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Admissions for September Entry: Year 7
  
Glenthorne High School is part of the Pan London co-ordinated admission scheme for secondary admissions.  Parents must complete their Home Local Authority (LA) Common Application Form (CAF) and return it to their Home Local Authority by the closing date.  Sutton’s CAF is available in Sutton’s Starting School booklet or on-line here. If you wish to apply for a place at Glenthorne you must name the school as one of your preferences on the CAF.
 
Open Evening information and admission criteria are published in the Sutton Admission Booklet.  The school also produces a prospectus which is available at the Open Evening held in the first half of the Autumn Term.
 
Oversubscription
 
The school has 247 places available in Year 7, including Statemented pupils.  Included within this figure are:
 
a)     Children with a Statement of SEN which names Glenthorne High School will be allocated a place before other applicants are considered.
b)     A maximum of 5 places in the ASD Base for pupils Statemented with mild ASD.  ASD Base admissions must meet the following criteria:
  • Pupils must have a Statement of Special Educational Needs identifying Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as the prime need.
  • Pupils have demonstrated, within primary education, that they can access a mainstream education.
  • In cases of oversubscription, priority will be given to Sutton residents.

All children with a Statement of SEN which names Glenthorne High School will be allocated a place in the band in which they fall, regardless of whether the number of places within that child’s band have been exceeded.

 
c)      A maximum of 24 places for children with an aptitude in the Performing Arts.
 
Banding
 
The remaining 223 places will be allocated to children using a “banding system”, including children with Statements of SEN.  All applicants will be tested and placed in one of nine ability bands based on their test results.  The nine bands will be based on locally standardised results in an English and a Maths test.  The “banding system” is used to ensure a comprehensive intake of children of all abilities into Year 7.  It is not used to select children with a higher ability over those with a lower ability.  Once children have been placed in the band which accords to their test results, the mark will not be considered any further during the admission process.
 
Pupils taking the English and Maths banding tests will be given priority, so it is imperative that all pupils seeking a place at the school sit the English and Maths banding tests.  In exceptional circumstances, in the case of inability to sit the English and Maths tests due to serious illness or a learning disability or difficulty, proxy indicators of ability from the Primary School will be used.  Once the results are known, the children will be place in one of nine bands (devised using locally standardised results) according to their results as follows:

Band
Test Result
Band 1
Below 74
Band 2
74-81
Band 3
82-88
Band 4
89-96
Band 5
97-103
Band 6
104-111
Band 7
112-118
Band 8
119-126
Band 9
Above 126

 
Places available are distributed between each of the nine bands.  Indicative percentages / numbers below are based on current national averages as follows:

Band
Percentage
of Places
Number of
Available Places
Number of
Available Places
Under Worcester
Park Priority
Band 1
4%
8
1
Band 2
7%
14
2
Band 3
12%
23
3
Band 4
17%
33
5
Band 5
20%
40
5
Band 6
17%
33
5
Band 7
12%
23
3
Band 8
7%
14
2
Band 9
4%
8
1
TOTAL
100%
196
27

 
Order of Priority / Over-Subscription within Each Band
 
Children will be allocated a place in the band in which they fall in the following order of priority:
 
Priority 1:          Looked After and Previously Looked After Children
Looked After Children, or previously Looked After Children who were previously looked after but, immediately after being looked after, became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order, will be allocated a place in the band in which they fall.  A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a Local Authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a Local Authority in the exercise of their social services functions (Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).
 
The children in their priority group will be allocated a place in their bands in order of the proximity of their home address to Glenthorne High School, with the closest having the highest priority.
 
Priority 2:          Children with Exceptional Medical or Social Reasons for attending Glenthorne High School
Children with exceptional medical or exceptional social reasons for attendance at Glenthorne High School, rather than at any other school, where the applicant can show that Glenthorne High school is the most suitable school to meet the child’s stated needs, why no other school could met those needs, and can outline the what the difficulties would be if the child had to attend another school, will be allocated a place in the band in which they fall.
 
The children in this priority group will be allocated a place in their bands in order of the proximity of their home address to Glenthorne High School, with the closest having highest priority.
 
Applications must be in writing and supported by written evidence from a Doctor, Social Worker or Borough School Attendance Officer.  Applications will be assessed by the Governors’ Admissions Committee against a set of criteria.  Refugees and Asylum seeking children may be included in this priority group, depending on individual circumstances.
 
Priority 3:           Children of Permanent Staff Employed by Glenthorne High School
                            Children of permanent staff will be allocated a place in the band in which they fall where;
 
• the member of staff has been employed at Glenthorne High School for two or more consecutive years; or
 
• the member of staff has been recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
 
The children in this priority group will be allocated a place in their bands in order of the proximity of their home address to Glenthorne High School, with the closest having the highest priority.
 
Priority 4:          Children with a Sibling at Glenthorne High School
Children who have a sibling at Glenthorne High School in Year 8 to Year 12 at the time of admissions, will be allocated a place in the band in which they fall.
 
The children in this priority group will be allocated a place in their band in order of the proximity of their home address to Glenthorne High School with the closest having the highest priority.
 
The term sibling includes a brother or sister, a half-brother or half-sister, an adopted brother or sister, a step-brother or step-sister, and a child of the parent or carer’s partner.  In all cases, the sibling must live as part of the same family unit as the child for whom a place is sought, at the same address from Monday to Friday each week.
 
Where a sibling is in Year 11 or Year 12 at the time of application, they will be deemed as being in the school at the time of admission, unless their parent has specifically expressed that they will not be continuing into the following academic year.
 
Priority 5:          Children Living in Proximity to Glenthorne High School
Children will be allocated a place in the band in which they fall, on the basis of the proximity of the home address to Glenthorne High School, with those living closer having the highest priority.  The distance is measured in a straight line from the main front door of the school to the child’s home address.
 
Priority 6:          Children Living 1.5 Kilometres or Under to the Specified Junction
Children living 1.5 kilometres or under from the junction of Langley Avenue, Boscombe Road, Dorchester Road and Clarkes Avenue in Worcester Park (the “Specified Junction”) will be allocated a place, subject to a maximum of 27 places being available under this priority.
 
The distance will be measured in a straight line from the centre of the junction where the four roads intersect to the front door of the child’s home address, with those children living closer to that point receiving higher priority.
 
Aptitude Places
 
Up to 24 places will be allocated to children with an aptitude in the Performing Arts (Music, Dance or Drama).  Where all 24 Aptitude Places are not filled, the remaining places will be added to the other places available.
 
Children applying for an Aptitude Place may also be considered for banded places if they sit the English and Maths banding tests outlined above.  Applicants who are unsuccessful in gaining an Aptitude Place will be considered in accordance with the order of priority outlined above.
 
Home Address and Distance Calculation
 
The child’s home address excludes any business address, a relative’s address or a child minder’s address, and must be the child’s normal place of residence.  If there is a genuine equal share custody arrangement between two parents, the address that will be used will be the address of the parents who is claiming Child Benefit for the child.
 
All distances will be measured using a computerised Geographical Information System maintained by Sutton Admissions Team.
 
The address to be used for the initial allocation of places in Year 7 will be the child’s address at the closing date for application.  Changes of address up to 12th December 2104 may be considered of there are exceptional reasons for the change, such as if the family has just moved to the area, or has returned from abroad.  Parents and carers have a responsibility to notify the Local Authority of any changes of address.
 
The address to be used for waiting lists, after the initial allocation, will be the child’s current address.
 
Tie Breaker
 
Where the order of priority between two children cannot be established because they live an equal distance from Glenthorne High School (or from the Specified Junction), the order of priority in which these children will be allocated places will be decided by the drawing of lots.  For the avoidance of doubt, this tie breaker will apply to two children applying to enter Year 7 in the same academic year who live at the same address (for example, twins or step-siblings).
 
Appeal Arrangements for September 2015 Entry
 
The national date of Transfer to Secondary School offers is 2nd March 2015.  If you are not offered a place at Glenthorne High School you have a statutory right of appeal under the School Standards & Framework Act 1998.  If you wish to appeal, please write to Mrs L Bedford to request the appeal forms and advice booklet.
 
Glenthorne High School is an Academy in charge of its own admission arrangements with the responsibility to arrange appeal hearings.  The members of the Appeal Panel are independent of the school in line with the Admissions Appeal Code.
 
The deadline for the submission of completed appeal forms is Friday 24th April 2015.
 
Appeals for September entry should be heard within 40 days of this date.  The means that Appeals will be heard by Friday 26th June 2015.
 
Appellants will receive at least 10 days’ notice of the date of their appeal hearing and decision letters will be sent out within five school days of the date of the last hearing.
 
Admission to Years 7 to 11 (After 1st September 2015)
 
Every effort will be made to hear appeal within 30 school days of receipt of the appeal form and any relevant supporting professional evidence.
 
Appeal Forms and Advice Booklet: Please write to Mrs L Bedford, Admissions Manager to request the appeal forms and advice booklet.

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