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Arrangements for Admissions

Weobley High School supports the excellent work done in its contributory primary schools of Weobley, Staunton-on-Wye, Dilwyn, Canon Pyon and Credenhill. We value our links with these schools and collaborate with them closely on many aspects of our schools’ provision. Each term Mr. Williams meets with Primary School Headteachers in order to strive for seamless progression for year 6 students into year 7 and to arrange the many cross-phase activities. We also have Induction Days for year 5 so that they may familiarise themselves with Weobley High School even earlier.

We are also pleased to receive a significant number of pupils from a much wider area, including the city of Hereford. Year 6 pupils from our associated primary schools will have the opportunity to spend a ‘taster day’ with us in September. During the day pupils followed a normal timetable, guided by current students to help them gain a feel for the school.

Parents will have the opportunity to tour the school during a normal session and visit the school during an evening to see what facilities we have to offer on our Open Day when they will be able to speak to teachers and senior staff.

The transfer from primary school to secondary school can be an anxious time for pupils and parents. We operate an ‘open door’ policy for parents; any parent will be received at any time and shown around the school. A telephone call before such a visit is essential so that the Headteacher or Senior Staff can be available. Pupils who are due to join in September will be able to spend at least one more day with us in the Summer term, and will have lessons in their new tutor groups, meet with Learning Co-ordinator and Form Tutor and be supported by older students and prefects who will ease them into life at high school sensitively!

Admissions

Herefordshire Council, Children’s Services deals with admissions to Weobley High School and the planned admission number for Year 7 is currently 100 pupils.

ADMISSIONS ARRANGEMENTS FOR 2018/2019

OVERSUBSCRIPTION CRITERIA

Children with a Statement of Special Education Needs or an Educational, Health & Care Plan which names a particular school will be allocated places, after which places are allocated according to an agreed set of criteria, in strict order of priority.

Priority 1- Looked After Children and Children who were looked after, but ceased to be because they were adopted from care;

Priority 2 – Children who are on roll at a primary school that is hard federated (has a single governing body) with the preferred secondary school. (i.e. Weobley Primary School)

Priority 3 – Children living within the defined catchment area* of the school;

Priority 4 – Sibling connection – Children who have an older sibling** at the preferred school not only at the time of application but also when the younger child is due to start;

Priority 5 – Exceptional circumstances – Children with exceptional medical, social or compassionate grounds for admission and whose parents can show that entry to a particular school only is necessary for the wellbeing of their child. Parents are required to produce a medical certificate or other appropriate information preferably from an independent source. Applications on such grounds will not be considered by the Director of Children’s Wellbeing’s advisory panel unless this supporting information is attached to application forms received by 31st October 2017 (secondary schools) or 15th January 2018 (primary schools);

Priority 6 – Distance*** – Children who live nearest to the school by the shortest available walking route.

In cases where distance is not the final deciding factor i.e. two applications are at exactly the same distance, then the final tie breaker will be a lottery undertaken by an individual independent of the Children’s Wellbeing directorate.

*Living within the defined catchment area is defined as “a child residing with his/her parent(s)/or carer(s) at his/her normal and genuine place of residence for the majority of the time”.

** A sibling connection refers to a brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or a child of the parent’s/carer’s partner, and in every case the child should be living in the same family unit at the same address.

*** Distance will be measured by the shortest available walking route using a road and/or made up footpath from the front door of the child’s address (including flats) to the main

Further details can be obtained from: Mrs D Skyrme, Children and Young People’s Directorate, PO Box 185, Blackfriars Street, Hereford HR4 9ZR, tel: 01432 383168.