Admissions Policy

Admissions Policy 2019/2020

Published Admission number September 2019: 225
The School / Governing Body are responsible for the implementation and administration of the policy and places will be offered to applicants in the following order of priority:

1. Priority will be given to a ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship order. 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).

2. Students attending the following Primary Schools:

Cold Norton Primary School

Collingwood Primary School

Elmwood Primary School

St Joseph’s R.C. Primary School

St Mary’s C. of E. Primary School Woodham Ferrers

Trinity St. Mary’s C. of E. Primary School

Woodville Primary School

By the closing date of applications for September Intake.

3. Students living in South Woodham Ferrers and those with a Woodham Ferrers postal address.

4. Students with siblings already attending the William de Ferrers School in any year group excluding the final year (Year 13).  A sibling is determined as a brother, sister, adopted brother or sister or stepbrother or stepsister living in the same family unit in the same family household.  Biological siblings will be treated as siblings irrespective of place of residence.  Children residing in the same household as part of an extended family, such as cousins, will not be treated as siblings.

5.  To children of staff in both of the following circumstances:

     a) where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the

          time at which the application for admission to the school is made, and/or

b) the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

6. Any remaining applications.

In the event of oversubscription within any of the above criteria, priority will be determined by straight-line distance from home to school, those living closest being given highest priority.  For further clarification please refer to Secondary Education in Essex booklet produced by Essex County Council under ‘Essential Information for Parents’. 

Children with a statement of special educational needs are required to be admitted if the school is named subject to relevant legislation set out in Schedule 27, paragraph 3 of the Education Act 1996.

For applicants not awarded a place as a result of the above they may appeal to an independent statutory appeals panel established under the current regulations especially for this purpose.

The Local Authority will maintain a waiting list for year 7 intake until the end of August 2019.  This list is then maintained by the school through to the end of year 11 and is updated regularly.

The admission procedure is administered by Planning and Admissions, Essex County Council; whose service the School buys into on an annual basis.