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Contents Your application How places were offered 2021 How to apply How the application process works Hints and tips on choosing a school Late applications Admissions arrangements Schools information Applying for schools in other boroughs Children with Special Educational Needs University technical colleges and studio schools Appeals Sixth form education LGBT pupils Schools map Next
Your application Your application must be received by 31 October 2020 To avoid any last-minute problems, we strongly recommend you submit your Home application by 23 October 2020. This is the Friday before the half-term holiday If your child does not live in Harrow, but you wish to apply for a Harrow school, please contact your child’s local authority to make an application. If your child lives in Harrow, and was born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010, and is due to start secondary school in September 2021, the full timetable for applications is: Map Open Days/Evenings All high schools expect that these events are likely to be held online or via resources available from the school website. Please check individual school websites for information. Admissions 1 September 2020 Website opens, and you can apply online at http://www.eadmissions.org.uk September / October 2020 Parents applying for a Voluntary Aided school must complete and return a supplementary information form direct to the school. These forms are available from the school or Apply now www.harrow.gov.uk/schooladmissions 23 October 2020 Last Friday before the half-term holiday. We strongly recommend that you submit your application by this date to avoid any delay. 31 October 2020 Closing date for applications. Parents applying for a Voluntary Aided school must complete and return a supplementary information form direct to the school. 1 March 2021 Emails sent to parents with the outcome of their application. Please wait until you have received the email before logging on to the e-Admissions website. In some cases, letters will be sent through the post 15 March 2021 Deadline for acceptance or decline of offer. 30 March 2021 Closing date for receipt of appeals. Back Next If your child lives in Harrow, and is due to start secondary school in September 2021, but was not born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010, please do not fill out an application form. Instead, email email@example.com
How places were offered in 2020 This table shows how places were allocated to in the table below change from year to year. children starting at Harrow’s secondary schools Please do not assume that because children in in September 2020. your area attend a particular school that your It shows how many places were available, how child will also be offered a place. many people applied for those places and how Harrow schools do not have catchment areas as those places were then allocated. part of their admission arrangements1. Schools These are the statistics for last year, and while in Harrow use distance as part of their admission this year’s statistics may be similar, the level arrangements. All schools in Harrow measure Home and pattern of demand for schools changes distances from home to school in a straight line every year. This means that the distances cited from the home address to the school. Number of places available Medical/Social needs child Special Educational Needs - Map Looked-after children Number of applications Random allocation Furthest distance offered in miles* Distance criteria Children of staff Medical parent Feeder school EHC Plans receieved Sibling Admissions School name Avanti House 778 180 3 1 0 0 77 1 74 n/a 24 0.339 Bentley Wood 679 224 0 1 0 0 60 1 20 82 60 1.495 Canons High 471 210 4 0 0 0 57 0 n/a n/a 127 N/A Harrow High 533 180 0 0 0 0 34 0 n/a n/a 114 n/a Apply now Hatch End 481 210 2 0 0 0 52 1 n/a n/a 144 n/a Nower Hill 1604 324 2 3 0 0 104 1 n/a n/a 214 1.027 Park High 806 270 6 1 0 0 84 0 n/a n/a 179 1.083 Pinner High 1177 180 7 1 0 0 71 3 n/a n/a 98 0.7 Rooks Heath 397 210 1 0 0 0 57 1 n/a n/a 124 n/a Salvatorian 175 150 Information for Salvatorian College and The Sacred Heart Sacred Heart 373 180 Language College can be obtained directly from the school Whitefriars 232 90 1 0 0 0 17 0 n/a n/a 68 N/A Whitmore 1569 270 7 0 2 0 103 1 n/a n/a 157 0.66 * Distance is measured in a straight line from the home address to the centre point of the school Back 1 Catchment area for the purposes of admissions is a defined geographical area set out in the admission arrangements. Next Total places available: This is the “PAN” or Published Admissions Number. SEN: These are children with a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Educational, Health and Care Plan. Random Allocation: These are places allocated by random computer selection from the applications received. All applications inside this distance were accepted. Distance is measured in a straight line from the home address to the centre point of the school site as defined by the school using a computerised mapping system based on ordnance survey data. Tables for previous years are available on our website
How to apply Apply using our online form Home We ask everyone to apply using secondary school in September the online form with the following 2021 but was not born between 1 exceptions: September 2009 and 31 August 2010, please do not complete an 1. If your child has a statement application form. Please email Map of Special Educational Needs firstname.lastname@example.org to or Educational, Health and Care apply. Plan, please do not complete an 3. You cannot apply for private or application form. independent schools through this 2. If your child wishes to begin process. Admissions Frequently Asked Questions Do I need to register? considered. You will then have to enter Apply now the late application process. Yes, you will first need to register your details with the website and will be sent Do I have to complete the a user name and password. form all at once? What is the deadline? No – if you wish, you can complete part of the form, save your position and return Your application must be complete and later to review, complete or change it. submitted by 31 October 2020. You can Every time you change your application make changes to your application right you will receive a confirmation email. up to the closing date. Are there any tools online to What happens if I do not help me choose schools? submit my application in time? The online application system has a Back Next At the end of the process, you will be search facility to help you find schools invited to “submit” the form. Failure to in the local area and offers links to more “submit” will mean that your application information about the schools. has not been sent to us, and will not be
Can I apply for a Harrow school I don’t have the internet at if I live outside the borough? home. Where can I apply? If you live outside Harrow and want Computers with internet access are to apply to a Harrow school you can available to use free of charge at any list the school on the application you Harrow library. submit to your local authority. I don’t like using computers. Can I apply to schools in Can I get a paper form other boroughs? instead? Home Yes – if you are a Harrow No – paper forms will only be issued resident you can use the same under exceptional circumstances, due online form to apply to schools to the extra administrative cost and in Harrow and also to schools complexity of processing them. maintained by other local Map authorities. You can apply for I need help! Can you help? six schools; however, you may only apply to a maximum of Yes – if you need help with four schools in Hertfordshire. your application please email Otherwise there is no restriction email@example.com to the mix of schools on your Admissions application. Apply now What to do if your details Deciding which address to put change on your application Tell us straight away if any of your The only acceptable address to put details change after you have on your application is your child’s submitted your application. permanent address and they must be living there at the closing date for If you move house and change your receipt of applications. address; if your child changes primary school; or if any other factual details Please do not list an address of regarding your application change, someone who provides a temporary please email us immediately at care arrangement for your child, a firstname.lastname@example.org. business address, childminder’s address, a relative’s address or any Failure to let us know about changes other address other than the child’s Back Next could invalidate your application or permanent home address. even lead to an offer being withdrawn.
Where families have recently moved Harrow Council reserves the right into an address prior to completing at any time to investigate and verify an application, we may require further any address, information and/or information to ensure that the property documentation in order to ensure that has not been obtained solely for the it is allocating places appropriately and purposes of obtaining a school place. fairly. These investigations may extend If a family moves into a property to Council databases, home visits and temporarily to increase the chances of background checks. We may also ask gaining a school place, the council will you for further proofs. use the permanent residence for the purpose of the application. If we offer a place at a school and then Home discover that the offer was made on fraudulent or misleading information All applications that are received (for example, a false claim to living at will be verified. an address) we will withdraw the place offered. This has happened in previous Map years. This will cause considerable distress, particularly for the child For example, if the family own a involved. property but are living at and apply from a different address, the council will assume that the second address Where a place has been offered Admissions is temporary and that the property that based on false information, we you own is where the child ordinarily can withdraw the offer even after lives. Where the owned property your child has started at school. is being renovated, this will still be considered the family’s permanent address. In some cases, a child may live Apply now permanently with parents with officially Evidence will otherwise be required shared responsibility at more than one that the property is disposed of. If a home address. Please note, this only family own more than one property, the applies to parents, not other carers council will request further evidence or relatives. In these cases, the only to demonstrate where the family acceptable address is the residence normally live to determine the address where the child spends the majority the council will use for the child’s of the school week (Monday-Friday). application. On the rare occasions when a child’s residence during the school week is If a school place is offered on the basis split equally between parents, then of an incorrect address, the place will parents will be asked to determine be withdrawn. which residential address should be used for the purpose of admission to Providing false information or school. Back fraudulent documentation could lead Next also to legal action being brought In all such cases, we require a joint against you, including a criminal declaration from the parents with prosecution. officially shared responsibility stating
the pattern of residence. If no joint cases where parents are not eligible for declaration is received by the closing child benefit the address will be that of date for applications, the home address the parent where the child is registered will be taken as the address of the with the doctor. parent who receives child benefit. In Important information about applying for a place at a selective (grammar, aptitude or selective places) school Home In response to a range of Covid-19 become available. related issues which make early autumn admissions testing undesirable and Despite these changes, parents impractical, many schools which test for should still register their child for tests a child’s ability or aptitude have decided by published deadlines and submit Map to postpone admission tests until later their common application form by the in the autumn term, which may mean national closing date, 31 October 2020. that the applicants may not receive the Failure to submit our application on outcome of the tests before the closing time may mean that your application is date for secondary school applications considered after places are offered on Admissions which is 31 October 2020. the 1 March 2021 and your chances of gaining a place at one of your preferred Once you receive the results of the schools will be greatly reduced. test, you may make changes to your application preferences (such as to Please ensure you have read the add or remove a selective school) oversubscription criteria of the schools Apply now by emailing school admissions, that your applying for and understand and quoting your child’s application the likelihood of your child being offered reference number by 10 December a place. 2020. You will receive confirmation of these changes via email. You will In Harrow, you can apply for up to six not be required to complete another preferences and we would recommend application. that at least one of these preferences is used to apply for a place at a local We do not have any selective schools in school. Harrow. However, families may choose to apply for selective schools in other Please ensure you rank your application local authorities. If you are applying in the correct order of preference. for a place at selective school, please We advise parents to read the check the school’s website for the most school admissions guide for further up to date information about the date information on how to complete your of the test and when the outcomes will application form. Back Next
How the application process works On your application form you will be asked to list six schools, ranked in order of preference. You must name the schools that you wish to apply for, in the order you prefer them. You do not need to use all six preferences, however, we strongly advise that you do use all six preferences. There is no advantage in naming only one school. Once the closing date has passed on 31 October 2020, the admissions process will begin. Home How the preference Harrow school to their home address that still has vacancies once the above system works admissions process is complete. Councils will not pass on details of Map All the applications we receive will be where the school was ranked on your considered individually against the application to schools. No school will be criteria published in this guide. Each told about other schools listed on your school will then allocate its places to the application. children with highest priority under its own admissions criteria. Admissions Extremely important advice Each school you name on your about the preference system application is considered separately. That means that if you have entered Harrow has many oversubscribed six preferences, your child could be schools. Every year there are children allocated as many as six places. in Harrow who are not allocated a place Apply now at any of their schools of preference. When children are allocated a place at These children will receive an offer for more than one school, the system refers a place, but it will be at a school which to the order of preference that you have they did not choose. These places may listed on your application form. be at a considerable distance from their home. It will then keep the offer at the school you have ranked highest, and take If you wish to have the best chance your child’s name off the list for their of avoiding this, and avoiding other lower-ranked preferences. These places common mistakes in the applications will then be allocated to the children process, please consider the following with next-highest priority under those advice when making your application: schools’ admissions criteria. • Use all six preferences available to you. Children will only be offered one school • Use one or more of your preferences Back place. Next on the school or schools nearest When children are not allocated a place your home. The most common at any of their schools of preference, admissions tie-breaker for an they will be offered a place at the closest oversubscribed school is distance
from home to school. child, with a higher priority under the • To find out which are your local admission arrangements, is added (for Harrow schools, you can use the instance, through a late application). online distance tool. • Remember to list the school you Places are offered from the waiting list like the most as first preference, throughout the year. If a place is offered the school you like the second- from the waiting list, this new offer will most as second preference and so supersede any previous offer, which on, regardless of its popularity or will then be withdrawn. Waiting lists historical oversubscription. can be viewed online via MyHarrow. • Remember to fill out and submit a Children’s names will remain on the Supplementary Information Form waiting lists for Harrow Schools until the Home if you are applying to a Catholic end of the 21/22 academic year. school (The Sacred Heart Language College or the Salvatorian College). Why do some children get places at schools they Reasons for preference Map haven’t applied for? When you complete the application, there is a space for each preference If, at the end of the application process, where you can note why you have your child cannot be offered a place at selected a school. This information will any of the schools on their application, be passed to the school. The box is your child will be allocated a place at Admissions optional and will only have an effect on the closest Harrow school to their home your application if it relates directly to which still has a vacancy. the school’s admissions criteria. In nearly every case where this type of allocation occurs, parents are happy with Waiting lists the alternative offered. It is always a good Apply now idea to contact the school where you After the admissions process is complete, have been offered a place. This gives we strongly advise that you accept the you a chance to see the school, rather place your child has been offered. than rely on what you might have heard If you have not been allocated a place about it, and you are also able to discuss at your first preference school, your any worries that you might have with child’s name will be placed on a waiting the school staff. However, if you are still list for all the schools which you ranked as a higher preference than the school unhappy about the school offered you where you received an offer. Your child may decide to use the appeals process. will remain on these waiting lists even after you accept your offered place. Accepting a place Waiting lists are not a ‘first come, first served’ list and so time on the list does Every parent who has applied online NOT give any priority. for a Secondary place for their child will Back Waiting lists remain in the priority order receive an email on 1 March 2021 to Next as determined during the admissions offer their child a place. You will need process. This means that your child may to log back into the e-admissions move down the waiting list if another website and accept the offered place.
Hints and tips on choosing a school Think what kind of school your child Not all schools give priority to is best suited to: You may want to siblings, or there may be restrictions think about if you want a same sex for siblings in Sixth Form. school or, a faith based school does the school have a specialism in the Distance from home to school is arts, sports, science etc., uniform often used as tie breaker. Distance Home vs. non uniform school, are there is usually measured in a straight line breakfast clubs / afterschool clubs, from your house to the centre point travel to and from school. of the school (but it can be different in some cases). Familiarise yourself with the Map admissions criteria for schools. Some schools use random Look at the information on how allocation (lottery). places were allocated in previous year. Some schools will have medical and social criteria but only if you meet Admissions Look at the school Ofsted report / certain conditions – see page 16. school website – schools do change over time so it is important to get Some schools will give priority to your information from a variety of staff who work for the school for a sources and remember that not certain number of years or in hard to Apply now everything you hear about a school recruit subjects. may still be true. Some schools outside of Harrow During your research, you will need may have additional criteria’s that to read the admissions criteria for are to do with streaming, testing, the school(s) you want to apply to. banding, musical or sporting ability, To give you some samples of what to catchment or priority areas. check for: Make sure you submit your Church / Faith schools will give application on time – if you miss the priority to applicants that can deadline your application won’t be demonstrate practice of their faith. considered until after the National Offer Day. Back Next
Late applications If you do not submit your application to Harrow Council by 31 October 2020 then your child will not take part in the normal admissions process. Instead, they will need to go through a late application process. You will still need to complete an application form online as normal. However, your preferences will not be assessed or considered until the normal admissions Home process is complete and offers are made on 1 March 2021. Late applications will then be allocated places out of the pool of places that are remaining. There are a small number of exceptions to this rule. The following are examples of exceptions that will allow late applications to be considered for the normal Map admissions process: 1 If your family moved house after the closing date, but before 10 Late changes to your December 2020. application You will be asked to provide a letter from Admissions your solicitor confirming the completion You must tell us straight away date and confirming you have taken up if any of your details change residency. If you are renting, you will be after you have submitted your asked for a formal tenancy agreement application. from a letting agent or estate agent. If you move house and change Apply now 2 If your family returned home from your address; if your child abroad after the closing date, but changes primary school; or if any before 10 December. other factual details regarding You will be asked to provide a council your application change, please tax bill confirming re-occupation of your contact us immediately at property and cease of any tenancy on email@example.com. the property; you will also be asked for confirmation for your move from your Failure to let us know about employer. changes could invalidate your application or even lead to an 3 If a single parent has been ill for offer being withdrawn. some time, or there has been a recent death of an immediate family member. You will be asked to provide evidence of the above. Back Next Please note if you move after the 31 October your application will be considered from the address that you were living at prior to moving. We will only be able to update the address after the 1 March 2021.
Admissions arrangements The pages that follow contain • Park High School admissions arrangements for • Pinner High School Harrow’s secondary schools, • Rooks Heath School including Academies, Free Schools • Whitefriars School (Secondary and Voluntary Aided Schools. Phase) For each school, a list of criteria Home will be outlined which explain which Separate Admissions Arrangements are children have priority for admission, included for: should the school be oversubscribed. Tie-breakers are also explained, in the • Avanti House case of a tie for priority. • Bentley Wood High School Map • The Sacred Heart Language College The arrangements in this guide have • Salvatorian College been abbreviated for your convenience. • Whitmore High School Complete versions of each school’s Admissions Arrangements are available We strongly recommend you read these to download on the Harrow Council arrangements in full before applying Schools website. to the schools of your choice. Many arrangements differ substantially from The Admissions Arrangements listed each other. first apply to: The admissions arrangements that • Canons High School follow are binding, and no exceptions Apply now • Harrow High School will be made during the admissions • Hatch End High School process. • Nower Hill High School Back Next
Admissions arrangements Admissions arrangements for: Canons High School Pinner High School Harrow High School Rooks Heath School Hatch End High School & Whitefriars School Nower Hill High School (Secondary Phase) Park High School If there are fewer applicants than there 4. Siblings Children with a brother or are places available for Year 7 entry sister attending the academy in years in September 2021, everyone who 7 to 11 at the time of application. The applies will be offered a place. sibling link does not apply to students Home who are attending the sixth form in Children who have an Education, September 2020; Health and Care Plan or statement 5. Children of staff of the school of special educational needs which Children where their parent(s) has names the Academy will be allocated been employed by the academy trust Map a place at the Academy in accordance at the academy for at least two years with their statutory entitlement. at the date of admission or where the member of staff has been recruited Oversubscription criteria to a vacant post where there is a demonstrable skills shortage; and If there are more applicants than 6. Distance from home to school Schools Places are allocated to applicants who there are places available after the admission of students with an live closest to the school. This must Education, Health and Care Plan or be the address where parent and child statement of special educational needs normally live and they must be living naming the academy, the following there on the closing date for receipt of Apply now criteria will be considered, in order, to applications. determine who will be offered a place: See following pages for definitions. 1. Children who are looked after or were previously looked after A Tie-breaker: If more applications are ‘looked after child’ or a child who was received in any one criterion than previously looked after but immediately there are places available after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence, The tiebreaker of distance from the child arrangements; address point for the home address 2. Medical or social needs of the child to the centre point for the school site, Children for whom it is essential to be measured in a straight line, will be admitted to a specific school because applied. The school centre point is of special circumstances to do with computer generated and is the centre significant medical needs and or social point of a bounded polygon of the needs. school site that includes elements Back Next 3. Medical reasons relevant to such as buildings, playgrounds parent(s) Parent(s) where there are and car parks but excludes playing special medical reasons for seeking a fields. In cases where applicants live place for their child at the school; equidistant from the preferred school
and places cannot be offered to all of joint declaration is received by the the applicants affected, the available closing date for applications, the home place(s) will be allocated using a address will be taken as the address of random computer selection. the parent who receives child benefit; in cases where parents are not eligible Children of multiple births: In cases for child benefit the address will be where there is only one place available that of the parent where the child is at the school and the next child on the registered with the doctor. waiting list is one of a twin, triplet or other multiple birth group, both twins Children who are looked after or (or all the siblings in the case of other were previously looked after A multiple births) would be admitted, looked after child is a child who is (a) Home even if this meant that the school in the care of a local authority, or (b) would admit in excess of the admission being provided with accommodation number. by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Definitions Children Act 1989) at the time of Map making an application to the school. Distance The home address is where Previously looked after children are a child normally lives. The distance children who were looked after, but will be measured in a straight light ceased to be so because they were from the address point for the home adopted or became subject to a address to the centre point for the Schools school site. Each centre point factors child arrangements order or special guardianship order. An adoption in on-site buildings only and is agreed order is an order under Section 46 by the school. Distance is calculated of the Adoption and Children Act using a computerised mapping system 2002. A ‘residence order’ or a ‘child based on Ordinance Survey data. To arrangement order’ is an order settling Apply now find distances to schools in Harrow go the arrangements to be made as to to www.harrow.gov.uk/distancetool. In the person with whom the child is to cases where applicants live equidistant live under Section 8 of the Children Act from the preferred school and places 1989. Section 14A of the Children Act cannot be offered to both children, the 1989 defines a ‘special guardianship available place will be allocated using order’ as an order appointing one or a random computer selection. more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians). Home address This must be the address where parent and child Medical or social needs of the normally live and they must be living child Except in wholly exceptional there on the closing date for receipt of circumstances such requests will only applications. Confirmation of address be considered for the school closest will be required. Where a child lives to the home address. The application with parents with shared responsibility, must be supported by written evidence. each for a part of a week, then the The supporting evidence should set out Back Next address used will be the address the particular reasons why the academy where the child spends the majority is the most suitable school and the of the school week. Where residence difficulties that would be caused if the is split equally between parents, if no
child had to attend another school. or social need) to one school in The recommendation for this specific Harrow. school should demonstrate knowledge of the school in terms of resources and Medical reasons relevant to organisation which deems it essential parent(s) Except in wholly exceptional that the named pupil be admitted to circumstances such requests will only the academy. The academy can only be considered for the school closest consider entry under this criterion if to the home address. Applications will the required documents have been only be considered for the parent(s) produced. with whom the child lives and must be accompanied by compelling medical Applications made on medical grounds evidence from a hospital Consultant at Home must be accompanied by compelling the time of application. The letter from medical evidence from a hospital the hospital consultant must provide Consultant at the time of application. information about the parent’s medical The letter from the hospital consultant condition, the effects of this condition must provide information about the and why, in view of this, the child Map child’s medical condition, the effects needs to attend the academy. If the of this condition and why, in view of academy is not the closest school to this, the child needs to attend the the home address, the consultant must academy. If the academy is not the set out in detail the wholly exceptional school closest to the home of the child, circumstances for attending the the consultant must set out in detail academy and the difficulties if the Schools the wholly exceptional circumstances child had to attend another school. for attending the academy and the In assessing these applications difficulties if the child had to attend independent advice will be sought as another school. In assessing these appropriate (e.g. Harrow Association applications advice may be sought of Disabled People or Harrow’s Mental Apply now from Harrow’s Special Education Health Service). Needs Service. Medical claims relevant to parent(s) Applications made on social grounds will only be considered for one school must be accompanied by compelling and this should be named by the evidence at the time of application. consultant. Social needs claims will only be considered where there is involvement Parent(s) making a medical claim solely from a social worker. The application on the grounds of the young person’s will need to be supported with a letter need to be accompanied on the journey from a Divisional Director from Children to school will not be allowed. and Families or a person holding a similar role in another local authority. Sibling Where children live as brother The director must set out in detail the and sister in the same household they wholly exceptional circumstances that are treated in the same way as siblings in their view require attendance at the for admissions purposes. This includes Back Next academy and the difficulties if the child a child’s brother or sister, half brother had to attend another school. or sister, adopted/foster brother or Parents can only make an application sister, step brother or sister living in the under this criteria (whether for medical same family unit at the same address.
It does not include cousins or other have not accepted or declined an extended family members who live in offer giving them a further 7 days. If no the same household. In the case of response is received a further letter will twins, triplets and other multiple-birth be sent to advise that the place has children, if one child can be offered a been withdrawn. Unaccepted places place in the school, other multiple-birth will be allocated to other applicants. children will be allocated a place in the school. Where twins are concerned Appeals procedure and one twin has a Statement Parents can choose to appeal against of Special Educational Needs or the decision of the academy trust Education, Health and Care Plan that not to offer their child a place at the names the school the other twin will be academy. Harrow Council administer Home treated as having a sibling link for that any admissions appeals on behalf of academic year. the academy trust. To appeal against the decision not to offer their child Parent this means the parent who has a place, parents must complete the parental responsibility as defined in the appeal forms that are available on the Map Children Act 1989, or the person in the Harrow Council website household who is defined as a parent (www.harrow.gov.uk/schooladmissions) for the purposes of Section 576 of the or from the Harrow Council Education Act 1996. This could include Admissions Team (schooladmissions@ a person who is not a biological parent harrow.gov.uk). To be considered in but who has responsibility for her or the first round of appeals, the notice Schools him (such as a child’s guardians) but of appeal must be received by the will not usually include other relatives Council by their specified date. such as grandparents, aunts, uncles etc unless they have all the rights, The appeal will be heard by an duties, powers and responsibilities and independent appeals panel constituted Apply now authority, which by law a parent of a and operated in accordance with the child has in relation to the child and School Admissions Appeals Code. their property. Parents will receive written notification of the date and time of their appeal Notification and acceptance of hearing, which they can attend to places explain their case. If they wish, parents In accordance with the co-ordinated may be accompanied by an adviser admissions policy, on 1 March 2021 or friend. Following the appeal, the the Local Authority will make the formal Clerk to the appeals panel will write to offer of a place to parents or carers on parents with the decision. behalf of the Academy Trust. Waiting list for the incoming Year 7 The onus is on parents to contact the Parents / carers can ask for their Local Authority by their specified date child’s name to be put on a waiting (expected to be around 16 March list for the academy. The waiting list 2021) to either accept or decline the will be maintained by Harrow Council Back Next offer of a place. This will in no way Admissions Team on behalf of the affect parents’ right to appeal for academy trust from the offer date a place at another school. Harrow (1 March 2021) until the end of the Council will write to all parents who academic year.
The waiting list will give priority in time in accordance with the In-Year Fair accordance with the admissions Access agreement. criteria. Any places that become available will be filled in priority order Admission of a child out from the waiting list or late applicants. Whenever an applicant is removed of the normal age group from or added to the waiting list, the list will be reordered in accordance In exceptional circumstances, parents with the oversubscription criteria. or carers may wish to seek admission to a year group that is not the normal group for a child of that age. If a parent In-Year applications or carer is considering this they must Home contact the school for a discussion If a parent wants to make an in-year prior to making an application. application for a child to join the academy they should complete the The Headteacher will consider a Common Application Form for In-Year request and make a decision on the Admissions that is available on the Map basis of the circumstances of the Harrow Council admissions website or case and the best interests of the from the Harrow Council Admissions child concerned. This will include Team (schooladmissions@harrow. consideration of the parent’s or carer’s gov.uk). There is no Supplementary views, the academic, social and Information Form for the academy; emotional development of the child, Schools parents only need to complete the any relevant information provided by Common Application Form. The medical professionals, and whether Common Application Form should they have previously been educated be returned to the Harrow Council outside of their normal age group. If Admissions Team who will then liaise the Headteacher refuses a request to with the schools who are listed on the Apply now consider an application for outside of form and write to the applicants with the child’s normal age range, they will the result of their application. set out the reasons for this refusal. In-Year admissions will be considered If the Headteacher agrees to the in accordance with the number of request, if the application would then places available at the school in seek entry into Year 7, the application the 2021/22 school year and over- would be processed as part of the subscription criteria outlined above main admissions process and using and any places that become available the oversubscription criteria outlined will be filled in priority order from the above (if the request was received after existing waiting list and any current the closing date for Year 7 entry then applications. the application would be considered alongside other late applications). Fair access protocol While parents have a right of appeal Back Next As part of the co-ordinated admissions against a decision to refuse admission arrangements with Harrow Council to their child, there is no right of appeal the school may accept hard-to-place if they have been offered a place but pupils onto the school roll from time to not in their preferred year group.
Admission to the Harrow sixth form and some students from the school may join sixth form courses in Collegiate for Sixth Form other schools and/or colleges. Applications should be made to the All students may continue to study school by the first Friday in February in the sixth form of their current in the academic year preceding school, providing they meet the entry the year of entry. Any applications requirements of their selected courses. from students who are not currently A collegiate system operates at students at the academy will be sixth form level within Harrow and judged according to the same entry some courses are offered through requirements of the school and their this arrangement. As a result some selected subjects and will be offered Home students from other schools and/or places if there are spaces available in colleges join courses at a particular those subjects. Map Schools Apply now Back Next
AvantiEnd Hatch House High School Secondary School Excellence Virtue Devotion High Performing Specialist Arts school Avanti House status Secondary School Headstone Lane, Harrow, Middlesex Wembrough HA3Road, 6NR Stanmore HA7 2EX & 0208 249Tel: 6830 020 8428 4330 Fax: 020 8428 9286 * firstname.lastname@example.org Email: email@example.com. 8 www.avanti.org.uk/avantihouse uk Website: www.hatchend.harrow.sch. Principal:ukMr Simon Arnell PLACES AGES GENDER TYPE Travel map DfE NO: 310 4000 180 11-18 Mixed Free school Avanti House is a free school for boys Avanti House School offers a broad, and girls aged 11-18, set up in response balanced and challenging curriculum to parental demand. centred on the academic rigour of the The school has moved to its new English Baccalaureate with specialisms in £25-million-pound building located in mathematics and performing arts. Targets Stanmore, Wemborough Road, HA7 are set for the very highest achievement Home 2EQ. There are a full range of facilities across the curriculum and current including; state of the art sports grounds students are already on target to exceed and hall, performing arts suite and them. fantastic teaching rooms. In Year Seven, pupils have the chance to Map Ethos study French and Spanish and Sanskrit. Yoga and meditation are taught within Avanti House is founded on three drama lessons. The school, via its pillars – Educational Excellence, bespoke philosophy, religion and ethics Character Formation and Spiritual programme (PRE), encourages students Insight. to understand and appreciate the value Schools We ensure that Avanti House is a truly of self, of others, of family and community inclusive school where the values, and of the environment. enshrined in our vision statement are evident not just in our policies but also The PRE programme also looks to in our daily practice; that they can be nurture critical thinking and reflection witnessed in the curriculum we offer and around meaning in life, their own Apply now in the relationships which we develop understanding of and relationship with with one another. God and how they might live an ethically and morally sound life. The 2018 Ofsted report stated that The curriculum as a whole is designed “Through working as a team and to nurture highly aspirational, confident, developing a shared culture of high independent, expert learners who both expectations, you and your leadership realise fully their academic potential team have created a learning community whilst also developing the attributes Next that pupils say ‘feels like a family’”. of social responsibility and enterprise alongside other skills. This all ensures Curriculum that our students will go on to thrive as young adults with all the challenges that
they will face in a fast-changing 21st can learn from the older and vice-versa. century global economy and community. This also provides a structure for inter- The entire curriculum is also underpinned house competitions and leadership by the development of six key values: opportunities where pupils can take on Respect, Courage, Empathy, Integrity, additional responsibilities, regardless of Self-discipline and Gratitude. Behaviour their age. The school has a well-staffed at Avanti House School is outstanding; and experienced inclusion department to our existing students are fiercely proud of cater for the needs of all and also a very their school. active Student Council which feeds back The school currently operates a six period regularly to staff and actively influences day (each of one hour) with an hour after school-policy on such matters as school most evenings for enrichment behaviour, homework and catering. clubs. Home Our early start at 8 a.m. (Breakfast Club Beyond the formal from 7.30am) and vegetarian cuisine ensures we get the best out of our Curriculum pupils while still leaving time at the end of the day for our varied extra-curricular Avanti House offers a wide variety of programme. after-school clubs on mid-week evenings, Map including: chess, choir, dance, art, drama, netball, Staffing cricket, football, ultimate frisbee, gifted and talented, magazine, and science Avanti House benefits from a highly clubs to name a few. dedicated and professional staff who Music tuition is available across a range Schools are entirely committed to the academic, of instruments and amongst the many spiritual and emotional needs of the extra-curricular events this year have children. Their approach to teaching is been the following:• All You Need is characterised by: Love performance on the Southbank, Arts Week, museum trip, “Stomp” visit, • High expectations which encourage “Winter’s Tale”, “Phantom”, Gothic Apply now achievement Tales, mask-making, tap dancing, Lord’s • An understanding of the individual Cricket, drumming workshop, “Avanti’s needs of each child be they gifted Got Talent” and an in-house production of and talented or having a special “Oliver!”. educational need. • An appreciation of the benefits of collaborative learning, supported In conclusion by high quality ICT and bespoke resources, and of learning beyond the Avanti House offers a well-rounded classroom – including trips and visits. education to all its pupils, identifying strengths and talents and developing that potential to the full, with academic Quality Assurance, Student achievement and character development Support and Student Voice side-by-side. Young people will leave Avanti House well qualified, confident, Every parent wants to know that their creative and characterful. child is well-known and well-looked after at school and at Avanti House our More details are available on our OFSTED-endorsed systems ensure just website and parents are encouraged that. Each child is allocated a tutor and is to visit the school in session to meet Back Next placed in one of our four Houses. While our very happy community, sample the taught in year groups, each student unique family atmosphere and witness belongs to a House which contains pupils for themselves the excellent teaching of mixed age groups so that the younger and strong work ethic.
Admissions arrangements Avanti House Secondary School Avanti House Secondary School (“the recent utility bills. School”) is part of the Avanti Schools Trust and is an inclusive Hindu faith- Year 12 (Sixth Form) designated school which welcomes The PAN for external candidates meeting children of all faiths and none. More the minimum academic entry criteria for information about the School can be entry into Year 12 (sixth form) is 40. found by visiting the website at www. Internal students already on the roll in avanti.org.uk/avantihouse-secondary. Year 11 do not need to formally apply The Trust Board of Avanti Schools Trust for admission, they will simply transfer Home (“the Trust Board”) is the “admission from Year 11 to Year 12 if they meet the authority” for all schools within the minimum academic entry criteria. trust, and is responsible for determining Where a lower number of Year 11 students and implementing the admission transfer to Year 12 than anticipated, it may arrangements for those schools. be possible to admit external candidates to Year 12 over the PAN. Map Definition of “Parent” The minimum academic entry criteria for In this policy, a “parent” is defined as admission/transfer to Year 12 is set out including a natural or adoptive parent of a further below. child (irrespective of with whom the child lives, or whether the parent has contact Children with an Education, Health and with or parental responsibility for the Care Plan Schools child), as well as non-parents who have Children with an education health and care of, or parental responsibility for, the care plan (“EHC plan”) which names child. Avanti House Secondary School will be admitted to the School under separate statutory procedures, rather than under Published Admission this policy. Where they will be admitted Apply now Number (“PAN”) in the normal admission round (i.e. Year 7 admission), the number of places Year 7 available within the PAN stated above The published admission number (“PAN”) will be reduced, otherwise they will be for entry to Year 7 is 180. admitted over the PAN where necessary. Where fewer applicants than the published admission number for the Oversubscription Criteria relevant year group are received, offers Where the School is oversubscribed, will be made to all those who have the available places will be allocated to applied. children in the following order of priority: Following the offer of a place at the School, parents/carers can be asked to 1. Looked after children1 and previously provide proof of their child’s birth date and looked after children who became subject main residence. The forms of identification to adoption, a child arrangements order may include the child’s birth certificate, or special guardianship order immediately NHS registration card, council tax bill and after being looked after. Back Next A looked after child is a child who is (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 (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).
Avanti House Secondary School (continued) 2. Children with a sibling2 attending A looked after child is a child who is (a) in Avanti House Secondary School at the the care of a Local Authority, or (b) being time of application. Details of sibling to provided with accommodation by a Local be included in the Common Application Authority in the exercise of their social Form submitted to the Local Authority. services functions (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989). 3. Children who attend Avanti House Primary School or Krishna Avanti Primary To be included in this category, a School (Harrow) at the time of application. completed supplementary information form (“SIF”) certified by a representative 4. Children of a member of the School’s of the ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Manor staff who: temple must be submitted to the School Home a. Has been employed at the School by the closing date for applications, in for two or more years at the time of addition to the Common Application Form application; and/or submitted to the Local Authority. Children b. Was recruited to fill a vacant post for for whom a certified SIF is not received which there was a demonstrable skill by the closing date for applications, and shortage. children falling into this category who do Map For the avoidance of doubt, “a” and “b” not achieve a place, will be included in the above do not denote an order of priority – next category that applies. all children falling within this category will be treated equally. 6. All other children. 5. Up to 10 places to Hindu children with Schools a practising Hindu3 parent who worships Supplementary Information at the ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Manor Form (“SIF”) temple (located at Hilfield lane, Aldenham, Near Watford, Hertfordshire, WD25 8EZ) For children falling within categories 5 in the following order of priority: and 6 above, parents must submit a 5.1 Hindu children with a practising Hindu supplementary information form (“SIF”) Apply now parent who has taken initiation (diksha)4 certified by the practising Hindu parent’s and attends Sanga5; temple to the School by the closing date 5.2 Hindu children with a practising Hindu for applications, in addition to submitting parent who attends Sanga6; a completed Common Application Form 2 A “sibling” will include full or half brother or sister, an adopted brother or sister, a step-brother or sister or a foster brother or sister, provided that in all cases the sibling and the applicant child live permanently at the same home address (as defined by this policy) and are being brought up as siblings. For the avoidance of doubt, a child of a friend or extended family member (for example, a cousin) living at the same address will not be a sibling for the purpose of this policy. Parents must ensure that they have included full details of the sibling in the Admissions Application Form to be included in this category. Failure to do so will result in the child being placed into the next category that applies. 3 For the purpose of this policy, “practicing Hindu” means worship at a Hindu temple at least monthly for at least one year at the closing date for applications. An adjustment to this requirement may be made by the temple’s representative to take into account difficulties caused by disability or other unavoidable cause which has prevented this level of worship. Back 4 “Initiation” is acceptance of the shelter of a bona fide ISKCON guru and commitment to follow the principles Next laid down by the authorities within ISKCON. 5 “Sanga” is a registered congregational programme which involves regular congregational spiritual development meetings (usually held at least once every month) led by an experienced practising devotee recognised by the temple. 6 See footnote 5.
Avanti House Secondary School (continued) to the Local Authority. Failure to do so will application where it is accompanied by an result in the child being placed into the official letter confirming the relocation date next category that applies. and a unit postal address or quartering The SIF is available for download from the address. This is an exception to the rule School’s website or in hard copy from the that the child must be living at the address School’s office. at the time of application. Order of Allocation Minimum Academic Entry Criteria for Year 12 (Sixth Form) School places will be allocated on the The minimum academic criteria for basis of our determined admissions transfer/admission to Year 12 (sixth form) arrangements. The order in which places are the same for current Year 11 students Home will be allocated the categories above and external candidates. Only students will be by reference to the distance the who meet the minimum application criteria child lives from the School, with those will be permitted to transfer/admitted. living closest to the School receiving highest priority. Distance will be measured The minimum academic entry criteria are: from the centre point of the child’s • Six GCSE’s at Grade 6. Map • Each subject has individual home address to the centre point of the School’s site in a straight line using the requirements, published on the Local Authority’s specialist software and in school’s website annually. accordance to the Child’s Home Address • paragraph section in the policy. Admission of Children Outside their Normal Age Group Schools Tie Breaker Parents have a right to ask for their child Where two or more children live an to be admitted to a school to a year group equal distance from the School, random other than their child’s year group, either allocation supervised by someone above or below. It is, however, for the independent of the School will be used Trust Board to determine whether to agree Apply now as a tie-breaker to determine the order in or refuse the application. which places are allocated. The procedure for asking for admission of a child to a year group other than the Child’s Home Address child’s normal year group is by letter to For the purpose of this policy, the child’s the School giving details of all relevant home address is determined as defined circumstances and attaching any relevant in Harrow Local Authority’s Admission’s supporting evidence. The Trust Board will arrangements.7 consider the request and make a decision on the basis of the circumstances of Children of UK Service Personnel and the case and in the best interests of the Crown Servants child concerned, taking into account The children of UK service personnel (UK the parent’s views, the Principal’s view, armed forces) with a confirmed posting to information about the child’s academic, the area of the School, and the children social and emotional development, the Crown servants returning from overseas child’s medical history and the view to live in the area of the School, will be of their medical professionals (where Back regarded as living at the address stated in relevant), whether the child has previously Next the application for admission at the time of been education outside their normal age 7 Please see Harrow Council’s guide to admissions for Secondary Schools on their website.
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