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COLYTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL
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established 1546

How should AN application be made?

Admission to Year 7
The scheme varies in different parts of the country and applicants from outside Devon should obtain details from their Local Authority.

In order to provide all parents with reliable information before submission of the Common Application Form, all applicants to Colyton Grammar School must complete a Registration Form to attend the Test Day.

The form for entry to Year 7 in September 2018 is available here and must be completed by Thursday 7 September 2017. Application for other current year groups must be made using a 'Common Application Form' available from your Local Authority.

A registration after the closing date for test registrations will only be accepted for the familiarisation session and entrance tests, where the school is satisfied that illness, bereavement or other circumstance beyond the control of the parent(s) prevented a timely registration or the child moved into the area after the closing date for test registration. Evidence will be required in these circumstances.

Late notification of the testing timetable by a child's current school or otherwise will not be accepted as a reason why timely registration was not possible. Where the school is not satisfied that a timely registration was prevented, any preference expressed for the school on a Local Authority Common Application Form will be refused on the grounds that the school's admission criteria had not been met.

For children whose registration or common application form (or both) were submitted after the closing dates, there will be an opportunity to sit the school entrance tests for consideration after the first round of allocations on 1 March 2018.

Where a child is unable to sit the entrance tests through serious illness, bereavement or other circumstance beyond the control of the parent(s) or the child moved into the area after the test dates, the school will make arrangements for testing to take place during November. Evidence will be required in these circumstances. Children sitting these tests will be considered alongside those children who sat the tests in September 2017.

  1. Following the publication of results, parents seeking a place must complete the Common Application Form, available online from the home Local Authority.
  2. If you live in Devon (or if you are applying only to one or more schools in Devon, including Colyton Grammar School), you should complete a Devon LA Common Application Form.
  3. If you live outside of Devon and will be applying to Colyton Grammar School and one or more schools in your local LA area, you should complete a Common Application Form from your home LA. Your home LA who will forward the relevant details to Devon LA.
  4. The Common Application Form should be returned to the relevant LA by their closing date, usually 31 October.

For any enquiries regarding admissions please contact the Admissions Secretary, Mrs Hitchcock. She can be contacted via email: admin@colytongrammar.devon.sch.uk, or by telephone: 01297 552327

HOW DOES THE COMMON APPLICATION PROCESS OPERATE?

The Ranking Stage

  1. When you complete the Common Application Form you will be asked to rank your preferred schools in the order of your preference (most Local Authorities ask for three preferences; some allow more).
  2. The Local Authority must consider each expressed preference equally, regardless of whether the school was placed first, second, third etc.

    This means that for every school named on the form the child is ranked against others applying by the application of the published Admissions Priority criteria.

    The priority is not influenced by the school preferences order expressed on the Common Application Form. The School will not be notified of parental preferences before allocation is made.

The Allocation Stage

  1. Allocation of school is made by the Local Authority up to the prescribed number of places available at each individual school.  The places are allocated in the order that children appear on the eligible list.
  2. If a child is on the eligible list for one or more schools, then the child is allocated to the school for which the parent expressed the highest preference.
  3. If the child is not on the eligible list of a ‘preferred’ school, then the child will be placed by the Local Authority at the nearest appropriate school with a place available.
  4. The Local Authority will post notification of allocation on 1 March 2018 (those who applied by online application will usually receive the decision by email by the same date).

It is important that parents understand that the system of allocation of school places by the LA will mean that if, after applying the Admission Criteria, a child appears on the eligible list of their first preference school, then this is the place that will be offered. A candidate with Colyton Grammar School as a second or third preference, even if eligible by test score, cannot be offered a place if they are eligible for a school for which a higher preference has been indicated on the Common Application Form.

Admission to Sixth Form from September 2018 

The Published Admission Number (PAN) for Year 12 in September 2018 is 30 (in addition to those students already in Year 11); this means we anticipate our total number of students for the year group being 155. 

There is no entrance exam to join the Colyton Grammar School Sixth Form, but external applicants need to fill in an online application form.  Applications must be made directly to Colyton Grammar School.

The admissions process for routine admission into Year 12 in 2018/19 begins in September 2017.  Applications must be made to Colyton Grammar School and NOT to the Local Authority.  The online application process will be made available from September 2017 and parents/students should expect to receive an acknowledgement of their application.

Deadline for receipt of applications
The closing date for applications is 31 January 2018.

Entry Requirements into the Sixth Form
The minimum entry requirements are the same for both internal and external applicants.  Applicants are required to achieve a minimum of 50 points from the best eight GCSEs (or equivalent), including at least grade 5 at GCSE in English and Maths or a DfE recognised equivalency.  Two exceptions to this are that grade 7 is required for studying Mathematics and grade 8 for Further Mathematics; and for a student who wishes to study Chemistry, Biology or Physics they will require grade 7 in the relevant subject if they have studied a single science GCSE or grade 7 in both Science and Additional Science.  For all other subjects, it is expected that students will achieve a minimum of a grade 6 in the subjects they have chosen for A-Level.

Grade

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Points

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In any old style legacy grade GCSE subjects A* to G:    A* = 8.5, A = 7, B = 5.5, C = 4

No more than three Science GCSEs, one Mathematics GCSE and one PE GCSE may count in the best eight subjects. 

Further details will be available in the Sixth Form Prospectus 2018-19 (due to be published July 2017), and which will be available on this website.