Admission Arrangements Consultation

We are consulting on proposed changes to the Rickmansworth School Admissions Arrangements for secondary transfer for entry in 2024-25, the In Year Policy 2024-25 and Policy for the Admission to the Sixth Form for entry in 2024-25.

In accordance with the 2021 statutory ‘School Admissions Code’ guidance we must consult on any proposed changes.

The proposed changes do seek to increase student numbers and do not impact the secondary transfer policy, this remains unchanged. 


This consultation will be conducted from Monday 31 October 2022 and close on 12 December 2022.


In accordance with the statutory guidance the consultation will run for at least six weeks and, as an interested party at Rickmansworth School, we are keen to hear your views on the proposed changes; therefore, we invite you to participate in the consultation if you have any concerns or positive comments regarding the proposed changes. 

If you would like to respond to this consultation please use the following link which will take you to an online form.

If you would like to respond by letter please send the letter to the school address FAO: Admissions Consultation. Written responses should outline your personal details, including your name, address and relationship to The School. 

At the end of the consultation period, the governing body will consider responses before determining the admissions arrangements.

Any data will be stored securely until the conclusion of the consultation.


Proposed changes can be viewed in the sub-sections below and includes a copy of the proposed policy.

The proposed policies are also available at the Hertfordshire County Council Consultation Page. 

Admissions Arrangements for Secondary Transfer 2024-25 - Proposed Changes

In Year Admissions 2022-23 - Proposed Changes

Proposed Change

The order of over subscription criteria.

New over subscription criteria order:

1. Looked after children and previously looked after children within England. Children previously looked after from outside England and subsequently adopted.

2. Applicants who are children of a parent or legal guardian who is a permanent member of the school staff.

3. Children with a sibling on the School’s roll in Years 7 to 12 and who is reasonably expected to be on the School’s roll in September 2023.

4. Those who have a sibling who has accepted a provisional place in the Sixth Form.

5. Those who have moved into the local area, defined by postcodes beginning WD17, WD18, WD19, WD23, WD24, WD25, WD3, WD4, WD5, HA6-2, HA6-3.

6. Those who wish to transfer from other schools; other applicants. 


Original Oversubscription Criteria Order

1. Looked after children and previously looked after children within England. Children previously looked after from outside England and subsequently adopted.

2. Those who have moved into the local area, defined by postcodes beginning WD17, WD18, WD19, WD23, WD24, WD25, WD3, WD4, WD5, HA6-2, HA6-3.

3. Applicants who are children of a parent or legal guardian who is a permanent member of the school staff.

4. Children with a sibling on the School’s roll in Years 7 to 12 and who is reasonably expected to be on the School’s roll in September 2022.

5. Those who have a sibling who has accepted a provisional place in the Sixth Form.

6. Those who wish to transfer from other schools; other applicants.

 

PROPOSED-In-Year-Admissions-Policy-2024-2025.pdf

PROPOSED-In-Year-Application-Form-2024-.pdf

 

Admissions to the sixth form 2024-25 - Proposed changes

Rationale for the change:

Over time the School has become more successful and popular, with the majority of our Year 11 students choosing to continue their education in our Sixth Form. We have also seen an increase in the size of the student population since 2016; meaning more students vying for oversubscribed courses in an already competitive field. 

Our Sixth Form has a capacity of 315 students in total and we cannot breach this. The Trustees considered different proposals and sought legal advice on how best to limit numbers so as not to breach our Sixth Form Capacity. As such the proposed policy 'raises the minimum attainment needed' and seeks to cap student numbers in the fairest way possible.


Previous minimum number of points from the best eight GCSEs (or equivalent) = 42

Proposed minimum number of points from the best eight GCSEs (or equivalent) = 46

 

PROPOSED-Policy-for-Admissions-to-the-Sixth-Form-2024-2025-.pdf

PROPOSED Rickmansworth-School-Sixth-Form-Application-Internal-Students-2024-5-Google-Forms.pdf