If you are applying to transfer to secondary schools in the normal cycle at the end of Year 6 you will receive a letter about the process from the Local Authority. These letters are normally distributed to parents and carers of children entering Year 6 at the start of the autumn term and will give details of how to apply for any school. For further information please consult the Gloucestershire County Council website for guidance on transferring to secondary school click here. Please see information below on the Cleeve School policy and application forms for testing.
In-year applications are all those made outside the normal round of admissions for children of compulsory school age i.e. those applications made during the academic year for a school place in Year 7 through to Year 11. In-year applications for 2014 – 15 and beyond will no longer be dealt with by the Local Authority. To apply for a place at Cleeve School, parents/carers should, therefore, contact the school directly in the first instance. The school, however, will liaise closely with the Local Authority providing information in relation to current vacancies in the school. If you would like your child to be considered for a school place please complete this application form click here.
Entry to Year 7
Cleeve School has a published admission number for Year 7 of 245. Where the number of applications received exceed this number the oversubscription criteria set out below will apply. The criteria will be followed in numerical order.
- 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.
- Children living in the priority catchment area served by the school, with the strongest geographical distance.
- Children of full or part time salaried members of staff who have been employed by Cleeve School for two years or more at the time of the application for admission.
- Children who live outside the catchment area served by the school, with priority going to those with the strongest geographical claim.
- A 'looked after child' or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship order. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).
- The admission number for Cleeve School for 2015 is 245.
- The school's catchment area consists of the parishes of Bishops Cleeve, Elmstone Hardwicke, Gotherington, Oxenton, Prestbury, Southam, Stoke Orchard, Swindon Village, Uckington and Woodmancote.
- Geographical distance is measured in a straight line from the Ordnance Survey address point of the child's home address (including flats) to the main entrance gate of the school (top carpark) using the Local Authority's computerised measuring system.
- Where any particular category at points 1-4 above is oversubscribed, the factor of strongest geographical (based on straight line) distance will be used to determine which child is offered a place.
- In the event of a tie between two or more children when applying strongest geographical claim based on straight line distance, where there are not enough places available to offer all children a place at the school, a process of random allocation will be followed by the Governing Body at Cleeve School. This will be in the form of a manual process which is overseen by an independent person. Where twins or children from multiple births are part of a random allocation process they will be considered as one applicant.
- Applications for twins and children from multiple births will be considered as individual applications. However, the Cleeve School acknowledges the difficulties for families if children cannot attend the same school, for example if one child can be offered a place but not the other and therefore will aim to accommodate both/all children at one school where there is capacity to do so.
- Parents wishing to appeal for a place at Cleeve School after the reallocation process should write to Chair of Governors, Cleeve School, Two Hedges Road, Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, GL52 8AE. Appeals should be received by May 31st to ensure that the appeal can be heard in June. Further information on the appeals procedure can be found in the Local Authority admissions prospectus.
Fair Access Protocols:
In accordance with the requirements of the School Admission Code, the school has signed up to the In-Year Fair Access Protocols held by the Local Authority. Should a vulnerable child within these Protocols require a place at the school, they will take precedent over any child on the waiting list. The school undertakes an Equality Impact Assessment for Admissions.
In-year applications are all those made outside the normal round of admissions for children of compulsory school age i.e. those applications made during the academic year for a school place in Year 7 through to Year 11. In-year applications will be dealt with by Cleeve School directly. To apply for a place at Cleeve School, parents/carers should, therefore, contact the school in the first instance. The school, however, will liaise closely with the Local Authority providing information in relation to current vacancies in the school
Entry to Sixth Form
The application process for the sixth form begins in December of the school year prior to sixth form entrance. From this point on the sixth form prospectus and application form for the following year of entrance will be available on the school website.
Cleeve School holds a sixth form open evening in the autumn term each year and this is an opportunity to talk to the school leadership team, sixth form leadership team and subject teachers.
Applications for the sixth form should be completed by the spring term half term break (February). Following submission of an application form, applicants will be invited to an advisory discussion with the sixth form leadership team. In April applicants will receive notification as to whether their application has been successful and subject choices will be confirmed.
Places in the sixth form will be confirmed following the GCSE results day in August each year.
The number of places available is flexible. We expect to be able to respond to need for those students who follow the application process. A sufficient number of places are available to provide for all Year 11 pupils already at the school plus an extra 50 places for new entrants.
In the unlikely event of the sixth form being oversubscribed for external applicants, we will give priority to applicants as follows:
- An applicant defined as a 'Looked After Child' (see additional note a above).
- Other applicants according to their geographical distance from the school, with priority to those living closest to the school. Geographical distance will be measured in a straight line from the Ordnance Survey address point of the child's home address (including flats) to the main entrance gate of the school using Ordnance Survey maps.
The entry criteria for the sixth form is dependent upon the type of course programme being followed.
- AS and Applied AS courses: You must achieve a minimum of 4 B grades and 1 grade C at GCSE. For all subjects you wish to study at AS level a minimum grade B must be achieved in that, or an associated subject.
- BTEC courses: You must achieve a minimum of 4 C grades in 4 different subjects at GCSE. For all subjects you wish to study at BTEC a minimum grade C must be achieved in that, or an associated subject.
- Combined AS and BTEC courses: You must achieve a minimum of 4 C grades in 4 different subjects at GCSE. For all subjects you wish to study at AS level a minimum grade B must be achieved in that, or an associated subject. For all subjects you wish to study at BTEC a minimum grade C must be achieved in that, or an associated subject.
- International Baccalaureate: You must achieve a minimum of 4 B grades and 1 grade C at GCSE including English and Mathematics. For all subjects you wish to study at IB level a minimum grade B must be achieved in that, or an associated subject.
Applicants who are refused admission to our sixth form are entitled to appeal to an independent appeals panel. Applicants should contact the school office for an appeals form and forms should be returned by September 6th to Chair of Governors, Cleeve School, Two Hedges Road, Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, GL52 8AE.
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