At Spalding High School we seek to make education enjoyable, challenging, informative and wide-ranging. We create the conditions for the development of the whole person and encourage respect for individuals and for the environment.
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Lincolnshire County Council sets out criteria for admission to Spalding High School in accordance with its policy:
Admission is normally at age 11 and is a selective procedure organised by the School in conjunction with other County Grammar Schools
* Selection is by means of two written tests taken at Spalding High School and the standard adopted for admission is the agreed qualifying standard
* If we are oversubscribed with girls reaching the qualifying standard, preference will be given as follows:
* Looked after children and all previously looked after children (1).
* Children with a brother or sister on roll at Spalding High School at the time of application or who will be attending the school at the expected time of admission (2).
* Increasing order of driving distance (3).
For entry into Years 7 to 11 children who would like a place at Spalding High School must firstly have qualified under the testing arrangements.
In accordance with legislation the allocation of places for qualifying children with the following will take place first; Statement of Special Educational Needs (Education Act 1996) or Education, Health and Care Plan (Children and Families Act 2014) where the school is named. Remaining places will be allocated in accordance with this policy. For entry into Year 7 in September places will be allocated to parents who return an application before we consider any parent who has not returned one.
The oversubscription criteria are listed in order we apply them.
In the event of the School being oversubscribed by qualified children, places will be allocated using the oversubscription criteria listed below, which are listed in order. Words marked with a number, for example 1, 2 and 3 are explained separately in the definition and notes section.
1. Looked after children and all previously looked after children (1).
2. Children with a brother or sister on roll at Spalding High School at the time of application or who will be attending the School at the expected time of admission (2).
3. Increasing order of driving distance (3).
If the distance criterion is not sufficient to distinguish between two or more applicants for the last remaining place then a lottery will be drawn by an independent person, not employed by the school or working in the Local Authority Children's Service Directorate.
(1) 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) at the time of making an application to a school.
Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order).
This includes children who were adopted under the Adoption Act 1976 (see section 12 adoption orders) and children who were adopted under the Adoption and Children's Act 2002 (see section 46 adoption orders).
Child arrangements orders are defined in s.8 of the Children Act 1989, as amended by s.12 of the Children and Families Act 2014. Child arrangements orders replace residence orders and any residence order in force prior to 22 April 2014 is deemed to be a child arrangements order. Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians).
(2) Brother or sister attending the school at the time of application, or who will be attending the school at the expected time of admission. In all cases both children must live at the same address. We include in this criterion:
In all cases, both siblings must live at the same address. A sibling is defined as;
* a brother or sister who shares the same biological parents
* a half-brother, half-sister, step-brother or step-sister
* a legally adopted child, a child legally adopted by a biological or step-parent
Twins, other siblings from a multiple birth and siblings in the same year group.
- In these cases all the children will be considered together as one application. If one or more can be admitted within the published admission number the school will be allowed to go above its admission number as necessary to admit all the children, unless this would prejudice the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources.
- (3) Driving distance is calculated by measuring the shortest route using an electronic mapping system. Measurements are made from the post office address point of the child's home to the post office address point of the school. Measurements are made in miles to a maximum of three figures after the decimal point. The school uses the measurements made by Lincolnshire County Council’s school admissions team.
- Home Address
- By home we mean the address where the child lives for the majority of term time with a parent as defined in section 576 of the Education Act 1996 who has parental responsibility for the child as defined in the Children Act 1989.
- Where a child lives normally during the school week with more than one parent at different addresses, the home address for the purposes of school admissions will be the one where the child spends the majority of term time. If a parent can show that their child spends an equal amount of time at both addresses during school term time, they can choose which address to use on the application.
- If a parent has more than one home, we will take as the home address the address where the parent and child normally live for the majority of the school term time.
- We do not take into account an intention to move.
* An independent appeals system operates for those parents who wish to appeal against a decision not to offer a place; details are available from the School (see Admissions Policy page 5).
* Girls wishing to join the School in subsequent years will go through standardised age-related tests taken at the School (see Admissions Policy page 2).
* In order to gain admission to the Sixth Form, girls and boys must attain the general academic entry requirement (see Admissions Policy page 7 and our 6th Form Prospectus here).
The booklet ‘Going to School in Lincolnshire’ gives details of the County Council Admissions Policies (or www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/schooladmissions). Lincolnshire County Council school admissions e-mail address: SchoolAdmissions@lincolnshire.gov.uk
The School’s planned Admissions number (PAN) for all Year Groups 7-11 is 150.
Whether you are a prospective parent or student, or you have recently gained an offer of a place, the main School Prospectus and the Sixth Form Brochure will give you valuable information and insight into life at Spalding High School.
Pdf versions of these can be downloaded by using the links in the left hand panel.
Visits of new parents
Parents who are considering the possibility of their daughter’s/son’s admission to the School may visit it by arrangement with the Headmistress. Please contact us here
When pupils have been selected for admission to Year 7, pupils and their parents are invited to visit the school on an evening in June (this year on Wednesday 21st June). There is an opportunity to see the buildings, meet the form teachers and hear details of the curriculum and the general arrangements for new entrants. The pupils also have the opportunity to attend the school for a day in the summer term (Friday 7th July).
Parents of new pupils who enter the School during years 7 - 11 also see the school when they bring their daughters for assessment at the School.