Criteria

Grey Court School has 240 year 7 places which are offered according to the criteria below:

  1. Places are offered firstly to looked after children and previously looked after children. Applications made under this criterion must be accompanied by details of circumstance and professionally supported evidence eg from a social worker. To qualify for the highest priority, currently looked after and previously looked after children are defined as:

    • Children who are (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions in accordance with Section 22 of the Children Act 1989, at the time an application for a school place is made.

    • Children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002), or became subject to a child arrangements order (section 12 of the Children and Families Act 2014), or a special guardianship order (in accordance with section 14A of the Children Act 1989), immediately following having been looked after. This also includes children who appear to the admission authority to have been in state care (defined as in the care of or accommodated by a public authority, religious organisation or any other provider of care whose sole or main purpose is to benefit society) outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.

  2. Places are offered to those able to provide written evidence from a suitably qualified person such as a doctor, social worker or educational welfare officer at the time of application of particular social or medical needs which can only be met most appropriately by attendance at Grey Court. Circumstances cannot be taken into account unless information is provided at the time of application and failure to provide such information at that stage may therefore affect whether or not the children are allocated places at the preferred schools. All information submitted will be regarded as confidential.

  3. Places are offered to those with a brother or sister attending the school at the time of admission, including adopted, foster, step or half siblings living at the same address. 

  4. Children, by which is meant full, step, half and adopted siblings living in the same household, of staff directly employed by Grey Court School for two years or more before the admission application and at the point of admission.

  5. Children who live nearest to the school, measured by the shortest route by road and/or maintained footpath from the property to the nearest pedestrian school gate used by the relevant year group. Accessibility of private or public transport will not be considered. All distances are measured using the council's geographical information system.

Distance from the school will serve as an overriding tie-breaker in the event of oversubscription within any category for all relevant age groups and by drawing of lots if necessary.

Places are offered to those pupils where Grey Court has been named in their Statement of Special Educational Needs, in accordance with the Education Act 1996 and the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice. 

Children with an Educational Health and Care Plan that specifies the school as the placement school will be allocated a place through a separate procedure, in accordance with the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice. 

Notes
Late applications will be dealt with in accordance with the local authority's policy.

The Local Authority reserves the right to seek verification of the information parents have given on the application form and to withdraw places if false information has been given.

The Local Authority's Pupil Placement Panel may make placements, over the admission number if the school is full, for children who are deemed to be 'hard to place'.