Where applications for admission into Year 7 exceed the number of places available, places will be offered in accordance with the following criteria.
- Children in Public Care (Looked After Children – including children who have previously been ‘looked after’ and then later subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship order. A ‘looked after’ child is a child who is:
- In the care of a local authority, OR,
- Being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions.
- Where the child has a sibling on roll at Winchcombe at the time he or she will be joining the school. A sibling is “a brother or sister, half-brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, or the child of the parent/carer’s partner, and in every case, the child must be living in the same family unit at the same permanent address”.
- Children with the strongest geographical claim, measured in a straight line from the Ordnance survey point of the child’s home address (including flats) to the Ordnance survey point of the school, using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system, with those living closer to the school receiving the higher priority.
Where any particular category at point 1-2 above is oversubscribed, or in the event of a tie between two or more children when applying criterion 3 (strongest geographical claim based on straight line distance) where there are not enough places available to offer all children a place at the school, a process of random allocation will be followed by the Governing Body.
Parents whose application for a place at the school has been unsuccessful have the right of appeal to an independent Appeal Panel. Appeals, which should be in writing on the official form, should be sent to the school for the attention of the Clerk to the Governors.
Appeals will be conducted in accordance with the current Code of Practice for School Admission Appeals. Parents, whose appeals have been unsuccessful, may only apply for a further appeal for the same academic year if there has been a significant or material change in their circumstances. Parents may then appeal in each following academic year but only once in each year.
Please see below for the complete appeals timetable.
Pupils with Statements of SEN
We will offer places to children with statements of SEN that name the school. These pupils are not subject to our oversubscription criteria.
If the school is oversubscribed, a waiting list will be held. The waiting list will be held for (at least) the first school term (i.e. until October half-term), and prioritised according to the school’s over-subscription criteria.
Fair Access Protocols
Winchcombe School has signed up to the In-Year Fair Access Protocols held by the Local Authority. Should a vulnerable child within these Protocols require a place at the school, they will take precedence over any child on the waiting list.
In-Year applications are all those made outside the normal round of admissions for children of compulsory school age i.e. those applications made during the academic year for a school place in Year 7 through to Year 11. In-year applications for 2013 – 14 and beyond will no longer be dealt with by the Local Authority. To apply for a place at Winchcombe School, parents/carers should, therefore, contact the school directly in the first instance. The school, however, will liaise closely with the Local Authority providing information in relation to current vacancies in the school.
For further information regarding in-year applications please see below.
Transport to the school is provided from the surrounding villages by Marchants Bus Company (Tel: 01242 257714). Transport from Cheltenham is also provided by Marchants Bus Company