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                              GOFFS SCHOOL
                   ADMISSIONS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

      Procedure for Secondary Transfer

         1. An admissions committee determines the admissions arrangements of Goffs
            School. This committee reports directly to the Pupil Related Committee of the
            Governing Body.

         2. The committee normally convenes towards the end of the Autumn Term to apply
            the entry criteria to the applicants for places to the school. The Committee
            consists of the Head, the Deputy Head, the Assistant Head (Students and
            Families), the Chair of the Pupil Related Committee and on other member of that
            committee. The Chair of Governors is an ex-officio member of this committee.

         3. Applications are made on the LEA’s standard admissions form and sent directly
            to the LEA. The school receives details of the list of applicants and applies the
            criteria strictly as outlined the school prospectus.

         4. The initial list is created by the Head, using data supplied by the LEA and
            presented to the committee for discussion and ratification.

         5. A list of reserves is agreed so that in the event that some applicants do not
            accept offers of places or are not allocated them by the Authority, then the next
            alternatives can be added.

         6. An initial agreed list is sent to the LEA for further processing.

         7. The Authority considers this list in comparison with the known preferences
            indicated by parents and adjustment lists may be sent to the school.

         8. Alternative applicants are added and the list returned. This process continues
            until all the places have been satisfactorily allocated.

         9. Offers of places are made by the Authority around the beginning of March.
            Parents are given working days in which to accept the places. Any offer not
            taken up is re-offered to the next person on the reserve list, taking into account
            the criterion from which the place was created. This is again subject to
            acceptance.

         10. At the end of April the offer list is closed and parents are informed that all places
             have been filled. At this point applicants may appeal in writing if they wish and
             must be received by the Authority by the end of May.



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Appeals

  1. The Appeals process is handled by the LEA on behalf of the Governors.

  2. Appeals applicants apply directly to the LEA who arranges an independent
     appeals committee to hear them.

  3. These appeals take place during the Summer term and the school is informed of
     the outcome at the end of the process.

  4. The school has a right to be represented at the appeals hearings, and this is
     normally done by a senior member of the LEA.

  5. The decision of the appeals committee is final. Representation can only be made
     to the Ombudsman on the grounds of mal-administration.

  6. Any late appeal is normally added into the process if it can be heard during the
     sitting. Any appeal request received after the deliberation date is then subjected
     to the casual appeal process.

  7. No applicant is allowed more than one appeal in any calendar year unless their
     circumstances have changed significantly.

The Appeal Hearing

  1. The Chairman introduces the appeal committee and the appellant and defendant
     and any representatives witnesses.

  2. The Chairman outlines the procedure to be followed.

  3. The defendant (either the Head, Chairman of Governors or the representative of
     the LEA) puts the case for the disputed decision and may be questioned by the
     appellant or the committee.

  4. The appellant puts his or her case against the disputed decision and may be
     questioned by the defendant or the committee.

  5. Witnesses are called and questioned by the other party.

  6. The defendant sums up, followed by the appellant.

  7. Both parties then withdraw and the appeal committee will deliberate in private at
     the end of all the appeals. At all times a clerk to the committee must be present
     to offer advice at this stage.

  8. Both the appellant and the defendant are informed of the decision in writing.




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The decision making process

In admission appeals there are two stages:

The factual stage:         In this stage the appeals committee has to decide if the
                           admissions criteria have been correctly applied and/or if the
                           school could admit the pupil(s) without prejudicing the
                           education of other pupils. If so, the appeal must be granted.

The balancing stage:       If the criteria have been correctly applied and the admission
                           would prejudice the education of other pupils and the
                           school’s resources, the committee must balance the needs of
                           the pupils whose parents are appealing on his/her behalf
                           against the impact of the decision to admit on the school’s
                           resources and its existing pupils.


Admissions Criteria for 2010-2011

Parents who wish to apply for places for their children at Goffs School are requested to
complete Goffs Supplementary Information Form and return it to the school office by the
closing date for applications. If a Supplementary Information Form is not completed the
Governing Body will apply their admissions criteria using the information submitted on
the Common Application Form only, which may result in your application being given a
lower priority.

Section 324 of the Education Act 1996 requires the Governing Bodies of all maintained
schools to admit a child with a statement of educational needs that names that school.

Goffs’ published admission number is 210. In the event of oversubscription, places will
be allocated according to the following criteria, in the order shown:

   1. Children in public care

   2. Children who can prove that they have a particular medical or social reason why
      they must go to the school. (Please see note (i) below)


   3. Children who have an older brother or sister at the school at the time of
      admission, as defined by the County Council’s admissions policy.

   4. Children with an aptitude in languages up to a maximum of 10% for the year, as
      measured by the school’s testing procedures. (see note (iii) below)


   5. The remaining children will be allocated places at the school on a strict quota
      basis. Please see important notes (ii), (iv), (v) and (vii) below.


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Children attending the named feeder primary schools, in the following proportions:
a) Andrews Lane School                    4%
b) Bonneygrove School                     11%
c) Cuffley School                         11%
d) Dewhurst St Mary’s School              5%
e) Fairfields School                22%
f) Flamstead End School             21%
g) Goffs Oak School                 12%
h) St Paul’s School                 3%
i) Woodside School                  11%
In the event of over-subscription within criterion 5, a tiebreak of the applicant living
closest to the school will be used.
If a named feeder primary school does not use its full allocation, any surplus places
will be allocated under criterion 6:
6. Any remaining places will be allocated to children living closest to the school, (see
note (vii) using the shortest designated route from each applicant’s home to the main
entrance to the school. All remaining applicants to the school will be considered
under this criterion. Such a route is defined as:
 a public route with a proper made up surface such as tarmac or concrete
 a road that does not need to have a separate pavement
 a cycleway adopted by Herts County Council
    The route may be lit or unlit.


Notes:
(i) You should include specific professional evidence that justifies why only Goffs School can
meet a child’s individual medical needs and/or professional evidence that outlines
exceptional family circumstances making it clear why only Goffs School can meet the child’s
needs.
(ii) These percentages will be adjusted annually as necessary to reflect the numbers of
children from each school applying for and taking up places at Goffs School on September 1st
of the entry year, taken over a three-year period.
(iii) The test of aptitude may be sat by any child, and will take place at Goffs School in the
Autumn Term before the admission year. The test does not assume knowledge of any
particular foreign language. Full details of the test may be obtained by contacting the
Head’s PA, on 01992 424200
 (iv) Where the number of places that can be allocated to the school do not exactly fit the
published percentage, the allocation is rounded up to the nearest integer.
(v) The allocation of places to each feeder school under criterion 5 is given based on the
shortest designated route from a student’s home address to Goffs School, using the County’s
computerised mapping system and as defined in the County Council’s admissions policy.
(vi) Parents have a right of appeal against non-admission to this school. Should parents
wish to appeal, please contact Goffs School directly for an appeal pack, on 01992 424200.
(vii) The address you give us should be your child’s current permanent address. This applies
even if you think you might move house.


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        The LA can only process the application from one address. If your child lives at a
         different address from you or another parent/carer Monday to Friday, please provide
         the LA with the parental Responsibility Order or Residence Order for the person the
         child lives with
      If there are reasons why your child is not living at the same address as you (for
         example if you and your child’s other parent/carer do not live together), both parents
         should declare this to the LA individually in a letter sent with the application.
      If your child regularly lives at more than one address Monday to Friday, the address
         provided should be the address where your child spends the majority of his/her time.
         Both parents should declare this to the LA individually in a letter sent with the
         application.
      If your child lives at more than one address Monday to Friday, and he or she spends
         an equal amount of time with each parent/carer, please can both parents declare
         which address should be used, individually, in a letter and send it with the application
         directly to the LA.
(viii) In the event of twins or multiple births, it is really important that parents submit a
separate application for each child. In the event of only one child being offered a place, we
recommend that parents contact Goffs School on 01992 424200.




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