Thank you for reading our prospectus pack and considering Colmers School & Sixth Form College for a place for your child. This page is used to provide additional information and updates during the year, so please do check back regularly if you have any questions. If you still have any outstanding questions we are always happy to help so please get in touch by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0121 453 1778 and ask for Mrs Richardson. How to make an In-Year application Please contact us in the first instance, however further information is available here: https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/20119/school_admissions/587/in-year_school_admissions Applying for a Year 7 place for September 2020 The number of intended admissions at Colmers for the year commencing September 2020 is likely to be 240. All applications must be made online at www.birmingham.gov.uk/schooladmissions. To avoid delay, please ensure you apply by the deadline set by Birmingham City Council All pupils will be admitted without reference to ability or aptitude. Where applications for admissions, received by the closing date, exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied, in the order set out below, to decide which children to admit: Looked After Children in public care and children with a statement of Special Needs or EHC Plan will take priority. Where the child has a sibling* who will be attending the school in September 2020 and who lives** within three miles of the school. *The Local Authority’s ‘Sibling’ definition has been adopted. **The Local Authority’s ‘Shared Responsibility’ definition has been adopted. Where the child lives within three miles of the school. Where the child has a sibling who will be attending the school in September 2020 but lives over three miles from the school. Where the child lives over three miles from the school. In each category, priority will be given to those living nearest to the school, the distances being measured in a straight line from the school to home. Please note that the Local Authority’s ‘Distance’ definition has been adopted and that appeals regarding Admission may only be made to an independent appeals panel. Colmers School does not have any involvement in the placement of Year 7 students. Important Note: These arrangements refer to the school year commencing September 2020. Previous admission pattern at the time of offer of places for Year 7 In 2017 and 2019 Colmers School received more applications than there were places available. In 2018 all applicants were offered. 2017 – 713 preferences received ranking the school 1 – 6. Last child admitted lived 2001 metres from the school 2018 – 604 preferences received ranking the school 1 – 6. All applicants offered 2019 – 792 preferences received ranking the school 1 – 6. Last child admitted lived 2191 metres from the school Admissions, Oversubscription and Selection Where the number of applications is greater than the published admission number, all applications will be ranked using the oversubscription criteria. Special Education Needs (SEN) Any child with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) that names the school in their plan must be admitted. This will reduce the number of places available to other applicants. This gives such children overall priority for admission, this is not an oversubscription criteria. Oversubscription Criteria Looked after or previously looked after children. Where the child has a sibling who will be attending the school in September 2020 and who lives within three miles of the school. Where the child lives within three miles of the school. Where the child has a sibling who will be attending the school in September 2020 but lives over three miles from the school. Where the child lives over three miles from the school. Admission Criteria Notes Care A looked after child is a child/young person who is a) in the care of a local authority, or b) any child/young person who is subject to a Full Care Order, an interim Care Order, (in line with Section 22 of the Children’s Act 1989) and children who were previously looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order). Siblings Siblings (brothers or sisters) are considered to be those children who live at the same address and either: have one or both natural parents in common; or are related by a parent’s marriage or are brought together as a family by a same sex civil partnership; or iii. are adopted or fostered by a common parent. Unrelated children living at the same address, whose parents are living as partners, are also considered to be siblings. Distance Distances are calculated on the basis of a straight-line distance measurement from the applicant’s home address to the front school gate situated on Belton Grove. The Local Authority uses a computerised system, which measures all distances in metres. Ordnance Survey supply the co-ordinates that are used to plot an applicant’s home address within this system. Proof of address will be required by the school A child’s home will be the address at which the child normally resides and which has been notified to the school and other relevant agencies as being the child’s normal place of residence. Admissions Information Appeals Appeals are administered by the Local Authority for this School. Parent/carers who wish to appeal against the decision to refuse their child admission should visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/schooladmissions to submit their appeal an appeal form. Appeals will be heard by an independent panel that are independent of the School and the Local Authority. Waiting lists Waiting lists will not be fixed following the offer of places. They are subject to change. This means that a child’s waiting list position during the year could go up or down. Any applicants will be added to the school’s/academy’s list in accordance with the order of priority for offering places. Waiting lists will be maintained until the end of each academic year. The school recognises its duty to admit any pupil who is the subject of a ‘direction’ by the LA or allocated to us according to the Fair Access Protocol and any such pupil will take precedence over the waiting list. Shared responsibility Where parents have shared responsibility for a child, and the child lives with both parents for part of the week, then the main residence will be determined as the address where the child lives the majority of the week. Parents may be requested to supply documentary evidence to support the address used. Final qualifier In a very small number of cases it may not be possible to decide between the applications of those pupils who are the final qualifiers for a place, when applying the published admission criteria. For example, this may occur when children in the same year group live at the same address, or if the distance between the home and school is exactly the same, for example, blocks of flats. If there is no other way of separating the application according to the admissions criteria and to admit both or all of the children would cause the legal limit to be exceeded, the Local Authority will use a computerised system to randomly select the child to be offered the final place. Sixth Form Admissions In time Colmers will admit a maximum of 150 students to the Sixth Form. Sixth Form Entry requirements Students will need a minimum of 5 A*-C GCSE qualifications. Students will need to meet the additional entry requirements for courses as identified in the Sixth Form prospectus. Oversubscription criteria Where applications for the Sixth Form are oversubscribed (assuming entry requirements above have been met) the following criteria will apply: The potential of the student to benefit from the curriculum and facilities offered by the school will be assessed. 2. Preference will be given to existing pupils, then looked after and previously looked after children, students for whom Colmers is named within their SEN statements and then those who live closest to the school.