SECONDARY SCHOOL TRANSITION PROCESS SEPTEMBER 2020

The application process opens Wednesday 25th September and applications are available to complete via the online application portal, as well as application forms that are also available in the Civic Offices located in Barry.

Listed below is a link to the online application portal that will be available for parents to complete and submit an application form from Wednesday. Parents are required to register an account and add their children’s details before logging in and completing the application process, which takes approx. 5-10 minutes and is fairly straightforward, but if issues are experienced the team are always readily available to help.

https://admissions.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/CitizenPortal_LIVE/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2FCitizenPortal_LIVE%2F

This year will no doubt provide a few queries from those families more affected by the recent removal of feeder schools from the Secondary School oversubscription criteria and as always the admissions team will be available to contact throughout the process should any parents or staff have any queries and wish to discuss these with a member of the team. This is an especially busy time of year for our small team so thank you for your patience and we will respond at our very earliest opportunity. I have also added information at the bottom of this letter of the new oversubscription criteria for convenience.

Finally, should you have any queries regarding the process, or any other issues such as any requirement for hard copies, please let me know.

Kind Regards

 

Sam Mawhinney

Logistics & Access Officer / Swyddog Derbyniadau Cynorthwyol

School Improvement & Inclusion / Strategaeth, Dysgu yn y Gymuned ac Adnoddau

Vale of Glamorgan Council / Cyngor Bro Morgannwg

tel / ffôn: 01446 709725

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e-mail / e-bost: smawhinney@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk

 

Secondary School Oversubscription Criteria

 

1.         Children where evidence has been supplied to confirm that they are           looked after, or have been previously looked after by a local authority in                                                                                       accordance with section 22 of the Children Act.

2.         Pupils who are currently permanently resident within the designated catchment area of the school on or before the published closing date for receipt of preference forms. Evidence of permanent residence of a child must be supplied if requested. In the event of over-subscription by applicants from this category alone criteria (4), (5) and (6), in order of priority, would be applied to produce an order of preference.

 

3.         Pupils not currently permanently resident within the designated catchment area of the school whose parents have satisfied the Council, on or before the published closing date for receipt of preference forms, that the child will be taking up residence within the catchment area by the commencement of the school term to which the application relates. In the event of over-subscription by applicants from this category alone criteria (4), (5), and (6), in order of priority, would be applied to produce an order of preference.

 

4.         Pupils in respect of whom the Council judges that there are compelling medical or social grounds for their admission to a specified secondary school i.e. those children recommended for placement at a named school due to medical, psychological or special education reasons. (Written recommendations from the appropriate external agencies or professional advisers will normally be required in such cases). In the event of oversubscription by applicants from this category alone criteria (5) and (6) would be applied.

 

5.         Pupils who have an elder brother or sister at the school and who will be on register at the school (years 8 to 11) during the academic year in which the child is to be admitted. In the event of over-subscription by applicants from this category alone, the Council will determine priority and allocate places by reference to the age of the pupils youngest sibling in the school, the youngest commanding the highest degree of priority.

 

6.         In determining applications for admission in respect of other pupils the Council gives particular regard to the proximity of the pupil’s home to the secondary school as measured by the shortest available walking route, those living nearest will have priority. The Council uses a Geographical Information System (GIS) to calculate home to school distances.