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Reading Girls' School

Reading Girls' School

Admissions

Admissions to Reading Girls’ School

Reading Girls’ School follows the Admissions Procedure as set by Reading Borough Council. Please click on the following link called ‘RBC Secondary School Application’ for more information about the process that you will need to follow if you want to apply for your child to attend our school in Year 7 or to apply ‘in-year’.

Visits to the school for Prospective Parents

Mr Price (Senior Assistant Headteacher) will be available to meet with prospective parents on Thursday mornings each week at 11.30am.

Please email the school office at info@readinggirlsschool.net, to let us know when you would like to visit the school and an appointment and tour can be arranged. Our Open Morning and Evening for Prospective parents whose children are in Year 5 or 6 will be held on Thursday 14th September 2017.  Please see the website link for more information.

Admissions to Year 7 from Primary School

Co-ordinated secondary admissions

Reading Girls’ School’s admissions process is in line with the coordinated secondary school admissions scheme as set out in the DfE School Admissions Code 2014. The Governing Body of Reading Girls’ School is responsible for admissions to the school and for publishing the following admissions policy. Admissions to the school are part of the co-ordinated admissions scheme of Reading Borough Council for September 2018.

Students will be admitted at age 11. The admission number 170 places has been set with regard to the net capacity of the school. Up to 42 of the 170 places may be selected by ability.

Admissions Criteria

Girls with a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan will be allocated a place above all other applicants.

The criteria for admissions, which are only applied when there are more applications than places, are:

1.     Girls in Public Care (looked after children) and children who were looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residency order).

2.     Up to 42 places may be selected by ability assessed by means of selection tests and ranked according to the results of the tests. Then the remaining places up to 170 will be allocated according to the following criteria:

3.     Girls who have strong medical or social grounds for admission provided that the application is fully supported by written confirmation from the professional involved in the case, which states that Reading Girls’ School is in their professional opinion the appropriate school for the pupil to attend for specific medical or social reasons.  

4.     Girls who have a sibling who currently attends the school and who will reasonably be considered to attend the school on the date of admission.

5.     Girls living nearest the school being accorded priority, as measured in a straight line from the school to the home address. Distance is measured on the straight line between Ordnance Survey data points for the home address and the school using Reading Borough Council’s digital mapping software.

Appeals

Parents/carers will have the right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel if they are not offered a place at Reading Girls’ School. The Appeal Panel will be independent of the school and the Governing Body and will be composed of three members who will include:

  • At least one person who has no personal experience of Reading Girls School, defined as a ‘lay member’;

  • At least one person with experience in education.

The arrangements for appeals will be in line with the School Admission Appeals Code 2012, published by the Department for Education (DfE), as it applies to Foundation and Voluntary Aided schools. Parents will normally have 14 days after notification of a place not being offered at Reading Girls’ School to lodge an appeal. The notification will indicate the reasons for refusal of a place and of the right of appeal.

Appeals will be heard by 6th July 2018. Parents wishing to appeal against an admission decision of Reading Girls’ School should apply to the Clerk to the Appeal Panel, Committee Services, Reading Borough Council, Civic Centre, Reading RG1 7TD. Alternatively an application can be submitted online via this link: Admission Appeals

Selective Stream Tests

The Selective Stream tests will take place in October 2017 (exact date to be confirmed) at the school. The tests will be NFER test papers in Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning and a Mathematics paper and will be multiple choice. Practice papers are available from W.H. Smith. You will be informed by the school about the results of the test by letter sent before 31st October 2017.

For more information on the Selective Stream Tests and application form please click on the following link: Selective Stream Test. 

Offer of Places

Parents/carers will be informed whether a place has been allocated by the home Local Authority by letter sent on 1st March 2018‚Äč. The places will be offered on behalf of the Governing Body of Reading Girls’ School.

Further information

Further information regarding admission to Reading Girls’ School can be found below in the 2018 Admission Policy.

In-year admissions

You should read the Reading Borough Council (RBC) In Year Admission Guide if you want your child to move school outside of the normal admission process and apply to start at  Reading Girls’ School.

Applications need to be made online to RBC using the following link:

Online in-year admissions form

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Stephen Price (Senior Assistant Headteacher) at info@readinggirlsschool.net