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                                                        REPORT TO CABINET
                                                            24 April 2012


TITLE OF REPORT:          Primary and Secondary Community, Community
                          Controlled School Admissions Arrangements 2013/14, and
                          Co-ordinated admission schemes for Primary and
                          Secondary Schools for 2013/14

REPORT OF:                Margaret Whellans, Group Director, Learning and Children




Purpose of the Report

1     The purpose of this report is to request Cabinet approve the following:

         proposed Community Secondary Schools Admission Policy, 2013;
         proposed Community Secondary Schools Sixth Form Admissions Policy, 2013;
         proposed Community and Voluntary Controlled Primary Schools Admission
          Policy, 2013;
         proposed Planned Admission Numbers (PAN’s) for Community schools for
          2013.
         proposed Co-ordinated admission schemes for Infant,Junior,Primary schools
          and Secondary Schools 2013

Background

2     Following consultation a new school admission code, ”the code” came into force on
      1st February 2012 and applies to school admission arrangements for admission in
      the 2013/14 academic year. It applies to all maintained schools in England.
      Academies are, by their funding agreements, to comply with the code and the law
      relating to admissions, though the Secretary of State has the power to vary this
      requirement where there is a demonstrable need.

3     The code and the related legislation ensures that school admission authorities,
      whether local authorities, schools or academies, must operate in a fair way that
      promotes fair access to school choice, social equity and community cohesion. The
      Code has a statutory basis and imposes mandatory provisions. Admission
      authorities must ensure that their school admission arrangements comply with the
      mandatory provisions of this Code.

4     Admission regulations remove the necessity to consult on the arrangements if they
      remain the same and have been consulted on in one or both of the two previous
      years and remain unchanged. This is the case for the 2013 admission
      arrangements. It should be noted that amendment to relevant mandatory
      requirements contained in the 2013 policies do not constitute a change in the
      arrangements.




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5    The proposed school admission policies for 2013 (attached) have regard to the new
     code issued in February 2012. They have been formulated having taken account of
     the responses received from consultees in previous years (including individual
     parents and carers) following a consultation process that was completed in March
     2010.

6    Mandatory requirements of the new code extends the definition of children in public
     care i.e. “looked after” children to include children who were previously looked after
     but immediately after being “looked after” became subject to adoption residence, or
     special guardianship order. The 2013/14 policies have been amended accordingly.

7    Mandatory national closing dates have been incorporated into the 2013 admission
     policies. Currently national offer dates apply only for the Secondary admission
     round for 2013 however from 2014 separate national offer dates will apply to both
     the Primary and Secondary admission sectors.

8    The proposed Planned Admission Numbers detailed in Appendices 2 and 3 are the
     same as those agreed in previous years. The proposed Co-ordinated admission
     schemes contained in Appendix 4 contain compliance dates for the exchange of
     information between schools and the local authority so that co-ordination of the
     allocation of places to parents can take place by statutory timeframe. The dates
     contained in the schemes mirror the compliance dates and timeframes set in the
     previous year. It should be noted that the “In Year” co-ordination process is being
     reviewed and may be subject to change in the light of further consultation with
     neighbouring local authorities and schools. Appendix 4 can be viewed on line
     within the agenda folder for this meeting or alternatively a hard copy is available in
     the Members’ Room.

9    Admission authorities must give top priority on their waiting lists to those children
     who are referred for admission through the “Fair Access Protocol” however they will
     not go above “looked after” children.

Proposals

10   Cabinet is asked to consider the following:
        The proposed Community and Voluntary Controlled Primary Schools
           admission policy for September 2013 as attached in Appendix 2, together
           with their proposed Planned Admission Numbers for 2013/14.
        The proposed Community Secondary Schools and Sixth Form Admission
           Policies for September 2013, attached in Appendix 3, together with their
           proposed Planned Admission Numbers for 2013/14.
        The proposed separate co-ordinated admission schemes for Secondary
           schools and Infant Junior and Primary schools for September 2013

11   It is proposed, in accordance with statutory regulations, to adopt the closing dates
     of 15 January 2013 (for primary schools) and 31 October 2012 (for secondary
     schools) for the submission of applications for admission to schools in September
     2013.

12   It is proposed to give top priority on a waiting list to children who have been referred
     for admission and allocated a school through the Fair Access Protocol, these


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     children must take precedence over all children on the waiting list except children in
     public care - looked after children.

13   It is proposed, to comply with mandatory requirements of the new admission code
     to extend the definition of children in Public care i.e. “looked after” children to
     include children who were previously looked after but immediately after being
     “looked after” became subject to adoption residence, or special guardianship order.

Recommendations

14   It is recommended that:

     (i)     the Community and Voluntary Controlled Primary Admissions Policy and
             Planned Admissions Numbers set out in Appendix 2 are adopted for
             September 2013;

     (ii)    the Secondary School Admissions Policy, Sixth Form Admissions Policy and
             Planned Admissions Numbers set out in Appendix 3 are adopted for
             September 2013;

     (iii)   the waiting list procedures will give top priority for children who have been
             referred for admission and allocated to a school through the In Year Fair
             Access Protocol. These children will receive priority above all other children
             except children in public care “looked after” on the waiting list as defined in
             the new code;

     (iv)    the approved admissions policies for September 2013 be used as a basis of
             consultation, if necessary, with schools and others for formulating the
             relevant admissions policies from September 2014.

     (v)     the approved two co-ordinated admission schemes for Secondary and Infant
             Junior and Primary schools are adopted for September 2013

     For the following reason:

     To enable the Council to comply with statutory legislation as it relates to school
     admissions policies and co-ordinated admission arrangements.




CONTACT:      Helen Moore extension: 2753                         PLAN REF: 4092



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                                                                      APPENDIX 1


     Policy Context

1.   This report supports the Council’s aims as set out in ‘Vision 2030’ of helping people
     to learn and develop through their lives and in raising levels of educational
     achievement. The proposals also support the Council’s Equal Opportunities policy.
     The report reflects the duties placed on the Council by legislation and statutory
     guidance.


     Background

2.   At its meeting in April 2011, the Council agreed that the approved school
     admissions policies for September 2012 be used as a basis for the school
     admissions policies for September 2013.

     Statutory Infant class size limit

3.   The new admission code issued on 1st Feb 2012 added new categories of
     “excepted reasons” for the Local Authority (LA) to admit children above statutory
     infant class size limits in certain circumstances these are:

           “Looked after” children and previously looked after children applying outside
            the admission round as defined by the new admission code;
           Children whose twin or sibling from a multiple birth is already admitted ;
           Children of UK service personnel admitted outside the normal admission
            round;

     Allocation system- Equal Preference

4.   The Admissions code requires all admission authorities to implement a mandatory
     “equal preference” allocation system when considering parental preferences.
     Freedom to express choice under the Equal Preference system does not override
     the admission criterion for individual schools.

     Waiting lists

5.   Waiting lists will be maintained for all oversubscribed community schools for the
     whole of the academic year. Children who have been referred for admission and
     allocated a school through the Fair Access Protocol will take precedence over all
     children on the waiting list with the exception of children in public care “looked after”
     children. If appropriate to do so, the LA through the Fair Access Protocol, may
     determine that such children should be admitted above the planned admission
     number for a relevant school.




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      Children in Public Care

6.    Children in public care must have top priority in school admission arrangements.
      This definition was extended in new admission code issued on 1 February 2012, to
      include children who were previously looked after but immediately after being
      “looked after” became subject to adoption residence, or special guardianship order.
      Policies have been updated to include this mandatory provision


      Exceptional Social and Medical Grounds

7.    The LA considers cases from parents who have submitted the required independent
      evidence from a relevant health professional i.e. doctor or social worker as part of
      the admission process. This independent evidence must clearly demonstrate why
      the chosen school is the most suitable school and what difficulties would be caused
      if the child were to attend another school.

      Planned Admission numbers

8.    The Planned Admission Numbers (PAN) for primary schools in Appendix 2 and
      Appendix 3 are in line with those agreed in the previous year.

      Sixth Form Admission Numbers

9.    The proposed Sixth form admission numbers in Appendix 2 reflect the requirement
      to have a realistic admission number for those external pupils, i.e. those not on roll
      of the school in year 11, who are applying for year 12 entry for the first time.

      Mandatory Closing dates for return of applications- Primary and Secondary

10.   Mandatory closing dates apply for the return of applications for Secondary and
      Primary admissions have been incorporated into the relevant admission policies.

      Co-ordinated admission schemes 1) Secondary schools and 2) Infant, Junior
      and Primary schools.

11.   Both schemes contain the administrative timescales that must be met by those
      schools and academies who determine their own admission arrangements so that
      they can supply the LA with the allocation lists for their school enabling the co-
      ordination of the allocation of places by the LA to parents across the borough and
      for schools in neighbouring boroughs. The local dates contained in both schemes
      are similar to those set in the previous year and have regard to statutory deadlines
      contained in the admission code.

      Academies

12.   Five secondary schools in Gateshead converted to academy status since the
      commencement of the 2011/12 academic year and therefore their school admission
      arrangements are not included in this report. Academies are free to develop their
      own admission policies and admission arrangements. In doing so they must meet
      the relevant deadlines for consultation and determination in accordance with the


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      new school admission code. If they decide to change their admission arrangements
      Academies must consult the LA, neighbouring schools and LAs and parents at the
      relevant time. However, there is no requirement to act on the feedback from
      consultation if they determine they do not wish to do so. The School Adjudicator
      would provide the independent response/outcome to any objection submitted by
      parents, other schools or the LA on any determined new arrangements and that
      decision is binding on all parties. The LA has no power to direct admission of a
      child to an academy but can ask the Secretary of State (SOS) to intervene. If the
      academy does not cooperate with the direction the SOS may seek advice from the
      School Adjudicator in reaching a final decision. No academy has indicated
      implementing any changes to their school admission arrangements for the 2013
      academic year.

      Consultation

13.   The admission arrangements are the same as those in the previous years and
      therefore, it is not necessary to consult on the admission arrangements for 2013.

      The Cabinet Member for Children and Young People has been consulted on this
      report.

      Alternative Options

14.   There is no alternative to considering and adopting policies proposed in this report.

      Implications of Recommended Option

15.   Resources

      a) Financial Implications - The Strategic Director, Finance and ICT confirms that
         there are no financial implications arising from this report.

      b) Human Resources Implications – Nil

      c) Property Implications - Nil

16.   Risk Management Implication - Nil

17.   Equality and Diversity Implications - The policies comply with equal opportunities
      requirements in that all persons are treated equally with criteria being applied
      objectively.

      Section 49 of the Equality Act 2006 determines that it is unlawful to discriminate on
      the grounds of the person’s religion or religious belief in specific ways including the
      terms on which an admission authority offers to admit a child or affords a child
      access to a benefit, facility or service or refuses him/her the benefit, facility or
      service. The Secretary of State has exempted those schools having religious
      character (faith schools) from this requirement. However, all schools need to be
      aware of their obligations to review their policies and practices to make sure these
      meet the requirements of the Act, even if they believe that they are already
      operating in a non-discriminatory way.



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18.   Crime and Disorder Implications – Nil

19.   Health Implications - Nil

20.   Sustainability Implications - Nil

21.   Human Rights Implications - School Admissions Policies have Human Rights
      Implications. It is a convention right that no person should be denied the right to
      education. The Policy pursues a legitimate aim and is proportionate. It is necessary
      to assist the LA and governors in distinguishing between competing applications. It
      is also necessary to allow parents to more accurately assess the prospects of their
      being able to obtain a place at the school/s they prefer.

22.   Area and Ward Implications - All Wards are covered by this report.




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                                                                           APPENDIX 2


Proposed Gateshead Council Community and Voluntary Controlled Primary Schools
Admission Policy 2013/14

We allocate places at our Community Primary Infant and Junior Schools using our policy below
and co-ordinate admissions to our schools using our co-ordinated admission scheme.

The policy is as follows:
      Your child will start school at the beginning of the academic year in which they will reach
       the age of five. (An academic year lasts from 1 September in one year to 31 August in the
       following year). However In many schools the first year will include an induction period, (a
       period for your child to get used to school life). This period may last from September until
       no later than the end of the October half term holiday. Parents who wish to defer their
       child’s entry beyond this period must make this request in writing at the time of application
       for admission to school. Deferred entry must not extend beyond the beginning of the term
       after the child’s 5th birthday, or beyond the academic year for which the application was
       accepted. Deferred entry will be considered by us the local authority (LA) in consultation
       with the Head Teacher and governors of the school.
      We will accept pupils up to the school’s agreed Planned Admission Number for the year
       group unless we feel there are lawful grounds not to do so.

Oversubscription Criteria
      We will consider applications from parents who have named the school as any ranked
      preference on their application form this is called the Equal preference system. If there are
      more applications for the number of places available at the school we will than allocate
      places by using the following order of priority:

       1.      Children in Public Care (and as deemed under Section 22 of the Children Act 1989)
               including a child who was previously “looked after” but immediately after being
               “looked after” became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship
               order (see definition*).
       2       Children who live in the school’s catchment area and who will have a brother or
               sister at the school, or at the feeder junior school during the coming academic year.
               (see definition*)
       3       Other children who live in the school’s catchment area.
       4       Other children who will have a brother or sister at the school or at the feeder junior
               school during the coming academic year.
       5       Other children who have exceptional medical or social grounds see point 1 below
       6       All other children.

(*see definitions of our criteria in priority 1, 2 and 4 above in our parent’s information booklet and at
www.gateshead.gov.uk)

Point 1-We can consider exceptional individual applications, particularly in cases involving medical
or social needs. If you wish to apply on medical or social grounds you must provide written
evidence from relevant registered health professionals i.e. a doctor or social worker. The evidence
must demonstrate why the chosen school is more appropriate and what difficulties would be
caused if they were to travel to and attend alternative schools. We will not consider such
applications if the relevant professional evidence is not provided. The evidence will be assessed by
the LA Admission Panel. No assumption should be made that submission of the relevant evidence
will, in itself, be sufficient to allocate a place.




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Whickham Parochial Church of England Controlled Primary School
This school has the same oversubscription criteria as priorities 1 to 6 above except that criteria 3
and 4 above are reversed. Priority 1, 2, 5 and 6 remain in the same order however for this
particular school their oversubscription criteria places priority 4 children above those children in
priority 3.

Address
For the purposes of deciding whether a child lives in the catchment area of a school we will use the
parent or legal guardian's address or the address of a relevant adult who has parental
responsibility, as defined under the 1989 Childrens Act, for the child.

Tie breaker
If, within any of the above criteria, there are more applicants than places available priority will be
given to those children based on the distance they live from the school, measured ‘as the crow
flies’ i.e. in a straight line from the centre of the home residence to the school’s main entrance.
Children living nearest to the school will have priority. We measure the distance using a
geographical information system (GIS).

Waiting list
If places become available we will consider all relevant applications based on a waiting list. The
waiting list will be maintained by the council from the start of the academic year and be kept for the
rest of the academic year. All applicants on the waiting list are placed according to the admission
criteria and priorities set out above. However children who are the subject of a direction to admit by
the LA or who have been referred for admission and have been allocated a place through the Fair
Access Protocol will take precedence over any child on the waiting list.

Important Dates
The closing date for the return of applications is Tuesday 15 January 2013.
From Monday 10 September 2012 you can apply for a place in a reception or Junior class for
admission in September 2013 by applying on-line at www.gateshead.gov.uk you must submit your
application by no later than Tuesday 15 January 2013. Alternatively parents requiring a paper
application form must ensure that they request it in sufficient time for them to complete and return it
by no later than Tuesday 15 January 2013 to The School Admissions Team Gateshead Civic
Centre, Regent Street, Gateshead, NE8 1HH.

If you live outside of Gateshead and want to apply to a Gateshead school you must obtain an
application form from your own Council and return it to them by their closing date or apply through
their on-line application system. However you must still consider the information in Gateshead
Council’s “Admission to Primary school” booklet so that you know what the admission
arrangements are to Gateshead schools. This information is available at www.gateshead.gov.uk .
Your own Council will send us notification of your application and they will let you know the final
allocation of a school place for your child.

Offer Date

The offer day is Tuesday 15 April 2013 a letter will be sent to parents who are Gateshead residents
by 2nd class post informing them of the school they have been offered for their child. Gateshead
residents who apply on-line are informed by E-mail on Tuesday 15th April 2013.

General Information and definitions
For information on our admission arrangements and definitions of the terms used in this policy
please refer to our “Admission to Primary school” booklet for 2013 available at
www.gateshead.gov.uk The co-ordinated admission scheme and Catchment areas referred to in
this policy can also be viewed at Civic Centre, Regent Street Gateshead NE8 1HH and on the
website above.




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                                                       APPENDIX 2 Cont’d

 SEPTEMBER 2013
 PROPOSED PLANNED ADMISSION NUMBER AND INDICATED ADMISSION NUMBER
 COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTARY CONTROLLED SCHOOLS

          Primary              DFE       Determined         Indicated    Proposed
          School              Number      Planned          Admission      Planned
                                         Admission           Number      Admission
                                        Number 2012                     Number 2013
Barley Mow Community           2226          30               30             30
Primary

Bede Community Primary         2039               30          30            30

Bill Quay Primary              2197               30          27            30

Birtley East Community         2163               30          29            30
Primary
Blaydon West Primary           2182               30          30            30

Brandling Primary              2200               27          24            27

Brighton Avenue Primary        2221               45          36            45

Caedmon Community Primary      2233               30          30            30

Carr Hill Community Primary    2008               45          45            45

Chopwell Primary               2235               45          41            45

Clover Hill Community          2216               30          29            30
Primary
Colegate Community Primary     2228               45          42            45

Crookhill Community Primary    2219               30          28            30

Dunston Hill Community         2164               60          60            60
Primary
Dunston Riverside Community    2220               30          29            30
Prim
Emmaville Primary              2167               45          45            45

Falla Park Community           2198               30          30            30
Primary
Fellside Community Primary     2231               30          30            30

Fell Dyke Community Primary    2232               45          36            45
Front Street Community         2184               60          60            60
Primary
Glynwood Community Primary     2225               30          41**          30

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Greenside Community           2181              30   30   30
Primary
 Harlow Green primary         2238              60   60   60

Highfield Community Primary   2186              17   16   17

High Spen Primary             2168              29   25   29

Kells Lane Primary            2234              60   58   60
Kelvin Grove Community        2012              60   55   60
Primary
Kibblesworth Primary          2058              29   17   29

Larkspur Community Primary    2051              29   29   29

Lingey House Primary          2205              45   42   45

Lobley Hill Primary           2222              59   54   59

Oakfield Junior               2049              60   60   60

Oakfield Infant               2055              60   60   60

Parkhead Community Primary    2236              58   57   58

Portobello Primary            2162              30   27   30

Ravensworth Terrace Primary   2058              30   27   30

Roman Road Primary            2229              30   30   30

Rowlands Gill Primary         2239              60   60   60

Ryton Community Junior        2193              59   59   59

Ryton Community Infant        2188              58   56   58

South Street Community        2036              44   44   44
Primary
Swalwell Primary              2172              20   20   20

The Drive Community Primary   2213              29   23   29

Wardley Primary               2224              45   45   45

Washingwell Community         2194              30   29   30
Primary

Whickham Parochial C of E     3001              30   30   30
Primary
White Mere Community          2214              30   29   30


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Primary
Windy Nook Primary                 2227                45            45               45

Winlaton West Lane                 2177                45            45               45
Community     Primary


 ** Indicates the requirement to reduce the capacity of the school in line with the Planned
 Admission Number




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                                                                           APPENDIX 3

.
                       Gateshead Council Community Secondary Schools
                            Admission Policy 2013/14

We allocate places at our Community Secondary schools using our policy below and we co-
ordinate the admissions to our schools using a co-ordinated admission scheme.

The admission policy is as follows:
     Secondary schools will normally admit pupils between the ages of 11 and 16, or 11 and 19,
      depending upon the school.
     We will accept pupils up to the school’s agreed planned admission number for the year
      group unless we feel there are lawful grounds not to do so.

Oversubscription Criteria
We will consider applications from parents who have named the school as any ranked preference
on their application form this is called the Equal preference system. If there are more applications
for the number of places available at the school we will than allocate places by using the following
order of priority:

       (1)     Children in Public Care (and as deemed under Section 22 of the Children Act 1989)
               including a child who was previously “looked after” but immediately after being
               “looked after” became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship
               order (see definition*).
       (2)     Children who live in the school’s catchment area.
       (3)     Children who will have a brother or sister at the secondary school during the coming
               academic year.
       (4)     Other children who have exceptional medical and social grounds see point 1 below
       (5)     All other children.

(*see definitions of our criteria in priority 1 and 3 above in our parent’s information booklet and at
www.gateshead.gov.uk)

Point 1- We can consider individual applications in cases involving exceptional medical or social
needs. This kind of application must be supported in writing from relevant registered health
professionals i.e. a doctor or social worker. The evidence must demonstrate why the chosen
school is the most suitable and what difficulties would be caused if the child were to attend another
school. We will not consider such applications if the relevant evidence is not provided. If provided
the evidence will be assessed by the LA Admission Panel. No assumption should be made that
submission of the relevant evidence will, in itself, be sufficient to allocate a place.

Tie breaker
If within any of the above criteria there are more applicants than places available priority will be
given to those children based on the distance they live from the school, measured ‘as the crow
flies’ in a straight line from the centre of the home residence to the school’s main entrance .
Children living nearest to the school will have priority.

Sibling link
For your child to receive priority because of an older brother or sister in the sixth form at the
school, the brother or sister must have been at the school at the start of Year 11.




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 Address
 For the purposes of deciding whether a child lives in the catchment area of a school we will use
 the parent or guardians address or the address of a relevant adult who has parental responsibility,
 as defined under the 1989 Children Act, for the child.

 Waiting list
 If places become available we will consider all relevant applications using a waiting list. The waiting
 list will be maintained by the council from the start of the academic year and be kept for the rest of
 the academic year. All applicants on the waiting list are placed according to the admission criteria
 and priorities set out above. However children who are the subject of a direction to admit by the LA
 or who have been referred for admission and have been allocated a place through the Fair Access
 Protocol will take precedence over any child on the waiting list.

 Important Dates
 From Monday 10 September 2012 Gateshead Residents can apply on-line at
 www.Gateshead.gov.uk Applications must be submitted by Wednesday 31 October 2012.

 If your child lives in Gateshead and attends a Gateshead School and is due to transfer to
 secondary school you will receive information through your child’s school on Monday 10
 September 2012. If you complete a paper application form you must return it to the Head Teacher
 of the school your child currently attends in Gateshead by Wednesday 31 October 2012.

 If your child does not attend a Gateshead school but lives in Gateshead, you must write to School
 Admissions, Regent Street, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE8 1HH to request an application form.
 Alternatively you can apply on-line. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday 31 October
 2012

 If you live outside of Gateshead and want to apply to a Gateshead school you must obtain an
 application form from your own Council and return it to them by their closing date or apply through
 their on-line application system. However you must still consider the information in Gateshead
 Council’s “Admission to Secondary school” booklet so that you know what the admission
 arrangements are to Gateshead schools. This information is available at www.gateshead.gov.uk .
 Your own Council will send us notification of your application and they will let you know the final
 allocation of a school place for your child.

 Offer Date

 The national offer day laid down by parliament is Friday 1 March 2013 a letter will be sent to
 parents resident in Gateshead by 2nd class post informing parents of the school they have been
 offered for their child. Gateshead residents who apply on-line are informed by E-mail on the
 national offer day.

 General Information and definitions
For information on our admission arrangements and definitions of the terms used in this policy
 please refer to our “Admission to Secondary school” booklet for 2013 at www.gateshead.gov.uk
 The co-ordinated admission scheme and Catchment areas referred to in this policy can also be
 viewed at School Admissions Team, Civic Centre, Regent Street Gateshead NE8 1HH and on our
 website given above.




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                                                                  APPENDIX 3 Cont’d


Proposed Community Secondary Schools Sixth Form Admission Policy - September
2013, Applications for Year 12

We the Local Authority (LA) are the admitting authority for the school our policy is as follows:

The school provides courses of study for post 16 (6th form) students. The majority of the 6th form
students transfer from year 11, but we generally have places available for external students.

The entry requirements for 6th form are largely dependent on the course of study that a student
wishes to access. They are the same for internal and external students

In general, students wishing to access Advanced Level courses must possess a minimum of 4
GCSEs at grade C. To access Intermediate Level courses, some GCSE passes at grade D/E
and/or appropriate Level 1 qualification(s) are required. There are no specific qualifications
required for entry to Foundation Level courses.

Details of specific entry requirements and courses available may be obtained from the school. The
availability of courses is dependent upon the number of applicants and the financial sustainability
of the course and the governing body of the school determines this in consultation with the LA.

In the event of oversubscription priority will be given to:

1. Students who have attended the school in the previous academic year (during Year 11) and
   who satisfy the school’s entry requirements for the course available.

2. All other students of the relevant age who satisfy the school’s entry requirements for the course
   available.

Where there are more applicants than places available in any of the priorities above we will then
give priority to children in the following order:
        (a)      Children in Public Care (and as deemed under Section 22 of the Children Act 1989)
                 including a child who was previously “looked after” but immediately after being
                 “looked after” became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship
                 order (see definition*).
        (b)      Students who live in the school’s catchment area.
        (c)      Students who will have a brother or sister at the secondary school during the
                 coming academic year.
        (d)      All other students.

(*see definitions of our criteria in priority (a) and (c) above in our parent’s information booklet and
at www.gateshead.gov.uk)

Applicants refused admission to a 6th form are entitled to appeal to an independent appeals panel.

Community Secondary schools in Gateshead with 6th forms are as follows:
Charles Thorp Comprehensive School
Heworth Grange Comprehensive School




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                                                                                Appendix 3 Con’t


  Proposed Planned Admission Number, and Sixth Form Admission Number from
  September 2013


SECONDARY            Dfe      Planned         Sixth form      Proposed          Indicated            Proposed
SCHOOL             Number     admission       Admission       Planned           admission           Sixth form
                              number           Number         Admission          number             Admission
                              2012              2012          Number         assessed under        Number 2013
                                                              2013           the Net capacity
                                                                               calculation
Heworth
Grange              4036          210              40             210               235**                 40
Comprehensive

Kingsmeadow
Community           4041          180              -              180                191                  -
Comprehensive
Charles Thorp
Comprehensive       4031          240              40             240                240                  40

Thomas
Hepburn             4042          150              -              150               232**                 -
Community


  **Indicates surplus capacity to be removed to reduce capacity in line with the proposed planned admission
  number




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