The Admissions System
Each year the school admits a minimum of 140 external students into Year 12 of the sixth form for AS and A level courses. The actual number of places available to external students joining the school in Year 12 depends on the number of internal students continuing into the sixth form. No more than half the external places will be given to boys. In addition 30 students will be put on the waiting list.
How places are allocated to external students?
The basic qualification:
All applicants must have an academic reference from their current school stating their predicted grades. These must in all cases include GCSEs at grade 6 or above in English language and mathematics, and 3 other GCSEs at grade 6 or above. To study Further Maths students must be predicted a minimum of grade 7 or above.
Places will first be offered to applicants meeting the basic qualification (and any higher individual grade requirements in relation to their specific subjects) who have an Education Health and Care (EHC) Plan naming the school (issued by their local authority).
Places will then be offered in the following order:
1.Looked after2 and previously looked after3 children
Looked after children or children who were previously looked after but immediately afterwards became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship order.
In cases where multiple siblings tie for the last place, then all will be offered a place, even if this exceeds the planned admission number.
Such applications will only be considered if the case is made known to the school and supported by appropriate evidence at the time of the original application. This will normally be in the form of a letter from a suitably qualified professional such as the applicant’s doctor, consultant or social worker.
The remaining places will be allocated to those applicants meeting the basic qualification who live closest to the school and for whom places on their chosen courses are available.
Closeness to the school is measured in a straight line (‘as the crow flies’) from the centre of the pedestrian gate in the perimeter fence on Sandall Road and the permanent address at which the applicant normally resides at the time of the application. The school will carefully verify the permanent address of the applicant.
Once applicants have been ranked according to distance, places will be allocated in order of closeness to the school, subject to the following procedures.
The furthest distance that successful applicants live from the school varies from year to year and depends upon the varying demand for individual courses. The school reserves the right to withdraw courses that fail to recruit in sufficient numbers.
30 students will be put on the waiting list. As places become available they will be offered to the students on the list in order, provided that their courses are available.
The Application Timetable
All places offered are subject to the following post-acceptance conditions:
Act 1989. As this Act applies to England and Wales, a child has to be looked after by an English or Welsh local authority
2005; it is therefore not possible for a child to have been adopted under that Act prior to then
(4) Sibling is defined in these arrangements as; a sister or brother, a half sister or brother, an adopted sister or brother, a step- sister or brother or the child of the parents’ partner where the child for whom the school place is sought is living in the same family unit and at the same address as that sibling.
The deadline for completed applications is Friday 4 January 2019