In order to achieve the highest possible chance of a year 7 place for September start, Sandwich Technology School must be stated as 1st preference on the Kent Secondary Common Application Form (SCAF). All applications must be made via Kent Admissions. All details on how to complete applications will be found in the “Admission to Secondary School in Kent” brochure or on the KCC website:
Once all applications have been received, they will be sent to the school to rank in priority order, as per the oversubscription criteria below detailed within our admissions policy:
Please note, we do not have a ‘catchment area’, but instead have the 17 named feeder Primary Schools found in the above document.
If you can see from the admissions criteria that your child will not rank very highly, then we recommend registering them to take our Technological Aptitude Test using the ‘supplementary information form’ which is available from reception in the months of September and October. This non-compulsory test routinely takes place at the beginning of November. The test is very casual, and involves a morning of activities including individual tasks and group work. This is not something your child will be able to revise for as part of the testing is to see how the student copes with ‘on the spot’ tasks. Taking this test will increase your child’s chances of gaining a place at Sandwich Technology School because the top 26 ranked students from this test will automatically be offered a place here on National Offer Day in March.
The final decision is made by Kent Admissions as to the school offered, but parents will have the opportunity to appeal against their decision, details of how to do this will be provided with your offer letter from the Local Authority.
If your child is due to start secondary school in September 2017 you can lodge an appeal between 1 March and 29 March 2017 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard by 15 June 2017. For applications made in the normal admission round, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals. For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
Where parents have lodged an appeal against the refusal of a place and a place becomes available at the school, the place can then be offered without an appeal being heard, provided there are no other applicants at that time ranked higher on the school’s waiting list, which is held in accordance with the school’s oversubscription criteria.
IN-YEAR CASUAL ADMISSIONS
Parents who wish to apply for a school place in any year group outside the normal admission round must complete an In-Year Common Application Form (IYCAF). These are available from the school reception or from the Admissions and Transport Office (details below)
Admissions and Transport Office
The IYCAF should be returned to Sandwich Technology School, after which a decision as to whether a place can be offered will be made. This is dependent on there being a space in the year group you have applied for. Sandwich Technology School Admissions will then write to parents with the offer of a school place, including a welcome pack with forms to be completed. One of our Heads of College will then make contact with you to arrange an integration meeting where the student’s induction and start date will be discussed.
For further enquiries, please contact our Admissions Officer- Christine Biggs on 01304 610016.
If you would like to arrange a school tour, please contact our receptionist- Sonia O’Hanlon on 01304 610000.
SIXTH FORM ADMISSIONS ARRANGEMENTS
Details of Sixth Form admissions can be found in the document in the SECONDARY TRANSFER section above named ‘Policy for Admission 2017’.
If you have any further enquiries, please contact the Head of Sixth Form, Maria Stone on 01304 610053 or the Sixth Form Manager, Naomi Evans on 01304 610070.
CHILDREN WITH A STATEMENT OF SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS (SEN) OR AN EDUCATION, HEALTH AND CARE PLAN (EHCP)
Pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Need or Education, Health and Care Plan do not apply to schools for a place through the main round admissions process.
Any application received for a child with an SSEN or EHCP will be referred directly to Kent County Council’s Special Educational Needs Services (SEN), who must have regard to Schedule 27 of the Education Act 1996 " the LA must name the maintained school that is preferred by parents providing that:
- The school is suitable for the child's age, ability and aptitude and the special educational needs set out in part 2 of the statement
- The child's attendance is not incompatible with the efficient education of other children in the school, and
- The placement is an efficient use of the LA's resources"
Where a pupil is resident in another Local Authority, the home Authority must again comply with Schedule 27 of the Education Act 1996 which states:
"A local education authority shall, before specifying the name of any maintained school in a statement, consult the governing body of the school, and if the school is maintained by another local education authority, that authority."
Other Authorities looking for Kent school places for statemented pupils will need to contact Kent County Council’s SEN team in addition to the relevant school.