Aptitude Application Test Deadline - Friday 29th September 2017
Admissions Criteria for 2018-19
Parents who wish to apply for places for their children at Goffs Academy are asked to complete the Goffs Supplementary Information Form and return it to the school office by the closing date for applications. If a Supplementary Information Form is not completed, the Governing Body will apply the admissions criteria using the information submitted on the Common Application Form only, which may result in your application being given a lower priority. In addition parents must complete the application form of their home authority online at hertsdirect.org/admissions.
In accordance with admissions law and the Admissions Code, we take into account children who we have to admit, either because they are placed under the Fair Access Protocol or because they have statements of special educational needs (or an Education, Health and Care Plan) naming the school because of their needs. Accordingly any child with a statement that names Goffs Academy will be admitted.
Goffs’ published admission number is 240. In the event of oversubscription, places will be allocated according to the following criteria, in the order shown:
- Looked After Children as defined in section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989 and previously looked after children. Children are previously looked after if they were looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a special guardianship order or residency order.
- Children who can prove that they have a particular medical or social reason why they must go to the school. (See note (i) below).
- Children who will have an older brother or sister at the school at the time of admission. (See note (ii) below).
- Children of Staff employed by Goffs. (See note (iii) below).
- Children with an aptitude in foreign languages up to a maximum of 10% for the year, as measured by the school’s testing procedures. (See note (iv) below).
- Children attending the named feeder primary schools will be allocated places at the school on a quota basis in the proportions set out below. (See notes (v), (vi), (vii) and (viii) below).
- Andrews Lane School 5%
- Bonneygrove School 15%
- Cuffley School 10%
- Dewhurst St Mary’s School 3%
- Fairfields School 22%
- Flamstead End School 22%
- Goffs Oak School 10%
- St Paul’s School 3%
- Woodside Primary School 10%
Please note that it is the percentage of places remaining following application of criteria 1 to 5 not the percentage of students in Year 6 in the feeder primary school.
Please note that student must be on roll at the feeder school at 31/10 each year.
If any student from a feeder school does not take up their place, criterion 6 will be re applied to ensure that feeder school, where possible, receives its full allocation.
If a named feeder primary school does not use its full allocation, any surplus places will be allocated under this criterion to a child/ children from the other feeder schools living closest to the school using a straight line distance measurement from each applicant’s home to the main entrance to the school. (See note (vii) below)
- Any remaining places will be allocated to children living closest to the school, using a straight line distance measurement from each applicant’s home to the main entrance to the school. (See note (vii) below) In the event of a ‘tie break’ random allocation will be used. Please note this will be supervised by an independent adjudicator.
In the event of over-subscription within any of the criteria 1-6, a tiebreak of the applicant living closest to the school will be used, using a straight line distance measurement from each applicant’s home to the main entrance to the school. If two children live the same distance from the school random allocation will be used as a tie break and this random allocation process will be independently supervised.
(i) All applications are considered individually but a successful application should include the following:
- Specific recent professional evidence that justifies why only one school can meet a child’s individual needs, and/or;
- Professional evidence that outlines exceptional family circumstances making clear why only one school can meet the child’s needs;
- If the requested school is not the nearest school to the child’s home address, clear reasons why the nearest school is not appropriate;
- For medical cases – a clear explanation of why the child’s severity of illness or disability makes attendance at only a specific school essential.
Evidence should make clear why only Goffs Academy is appropriate. Applications under Rule 2 can only be considered when supported by a recent letter from a professional involved with the child or family, for example a doctor, psychologist or police officer. The supporting evidence needs to demonstrate why only one named school can meet the social/medical needs of the child.
Applications for children previously “looked after” but not meeting the specific criteria outlined in Rule 1 may be made under this rule.
(ii) Students that have a brother or sister continuing at the school at the time of transfer of the younger child. Goffs’ definition of a brother or sister (a sibling) is:
- A brother or sister sharing the same parents.
- Long term fostered children.
- A half brother or sister, where 2 children share one common parent.
- A step brother or sister where two children are related by a parent’s marriage or partnership. The parents have co-habited in a permanent relationship (as if they were husband and wife or civil partners) for a minimum of 2 years.
- Siblings must live at the same address. (Sufficient proof will need to be provided)
(iii)Priority will only be given to children of staff employed by Goffs in either or both of the following circumstances:
- Where the member of staff has been employed by Goffs for 2 years or more at the time at which the application to the school is made, and/or
- The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skills shortage.
Please note that the child must be living at the same address as the staff member.
(iv)The test of aptitude may be sat by any child and will take place at Goffs Academy in the Autumn Term prior to your application being submitted in the admission year. Parents will be informed of their child’s score prior to the closing date for applications. The test does not assume knowledge of any particular foreign language. Full details of the test may be obtained by contacting the Admissions Student Support Officer on 01992 424200.
(v) These percentages will be reviewed every two years to reflect the numbers of children from each school applying, the number of children taking up places at Goffs and the number of students in Year 6 at the feeder primary schools from September 1st of the entry year, taken over a three-year period.
(vi)Where the number of places that can be allocated to the school do not exactly fit the published percentage, the allocation is rounded to the nearest whole number
(vii)Places are allocated to students in each feeder school based on the shortest designated route from the student’s home address to Goffs Academy, using HCC’s computerised mapping system and as defined in HCC’s Admissions booklet i.e. a straight line measurement from the child’s home address to the address point of the school.
(viii)The address you give us should be your child’s current permanent address. This applies even if you think you might move house. If you move after submitting your application you must write to Goffs with proof of your new address. (Please refer to the Moving On booklet for more information.)
(ix) Ref rule 7 above, there is a national problem with parents using false addresses or moving temporarily wholly or mainly to secure a place at an oversubscribed school. This practice is unfair as it excludes genuine applicants from places that should rightfully be theirs. In order to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly the Governing Board of Goffs Academy may require further verification of addresses in some circumstances. Such circumstances include, but are not limited to:-
1. Where the family have not lived at the given address continuously for 12 months immediately prior to application;
2. Where the family still possess a property previously used as a home address; and/or
3. Any other circumstances in which the Governing Board consider that there is doubt as to whether the address given is genuine or that it is merely temporary.
Such checks may include verification of home addresses used at primary schools and documentary evidence such as bills, land registry documents and tenancy agreements.
The Governing Board acknowledge that there are circumstances in which a family may have recently moved for acceptable reasons and will take into account such factors, based on their findings of fact on the balance of probabilities, when deciding whether an address is genuine or not. Where it is established that the offer was obtained through a fraudulent or intentionally misleading application the offer may be withdrawn, in some cases after the student has started at the school
The LA can only process the application from one address. If your child lives at a different address from you or another parent/carer Monday to Friday, please provide the LA with the Parental Responsibility Order or Residence Order for the person the child lives with.
If there are reasons why your child is not living at the same address as you (for example if you and your child’s other parent/carer do not live together), both parents should declare this to the LA individually in a letter sent with the application.
If your child regularly lives at more than one address Monday to Friday, the address provided should be the address where your child spends the majority of his/her time. Both parents should declare this to the LA individually in a letter sent with the application.
If your child lives at more than one address Monday to Friday, and he/she spends an equal amount of time with each parent/carer, both parents should declare which address should be used, individually, in a letter and send it with the application directly to the LA.
Please note that any proof of address must have the child’s name on it i.e. child benefit letter or children’s tax credit letter.
Twins or Multiple Birth Children
If a parent has more than one child going through the secondary transfer process at the same time parents must make a separate application for each of them. If one child is offered the last place available and parents have applied for the same school for the other child(ren), the school will try to offer a place for the other child or children (the only exception is for a child placed through random allocation). In the event of only one child being offered a place, we recommend that parents contact Goffs Academy on 01992 424200.
Admissions under the Fair Access Protocol
Goffs is committed to admitting its fair share of children who are vulnerable and/or hard to place, as set out in HCC’s county wide protocol. Children who qualify under this category can be admitted even if the year group is full, and on, or above the Published Admission Number. Please note students will be admitted above/before children on the continued interest list. The continued interest list is a waiting list. Children on the continued interest list will be ranked according to the oversubscription criteria and any children added to the list must be slotted in according to where they are in the priority list. This means that children on the list will move up and down as more children are added and not on a ‘first come first served’ basis. Following the normal point of Year 7 entry the Continued Interest list will be kept until Christmas of the admissions year.