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The Kidsgrove Secondary School

Consultation 2022/23

2020/2021 and 2021/2022


 

Consultation on 2022/23 admission arrangements

In accordance with the School Admissions Regulations, The Kidsgrove Secondary School wishes to hear your views on its proposed admission arrangements for September 2022.

We would like to confirm that there are no changes proposed to our admission arrangements and that we are merely consulting as it has been some time sice we heard your views.

Your opinions are important to us and we are keen to receive your comments on our admission arrangements before they are formally approved.

The consultation will close on Friday 20 November 2020.

A full copy of the proposed admission arrangements is available on the school website.  You will find it in - About Us/Policies/Proposed Admission Policy 2022.

Any comments should be sent to Karen Mitchell, Head of School, at communications@kss.shaw-education.org.uk or post The Kidsgrove Secondary School, Gloucester Road, Kidsgrove, Stoke on Trent, ST7 4DL.

Proposed admission arrangements 2022/23

Although parents have the right to express a preference for the school that they wish their child to attend, there is no guarantee of a place being offered at their preferred school.

It is our policy to try and meet parent’s wishes where possible; however in some cases there may be more applications for a particular school than there are places available.

Admission where the school is oversubscribed is determined by the oversubscription criteria given below.

Oversubscription Criteria

If the total number of preferences for admission to a school exceeds the Published Admission Number (PAN), the following order of priority is used to allocate the available places.

  1. Children in Care and children who ceased to be in care because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).


  2. Children who satisfy both of the following tests:

Test 1: the child is distinguished from the great majority of applicants either on their own medical grounds or by other exceptional circumstances.

Medical grounds must be supported by a medical report (obtained by the applicant and provided at the point of application). This report must clearly justify, for health reasons only, why it is better for the child’s health to attend The Kidsgrove Secondary School rather than any other school.

Exceptional circumstances must relate to the choice of school and the individual child, i.e. the circumstances of the child, not the economic or social circumstances of the parent/carer. It should be supported by a professional report (obtained by the applicant and provided at the point of application), e.g. social worker. This report must clearly justify why it is better for the child to attend The Kidsgrove Secondary School rather than any other school.

Test 2: the child would suffer hardship if they were unable to attend the preferred 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. Applicants must provide detailed information about both the type and severity of any likely hardship at the time of application.

  1. Children who have an elder sibling in attendance at The Kidsgrove Secondary School and who will still be attending the school 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.
  2. Children living within the catchment area of The Kidsgrove Secondary School
  3. Children who attend local primary schools, which are defined as major contributory primary schools.
  4. Other children 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 Local Authority’s Geographical Information System.

Where it is not possible to accommodate all children applying for places within a particular category then the Local Authority will allocate the available places in accordance with the remaining criteria. If for instance, all the catchment area children cannot be accommodated at a school, children who are resident within the catchment area will be arranged in order of priority according to distance i.e. category (6).

Additional Notes

Copies of school catchment area maps are available from the Local Authority.

Admissions are administered on behalf of The Kidsgrove Secondary School through a coordinated admission scheme by the School Admissions and Transport Service.

In accordance with legislation, children who have a statutory statement of special educational need or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) that names The Kidsgrove Secondary School as being the most appropriate to meet the child’s needs must be admitted. This will reduce the amount of places available to other applicants.

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 relatives 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.

It is expected that parents will agree on school places before an application is made, and it may be necessary to request evidence from you to confirm that this is the case. The Academy is not in a position to intervene in disputes between parents over school applications and will request that these are resolved privately.

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. It will be necessary for sufficient evidence of a permanent move to be provided by the applicant before it will be taken into account for allocation purposes at the national offer date.

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.

Any Staffordshire child not obtaining a place at any of their parents preferred schools will be allocated a place at their catchment area school (if places remain available) or the next nearest school with a space available and advised about the independent appeals process.

Waiting lists

Unsuccessful applicants will be placed on a waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria stated above and not based on the date their application was received. There will be a period of two weeks after the national offer date whereby available places will not be reallocated. If places become available after this date they will be offered according to the child at the top of the waiting list.

Waiting lists will be kept until the end of the autumn term of admission. No other waiting lists will be maintained.

Inclusion on a school’s waiting list does not mean that a place will eventually become available at the preferred school.

A child’s position on a waiting list is not fixed and is subject to change during the year i.e. they can go up or down the list since each added child will require the list to be ranked again in line with the oversubscription criteria.

Children who are subject of a direction by a local authority to admit or who are allocated to a school in accordance with the Fair Access Protocol will take precedence over those on the waiting list.

Late Applications

Preferences received after the closing date will be considered alongside those applicants who applied on time wherever possible. Where it is not practicable because places have already been allocated, or are shortly to be allocated, then late preferences will be considered only after those that were made before this point. A late application does not affect the right of appeal or the right to be placed on a school’s waiting list.

Repeat Applications

Parents do not have the right to a second appeal in respect of the same school for the same academic year unless, in exceptional circumstances, the local authority has accepted a second application from the appellant because of a significant and material change in the circumstances of the parent, child or school but still refused admission.

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 Local Authority who will take into account the circumstances of the case and views of the headteacher of the school concerned. Parents do not have the right to insist that their child is admitted to a particular year group.

"In -Year Transfer" Arrangements

Parents or carers seeking to transfer to The Kidsgrove Secondary School may make an application using the appropriate application form. This application will be processed in line with the procedure outlined in the determined admission arrangements and parents and carers need to be aware that any date set for joining The Kidsgrove Secondary School may be after the next term or half term holiday and those parents/carers are responsible for ensuring that their child continues to receive appropriate education in the interim. 


 

Admission arrangements 2020/2021 and 2021/2022

Applications for Year 7 Places

University Academy Kidsgrove admission limit is 150 places. Advice on the procedures including appeals should be taken from the Staffordshire Local Authority website www.staffordshire.gov.uk

Admissions to Year 7

Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the published admission number, applications will be considered against the criteria set out below. After the admission of students with statements of Special Educational Needs where the University Academy Kidsgrove is named on the statement, the criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set out below:

Oversubscription Criteria

If the total number of preferences for admission to the Academy exceeds the Academy’s Published Admission Number (PAN), the following order of priority is used to allocate the available places. (N.B. after applying the oversubscription criteria, where an applicant can be offered a place at more than one preferred Academy then they will be offered a place at the Academy/school ranked highest on their application).

  1. Relevant Children in Care
  2. Children who satisfy both of the following tests:

Test 1: the child is distinguished from the great majority of applicants either on their own medical grounds or by other exceptional circumstances.

Medical grounds must be supported by a medical report (obtained by the applicant and provided at the point of application). This report must clearly justify, for health reasons only, why it is better for the child’s health to attend the preferred academy rather than any other academy.

Exceptional circumstances must relate to the choice of Academy/school and the individual child, i.e. the circumstances of the child, not the economic or social circumstances of the parent/carer. It should be supported by a professional report (obtained by the applicant and provided at the point of application), e.g. social worker. This report must clearly justify why it is better for the child to attend the preferred Academy rather than any other Academy.

Test 2: the child would suffer hardship if they were unable to attend the preferred Academy/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 Academy/school. Applicants must provide detailed information about both the type and severity of any likely hardship at the time of application.

  1. Children who have an elder sibling in attendance at the preferred Academy/school and who will still be in attendance 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).
  2. Children living within the catchment area of the preferred Academy.
  3. Other children arranged in order of priority according to how near their home addresses are to the main gate of the Academy, determined by a straight-line measurement on an ordnance survey map.

Where it is not possible to accommodate all children applying for places within a particular category then the Admissions Authority will allocate available places in accordance with the remaining criteria. If for instance, all the catchment area children cannot be accommodated at an Academy, children who are catchment area children and satisfy category (3) will receive offers of a place, followed by children who live in the catchment area and satisfy category (4), etc.

Additional Notes

Copies of the Academy catchment area maps are available.

There is no charge or cost related to the admission of a child to an academy. Admissions are administered through a coordinated admission scheme and preferences for community, controlled, aided and foundation Academies will be processed centrally through the Staffordshire County council admissions office. Pupils will receive one offer of a place at a maintained Academy/school.

Waiting lists

Unsuccessful applicants will be placed on a waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria stated above. If places become available after the offer date they will be offered according to the child at the top of the waiting list. Children will be added to the waiting list and offered places based upon exactly the same criteria as used for the initial selection

Waiting Lists will be kept until the end of the Autumn term of admission. No other waiting lists will be maintained.

Inclusion on the Academy’s waiting list does not mean that a place will eventually become available at the preferred Academy.

A child’s position on a waiting list is not fixed and is subject to change during the year i.e. they can go up or down the list. Children who are subject of a direction by a local authority to admit or who are allocated to the academy in accordance with the Fair Access Protocol will take precedence over those on the waiting list.

Late Applications

Application forms received after the closing date will be considered alongside those applicants who applied on time wherever possible. Where it is not practicable because places have already been allocated, or are shortly to be allocated, then late applicants will be considered only after those applicants who applied by the published closing date.

A late application does not affect the right of appeal or the right to be placed on an Academy’s waiting list.

Admissions – BTEC Courses

Aptitude for the chosen subject. (Established through either certification, audition, portfolio or interview).

“In-Year Transfer” Arrangements

Parents or carers seeking to transfer to the Academy can make an application directly to the Academy online or by contacting the administration office.

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