YEAR 7 ADMISSION 2021 - NEXT STEPS
On 1 March 2021 the Local Authority sent an offer of a school place to all those who had applied to transfer from Primary School to Secondary School in 2021. Naturally, the notification that is received can prompt lots of questions for parents. We hope that the following, brief information will help to answer initial queries about what happens next.
By 15 March you need to let the school that you have been offered know if you wish to accept or refuse the place. We ask you to do this by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (If you are unhappy with the school that you have been offered, we do recommend that you accept the place in the first instance. You can withdraw that acceptance if you manage to secure a school of your choice at a later date.)
If you have not been allocated the school of your choice, there are two paths open to you:
You can ask to join the waiting list of any school named on your application. This is managed by the Local Authority and they will have provided instructions on how to do this within their offer notification. The deadline for doing this is, again, 15 March.
You also have the right to lodge an appeal. Appeals are addressed to the Chair of Governors at the school of your choice and have to be submitted in writing by Friday 26 March. If you wish to appeal for a place at STS, we ask you to complete and return the following form.
Appeal Form 2021For those who have been offered a place at STS, the School Admissions Code requires us to verify that both you and your child were resident at the address given on your application on the final closing date of 11 December 2020. We understand that the Local Authority has already made you aware of this requirement, but we felt it would be helpful to confirm what we need from you.
We are asking that the following documentary evidence be scanned or photographed and emailed to email@example.com:
Proof of your address, which can be –
- Council Tax statement for 2020/2021 and 2021/2022; or
- Signed Tenancy Agreement; or
- Exchange of Contracts/Completion document for a house purchase.
Plus at least one of these –
- Child/Working Tax Credit/Child Benefit/JSA/Disability Benefit letter or statement;
- Driving Licence;
- Schedule of Motor Insurance;
- Utility bill (such as Gas/Water/Electricity/Sky/Virgin Media/BT/Broadband, etc);
- Pay slip.
Proof that your child lives at the same address, which can be any one of the following –
- Doctor/Hospital appointment letter in the child’s name;
- Savings account or bank statement in the child’s name;
- Child Benefit statement;
- Letter from their current school.
In addition to proof of address, we also need proof of your child’s date of birth. Again, our preference is that documentary evidence be emailed to us.
If it isn’t possible for you to send this information electronically, we would ask you to post the documents to our Admissions Officer. (Unfortunately, we cannot accept visits in person to the school at the present time.) Our postal address is:
Sandwich Technology School, Deal Road, Sandwich, Kent CT13 0FA
Until Monday 8 March we only have a skeleton staff on site, but we will endeavour to answer any additional questions that you might have by email. From 8 March we will be available to take telephone enquiries and will do all that we can to help you to achieve a smooth transition.
TRANSFER TO SECONDARY EDUCATION
The transfer from Year 6 to Year 7 is co-ordinated by the Local Authority and all applications are made via their Admissions Team. Further information about the process can be found on the KCC website:
You will be asked to name your school choices on a Secondary Common Application Form (SCAF) and each of the schools that you name will be asked by KCC to rank all applications received in priority order according to the school’s over-subscription criteria. The Local Authority will then offer you the highest available ranked preference for which you are eligible – it is essential, therefore, that you name your genuine first choice first, your second choice second, etc.
For those wishing to transfer to Sandwich Technology School in September 2021, our over-subscription are set out in our published Admissions Policy:
On 1 March 2021 the Local Authority will inform parents of the place that has been allocated for their child. At this point, if they are disappointed with the place offered, parents will be given the opportunity to appeal against the decision and/or join the waiting list for their preferred school. Details of how to do this will be provided with the offer.
For September 2021 admission, appeals can be lodged between 1 March 2021 and 26 March 2021 to guarantee that they are heard by 15 June 2021. (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 schools days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 schools days of the appeals being lodged. That having been said, current Government guidance recognises that these time frames might not be met during the pandemic.)
Where parents have lodged an appeal and a place becomes available at their chosen school, the place can be offered without the appeal being heard provided there are no other applicants ranked higher on the school’s waiting list.
The following document provides general guidance on the appeal process, but please note that this process is subject to change in light of emergency Covid-19 regulations issued by the Department for Education:
IN YEAR ADMISSIONS
Parents who wish to apply for a school place in any year group outside of the normal admission round must complete an In Year Admission Form (IYAF). A paper copy can be collected from our School Reception or, on request, our Admissions Officer will gladly post one to you. Alternatively, you can download and print your own:
The completed IYAF should be returned to our Admissions Officer, who will process your application and inform you whether or not a place can be offered. This will depend upon a space being available in the relevant year group. If a place is available, you will receive a formal offer and a welcome pack, including forms to be completed. The Head of Year will then arrange an integration meeting with you, where your child’s induction and start date will be discussed. If a place is not available, information about joining the waiting list and your right of appeal will be provided.
For further enquiries, please contact our Admissions Officer, Sarah Rush, on 01304 610016 or email the following address:
If you would like to arrange a school tour, please contact our Reception Manager, Maggie Nash, on 01304 610000.
SIXTH FORM ADMISSIONS
Our published Admissions Policy includes information about entry requirements and over-subscription criteria for the Sixth Form and there is also a dedicated section on this website that provides a wealth of information about our Post 16 offer.
For further enquiries, please contact our Sixth Form Manager on 01304 610070 or email:
CHILDREN WITH AN EDUCATION, HEALTH AND CARE PLAN (EHCP)
Pupils with an 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 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
- 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 EHCP pupils will need to contact Kent County Council’s SEN team in addition to the relevant school.
The following link will take you to additional information on the Local Authority’s website: