Admission Arrangements 2022 - 2023

Full details of The Sele School Admission Arrangements for 2021 - 2022 can be found below. 

To apply for a place at this school please complete the Hertfordshire County Council's Secondary Transfer Form (STF). Applications should be made online at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions or parents can request an application form from the Customer Service Centre on 0300 123 4043. The time scale for admissions can be found on the Hertfordshire County Council website.

To find the Parish in which you reside, and the priority area for schools please visit ‘Find your nearest school’ service available at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions 

   The Sele School Admission Rules for 2022 – 2023

The Sele School is an all ability Academy secondary school.  The number admitted at age 11 to Year 7 is 120. Boys and girls will be admitted at age 16+ provided they meet the entry qualifications for their proposed programme of study. 

Rule 1:   Children Looked After and children who were looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or a special guardianship order).  

Rule 2:   Medical or Social:  Children for whom it can be demonstrated that they have a particular medical or social need to go to the school, which includes children previously from abroad who were cared for by the state because he or she would not otherwise have been cared for adequately and subsequently adopted. 

The school Governors will determine whether the evidence provided is sufficiently compelling to meet the requirements for this rule. The evidence must relate specifically to the school applied for under Rule 2 and must clearly demonstrate why it is the only school that can meet the child’s needs.

Rule 3:    Sibling:  Children who have a sibling at the school at the time of application, unless the sibling is in the last year of the normal age-range of the school.  

Rule 4:   Children who live in the priority area for whom it is their nearest Hertfordshire maintained school or academy that is non-faith, co-educational and non-partially selective.     

Rule 5:  Children who live in the priority area who live nearest to the school.  

Priority Area – Hertford and Ware and the Parishes of Bayford, Bengeo Rural, Bramfield, Brickendon Liberty, Datchworth, Essendon, Great Amwell, Hertford, Hertford Heath, Hertingfordbury, Hunsdon, Little Berkhamsted, Little Munden, Sacombe, Stanstead Abbotts, Stanstead St. Margarets, Stapleford, Tewin, Thundridge, Ware, Wareside, Watton-at-Stone and Welwyn.  

Rule 6:   Children living outside the priority area on the basis of distance, with those living nearest to the school given priority. 

These rules are applied in the order they are printed above.  If more children qualify under a particular rule than there are places available, a tie-break will be used by applying the next rule to those children. Where there is a need for a tie-breaker where two different addresses measure the same distance from a school, in the case of a block of flats for example the lower door number will be deemed nearest as logically this will be on the ground floor and therefore closer. If there are two identical addresses of separate applicants, the tie-break will be random. Every child entered onto the HCC admissions database has an individual random number assigned, between 1 and 1 million, against each preference school. When there is a need for a final tie break the random number is used to allocate the place, with the lowest number given priority. 

Notes 

Rule 1:  Child arrangements order – Under the provision of the Children and Families Act 2014, which amended Section 8 of the Children Act 1989, residence orders have now been replaced by child arrangements order which settle the arrangements to be made as to the person with whom the child is to live.  Special Guardianship Order – under 14A of the Children Act 1989, an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian or guardians.  

Rule 2: Children for whom it can be demonstrated that they have a particular medical or social need to go to the school. Rule 2 applications will only be considered at the time of the initial application, unless there has been a significant and exceptional change of circumstances within the family since the initial application was submitted. 

All schools in Hertfordshire have experience in dealing with children with diverse social and medical needs. However, in a few very exceptional cases, there are reasons why a child has to go to one specific school. 

Few applications under Rule 2 are agreed.

Applications for children adopted but previously looked after abroad will be considered under this rule and accepted if the child’s previously looked after status and adoption is confirmed. Hertfordshire’s “Virtual School” will be asked to verify all such applications. 

All applications are considered individually but a successful application should include the following:

a) Evidence that the child was previously cared for by the state abroad because he or she would not otherwise have been cared for adequately and has been subsequently adopted 

OR

b) Specific recent professional evidence that justifies why only one school can meet a child’s individual needs, and/or

c) Professional evidence that outlines exceptional family circumstances making clear why only one school can meet the child’s needs.

d) If the requested school is not the nearest school to the child’s home address clear reasons why the nearest school is not appropriate.

e) 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 one school is appropriate. A Rule 2 application will generally not be upheld in cases where more than one school could meet the child’s need. 

In exceptional cases relating to a disability, where more than one school in the county can meet the child’s specific needs, a clear and compelling case can be made for the “nearest” school with the relevant facilities, environment or location. You must clearly explain why attendance at the “nearest” school with these facilities is essential. 

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. 

Further details on the The Herts County Council Rule 2 process can be accessed by following this link: Hertfordshire County Council Admission Rules – Rule 2 Protocol

Rule 3: (a) the ‘normal age range’ for The Sele School is Years 7 to 13.  (b) a sibling means the sister, brother, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, or foster brother or sister or child of the parent/carer or partner, and in every case living in the same house from Monday to Friday. 

Rule 4:  Non-partially selective means that the school does not offer any places based on academic ability.  

Rule 4, 5 and 6: The Governing Body of The Sele School will reserve the right to use the straight-line distance measurement provided by Hertfordshire County Council’s GIS system as outlined in the Moving On publication. The measurement is made between the child’s home address point and the school address point.  

Twins/Multiple Births

In the event that one child of a multiple birth is awarded a place but one or more other children of that same multiple birth, who have applied for a place at the school are not awarded a place, the school would take in all children in that multiple birth who have applied, even if this means that intake exceeds PAN as a result.  

Children Out of Year Group 

The Sele School believes that children should be educated within their correct chronological year group, with the curriculum differentiated as necessary to meet the needs of individual children. This is in line with DfE guidance.

However, parents or carers may seek a place for their child outside of their normal age group, in which case they should, at the time of application, provide supporting evidence from relevant professionals who are working with the child and family, explaining why they believe the child should be educated outside their normal age cohort. It is for the parents or carers of the child concerned to ensure that supporting evidence is provided.

Decisions on whether to accept a child out of year group will be made by Governors on the basis of evidence provided regarding the circumstances of the case. The Governor’s decision will be based on the facts of the case; the views of the parents and of the Headteacher will be taken into consideration as will circumstances of the case such as, details of the child’s social, emotional and academic development and whether the child has been educated out of year group previously.

Refusal of acceptance of a child into the parent/carers preferred year group does not constitute refusal of a place and there is no statutory right of appeal. The internal management of the school, including placement of students into classes is a matter for the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team.

Appeals

Parents wishing to appeal who applied through Hertfordshire’s online system should log in to their online application and click on the link “register an appeal”.  Out of county residents and paper applicants should call the Customer Service Centre on 0300 123 4043 to request their registration details and log into www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/schoolappeals and click on the link “log into the appeals system”.  

A continuing interest list is held by the school.    A new In-Year application must be made at the end of the academic year to ensure the parent is on the continuing list.

Section 324 of the Education Act 1996 requires the governing bodies of all maintained schools to admit a child with an EHC (Education, Health and Care) Plan that names the school. These children will be admitted before any of the admittance criteria are used.

In-Year Admissions 

Parents can make an online in-year application via the Hertfordshire County Council website  www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions or contact the Customer Service Centre on 0300 123 4043 for a paper application form. Parents should return the application form direct to the County Council. 

The county council will write to you with the outcome of your application and if you have been unsuccessful, will include registration details to enable you to login and appeal online at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/schoolappeals     

Fair Access

We will admit children under Hertfordshire County Council’s Fair Access Protocol before those on continuing interest, and over the Published Admission Number (PAN) if required.

Sixth Form Arrangements 

The Sele School will accept applications from external students for places once all internal students have been accommodated. The Published Admission Number (PAN) to admit external Sixth Form students is 25. 

Sixth Form Entry Requirements 

  1. Children Looked After and children who were looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or a special guardianship order).
  2. Entry into The Sele School Sixth Form is dependent on meeting a GCSE or BTEC equivalent examination entry requirement of five (5) qualifications at Grade 5 or better. There is a minimum requirement of achieving Grade 5 in the subjects that they wish to continue at A Level. Students who wish to study a subject which has not previously been studied will be admitted according to the five (5) qualifications at Grade 5 or better ruling.
  3. However, consultation will take place between the Director of Sixth Form and Deputy Head where a student has failed to meet the examination entry requirement but has shown a serious intention to continue their education. 
  4. In exceptional circumstances, and after consultation with the Director of Sixth Form and other relevant staff, negotiated entry to the Sixth Form is sometimes possible if the normal entry requirements have not been met. 
  5. The Sele School will accept any Year 11 student wishing to continue their education at The Sele School Post 16, as long as they meet the examination entry requirement or have successfully negotiated entry to the Sixth Form as described in point 3. 
  6. The Sele School welcomes students from other schools who have a serious intent to enter post 16 education at The Sele School as long as they meet the same examination entry requirements as internal applicants. All members of The Sele School Sixth Form must agree to adhere to the standards criteria as set out in the Sixth Form Contract. 
  7. If oversubscribed and a tie break is needed this will be distance measured by a straight line as the deciding factor.
Sixth Form Application Form

To apply for a place in The Sele School Sixth Form please follow this link and complete and return the form, which can be downloaded by following this link: Sixth Form Application Form

Sixth Form Appeals

Parents or students whose application to the school is unsuccessful have the right to appeal and should contact the Admissions Officer at the school directly in the first instance.