Secondary Transfer Information meeting for Year 5 parents 8th May 2013
Agenda • Introductions & objectives of session • Our local schools • Allocation rules & recent results • Latest & recent changes • Specific school information • Historical applications & allocations for MPL • Ranking • Timetable of events • Continuing Interest • Appeals • Dos and Don’ts
Introduction & Objectives • Purpose IS • To give you the information you need to help you stand the best chance of getting the school you want for your child • Purpose IS NOT • To advise you which schools you should apply to
PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE Comments about schools (negative) • What you say to your children • What you say to other parents
Schools • Two types of schools : • Community and Voluntary Controlled • County make and apply the rules • Apply (preferably on-line) via your Secondary Application Form • Academies • These schools define their own rules and apply them themselves (within guidelines set by County) • Apply via your Secondary Application Form ANDdirect to school using their SIF (supplementary information form)
Rules • All schools local to Bricket Wood are now Academies and have their own rules • Marlborough and Francis Combe have simplified their rules as follows • Rule 1 Looked after children • Rule 2 Medical reasons (Marlborough only) • Rule 3 Siblings • Rule 4 Closest to school (straight line) • Partially selective schools and Faith schools have significantly different rules
Applying to an Academy school • Check the rules • Read the advice on the school website • Complete the secondary application form on-line • Complete the supplementary form if required by the school and send it by email or post to the school
Single Sex schools • Rule 1-3 as for Community schools • Rule 4 Nearest non-faith, non-partially selective school • Rule 5 Any remaining places available to the parish on a random basis • Rule 6 Children who live outside the priority area
Applying to Single Sex schools (cont) Single sex schools local to MPL school – For pupils living in St Stephen parish, places are allocated according to Rule 5 i.e. by ballot. Watford Boys and Watford Girls are heavily oversubscribed and historically have only had places available for pupils living in their priority area which does not include AL2 post codes.
Applying to a Partially Selective School SW Herts Consortium includes Parmiter’s, Queens’, Bushey Meads, Rickmansworth, St Clement Danes, Watford Boys and Watford Girls • Register for the SW Herts Consortium Music and Aptitude tests, applications open on-line 12:00 13th May and close 28th June • Confirmation by 15th July • Music test to be held on 10th September • Aptitude test to be held on 7th September • Results available 14th October • When applying for a place, complete the school’s supplementary form in addition to Herts Secondary Application form
www.swhertsschools.org.uk Registration Closes: Friday 28 June 2013Date of Test Venue Notifications to Parents: Monday 15 July 2013SEN Notification Date: Immediately after registering please send a copy of the test registration confirmation email along with written evidence to Test Co-Ordinator, South West Herts Schools Tests, PO Box 2439, Watford WD18 1UZ. Information must be received by Friday 5 July.Academic Test: Saturday 7 SeptemberMusic Test: Tuesday 10 SeptemberSports (Queens’ School Only): Friday 20 SeptemberTechnology (Bushey Meads School Only): Saturday 21 SeptemberStart of Second round music tests: Week commencing Monday 23 SeptemberScores Notified to parents: Monday 14 October
St Michael’s Catholic school - rules (abbreviated) Applying to Faith Schools • Looked after children • Siblings • Baptised practising Catholics from feeder schools • Baptised practising Catholics resident in the Watford deanery • Baptised Catholics from feeder schools (+ several others rules but the places are usually allocated as above)
Applying to Faith Schools (cont) • Townsend Church of England school • Looked after children • Rule 2 medical reasons • Siblings • Parents or children who regularly worship at a Church of England church • Parents or children who regularly worship at another Christian Church • Parents or children who regularly take part in church-sponsored activities • Children who attend a Church of England primary schoool • Plus a number of other rules This school has not been full on allocation day for the last 3 years.
Historical allocations for MPL • Notes : • Figures are initial allocations and do not allow for changes under ‘Continuing Interest’ • This year, all MPL children were allocated a place on March 1st 2013 at their preferred school
September 2013 allocations In St Stephen parish, 116 pupils applied for a school place and the places were allocated as follows On allocation day, places were still available at several Hertfordshire schools including Marlborough and Townsend (other places allocated to late applications)
Recent changes • Several Academies have added ‘children of staff’ to their rules • No significant changes to Hertfordshire admission policies • Those taking the music and aptitude tests will have the results before the application deadline • Parmiters, St Michaels and Loreto are amongst several schools still consulting on their rules for September 2014 intake
How places are allocated • Four factors : • The rules • Number of children applying, and where they live • Number of siblings • Gender split • The first factor we know in advance, the rest we don’t
Rankings • The ranking is important to you, not to the school • If you are ‘successful’ for more than one school, you will be offered the place in your highest preference school • Each entry on the form is treated as a separate equal application • 1st preferences do NOT get priority
Scenario #1 Stags N Parmiters Y Marlborough Y Offer - Parmiters Scenario #2 Marlborough Y Stags N Parmiters Y Offer - Marlborough Ranking – FAQ #1 Q : Do I have to rank Parmiters first? A : No, but if you are ‘successful’ at a school you have ranked higher, then you will be offered the place at the other school
Scenario #1 Parmiters N Stags Y Marlborough Y Watford Girls N Offer - Stags Scenario #2 Stags N Marlborough Y Townsend N Frances Combe Y Offer - Marlborough Ranking – FAQ #2 Q : If I choose Parmiters, will it reduce my chances of getting Stags ? A : No, the ‘rank’ you give a school makes no difference to the decision process for that school
Continuing Interest • This is the process by which, post the initial allocation, some changes will take place. • If an offered place is not accepted, that place is made available to another child, in priority order, according to the original rules. • That child’s place, in turn, is made available to someone else. • The first ‘Continuing Interest run’ takes place just after the deadline for acceptance of the initial offer
Continuing Interest • RECENT CHANGE • You will now be automatically placed on the CI list for all schools you originally ranked higher than the school you were actually offered. • You may remove your child from the CI list if you wish – do so before Monday 16th March • New preferences (for schools you did not originally ‘rank’, or ranked lower than your initial offer) may only be added after the first CI run • IMPORTANT • All places offered under CI are assumed to be wanted, and you will automatically lose your original place, if a place is given under CI.
Continuing Interest THINK CAREFULLY • When making your initial choices • About staying on CI • Affects on your child (and you)
Appeals • Appeal panels in Hertfordshire are made up of three independent members who are voluntary and have no connection with the school or the Authority • The decision of the appeal panel is binding on the school and the authority • Your appeal case must be strong and specific to the school for which you are appealing. • A very limited number of appeals are upheld each year
Dos and Don’ts ! • DO • Attend the Open Evenings with your child • Observe deadlines • Be realistic • Rank 4 different schools • Complete the secondary application form preferably on Hertfordshire CC website • Keep the email confirming your application • Attach evidence (for rule 2)
Dos and Don’ts (cont) • DO • Complete the school’s own form • Ask if you have any questions, either at the Open Evenings or call Admissions at Hertfordshire County Council • If you are moving house, discuss with Admissions team at HCC
Dos and Don’ts ! • DO NOT • Make a decision based on other peoples’ opinions or experiences • Give a false address –checks are made and any place offered will be withdrawn
Any further questions? • More information on-line at : www.hertsdirect.org/admissions • Thank you for your time, any questions?