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Admissions Criteria
The Secondary Common Application Form which you receive from your child’s primary school must be completed either on-line or returned to the Local Authority or Primary school by the date specified by the Local Authority. We do not have a separate Application Form.

Under Section 1.4 of the DFE School’s Admissions Code Wrotham School has decided to admit above its Published Admission Number for September 2018. The number has been increased from 140 to 145 to meet local demand.

Wrotham School admits students across the whole ability range. If we are oversubscribed we use the following rules, in this order of priority:

Oversubscription Criteria
Wrotham School Governors have adopted the same definition of terms as used by Kent County Council. Before the application of the oversubscription criteria, children with a Statement of Special Educational Need which namesWrotham School, will be admitted. As a result of this the published admissions criteria will be reduced accordingly.

If the number of preferences for the school is more than the number of places available, places will be allocated in the following priority order:

1. Children in Local Authority Care – A child under the age of 18 years for whom the Local Authority provides accommodation by agreement with their parents/carers (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) or who is subject of a care order under Part IV of the Act.

2. Current Family Association – A brother or sister attending Wrotham School when the child starts. In this context brother or sister means children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers and sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or stepsisters and foster brothers and sisters.

3. Medical, Health, Social and Special Access reasons – will be applied in accordance with the school’s legal obligations, in particular those under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Priority will be given to those children whose mental or physical impairment means they have demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Equally this priority will apply to children whose parents’ / guardians’, physical or mental health or social needs means they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Such claims will need to be supported by written evidence from a suitably qualified medical or other practitioner who can demonstrate a special connection between those needs and Wrotham School.

4. Distance from the school to the home, measured in a straight line, with those living nearest having priority. The distance is calculated between the child’s permanent address and the school measured in a straight line using Ordnance Survey address point data. Distances are measured from a central point within the child’s home to a similarly defined point within the school as specified by Ordnance Survey. The school uses measurements provided by the LA and further information on how distances are calculated is available in the Admissions Booklets provided by the LA.

A pupil’s home address is considered to be the residential property that is the child’s only or main residence and not an address at which your child might sometimes stay or sleep due to your own domestic or special arrangements. The address must be the pupil’s home address on the day you completed the application form and which is either:
• owned by the child’s parent, parents or guardian, OR leased to or
• rented by the child’s parent, parents or guardian under a lease or written rental agreement.
If you live separately from your partner but share responsibility for your child, and the child lives at two addresses during the week, we will regard the home address as the one at which the child sleeps for the majority of weekdays.
A block of flats has a single address point reference, so applicants living in the same block will be regarded as living the same distance away from the school. In the unlikely event that two or more children live in the same block and in all other ways have equal eligibility for the last available place for the school, the names will be issued a number and drawn randomly to decide which child should be given the place.

A dot map of the location of children admitted in the previous year is available to help you. However, past admission trends can only be taken as a guide and not a guarantee for admission.

In a tie breaker situation the nearness of an applicant’s home to school will be the decider. If in the event more than one applicant has the same distance from home to school, as measured by the Local Authority, then a random selection will be applied.

Sixth Form
Our sixth form is the biggest it has ever been. This means we can offer a broad range of subjects which appeal to everyone. Please see our dedicated 6th form website for more details on how to apply for September 2018