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Admission Process

Admissions Process


Admission Limit

Years 7-9 310 students in each Year Group

Years 10-11 280 students in each Year Group

Shoeburyness High School is an Academy and forms part of the group of schools under Southend East Community Academy Trust.  These arrangements are in line with government legislation and guidance (School Admissions Code 2014) and are designed to ensure there is a fair, clear and reasonable admissions procedure for all applicants and to help guide parents through the application process. These arrangements apply to all admissions, including in-year admissions.

Address Closing Date

For all applications the address used will be the child’s habitual normal place of residence as at the closing date for applications, i.e., 31st October 2019 changes to address will be updated after all on time applications have been processed.

Criteria for all year groups 2021/22

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 a community school; places will be allocated using the admission criteria as below. This will not apply to children with a statement of special educational needs (SEN) or Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans as the plan/ statement names the school and therefore the child must be admitted to the named school. The admission criteria are listed below by the school with explanatory notes following:

  1. Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children
  2. Up to 31 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 (303 to 298).
  4. Pupils who live in the catchment area who have an older sibling attending the school
  5. Pupils who live in the catchment area
  6. Pupils who live outside the catchment area have an older sibling attending the school
  7. Pupils who live outside the catchment area
  • (For all criteria, catchment area map and additional information please see explanatory notes and catchment map below)

Explanatory notes, including the catchment map

Parents must make a separate application for transfer from junior/primary to secondary school to their home Local Authority. Parents residing in the borough of Southend-on-Sea must complete a Southend- on-Sea Common Application Form (CAF) for applications to year 7 between 1st September and 31st October.

Pupils in public care and children previously in public care

Any reference to looked after children refers to children who are in the care of local authorities as defined by Section 22 of the Children Act 1989. In relation to school admissions legislation a ‘looked after child’ is a child in public care at the time of application to the school’. Any reference to previously looked after children means children who were adopted (or subject to child arrangement orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been looked after. Looked after and previously looked after children are given the highest priority for each relevant age group and in all ranking for all schools.

Pupils with Statement of Special Educational Needs and Educational Health and Care Plans

All children whose statement of special educational needs (SEN) or Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan names the school must be admitted. Children with a statement or a plan will follow a different process for admission. Further information can be found on: needs

Selective Places

The testing for a selective admission to the school at age 11 is determined through a selection procedure administered by the Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE).  These admission criteria are to be read in conjunction with the locally agreed co-ordinated admissions scheme. 

Full details of the admission process is published in the secondary booklet available from The application process, in summary, involves five stages:

  •  i.   test registration for your child, by completing the CSSE supplementary information, this does not constitute an application form you to your local authority  – usual in May-Jul;
  • ii.  test attendance by your child – Usually Sept;
  • iii. receipt of test results for your child – Usually mid Oct;
  • iv. application, naming this school as a preference, to your Local Authority – anytime 1 Sept – 31 Oct; and
  •  v.  the allocation of places at this school by the Local Authority – National offer day 1 March.

The CSSE produces a guide each year assisting test candidates with the registration and further details. 

The offer of a place in the admission criterion is dependent upon passing the selection tests.  However, passing the selection tests is not a guarantee of being offered a place.  A pass mark for the tests is set annually, which ensures that the entrance standard remains comparable to that which was applied in the period 1990 to 1994. Applications are ranked in order of the mark achieved, higher passing candidates first.

Borderline Selective Places

The Governors should consider whether any of the remaining applicants who took the selection tests are eligible to be awarded a borderline selective place (303 to 298). In doing so, preference will be given to those students with the highest scores in order of merit (from 302.99 down to 298.00)


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.

Tie Break

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).

Distance where parents have seperated

The distance is measured the same for all applications. Only one application per child can be received. The Local Authority should not have details of both parents or know of the marital status of the parents. If more than one application is received from parents, applications will be placed on hold until such time that:

  • An application is made that both parents agree to; or
  • Written agreement is provided from both parents; or
  • A court order is obtained confirming which parent’s application takes precedence.

If the child lives at more than one address, it is the address where the child lives for the majority of the school week that will apply. Details on address checks and verifications by the council can be found in the admission booklets on the Council’s website.

Waiting Lists

Children’s names will automatically be on the waiting list for the school if they have been refused a place for the main round to year 7.

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 (ranked according to the school’s admission criteria) once the initial offers have been made.

Each child subsequently added to the waiting list will require the list to be ranked again in line with the published oversubscription criteria.

Waiting lists for all year groups are closed at the end of each school year. If you would like your child to remain on the waiting list for the following academic year, you will need to reapply to the school in writing or via email to:

Parents also have the opportunity to appeal against the decision to refuse admission of a child. Please see Appeals Process section for details of how to lodge an appeal.


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.

Year 7 - Under and over age applicants

Under age

For admissions into year 7, an applicant is under age if he or she will be under 11 years of age on 31 August immediately prior to admission in September. The school will only accept applications from under age applicants who are already out of normal age group when they start year 6 in their primary/junior school.

Over age

An applicant is over age if he or she is 12 years of age or over on 31 August immediately prior to admission in September. The school will not accept over age applicants for year 7 admissions unless there are verified and well documented exceptional circumstances, for example, of extended illness, for a child to repeat one of the primary school years.

Summer Born, over age

In the case of children born prematurely or the late summer months where parents were granted approval for admission at reception outside the normal age group, the school will honour this agreement.

In Year Applications

To apply for a school place during the academic year (during year 7 and for years 8-11) parents will need to complete an In-Year Application Form, which can be downloaded from our website or collected from school reception and must be submitted directly to the school.

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.

Arrangements for Appeals (all year groups)

If it is not possible to offer the child a place at the school, details of the appeals process will be forwarded to the parent by the school or, in the case of Year 6 into 7 the Local Authority (please use this link for details: 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 (this can be downloaded from our website below or collected from school reception) and return directly to the school.

In the case of admission to Year 7, Notice of Appeal forms must be lodged at the school by 1st April 2021 (appeals received after this date will be hear in late September 2021).

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 11th June 2021.

Appeals resulting from late applications or In-Year Appeals must be heard within 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.

Notice of Appeal Form (which is 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

CSSE booklet, past examination papers, Registration link and further details  -

Secondary Admission booklet -

Secondary online application form - 

Catchment postcode look up table -

Drill down map and postcode look up table is available on