The admissions policy for September 2015 is as follows:
Pupils will be admitted at age 11 without reference to ability or aptitude. The number of intended admissions for the year commencing 2015 will be 180 at age 11.
Pent Valley provides specialist provision for physically disabled and visually impaired pupils up to the capacity of each provision. Statemented students will be admitted to the appropriate provision through separate statutory procedures outside of the oversubscription criteria.
Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available the following criteria will be applied, in the order set out below, to decide which children to admit:
Over subscription Criteria
A) Children in Local Authority Care. A child under 18 years of age for whom the Local Authority provides accommodation by agreement with their parents/carers (section 20 of the Children Act 1989) or who is subject of a care order under part IV of the Act. This applies equally to children who immediately after being looked after by the local authority became the subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order. (As defined by Section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or Section 8 or 14A of the Children Act 1989.
B) Health and special Access Reasons. Medical, health and social and special access reasons will be applied in accordance with the school’s legal obligations, in particular those under the Equality Act 2010. Priority will be given to those children whose mental or physical impairment means they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Equally this priority will apply to children whose parents’/guardians physical or mental health or social needs mean that they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Such claims will need to be supported by written evidence from a suitably qualified medical or other practitioner who can demonstrate a special connection between these needs and the particular school
C) Children with siblings attending Pent Valley at the time of entry including natural, fostered and adopted children and half siblings and step siblings.
D) Children on roll at St Mary’s Church of England School on 1st September in the year preceding transfer to secondary school.
E) Nearness of children’s homes to the school. The distance is measured between the child’s permanent address and the school measured in a straight line using Ordnance Survey address point data. Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child’s home to a point defined as within the school as specified by Ordnance Survey. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody.
For all in year admissions contact Debbie Morris – School Admissions Officer on 01303 277161 extn 2232.
Students of Pent Valley have the right to transfer into the sixth form provided they meet the entry criteria. Pent Valley will take great care to ensure that students enrol onto courses of the appropriate level. If such courses are not available in a student’s chosen area of study, then the student will be guided to find alternative provision elsewhere.
Applications from external students to join Pent Valley’s sixth form are welcomed. You should complete the Pent Valley’s application form, which can be obtained from the school. Applications should be made in accordance with the process described in the sixth form prospectus.
Priority will be given to existing pupils transferring from Year 11. The PAN for external candidates will be 20 but this figure may be exceeded in the event that this and the number of internal pupils transferring into Year 12 is less than the overall total figure for the Year group which is 210.
In the event of oversubscription on a particular course, places will be allocated in line with the oversubscription criteria used at the normal point of entry.