data. Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child’s home to a point defined as within the school as specified by ordnance Survey. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody.
A pupil’s home address is considered to be a residential property that is the child’s only or main residence and not an address at which your child might sometimes stay or sleep due to your own domestic or special arrangements. The address must be the pupil’s home address on the day you completed your application form and which is either
• Owned by the child’s parent, parents or guardian, OR
• Leased to or rented by the child’s parent, parents or guardian under a lease or written rental agreement.
If you live separately from your partner but share responsibility for your child, and the child lives at two different addresses during the week, we will regard the home address as the one at which the child sleeps for the majority of weekdays.
A block of flats has a single address point reference, so applicants living in the same block will be regarded as living the same distance away from the school. In the unlikely event that two or more children live in the same block and in all other ways have equal eligibility for the last available place at the school, the names will be issued a number and drawn randomly to decide which child should be given the place.
e) places will then be offered to any additional applications.
Parents may ask to be kept on a waiting list, this list will be re-ranked in accordance with the schools oversubscription criteria each time a child is added.
On the agreed published date parents will be notified by the Local Education Authority that they are being offered a place at the allocated school. This letter will give information about their statutory right of appeal.
The Open Evening for prospective Year 7 pupils will be held in Term 1 of 2020 on a date yet to be decided
Places will firstly be offered to children in Local Authority care. i.e. A child under the age of 18 years for whom the Local Authority provides accommodation by agreement with their parents/careers (Section 22 of the children Act 1989) or who is subject of a care order under Part IV of the Act.
Priority will be given to existing pupils transferring from Year 11. The PAN for external candidates will be 20 but this figure may be exceeded in the event that this and the number of internal pupils transferring into Year 12 is less than the overall total figure for the year group, which is 160.
Pupils are admitted to the Sixth Form subject to the following:
a) a formal application by pupil and parent and a pupil interview to determine the courses to be studied;
b) availability of a specific course or combination of courses;
c) minimum entry requirements for specific courses, as published on the school’s website.
Please note that the Governors reserve the right to withdraw courses if there is insufficient student demand.
After a place has been offered, the school reserves the right to withdraw the place in the following circumstances:
a) when a parent has failed to respond to an offer within a reasonable time; or
b) when a parent has failed to notify the school of important changes to the application information; or
c) The admission authority offered the place on the basis of a fraudulent or intentionally misleading application from a parent.
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