The move from Primary to Secondary education is an exciting time.
We work hard to ensure the transition process is as smooth and as anxiety free as possible. Primary children from our cluster schools visit Heworth Grange with their teachers on many occasions while in year 6, for a variety of curriculum opportunities.
Towards the end of the summer term, year 6 pupils who will be transferring to Heworth Grange in September benefit from a week long visit to Heworth Grange where they can experience life in a secondary school and get a feel for the atmosphere and ethos. During this time they work with their tutor groups, meet their form tutors, the Head of Year and take part in a wide variety of activities and lessons
Year Seven Pupils will be placed in registration groups which reflect a social and academic mix. In the first instance, the Head of Year 7 will define these groups based upon information gained from the feeder primary schools. Particular care will be taken to ensure that there is a mix of pupilsfrom the different primary schools in each tutor group, whilst at the same time ensuring that pupils are not isolated from positive friendships.
The curriculum is delivered via banded arrangements of classes. Banding in Year 7 is based upon:
- Feeder School Recommendations
- Key Stage 2 SAT’s results
As pupils progress through the school, setting is introduced into the bands so that individual strengths and weaknesses can be appropriately addressed.
Important Dates for 2018/19 admissions (from Gateshead Council Policy which can be read in full below)
Heworth Grange adopts the admissions policy of Gateshead Local Education Authority, this can be found by clicking the plus symbol below:
Determined Gateshead Council Community Secondary and Academy Schools
Admission Policy 2018/19
We allocate places at Gateshead Community Secondary schools using the policy below and co-ordinate the admissions to Gateshead schools using the co-ordinated admission scheme.
The admission policy is as follows:
• Secondary schools will normally admit pupils between the ages of 11 and 16, or 11 and 19, depending upon the school.
• We will accept pupils up to the school’s agreed planned admission number for the year group unless we feel there are lawful grounds not to do so.
We will consider applications from parents who have named the school as any ranked preference on their application form this is called the equal preference system.
If there are more applications for the number of places available at the school we will than allocate places by using the following order of priority:
(1) Children in Public Care (as defined under Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) including a child who was previously “looked after” but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order (see definition*).
(2) Children who live in the school’s catchment area.
(3) Children who will have a brother or sister at the secondary school during the coming academic year.
(4) Other children who have exceptional medical and social grounds see point 1 below
(5) All other children.
(*see definitions of our criteria in priority 1 and 3 above in our
parent’s information booklet and at www.gateshead.gov.uk)
– We can consider individual applications in cases involving exceptional medical or social needs. This kind of application must be supported in writing from relevant registered health professionals i.e. a doctor or social worker. The evidence must demonstrate why the chosen school is the most suitable and what difficulties would be caused if the child were to attend another school. We will not consider such applications if the relevant evidence is not provided. If provided the evidence will be assessed by the LA Admission Panel. No assumption should be made that submission of the relevant evidence will, in itself, be sufficient to allocate a place.
If within any of the above criteria there are more applicants than places available priority will be given to those children based on the distance they live from the school, measured ‘as the crow flies’ in a straight line from the centre of the home residence to the school’s main entrance . Children living nearest to the school will have priority. Where two or more applicants share the exact same distance, a random allocation process will be used to determine the ranked order of the applications in question.
For your child to receive priority because of an older brother or sister in the sixth form at the school, the brother or sister must have been at the school at the start of Year 11.
For the purposes of deciding whether a child lives in the catchment area of a school we will use the parent or guardians address or the address of a relevant adult who has parental responsibility, as defined under the 1989 Children Act, for the child.
If places become available we will consider all relevant applications using a waiting list. The waiting list will be maintained by the council from the start of the academic year and be kept for the rest of the academic year. All applicants on the waiting list are placed according to the admission criteria and priorities set out above. However children who are the subject of a direction to admit by the LA or who have been referred for admission and have been allocated a place through the Fair Access Protocol will take precedence over any child on the waiting list.
From Friday 8 September 2017 Gateshead Residents can apply on-line at www.gateshead.gov.uk Applications must be submitted by Tuesday 31 October 2017.
If your child lives in Gateshead and attends a Gateshead School and is due to transfer to secondary school you will receive information through your child’s school on Friday 8 September 2017. If you complete a paper application form you must return it to The School Admissions Team, Dryden Centre, Evistones Road, Gateshead, NE9 5UR by Tuesday 31 October 2017.
If your child does not attend a Gateshead school but lives in Gateshead, you can apply online at www.gateshead.gov.uk/schooladmissions. Alternatively you can request a paper application form from The School Admissions Team on telephone number 0191 433 2757. Paper applications must be submitted by Tuesday 31 October 2017. If you live outside of Gateshead and want to apply to a Gateshead school you must obtain an application form from your own Council and return it to them by their closing date or apply through their on-line application system. However you must still consider the information in Gateshead Council’s “Admission to Secondary school” booklet so that you know what the admission arrangements are to Gateshead schools. This information is available at www.gateshead.gov.uk . Your own Council will send us notification of your application and they will let you know the final allocation of a school place for your child.
A letter will be sent to parents resident in Gateshead on or around Thursday 1 March 2018 informing them of the school they have been offered for their child. Gateshead residents who apply on-line are also informed by e-mail on 1 March 2018.
General Information and definitions
For information on our admission arrangements and definitions of the terms used in this policy please refer to our “Admission to Secondary school” booklet for 2016 at www.gateshead.gov.uk
The co-ordinated admission scheme and Catchment areas referred to in this policy can also be viewed at School Admissions Team, Dryden Centre, Evistones Road, Gateshead, NE9 5UR and on our website given above.
Determined Community Secondary Schools Sixth Form Admission Policy September 2018, Applications for Year 12
More information on the Local Education Authority can be found by clicking here.