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Admissions Process

 

Admission limit 280

 

Oversubscription criteria for Shoeburyness High School

The admissions policy is that, if at the closing date for applications there are not enough places for all those who have expressed a wish to have their child admitted to the school, places will be allocated using the following criteria:

  1. Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children (see explanatory note)
  2. Up to 28 pupils granted preferential admission on the basis of their performance in the selection test procedure organised by the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex
  3. If any selective places remain unfilled, the Governors should consider whether any of the remaining applicants who took the selection tests are eligible to be awarded a borderline selective place. In doing so, preference will be given to those students with the highest scores in order of merit
  4. Pupils who live in the catchment area served by the school and who have an older sibling attending the school 
  5. Pupils who live in the catchment area served by the school http://www.southend.gov.uk/downloads/file/3561/catchment_area_postcode_look_up_table
  6. Pupils who live outside the catchment area served by the school and who have an older sibling attending the school
  7. Pupils who live outside the catchment area served by the school

Explanatory notes:

The Governors have agreed that the borderline pass mark for unfilled selective places will be set at 298 for admissions in September 2017.

Any reference to previously Looked After Children means children who were adopted (or subject to residence of special guardianship orders) immediately following having been looked after.

Pupils with Statements of Educational Needs that name the school are required to be admitted and the admission authority does not have the right to refuse admission.

In the case of over subscription in any one category, “straight line” distance will be used to measure the distance between the pupil’s home and the nearest pupil entrance to the school. Distances will be measured using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system. The pupils living closest will be given priority.

If the pupil’s home is a flat the distance will be measured to the main external entrance to the building. If the same distance is shared by more than one pupil, and only one place is available, the place will be awarded on the basis of a computerised random allocation process (supervised by someone independent of the governing body).

All admission criteria for pupils applying for the start of year 7 refer to the closing date for admission applications. For all other applications the criteria will refer to the date the application is received by the Council.

In accordance with the School Admissions Code, if the school is over-subscribed any application received after the identified closing date will be slotted into the waiting list in the appropriate position (according to the admissions criteria) once the initial offers have been made.

Siblings are considered to be an older brother or sister, half-brother or half-sister, step-brother or step-sister, adopted brother or sister, living at the same address, who attends the school at the time of application with a reasonable expectation that he or she will still be attending at the time of the proposed admission.

In the exceptional situation where one twin or one or two triplets are refused a place, in order to keep family members together the additional pupil(s) will be admitted even if this results in the admission limit for the year group being exceeded.

Number of preferences received for admission to Year 7 in September 2016

693

Allocations in line with the published admission criteria as follows for the past 5 years are provided below:

Admission Criteria

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

Pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan

0

7

2

11

10

Pupils in Public Care

9

6

4

4

3

Selective

7

4

5

7

1

Borderline Selective

15

New criteria for 2016 admission

Pupils living in the catchment area with a sibling at the school

67

77

69

71

79

Pupils living in the catchment area

183

165

145

148

135

Pupils living outside the catchment area with a sibling at the school

0

21

22

21

18

Pupils living outside the catchment area

0

0

33

18

34

Total offered on National Offer Day

281

280

280

280

280

 

In Year Applications

To apply for a school place during the academic year parents will need to complete an In-Year Secondary School Transfer Application Form, which can be downloaded from our website or collected from school reception.

Year 12:

Prospective year 12 students are encouraged to visit our school prior to the autumn term. Application details, including a prospectus, can be accessed on the school website. To be sure of your application being given the best chance of being successful, please aim to complete our online application by the end of January. However, it may be possible to consider later applications. Priority is given to students who have previously attended Shoeburyness High School. However, each year we are pleased to welcome a number of students who have previously studied elsewhere.

Prospective year 12 students will be invited to visit the school to view our facilities and to discuss our curriculum offer with the Post-16 Team. It is expected that students attend a meeting to assess their suitability for the courses they intend to study.

Up to an extra 50 students can be accepted in year 12 from other schools, in addition to those students already attending year 11 in this school who achieve the course entry requirements.

Waiting List

Waiting lists for all year groups will apply for one academic year until the end of each Summer Term. If you would like your child to be on the waiting list for the following academic year, you will need to reapply to the school in writing or via email to [email protected] 

Appeals Process

If you would like to appeal against the decision not to offer your child a place at Shoeburyness High School, please complete a Notice of Appeal Form 

In the case of admission to Year 7, Notice of Appeal forms must be lodged at the school within 20 school days of National Offer Day (1st March 2017).  For In-Year Appeals, Notice of Appeal Forms must be lodged within 20 days of receipt of letter refusing admission.  All Notice of Appeal Forms will be acknowledged by the school and you will be contacted by the Clerk for the Independent Appeal Panel and given a minimum of 10 school days’ notice of the date of the appeal hearing.

The School Admission Appeals Code sets out a strict timetable for the hearing of appeals.  For Year 7, appeals resulting from applications made before the closing date must be heard by May/June 2017.  Appeals resulting from late applications or In-Year Appeals must be heard with 30 schools days of the appeal being lodged.  You will be notified of the panel’s decision by the Clerk to the Independent Appeals Panel within 5 school days of the hearing.

Results from Admission Appeals 

Results of Admission Appeals for September admission into Yr7

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

Number of appeals lodged

15

34

23

23

24

Number of appeals withdrawn

2

4

3

2

1

Number of appeals heard

13

30

20

21

23

Number of appeals upheld

3

8

4

4

3

Number of appeals refused

10

22

16

17

20

 

Results of In-Year Admission Appeals for admission into Academic Year:

2015-2016

2014-2015

2013-2014

2012-2013

Number of appeals lodged

7

12

5

3

Number of appeals withdrawn

1

5

1

0

Number of appeals heard

6

7

4

3

Number of appeals upheld

2

5

1

2

Number of appeals refused

4

2

3

1

 

Notice of Appeal Form (which is also available from our school reception)
The following booklets are also available to download and give further information regarding the Admissions and Appeals processes:
 

In-Year Secondary School Admissions Booklet

In-Year Secondary School Transfer Form

Shoeburyness High School Admission Appeals Booklet

Academy Independent Admission Appeal Panel Complaints Factsheet

Admissions

Appeals