Admissions Policy

ADMISSIONS ARRANGEMENTS (Secondary Transfer) September 2018

Section 1 - General Principles

The Governors offer places each September to 180 pupils. Parents/Carers are requested to complete Chancellor's Supplementary Information Form (which can be completed online or downloaded from the school website and returned to the school) as well as completing the Common Application Form available from the Local Authority www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions. Applications must be made on HCC secondary transfer form (online or paper) and sent to the LA.
In accordance with section 324 of the Education Act 1996, the Governing Body will admit any child with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or with an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP) for whom the school is named.

Section 2 - Oversubscription Admissions Criteria

Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied, in the order of priority set out below, to decide which students to admit. It is important that parents of students from schools not nominated under criterion 5 realise that criteria 1 to 4 and 6 apply to everyone, irrespective of the primary school attended, whether in County or out of County.

  1. "Children Looked After" and children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a resident's order or special guardianship order).
  2. Children with a sibling attending the School at the time of admission (see note a).
  3. Children of staff at the school where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, or the member of staff recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
  4. Students with a proven aptitude in Music. The Musical Aptitude Tests, for those children who wish to be considered for a place based on musical ability, will take place in September 2017. (see note b).
  5. Children attending the following primary schools: (see note c)
    Brookmans Park11% Ladbrooke6% Pope Paul3%
    Countess Anne3% Little Heath6% St. Giles, S. Mymms3%
    Cuffley14% Northaw3% St. Mary's, N. Mymms3%
    Cranborne14% Oakmere6% St Philip Howard3%
    De Havilland6% Oakview5% Wroxham4%
    Essendon4% Ponsbourne St. Mary's4%   
  6. Any remaining places will be allocated by proximity to the School using the home-school measurement system used by Hertfordshire County Council as outlined in the County's admission arrangements and application literature.

Section 3 - Notes for Guidance of Parents

  1. Children in public care (children looked after) and children who were previously looked after. Places are allocated to children in public care according to Chapter 7, Section 2 of the School Admissions (Admissions Arrangements and Co-ordination of Admission Arrangements) Regulations 2012.  Priority under this criterion will also be given to children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a Child Arrangements Order (this replaces Residence Orders under the provisions of the Children and Families Act 2014) or Special Guardianship Order (section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 1989)

    A “child looked after” is a child who is (a) in the care of the local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of its social service functions (section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989) at the time of making an application to the school. Children who were not “looked after” immediately before being adopted, or made the subject of a Child Arrangements Order or Special Guardianship Order will not be considered under this rule.

  2. For the purpose of these arrangements "sibling" means:

    • A child having at least one parent (or parent by legal adoption) in common with the applicant, or
    • A child related to the applicant as a step-sibling by the inter-marriage or civil partnership of one of each of their parents prior to the date of admission of the applicant.

    and, in both cases, living permanently in the same house as the other sibling Monday to Friday. Siblings in Years 7-12 inclusive, during academic year 2017-18, will be assumed to be attending the school at the time of admission, unless there is clear evidence to the contrary.

    All multiple birth siblings will be admitted, provided that at least one of the siblings gains a place at the school under any other criteria. Such additional places will be ranked as a sibling admission and taken from any criteria with available places.

  3. Ten per cent of places (i.e.18) will be allocated on the basis of both a written musical aptitude test and a performance musical aptitude test. Please see additional notes on musical aptitude test.

    Parents will be notified of the results of these tests before the Local Authority closing date for the return of Common Application Forms (CAFs). If, on receiving these results, parents decide they wish to apply to the school, they must list it as one of their preferences on their home Local Authority CAF. Parents should be aware that the results of the test do not guarantee a place at the school.

    A reserve list will operate in strict merit order, from which subsequent offers will be made, should there be any withdrawal. In the event of a tie for the final place(s), priority will be given to those students living in closest proximity to the school, using the home-school measurement system used by Hertfordshire County Council.

  4. In the case of over-subscription under criterion 5, the number of places assigned to each listed school will be by fixed percentages to the remaining available places. The percentages have been set with regard to the size of the school and the historical acceptances from the individual school.

    Within each listed school's application, proximity to Chancellor's using the home- school measurement system used by Hertfordshire County Council from each applicant's registered home address to Chancellor's, will be used to decide priority. Where the number of applicants from the named school is less than the allocation, the excess places will be distributed according to criterion 6.

  5. Since the number of places to be allocated under criteria 5 and 6 cannot be pre-determined, we would expect parents wherever possible to seek to qualify under prior criteria to give them the best possible chance.

  6. Random allocation will be used as a tie-break to decide who has the highest priority for admission if the distance between two children's homes and the school is the same.

  7. Children who have been unsuccessful in gaining a place for admission to Year 7 will be placed on our Continuing Interest (CI) List from which any vacancies will be filled in accordance with our published Admission Criteria for that admission round. On the last day of the summer term, the CI lists will close and all children who are on the CI lists will be removed, as explained in the Local Authority's published documentation. If you would like your child to be considered for any places that become available at the school after this time, parents will need to make an In Year application. In Year applications should be made to Hertfordshire County Council, www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/Inyear

Section 4 - Musical Aptitude Test

  1. Musical Aptitude Tests will take place on Tuesday 20th June (written), Tuesday 27th June (performance), there will a reserve date available on Friday 30th June (both written and performance). Anyone wishing to apply under this criterion must complete the online Supplementary Information Form (SIF) to the School by Wednesday 24th May 2017. There will be a further opportunity for late applicants to sit Musical Aptitude Tests on the Saturday 23rd September. Their applications and SIF must be returned to the school by Friday 22nd September, the day after the school's Open Evening.
  2. The musical aptitude test is in two parts. All students who apply under this criterion will be invited to sit a written aptitude test in music. The test does not require any formal knowledge of musical theory. Exact timings for the test will be sent via post before the exam. If the school are unable to accommodate all applicants on that date further date will be arranged.
  3. The written test consists of questions involving three areas of music, namely PITCH, MELODY, and TEXTURE

    Pitch:  For example candidates listen to two sounds and have to indicate whether the second sound is the same as the first, or whether it is higher or lower.
    Melody:  For example candidates listen to two tunes consisting of five notes. Candidates have to decide whether the second tune is the same as the first or if one of the notes has been altered.  If there is a change, candidates will be expected to identify which note has been altered by giving the note number.
    Texture:  For these questions candidates listen to a number of extracts containing multiple instruments or sounds.  Candidates need to comment on the amount of instruments and compare any differences between examples.
  4. There are no practice papers for the Music Test.
  5. In addition to the written aptitude test, Candidates will be required to complete a musical performance aptitude test. Each child will be allocated a 5 minute slot to perform their chosen piece of vocal or instrumental music. Their aptitude for music will be further assessed from this performance and, as there is a free choice of piece, this will allow candidates of all cultures an equal chance to succeed. An accompanist will be provided. Students can bring their own CD backing track.

LATE APPLICATIONS

All applications received after the national deadline, 31st October 2017, will be treated as late applicants.  They will be considered in keeping with the ‘Late Applications’ arrangements set out in Hertfordshire’s applications literature as part of the Co-ordinated Admissions arrangements.

Section 5 - In Year Admissions

IN YEAR ADMISSIONS

The School's in year admission arrangements will work within the remit of Hertfordshire's agreed scheme of in year coordination. The governing body remains responsible for the allocation of all places in accordance with the school's published admission rules but all applications for, and allocations to, the school must be made via a pupil's home authority.

Please be aware the school is heavily oversubscribed and very rarely has vacancies.

The Governors will comply with the locally agreed Fair Access Protocol to admit a vulnerable child who is hard to place, outside the normal round of admissions and in excess of our published admission numbers.

Continued Interest (CI) lists are maintained for entry into Year 8 – 11. Any vacancies will be filled in accordance with the following oversubscription criteria:

  1. Children Looked After
  2. Sibling
  3. Children of Staff
  4. Proximity

The Continued Interest (CI) list will close at the end of each academic year and re-application will be necessary via your local authority, www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/Inyear

Section 6 - Appeals Procedure

Parents have the right to make a formal appeal against any decision made by or on behalf of the Governors not to admit their child to the School. If they wish to do so, parents may submit a written appeal within a specified period of time. Further information about how to appeal will be given when parents are notified that their application has been unsuccessful.

Section 7 - Sixth Form Admissions

The Governing Body has a published admission number of 120 for entry into Year 12.
Admission to the sixth form will be for any student who meets the minimum academic standards as set out in the sixth form prospectus.

In the event of oversubscription, the following tie-break will be used:

  • highest average GCSE point score
  • students whose choices will have the least effect on the preferences of others

The school will admit up to 20 external students to its sixth form, providing there are places available. Priority will be given to "children looked after" and children who were looked after who meet the academic requirements as set out in the sixth form prospectus.