|Policy date||September 2021|
|Date ratified||September 2021|
|Ratified by||Dr A Cook|
|Next review date||September 2022|
Moorlands School is a selective co-education independent grammar school for pupils up to the age of thirteen years. The school’s overriding aim is to ensure that every pupil who joins is capable of accessing the full breadth and depth of the curriculum, both academic and extra-curricular; this forms the basis of our admissions arrangements.
The aims of this policy are therefore to:
Admissions - General Points
Deciding on the right school for your child is very important, and the school believes that a personal visit with their child is invaluable. Parents are therefore invited to visit the school or attend one of our Open Events if they are interested in applying for a place for their child at the school. Please contact the school office on 01582 491430 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details of our Open Events and/or arrange a visit.
Registration: If parents wish to apply for a place for their child they are asked to complete the Registration Form and pay a non-refundable registration fee of £75.00. A child will only be considered as a candidate for admission once the school has received the completed Registration Form and payment of the registration fee. Registration does not constitute an offer or guarantee of a place at the school.
Whilst the school is proud to operate a broad and inclusive admissions policy, it is nevertheless selective. Entry criteria is fair, applies to all applicants and is set to ensure that all pupils joining us are able to access and thrive in the school environment; to ensure that the school can adequately cater for and meet the needs of any disability and/or special educational needs; and to help determine that an applicant is of appropriate age and maturity before an offer of a place is made.
It is therefore a condition of admission that all applicants meet the selection criteria for admission, as detailed below.
Pupils may join the school in any year group from Year 7 onwards. Entrance is usually in September, but entry at any point during the year is possible subject to a space being available.
The selection criteria entail:
Special Needs, Disabilities and English as an Additional Language (EAL)
The school welcomes all applicants irrespective of any learning needs and/or disabilities. However, its facilities (physical and otherwise) for pupils with learning difficulties and/or disabilities are currently limited. The school will do all that is reasonable to comply with the Equality Act 2010 so that the school may accommodate the needs of disabled applicants for which, with reasonable adjustments, the school can cater adequately.
The school will do all that is reasonable to ensure the application procedure (and any information about the school) is accessible for disabled applicants and will make such reasonable adjustments as necessary.
Parents must inform the school when submitting a Registration Form of any special circumstances relating to their child which may affect their child’s performance in the admissions process and ability to fully participate in the education provided by the school. Parents of disabled children may be invited to a preliminary meeting with the Headmaster to discuss ways in which any disadvantages could be lessened or eliminated from the admissions process and to ensure that the applicant can be adequately catered for should an offer of a place be made.
The school may request further information, such as a medical certificate or educational psychologist’s report, and any associated correspondence from the pupil’s current school that the school considers necessary to make a fair assessment. If, after reasonable adjustments have been considered, the school is unable to adequately cater for the needs of those children with disabilities, parents will be informed why an offer will not be made.
If an applicant’s disability becomes apparent after admission, the school will consult with parents about what reasonable adjustments, if any, can be made in order to allow the child to continue at the school. If, after reasonable adjustments have been considered, the school is unable to adequately cater for and meet the needs of the pupil, the Headmaster may request parents to withdraw their child. Fees in lieu will not be payable in these circumstances and the acceptance deposit will be returned.
The school welcomes all those applicants whose second language is English, provided they meet the school’s selection criteria. Where an offer of a place is made, EAL support may be put in place where the school determines that additional support is required. This may be charged in addition to the fees.