Hugh Christie Technology College Admissions Policy
Boys and girls will be admitted without reference to ability or aptitude. The number of admissions for Year 7 commencing September 2013 will be 205. Before the application of oversubscription criteria children with a statement of special educational need which names the college will be admitted. As a result of this the published admissions number will be reduced accordingly.
Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied, in the order set out below, to decide which children to admit.
1. Looked After Children / Children in Local Authority Care
A child under the age of 18 years for whom the local authority provides accommodation by agreement with their parents/carers (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) or who is the subject of a care order under Part IV of the Act. This applies equally to children who immediately after being looked after by the local authority became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order. (As defined by Section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or Section 8 or 14A of the Children Act 1989).
2. Sibling / Current Family Association
A brother or sister attending the college when the child starts. In this context brother or sister means children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers and sisters.
(If siblings from multiple births (twins, triplets, etc) apply to the college and we reach our Published Admission Number (PAN) after admitting one or more, but before admitting all of the siblings, we will offer a place to each of the siblings, even if doing so takes the us above our PAN).
3. Health and Special Access Reasons
Medical / Health and Special Access Reasons will be applied in accordance with Hugh Christie Technology College’s legal obligations, in particular those under the Equality Act 2010. Priority will be given to those children whose mental or physical impairment means they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend Hugh Christie Technology College. Equally this priority will apply to children whose parents’/guardians’, physical or mental health or social need means there is a demonstrable and significant need for their child to attend Hugh Christie Technology College. Such claims will need to be supported by written evidence from a suitably qualified medical or other practitioner who can demonstrate a special connection between these needs and Hugh Christie Technology College.
4. Distance / Nearness of children’s home to college
We use the distance between the child’s home address and the college, measured in a straight line using Ordnance Survey address point data. Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child’s home to a point defined within the college as specified by Ordnance Survey. The same address point on the college site is used for everybody.
The college uses measurements provided by the LA and further information on how distances are calculated is available In the Admissions Booklets provided by the LA.
A block of flats has a single address point of reference, so applicants living in the same block will be regarded as living the same distance away from the college. In the unlikely event that two or more children live in the same block and in all other ways have equal eligibility for the last available place at the college the names will be issued a number and drawn randomly to decide which child should be given the place.
Child’s home address
A child’s home address is considered to be a residential property that is the child’s only or main residence (not an address at which the child may sometimes stay or sleep) and which is either owned by the child’s parent, parents or guardian or leased or rented to them under a lease or written rental agreement. Where partners live apart but share responsibility for the child, and the child lives at two different addresses during the week, we will regard the home address as the one at which the child sleeps for the majority of week days.
After a place has been offered the college reserves the right to withdraw the place in the following circumstances:
- when a parent has failed to respond to an offer within a reasonable time or
- when a parent has failed to notify the college of important changes to the application information; or
- the admission authority offered the place on the basis of a fraudulent or intentionally misleading application from a parent.
The college will establish arrangements for an Independent Appeals panel to sit to consider appeals against non-admission. Details of the arrangements for admissions and appeals will be published each year.
Admissions to the college will be based on the above criteria. Initially admissions in any year will be dealt with by an admissions panel consisting of Governors and teachers who will agree the ranked order of pupils in accordance with the above criteria. Parents will have a right to appeal against refusal in accordance with the School Admissions Appeals Code.
Waiting lists for admission to Year 7 in 2013 will be maintained until January 2014.
Late or casual admissions to Years 7 to 11
The PAN for Year 11 is 210 and for Years 8 to 10 is 208. Applications for places should be made directly to the Admissions Officer at Hugh Christie Technology College.
In the event places are not available, applicants will be placed on a waiting list held by the college and ordered according to the oversubscription criteria 1 to 4 above.
Admissions for post 16 education
All students wishing to transfer from Year 11 to Year 12 are required to complete an application form available from the college.
Priority will be given to existing students transferring from Year 11. The PAN for external candidates (including those from overseas) will be 25 but this figure may be exceeded in the event that this and the number of internal students transferring into Year 12 is less than the overall total figure for the year group which is 210.