Saint Gregory’s Bath

Sixth Form Admission Policy for Entry September 2019

1. Introduction

  1. St. Gregory’s Catholic College opened a sixth form to Year 12 students in September 2013 providing some places to Year 12 students from outside of St. Gregory’s (see: No. 4 for maximum number for 2019).
  2. Students enrolled in Year 11 at St. Gregory’s will not need to complete the Application Form. Instead, students will express a preference for a place in the sixth form and providing they meet the published examination entrance requirements will automatically be allocated a place.
  3. For Year 11 students wishing to transfer to the Sixth Form from other educational establishments, an Application Form must be completed and submitted by the published deadline to the College. Parents and/or students may complete this application form.
  4. A Published Admission Number (PAN) applies to the entry of students from other educational establishments (external applications). This represents the maximum number of students who will normally be admitted providing they meet the published examination entrance requirements, and for September 2019/20 the PAN is 20.
  5. If there are more external applications than places available within the PAN, then every application received on time will be considered and ranked against the oversubscription criteria below. In the first instance, the 20 highest ranked students will provisionally be allocated places. Students who have been formally refused will have their names entered on a waiting list which will be maintained until 31 December 2019 and students will be re-ranked.
  6. Under the terms of the Trust Deed entered into by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Clifton and the Church of England Diocese of Bath and Wells, all Year 11 students at St. Mark’s School, Bath, and St. Gregory’s Catholic College, Bath, have equal access to the sixth form provision (i.e. post-16 courses and facilities at St. Gregory’s and/or St. Mark’s) established by both schools in a collaboration arrangement, provided they meet the published examination entrance requirements for the courses.

2. Oversubscription Criteria

  1. Catholic students in the care of the Local Authority, or who have previously been in care but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements or special guardian ship order) immediately following having been in care and who have met the Sixth Form published examination entrance requirement for the courses by the time of admission.
  2. Students who are baptised Catholics and who have met the published examination entrance requirements by the time of admission. A baptismal certificate will be required to be submitted with the application.
  3. Students in the care of the Local Authority, or who have previously been in care but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements or special guardian ship order) and who have met the Sixth Form published examination entrance requirement for the courses by the time of admission.
  4. Other students who have met the published examination entrance requirements by the time of admission.

3. Tie Breaker

A ‘tie breaker’ will be applied where the Admission Number is reached part way through any oversubscription criterion and there is a need to decide which students meeting this criterion are to be allocated places and which are to be refused. For this purpose places will be determined by the independent drawing of lots by a representative from the local authority.

4. Additional Admissions

On occasion, it may be possible to exceed the PAN, if so any extra places will be allocated in accordance with the above criteria. Examination requirements for entry must be attained in these circumstances.

5. Entrance Examination Requirements

Level 3 two-year AS/A Level courses: students will be expected to have achieved 5 or more A*-C or equivalent passes at GCSE# and have achieved the entrance grade for their chosen subjects specified in the course. Please note that the entrance grade requirements may vary from subject to subject.

Level 2 one –year GCSE or equivalent courses: students will be expected to have achieved a good range of GCSE grades from A*-G or equivalent#. Entry to the sixth form will require students to meet the entry requirements for enough courses to constitute a full-time course of study.

(#: subject to new GCSE gradings)

6. Appeals

Parents or students whose application has been formally refused will have the right to appeal against the decision of the Admission Authority. An appeal form and information explaining the application deadline and how to appeal will be enclosed with each decision letter notifying a refused application.

7. Children in Care (Looked after Children)

a) A ‘looked after child’ is a child who is in the care of a local authority, or being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services at the time of making an application to a school.

b) A “previously looked after child” is a child who was looked after, but ceased to be so because she/he was 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 Childrens 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.

***See Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 which defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians).

8. Baptised Catholics

For any of the oversubscription categories for Baptised Catholics, a copy of a baptismal certificate or equivalent validation should be sent to the school. To be considered in the first round of allocations, it must be submitted by the published deadline.

Sixth Form Admission Arrangements for Entry September 2019