Admissions

Admissions Criteria for Years 7-11 for Balcarras School September 2013

The number of intended admissions is 194 in Years 7 to 11. Where applications for admission in Year 7 exceed the number of places available, places will be allocated according to the following criteria, applied in order:

  1. Children in Public Care (Looked After Children), including children who have previously been ‘looked after’ and later subject to an adoption residence, or special guardianship order.
  2. Children living in the school’s priority catchment area who have a sibling attending the school where the sibling is or has been a member of Years 7-11 and who will continue to be on the school roll when the applicant’s child is admitted. This criterion does not apply if the sibling has only attended Years 12-13.
  3. Children of full or part time salaried members of staff who have been employed at Balcarras for two years or more at the time of the application for admission, or of a member of staff recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
  4. Children living in the priority catchment area served by the school, with the strongest geographical claim, measured in a straight line from the ordnance survey address point of the child's home address (including flats) to the ordnance survey address point of the school, using the Local Authority's computerised measuring system, with those living closer to the school receiving the higher priority.
  5. Children who live outside the priority catchment area served by the school, who have a sibling attending the school where the sibling is or has been a member of Years 7-11 and who will continue to be on the school roll when the applicant’s child is admitted. This criterion does not apply if the sibling has only attended Years 12-13.
  6. Other children with the strongest geographical claim, measured in a straight line from the ordnance survey address point of the child's home address (including flats) to the ordnance survey address point of the school, using the Local Authority's computerised measuring system, with those living closer to the school receiving the higher priority.

In the event of the oversubscription of any of the criteria, where there are two or more children living the same distance from the school, then a ‘names in a hat’ process will be undertaken by the Admissions’ Authority, with the first name drawn being successful.

  • Note 1. Looked after children includes: children in the care of the local authority, or being provided accommodation by the local authority in the exercise of their social services function.
  • Note 2. A sibling is a brother or sister, half-brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step-brother or sister, or the child of the parent’s/carer’s partner, and in every case, the child must be living in the same family unit at the same address.
  • Note 3. Full or part time salaried members of staff does not include staff employed on an ad-hoc or casual basis, eg examination invigilators, supply staff etc.
  • Note 4. Where any particular category at points 1 – 5 is oversubscribed, criterion 6 (strongest geographical claim based on straight line distance) will be used to determine which child will be offered a place.
  • Note 5. A waiting list will be maintained until the end of the first term in the academic year of admission. All children on the waiting list will be ranked using the above criteria, taking into account children added to the list after the start of September.
  • Note 6. Transport to or from the school is only provided from the local Cotswold villages. For details please contact the school office.
  • Note 7. Any application for a place at Balcarras School made outside the normal year of entry to the school must be made directly to the school.

Sixth Form Entry

For details of the sixth form, including entry requirements and our application process, please go to the sixth form page on the website, and follow the link ‘How to apply’.

Admissions Criteria for Balcarras School September 2014

The number of intended admissions is 194 in Years 7 to 11.  Where applications for admission in Year 7 exceed the number of places available, places will be allocated according to the following criteria, applied in order:

  1. Children in Public Care (Looked After Children), including children who have previously been ‘looked after’ and later subject to an adoption residence, or special guardianship order.
  2. Children living in the school’s priority catchment area who have a sibling attending the school where the sibling is or has been a member of Years 7-11 and who will continue to be on the school roll when the applicant’s child is admitted. This criterion does not apply if the sibling has only attended Years 12-13
  3. Children of full or part time salaried members of staff who have been employed at Balcarras for two years or more at the time of the application for admission, or of a member of staff recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
  4. Children living in the priority catchment area served by the school, with the strongest geographical claim, measured in a straight line from the ordnance survey address point of the child's home address (including flats) to the ordnance survey address point of the school, using the Local Authority's computerised measuring system, with those living closer to the school receiving the higher priority.
  5. Children who live outside the priority catchment area served by the school, who have a sibling attending the school where the sibling is or has been a member of Years 7-11 and who will continue to be on the school roll when the applicant’s child is admitted. This criterion does not apply if the sibling has only attended Years 12-13
  6. Other children with the strongest geographical claim, measured in a straight line from the ordnance survey address point of the child's home address (including flats) to the ordnance survey address point of the school, using the Local Authority's computerised measuring system, with those living closer to the school receiving the higher priority.

In the event of the oversubscription of any of the criteria, where there are two or more children living the same distance from the school, then a ‘names in a hat’ process will be undertaken by the Admissions’ Authority, with the first name drawn being successful.

  • Note 1.  Looked after children includes: children in the care of the local authority, or being provided accommodation by the local authority in the exercise of their social services function.
  • Note 2.  A sibling is a brother or sister, half-brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step-brother or sister, or the child of the parent’s/carer’s partner, and in every case, the child must be living in the same family unit at the same address. Note 3. Full or part time salaried members of staff does not include staff employed on an ad-hoc or casual basis, eg examination invigilators, supply staff etc.
  • Note 4. Where any particular category at points 1 – 5 is oversubscribed, criterion 6 (strongest geographical claim based on straight line distance) will be used to determine which child will be offered a place.
  • Note 5. A waiting list will be maintained until the end of the first term in the academic year of admission.  All children on the waiting list will be ranked using the above criteria, taking into account children added to the list after the start of September.
  • Note 6. Transport to or from the school is only provided from the local Cotswold villages.  For details please contact the school office.
  • Note 7. Any application for a place at Balcarras School made outside the normal year of entry to the school must be made directly to the school.