High School Admissions - Page 14

Admission of children outside their normal age group Parents may seek a place for their child outside of their normal age group, for example, if the child is gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health. Admission authorities must make decisions on the basis of the circumstances of each case and in the best interests of the child concerned. This will include taking account of the parent’s views; information about the child’s academic, social and emotional development; where relevant, their medical history and the views of a medical professional; whether they have previously been educated out of their normal age group; and whether they may naturally have fallen into a lower age group if it were not for being born prematurely. They must also take into account the views of the head teacher of the school concerned. When informing a parent of the decision on the year group the child should be admitted to, the admission authority must set out clearly the reasons for their decision. Where an admission authority agrees to a parent’s request for their child to be admitted out of their normal age group and, as a consequence of that decision, the child will be applying during the main round admissions process the local authority and admission authority must process the application as part of the main admissions round, unless the parental request is made too late for this to be possible. Offers are made on the basis of the schools determined admission arrangements only, using the oversubscription criteria. The application will not be given lower or higher priority on the basis that the child is being admitted out of their normal age group. Parents have a statutory right to appeal against the refusal of a place at a school for which they have applied. This right does not apply if they are offered a place at the school but it is not in their preferred age group. 14 Starting High School 2018 If you wish to make an application for admission outside of your child’s normal age group you must make this request in writing to the admission authority of the school concerned. This should be made at the time of application or in the case of primary to high school transfer before the closing date 31 October 2017. You will need to provide all of the reasons why you feel it is in your child’s best interests to be placed outside of their normal age group. You should also provide supporting evidence with your request i.e. school reports, medical reports, professional recommendations or any other documents that you wish to be taken into consideration. For the community high schools in Ealing (Acton High School, Dormers Wells High School and Elthorne Park High school) you should address your request to ‘The Head of Admissions’ and send this with your supporting documents to High School Admissions, Ealing Council, Perceval House, 14-16 Uxbridge Road, W5 2HL. For all other Ealing high schools you should address your request to ‘The Chair of the Governing Body’ and send this with your supporting documents directly to the school(s) you have applied for. You will need to send your request to each school on your application form. If you are applying to schools in other boroughs please contact the relevant local authority for information on how to make a request for admission outside of your child’s normal age for schools in their borough. The telephone numbers of neighboring authorities can be found on page 58.