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Admissions at Wales High School

Welcome to Wales High School Admissions.

Choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions that you will ever make.

If your child is in Year 6, moving to secondary school is an important and exciting step in the life of any child, and we are delighted that you are considering Wales High School for your child. To find out how we support children from Year 6 into Year 7 please visit our Transition Page.

We care about each of our pupils as individuals and strive, with their parents’ help, to support them in achieving their full potential, both inside the classroom and through the wide range of extra-curricular clubs, activities and trips that we offer each year.

Our school is a happy, caring community built on mutual respect, tolerance and hard work where everyone feels a sense of belonging, loyalty and pride which will remain with them long after they leave.

You can find out more about each stage of our admissions journey below:

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Wales High School works closely with RMBC to try and facilitate all families who express an interest in their children attending Wales High School. If the number of preferences received for Wales High School does not exceed the admission limit, all preferences will be met. However, if there are more applications for admission to the school than there are places available, preference will be given to children in the following order:

  • Looked after children and previously looked after children (see note 3 below).
  • Children who on the closing date have a specific medical reason confirmed by a medical practitioner which the Authority is satisfied makes attendance at this particular school essential.
  • Children who on the closing date have a compelling social reason which the Authority is satisfied make attendance at this particular school essential. The kind of overriding social reasons which could be accepted are where there is evidence that the pupil’s education would be seriously impaired if he or she did not attend the preferred school.
  • Children who on the closing date live in the catchment area of the school as defined by the Authority whose older brother or sister will be on the roll of the preferred school in Years 8-11 at the start of the academic year.
  • Children who on the closing date live in the catchment area of the school as defined by the Authority.
  • Children who on the closing date live outside the catchment area of the school as defined by the Authority whose older brother or sister will be on the roll of the preferred school in Years 8-11 at the start of the academic year.
  • Children who on the closing date are on the roll of one of the associated Primary/ Junior/Junior and Infant schools as identified by the Authority.
  • Children who on the closing date live nearest to the school measured by a straight line on a horizontal plane, (commonly known as measurement, “as the crow flies”).

Notes

  1. Where the admission number for any school is likely to be reached mid category, places will be prioritised within that category by reference to the distance between the home address and the school. Highest priority will be given to those living closest to the school measured in a straight line on a horizontal plane (commonly known as measurement, “as the crow flies”).
  2. Where any final place at a school is available and two or more pupils are judged to be living equidistant from the school (e.g. in flats), the final place will be allocated by the drawing of lots by officers of the authority.
  3. A ‘relevant looked after child’ is a child that is looked after by a local authority in accordance with Section 22 of the Children Act 1989 at the time an application for admission to a school is made, and who the local authority has confirmed will still be looked after at the time when he/she is admitted to the school.  Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order). For further information please refer to the Admissions Code of Practice which can be downloaded from www.gov.uk
  4. Places will be allocated in accordance with the local authority’s co-ordinated admissions schemes for Primary and Secondary schools. In assessing preferences, the local authority will operate an ‘equal preference’ system, which means that no priority will be given according to the ranking of the preference, except where a potential offer can be made in respect of more than one school.  In that situation, the final offer of a place will be made at the highest ranked of the potential offer schools.
  5. Children issued with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC) or Statement of Special Educational Needs will gain a place at the school named in the statement as part of that process.

What is an in-year application?

An in-year application is for children requiring a school place during the academic year, rather than at the usual transfer time to school (for example starting primary school, moving to junior school or moving to secondary school).  This is also known as a mid phase transition.

Rotherham’s arrangements for in-year applications to Rotherham schools.

Rotherham admission authority, schools and academies work closely with the local authority to manage and process applications in-year.

The School Admissions Code requires that the local authority and schools who are their own admissions authority must, on receipt of an in-year application, work in partnership to ensure all parties are notified of the outcome, so that figures on the availability of places in the area can be kept up to date. The admission authority must also inform parents of their right to appeal against the refusal of a place.

For applications for school places outside of Rotherham, parents should contact the relevant local authority for details of the relevant Admissions Policy but should apply for a place via Rotherham admissions under the co-ordinated admission arrangements. Contact details for neighbouring local authorities can be found in the Admissions to Primary/Secondary school booklets for parents available at www.rotherham.gov.uk

We receive many in-year applications and these are generally where families are moving into our catchment area and their previous school is not within reasonable travel distance/time from the new address.

If you are thinking about changing schools for reasons other than a house move we strongly advise that you discuss the proposed transfer with your current school. Please note, if your child is currently in Years 10 or 11 and studying for their GCSE exams at secondary school, we discourage any disruption to the child’s education unless there are exceptional circumstances (for example, a change of address). Performance and level of achievement/attainment are adversely affected each time a child experiences a transfer to a new school.  Avoidable and unnecessary changes should be carefully considered and parents need to be aware of the consequence of moving schools in key groups such as Year 10 and Year 11.

It may be difficult to find schools that can offer courses compatible with the previous school. However, schools are not able to refuse to admit children because they followed a different curriculum at their previous school.

Applications for school places are considered within agreed timeframes with all admission authorities to ensure that every child of school age accesses an appropriate school place. Notification of the outcome of the application will be sent to parents/ carers in writing.

Admissions will normally be agreed up to the published admission number which applied for the normal year of intake. If an application is refused at any school applied for, parents are notified of their right to appeal.

Rotherham local authority will then identify all those preferences that can be met. When a place can be offered at more than one of the schools listed on an application, the local authority will write to offer a place at the highest preferred school where a place is available. Rotherham local authority will write to parents detailing the outcome of the application.

What should I do before submitting an application?

If your child is having difficulties at school, speak to relevant staff at the current school. Most issues can be resolved this way but the school can only provide additional support if the right people are made aware of the problem.

Research your preferences. Schools have different strengths and children react differently to particular learning environments. Only you know what you’re looking for, so speak to the staff at a school before applying for it. Check the school’s admissions policies to see if any priority can be given to your situation.

Apply for the schools you want, not where you think might have a place. The Admissions Team can tell you which schools may have places, but availability changes daily and we cannot guarantee a child will qualify for a vacancy until an application has been assessed.

Inform your child’s current school that you are making an application. If you are moving house, you must make the school aware of the situation before you move.

How long will my application take and how will I be informed of the outcome?

All applications are processed as quickly as possible but the length of time it takes varies depending on the situation. RMBC will write to you to confirm the outcome of your application and aim to send you a decision letter within 20 school days. Please do not contact the school to chase an application – RMBC will send you a decision in writing.

If your child has complex needs this process may take longer.

When is the best time to apply?

Applications are accepted all year round so the best time to apply will depend on your personal circumstances.

If you are moving house, you should apply as early as possible. Your child must continue to attend their current school until a new school place has been secured.

How do you decide who is given a place?

Wales High School assess every application in line with our admissions policy.

What happens if there are no places in the year group I have applied for?

Wales High School is a heavily oversubscribed school and almost every year group is full. As a result, you may not be offered a place, but your decision letter from RMBC will confirm what options are available to you.

Can I appeal the schools decision not to offer a place to my child?

Where a parent(s)/carer(s) is not offered a place for their child at a secondary school for which they have expressed a preference, they have a legal right of appeal to an independent appeals panel who has the power to give further consideration to the application.

Please note that the above does not apply in instances where a child has been permanently excluded from two schools. This applies to a twice excluded pupil for a period of two years beginning with the date the last exclusion took place.