ADMISSION CRITERIA FOR 2014-15 and 2015-16

The Governors of Epsom and Ewell High School are committed to a continuing policy of open admission to the School without selection or discrimination on grounds of pupils' academic abilities, other abilities or aptitudes or (for example) financial or other personal or family circumstances.

The admission number for entry to the School at age 11+ in September 2014 will be 210.  Places will be considered under the equal  preference system.  If more than 210 applications are received ("oversubscription"), then the Governors' Admissions criteria will operate in the following order:

  1. Looked after children and previously looked after children will be considered to be: children who are registered as being in the care of a Local Authority in accordance with Section 22 of the Children Act 1989(a), e.g. fostered or living in a children's home, at the time an application for a school is made; and children who have left care through adoption (in accordance with Section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002), a residence order (in accordance with Section 8 of the Children Act 1989) or special guardianship order (in accordance with Section 14A of the Children Act 1989).
  2. Children who will have an older sibling attending the school at the date of admission; (sibling refers to brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister or the child of the carer's partner where the child for whom the school place is sought is living in the same family unit at the same address).
  3. Children with major medical or social grounds, supported by certification from a Doctor or a senior practitioner in social work, which indicates grounds why Epsom and Ewell High School would be the most appropriate for the child to attend; (this evidence should set out the particular reasons why this school is the most suitable and the difficulties that would be caused if he/she had to attend another school. The school may feel it appropriate to consult its own medical advisor.  It is expected that all mainstream schools and not just the school of your first preference will support children with the more common medical illnesses or stress-related symptoms - or both).
  4. The remaining places will be allocated to children living nearer to the school who will be assigned a place before those living further away.

If there is "oversubscription" in any category, places will be offered to those who live nearer to the school. A waiting list will be maintained throughout the autumn term 2014. Distances are measured in a straight line from the the pupil's home address at the closing date for applications (unless a change of address for good reason has been accepted by the local authority), as set by the Ordnance Survey, to the nearest school gate available for pupils to use.  This is calculated using the Surrey Local Authority Geographical Information System.  Should the system show the same distance for more than one applicant, lots will be drawn.

Applications received after the published closing date will be assessed when they are received.  If the school is not "oversubscribed", the pupil will be offered a place.  If the school is "oversubscribed", the application will be assessed and the pupil's name will be placed at the appropriate point on the waiting list

In the event that parents are refused a place for their child at Epsom and Ewell High School, those parents may appeal. Parents wishing to appeal against a decision to refuse a place should write to the Clerk to the Governors, Epsom and Ewell High School, Ruxley Lane, West Ewell, Surrey KT19 9JW. A hearing by an Admission Appeal Panel, comprising three people who are independent of the School, will be arranged in accordance with the Regulations current at the time.

As provided in the Government Code of Practice on special educational need, children having a Statement of special educational need will, if the School can meet the need, be admitted to one of the 210 places after the appropriate discussions with the parents and local authority.  This will include the admission of children with hearing impairment to the School's specialist unit.

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