Planned Admission Level

The Planned Admission Number (PAN) for the Year 7 entry is 192. This level has been
agreed by the Governing Body for the 2019 entry. This number may be exceeded at the
discretion of the Governing Body but they are not obliged to accept students in excess of this
number unless parents have successfully challenged the initial decision as part of the
Independent Appeal Panel procedure. The Appeals Process is arranged by the Local

Admission Policy

A student who has a statement of special educational needs or Education, Health and Care
Plan that names The Wilnecote School must be admitted. This will reduce the number of
places available.
If the total number of preferences exceeds the PAN, the following order of priority will be
used to allocate places:
a) Looked after and previously looked after children
b) Students residing within the traditional ‘catchment’ area (broadly Dosthill, Hockley and
c) Students who, at the time of the application, have an elder sibling in attendance at the
School, who will still be attending at the proposed admission date (For admission
purposes, a brother or sister is a child who lives at the same address and either: have
one or both natural parents in common; are related by a parents marriage; are adopted
or fostered by a common parent or are unrelated children who live at the same address,
whose parents live as partners).
d) Students who satisfy both of the following tests:
i) They are distinguished from the great majority of applicants either on medical
grounds or by other exceptional circumstances. Medical grounds must be supported
by a medical report, (obtained by the parents). It must clearly justify, for health
reasons only, why it is better for the child to attend The Wilnecote School rather than
any other school. Exceptional circumstances must relate to the choice of school, i.e.
the circumstances of the child, not the economic or social circumstances of the
parent. They should be supported by a professional report (obtained by the parents),
e.g. social worker, justifying why it is better for the child to attend The Wilnecote
School rather than any other school.
ii) They would suffer hardship if they were unable to attend The Wilnecote School.
Hardship means severe suffering of any kind, not merely difficulty or inconvenience,
which is likely to be experienced as a result of the child attending a different school.
Parents must provide detailed information about both the type and severity of any
likely hardship at the time of application.
e) Students who attend the major contributory schools of Dosthill Primary School or
Wilnecote Junior School.
f) Other students arranged in order of priority according to how near their home addresses
are to the main gate of the school, determined by a straight-line measurement as
calculated by the School Admissions and Transport Services Geographical Information


Admissions are administered through the Local Authority’s co-ordinated admissions
scheme. The applications process usually begins in September with a closing date of 31
October. National offer day is usually in March.
Parents whose request for a place for their child is not accepted will have the right of appeal.
Parents moving to the School catchment area later than September 2018 or those who wish
to move their child to the School should contact the School directly. Places are only assured
for those within the ‘catchment’ area.
It is the Governors policy at The Wilnecote School to avoid any form of selection or
discrimination on the grounds of a child’s ability, religion or race.

Additional Notes

  • There is no charge or cost related to the admission of a child to a school.
  • Children in Care means children who are in the care of, or provided with
    accommodation by a local authority in accordance with section 22(1) of the Children Act
    1989 at the time of making the application.
  •  It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide any supportive information required in order
    for the application to be assessed against the published admissions criteria, the
    Academy will not seek to obtain this information on behalf of the applicant.
  •  The Local Authority uses a Geographical Information System (GIS) to calculate home to
    school distances in miles. The measurement is calculated using Ordnance Survey (OS)
    data from an applicant’s home address to the main front gate of the school. The
    coordinates of an applicant’s home address is determined and provided by the Local
    Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) and OS Address Point data.
  • The home address is considered to be the child’s along with their parent’s main and
    genuine principal place of residence at the time of the allocation of places i.e. where
    they are normally and regularly living. If a child is resident with friends or relatives (for
    reasons other than legal guardianship) the friends or relative’s address will not be
    considered for allocation purposes.
  •  Where parents have shared responsibility for a child, and the child lives with both
    parents for part of the school week, parents will be required to provide documentary
    evidence to support the address they wish to be considered for allocation purposes.
  •  If a child’s home address changes during the admissions process it is the responsibility
    of the parent/carer to inform the Local Authority immediately. Where there is a proposed
    house move taking place during the admissions process the Local Authority will only
    accept the revised address for purposes of allocation where parents/carers can provide
    documentary evidence of the move by 12 February 2018.
  •  If a place is offered on the basis of an address that is subsequently found to be different
    from the child’s normal and permanent home address at the time of allocation of places
    then that place is likely to be withdrawn.
  •  If there are a limited number of spaces available and we cannot distinguish between
    applicants using the criteria listed, such as in the case of children who live in the same
    block of flats, then the child or children who will be offered the available spaces will be
    randomly selected. This process will be independently verified.
  •  Admission Outside of the Normal Age Group – Parents may seek to apply for their
    child’s admission to school outside of their normal age group, for example if the child is
    exceptionally gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health. These
    parents will need to make an application alongside children applying at the normal age
    which should explain why it is in the child’s best interest to be admitted outside of their
    normal age which may include information such as professional evidence as to why this
    is the case and why an exception should be made in the case of the child. A decision as
    to whether this is an appropriate course of action will be made by the Governing Body
    who will take into account the circumstances of the case and views of the
    Headteacher. Parents do not have the right to insist that their child is admitted to a
    particular year group.

To download this page please click Proposed Admission Arrangements 2019-20

To view and download our admissions arrangements for 2018-19 please click Proposed Admission Arrangements 2018-19