Admissions Criteria

As an academy, The Academy Trust is responsible for our school admissions and decides how students are admitted. Blenheim High School does not use the traditional radial catchment that many other schools use.

Admissions Policy

Admissions' Policy 2016/2017

The School will admit students from the locality to a level at which we can provide a quality education for all irrespective of any assessment of their ability.

The current Published Admissions Number (PAN) is 240.  Blenheim High School will operate an equal preference system.  In the event of oversubscription places will be allocated in accordance with the following criteria in the order set out below.

  1. Looked After Children (See Note a) will automatically be given priority when places are allocated as well as children who have left care through adoption or a residence or special guardianship order.
  2. Children, who at the time of admission will have a sibling (See Note c), living at the same address, at the school.
  3. Children whose parents can demonstrate that admission is necessary for the medical, social or educational well-being of their child; the grounds on which the application is made should be supported by written evidence from a doctor, psychologist, education social worker or educational welfare officer to demonstrate that it is necessary for the student to attend Blenheim High School. 
  4. Of the remaining places, 15% will be allocated to students living in Court Ward and 15% to the West Ewell ward.  All distances are measured in a straight line from the address point of the pupil’s house, as set by Ordnance Survey, to the main school gate.
  5.   The remaining places will be divided between the following Epsom and Ewell wards:  Town, Ewell, Ewell Court, Stoneleigh, Auriol, Cuddington, Nonsuch, Stamford, Woodcote, College, Ruxley and the Sutton Worcester Park area (see map at school).  All distances are measured in a straight line from the address point of the pupil’s house, as set by Ordnance Survey, to the main school gate.  In the first instance, places would be allocated equally amongst the wards.  If any ward/area had fewer applications than the number of places allocated, these places will be divided amongst the remaining wards/Worcester Park area. In the event the remaining places do not distribute evenly over all wards/Worcester Park area, then the places will be distributed singularly, starting with the ward nearest to the school and then working away from the school until all wards/area have an even distribution of places. See map.
  6. Any remaining places will be allocated on distance All distances are measured in a straight line from the address point of the pupil’s house, as set by Ordnance Survey, to the main school gate.

Parents/Carers have the right of appeal should a place not be able to be offered.

Waiting Lists

Where there are more applicants than places available, waiting lists will operate for each year group according to the oversubscription criteria shown and without regard to the date the application was received or when a child’s name was added to the list.  As part of the initial intake to the school, applicants will automatically be added to the list if they have not been offered a higher preference school. 

Waiting Lists for the initial intake will be maintained until the last day of the Autumn term when they will be cancelled.  Parents wishing to remain on the Waiting List after this date must write to the school.  Waiting lists for applications remain on file for six months after this time it will be necessary to contact the school again to remain on the Waiting List.

Notes

a)       Looked after and previously looked after children will be considered to be:

o    A 'looked after child' or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements, or special guardianship order[1].

o    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 (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).

b)       Blenheim High School will admit any child with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan that names Blenheim High School as required by section 324 of the Education Act 1996.

c)       Sibling is defined in these arrangements as children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers and sisters.  Where a sibling is in Year 12 at the time of application, they will be deemed as being in the school at the time of admission unless the parent has specifically expressed they will not be continuing into the following academic year.

d)       All distances are measured in a straight line from the address point of the pupil’s house, as set by Ordnance Survey, to the main school gate.  This is calculated using the Surrey Local Authority’s Geographical Information System.  The address that will apply is the address supplied on the closing date of application unless a change of address for good reason has been accepted by the Local Authority.

e)       Late applicants will be considered in accordance with Surrey’s Coordinated Scheme.  See Surrey County Council, Coordinated Schemes for Admission to Primary School, Admission to Secondary School and In Year Admissions  (https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/schools/school-admissions).

f)        Where two or more children share a priority for a place, eg. Where two children live equidistant from a school, the school will draw lots to determine which child should be given priority.

g)       If a final place is going to be offered to a child who is one of twins, triplets or other multiple births, the school will offer up to a maximum of 3 over PAN to include the remaining siblings.

h)       If the child lives during the week at two different addresses with adults who have parental responsibility, the address where the Child Benefit payment is paid will be taken as the main address.

i)         If it is found that a place has been obtained on a fraudulent basis, the offer may be withdrawn.

j)         Before a place is offered, the original copy of the Council Tax will be required as evidence of residency.

 k)       Applicants may choose to seek a place outside their child’s chronological (correct) year group. Decisions will be made on the basis of the circumstances of each case and what is in the best interests of the child concerned.

a.        Applicants who are applying for their child to have a decelerated entry to school, i.e. to start later than other children in their chronological age group, should initially apply for a school place in accordance with the deadlines that apply for their child’s chronological age. If, in liaison with the headteacher, governors agree for the child to have a decelerated entry to the school the place cannot be deferred and instead the applicant will be invited to apply again in the following year for the decelerated cohort.

b.       Applicants who are applying for their child to have an accelerated entry to school, i.e. to start earlier than other children in their chronological age group, must initially apply for a school place at the same time that other families are applying for that cohort. If, in liaison with the headteacher, governors agree for the child to have an accelerated entry to the school, the application will be processed. If it is not agreed for the child to have an accelerated entry to the school, the applicant will be invited to apply again in the following year for the correct cohort

Applicants must state clearly why they feel admission to a different year group is in the child's best interest and provide what evidence they have to support this. More information on educating children out of their chronological year group and the process for making such requests is available at www.surreycc.gov.uk/admissions.
 

 


[1] An adoption order is an order under the Adoption Act 1976 and children who were adopted under the Adoption and Children’s Act 2002 .  Children Act 2002. A ‘child arrangements order’ is an order settling the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live under Section 8 of the Children Act 1989 as amended by s.14 of the Children and Families Act 2014. Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians).

Catchment Map

Blenheim High School Catchment Map