Admissions

Joining Whitecross at Year 7

We have a planned admission number of 180 in Year 7. If there are more applicants than places, children with a Statement of Education Needs or an Education Health and Care plan which names Whitecross Hereford will be allocated places, after which places are allocated according to an agreed set of criteria in strict order of priority.

Briefly the criteria are as follows:

  1. Looked After Children and children who were looked after, but ceased to be because they were adopted or became subject to a resident order or special guardianship;
  2. Children for whom Whitecross Hereford is the nearest school;;
  3. Children who have an older brother or sister attending the school not only at the time of application but also when the younger child is due to start;
  4. Children of staff in either or both of the following circumstances: a) where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission is made, and/or b) the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage;
  5. Children with exceptional medical, social or compassionate grounds for admission and whose parents can show that entry to the school is necessary for the well-being of their child. Parents are required to produce a medical certificate or other appropriate information preferably from an independent source;
  6. Children who live nearest to the school by the shortest available walking route.

Where applications exceed the number of places available, the priorities will be applied in the sequence indicated above. If admission of the top two categories can be satisfied but there are insufficient places for all out of area brothers and sisters, priorities will be decided first by reference to criteria two then according to criteria five.

In-Year Admissions

If parents wish to transfer their child to the same age group in another school, parents should discuss the transfer with the Headteacher of the student’s present school in the first instance. If it is then decided to make a formal request for transfer, parents should complete the relevant paperwork provided by the Local Authority on behalf of the school.