An 11 - 18 mixed school with Academy status
serving Bishops Cleeve and surrounding area

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 2013 – 14 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.

Admissions Policy for Entry 2014

Determined Cleeve School Admissions Policy for 2014

2014 registration forms click here

2014 registration Guidance Notes click here

For examples of Fair Banding and Language Aptitude Questions click here

Entry to Year 7
Children who have a statement of special educational needs that names the school and children in public care will be admitted to the school irrespective of whether they sit the banding tests (see notes below).
Cleeve School operates a fair banding system to allocate places. The places within each band are allocated according to catchment area and distance, as follows. The test that will be used is the NFER’s Cognitive Abilities Test Level C. Children will be placed in one of 7 bands and each band will have an equal number of places allocated to it. Where a band is oversubscribed, places will be allocated in the following priority order:

  1. Priority for ‘Looked After Children’ according to their definition in the 2012 Admissions Code as explained below (in additional note a).

  2. Children in the school’s catchment area according to their geographical distance from the school, with priority to those living closest to the school.

  3. Up to 10% of places according to aptitude for languages, as demonstrated by the school’s Language Aptitude Test, allocated in test score order

  4. Other applicants according to their geographical distance from the school, with priority to those living closest to the school.

Where there are still places available in a band they will be filled evenly by children falling into the next nearest bands.
Applications from children who do not sit school’s chosen Fair Banding Test will not be considered for places until after applications from children who have sat the banding test. It is therefore unlikely that applications in the initial admissions round from children who do not sit the banding test will be successful, although children being considered for vacancies that subsequently occur will not be required to sit the banding test. Children in public care will always have priority for admission, whether or not they have sat the banding test.

Additional Notes:

  1. 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).

  2. The admission number for Cleeve School for 2013 is 245.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Application forms and guidance notes for our admission tests are available for download from our website or to collect from main reception and are also available from the Local Authority. The closing date for application forms is Monday 7th October 2012. Tests will be held in school on two Saturdays in November- on Saturday 19th October and Saturday 9th November 2013. You will be asked to attend on both days if you are choosing to sit the Fair Banding Test and Language Aptitude Test; guidance notes are also available from our website.

  6. Priority for admission in to Year 7 is given to those students sitting the Fair Banding Test and assigned a band. Applications from children who do not sit the Fair Banding Test will not be considered for places until after applications from children who have sat the banding test. In practice this means there is little chance of gaining a place if a pupil does not sit the Fair Banding Test. Special arrangements are made for children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs and those in public care (see below).

  7. The Fair banding test is a multiple choice style test based on non-verbal reasoning. The test takes about an hour which includes 30 minutes of testing, plus explanations. The Fair Banding Test is not a pass or fail test. Scores are used to place students in bands and are not used beyond the banding process or for setting upon entry to the school.

  8. Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs and Looked After Children do not need to sit the Fair Banding Test to be allocated a place at Cleeve School. However it is important that the school knows the position of that child within the bands and we work closely with parents to enable the child to sit the Fair Banding Test for this purpose.

  9. In addition to the Fair Banding Test you can also choose for your child to sit the Language Aptitude Test. This must be done by the registration deadline- 8th October 2012. Please note that a child living in the catchment has higher priority than a child living outside the catchment regardless of language aptitude score. Therefore, if you live in the catchment area there is no advantage to your child sitting the Language Aptitude Test.

  10. After allocation of places to students in catchment, up to 10% of spaces in each of the 7 bands will be allocated to those outside the catchment area in order of test score in the Language Aptitude Test. This means that there will be up to 3 spaces in each and every band for applicants with the highest language aptitude scores in that band. These will be the first applicants outside catchment to be admitted. The remaining places will go to those outside catchment in order of increasing distance. This means that up to 21 Language Aptitude places are available which are not dependent on home address or how far the child’s home is from Cleeve School.

  11. The Language Aptitude Test consists of two separate tests that will take place over two Saturdays. The written and listening elements of the Language Aptitude Test take 40 minutes, with an additional 20 minutes needed for explanations. The oral test will take approximately 20 minutes, 5 minutes for the test and 15 minutes for the students to remain in a waiting area.

  12. If a child is not able to attend on the dates of the tests, the school will hold a further opportunity to complete the test if the child is registered by the deadline

  13. If two or more children in the same band have the same home to school distance, places will be allocated by a process of random allocation. If two or more children in the same band reach the same score in the Language Aptitude Test, the oral test score will take priority. If two or more children in the same band have the same scores in both sections of the Language Aptitude Test, places will be allocated by a process of random allocation.

  14. Where places remain available in a band after all criteria have been applied, they will be filled evenly by children falling into the band above and below starting with the higher band first. Gaps in Band 1 will be filled from Band 2; those in Band 7 will be filled from Band 6.

  15. If the school is still oversubscribed after the reallocation process, a waiting list will be held until the end of the Autumn Term. The waiting list will be prioritised by: 1. (Looked after children see additional note a); 2. children in the school’s catchment areas according to their geographical distance from the school, with priority to those living closest to the school; 3. other applicants according to their geographical distance from the school, with priority to those living closest to the school. Banding will cease to operate for the waiting list at this point and no new applicants will be asked to sit the Fair Banding Test or Language Aptitude Test.

  16. 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 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 for 2013 – 14 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

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 spring 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.

Capacity

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.

Oversubscription Criteria
In the unlikely event of the sixth form being oversubscribed for external applicants, we will give priority to applicants as follows:

Entry Criteria

The entry criteria for the sixth form is dependent upon the type of course programme being followed.

Appeals
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.

Events Today

Tues 22 - Fri 25 - Year 9 Core Subject Exams
Wed 23 - Fri 25 - A2 Photography Exams

The school has been shocked and saddened that Kayleigh Palmer, a Year 11 student at Cleeve, has lost her life. Our thoughts and condolences are with Kayleighs family and friends at this very difficult time. Kay will be remembered for her determination, kindness and vibrant personality and will be very sadly missed by the staff and students who knew her. In the coming weeks we will do all we can to support your sons and daughters through this very difficult time. Please feel free to access and use the documents below as a form of guidance for dealing with such tragic circumstances.

Guidance for Pupils
Information for Parents

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