Admissions Policy for In-Year Admissions from September 2023
Please note that although girls may apply for consideration for entry to this school at any age, successful applicants are usually admitted at the start of the next school year. It is inadvisable to apply for admission part of the way through the preparation for GCSEs.
Assessment is normally by a series of tests, chosen from a Non-Verbal Reasoning Test, a Verbal Reasoning test, an English test, a Mathematics test and a Science test. For entry within Key Stage 4 a full range of assessments may also be set related to GCSEs wishing to be studied. The assessment procedure is designed to ascertain a girl’s ability and attainment in comparison with students already in the school in the appropriate cohort. All applicants, irrespective of the outcome of any previous tests for selective education, will be tested. If any applicant is found to be of the appropriate standard and there are spare places available, then a place will be offered in the school from the next relevant entry date (normally within 10 school days of a place being offered).
Girls who sat the PESE tests for admission to this school or another Kent Grammar school, but were assessed ‘non-selective’ may apply for consideration for entry for the start of Year 8. However, the School advises that it is not in a child’s interest to sit a selection test more than once within a Key Stage. Repeat applications will not be considered for the same academic year. Prior to applying for a place at this school it is advisable that parents/carers discuss their intentions with their daughter’s current school.
Coordinated Procedure for entry
- Any application for a place in any year group (7 – 11) outside the normal admissions round will need to follow their home Local Authority’s In-Year Process.
- For Kent residents the IYAF (In Year Admissions Form) must be completed. This is available from this school or available to download from the KCC website by following this link:
Download: In Year Admission Form
- The IYAF expressing a preference for this school must be returned to the Admissions Secretary at this school.
- The Local Authority will be informed about any application and testing will be arranged by the school on the next published test date. In Year testing will take place once each term and applicants will be given at least 15 school days notice of the date. The school is a Grammar School testing for entry is a requirement and as a result the procedure will be subject to delay.
- Following assessment the school will inform parents/carers of the outcome of their application and inform the Local Authority if they are resident in the Kent County Council area.
- Waiting Lists will only be maintained until 31 December 2023 for applicants for September 2023 and they will be re-ranked in line with the published oversubscription criteria every time a girl is added.
- Parents/carers have 10 working days to accept or refuse offers.
- Applications cannot be accepted for any child not resident in this country.
Please note that it is normally the case that the number of applications for entry at the start of the Autumn Term considerably exceeds the number of spare places available.
Before the application of oversubscription criteria, eligible girls with a Statement of Special Educational Need or an Education, Health and Care Plan, which names the school will be admitted. As a result of this the published admission number will be reduced accordingly. If the number of eligible girls who apply is higher than the number of places available, places will be allocated in the following priority order:
- A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements or special guardianship order. 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 (see the definition section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).
2. An eligible brother or sister attending the school at the time of entry to the school. Priority will be given to children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers and sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers and sisters.
3. Eligible girls who permanently reside in the postal code areas beginning with the following: DA2.6**, DA2.8**, DA3, DA4, DA9, DA10, DA11, DA12, DA13, ME3, TN15.7**, TN15 6AR, TN15 6AT and TN15 6AS. Priority within this criterion will first be given to girls who are currently in receipt of Free School Meals. Parents wishing to apply for this priority will need to complete the Supplementary Information Form and return it to the school no later than 1st November 2023.
Places will be allocated in the order:
(a) Highest aggregated score in the Kent PESE tests.
(b) Proximity of the child’s home to school.
4. Eligible girls who permanently reside in the postal code areas beginning with the following: DA2.6**, DA2.8**, DA3, DA4, DA9, DA10, DA11, DA12, DA13, ME3, TN15.7**, TN15 6AR, TN15 6AT and TN15 6AS. Priority within this criterion will first be given to girls who are currently in receipt of Free School Meals. Parents wishing to apply for this priority will need to complete the Supplementary Information Form and return it to the school no later than 1st November 2023.
5. Eligible girls who do not permanently reside in the areas as detailed in the third or fourth criteria.
Places will be allocated in the order:
(a) Highest aggregated score in the Kent PESE tests
(b) Proximity of the child’s home to school
When deciding the nearness of a child’s home to school we use the distance between the child’s permanent home address and the school, measured in a straight line using the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) address point data. Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child’s home to a point defined as within the school as specified by NLPG. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody.
In the unlikely event that two or more children in all other ways have equal eligibility for the last available place in the school, the names will be issued a number and drawn randomly to decide which child should be given the place.