Admissions Consultation

Admissions Consultation

 

The Governing Body of Sandwich Technology School wishes to consult on proposed changes to the school’s admission arrangements for the 2020/2021 academic year. The consultation will take place for six weeks from Monday 29 October to Monday 10 December 2018 inclusive.

The following three changes are being proposed:

1       Children previously in care outside of England

In December 2017 the Minister for School Standards requested that all Admission Authorities vary their admission arrangements to include priority for children that were adopted from outside of England. A new criterion has been added to our over-subscription criteria to accommodate this guidance, together with a definition of how this status will be assessed.

2       Removal of named feeder schools

We wish to remove named feeder schools from our over-subscription criteria. To inform this proposal, we have considered the Admissions Policies of other schools in our area, have completed a modelling exercise to explore the effect that the removal of the named schools would have upon the profile of our intake and have sought expert advice on the appropriateness of a named school policy.

As an outcome of our investigations, we have concluded that our policy of named feeder schools is unusual, outdated and potentially subject to legal challenge. This view is shared by the Local Authority. We have also identified that the change will not have a significant effect on the profile of our intake. It will, however, mean that parents can opt for their child to attend their preferred Primary School without feeling that access to their chosen Secondary School might be compromised by this decision.

In summary, we believe that by removing the named schools we will be operating a system that will be fairer and clearer for all concerned and aligned more closely to the Admissions Policies of other local Secondary Schools.

3       Entry requirements for Sixth Form admission

Entry requirements for Level 3 courses have been amended to clarify that either English Language or English Literature will be recognised as one of the five GCSE passes that are specified as a minimum requirement.

Please find attached a copy of the proposed Admissions Policy for 2020/2021.

Admissions policy 2020-2021 draft

If you would like to comment on the proposed amendments then please do so either by email to admin@sandwich-tech.kent.sch.uk or by post to The Chair of Governors, Sandwich Technology School, Deal Road, Sandwich, Kent CT13 0FA. All comments received by the end of Monday 10 December will be considered by the Governing Body at a meeting that is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 23 January 2019.