St Mark’s School

Sixth Form Admission Arrangements for Entry September 2018

Introduction

  1. St. Mark’s opened a sixth form to Year 12 students in September 2013 providing some places to Year 12 students from outside of St Mark’s (see: No. 4 for number for 2018).
  2. Students enrolled in Year 11 at St. Mark’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 Friday 15th December 2017 to the school. 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 number of students who will normally be admitted providing they meet the published examination entrance requirements, and for September 2018/19 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. 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 31st December 2018 and students will be re ranked each time a place becomes available in line with the over-subscription criteria.
  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 Church of England 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.

Oversubscription Criteria

  1. Looked after children and children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order and who have met the Sixth Form published examination entrance requirement for the courses by the time of admission.
  2. Students who are practising members of the Anglican faith and who have met the published examination entrance requirements by the time of admission. A Supplementary Information Form will be required to be submitted with the application to demonstrate practise of the Anglican faith.
  3. Students who are practising members of other Christian organisations and who have passed the published examination entrance requirements by the time of admission. A Supplementary Information Form will need to be completed to demonstrate religious practice.
  4. Other students who have met the published examination entrance requirements by the time of admission.

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 of the local authority. As part of this process, students will be placed in rank order, not only the applications that satisfy the cut off criteria but also those that fall below this criterion.

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.

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 (# subject to new GCSE grades) 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 (# subject to new GCSE grades). Entry to the sixth form will require students to meet the entry requirements for enough courses to constitute a full-time course of study.

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.

This policy was approved by the full governing body of St Mark’s on Wednesday 9 November 2016. The policy was then checked by an independent expert, revisions made and it was re-approved by the Full Governing body on 11.1.17.

Sixth Form Admission Arrangements for Entry September 2019