LAWRENCE SHERIFF SCHOOL
ADMISSIONS TESTING ARRANGEMENTS
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AND CARERS
2021-2022 ACADEMIC YEAR
Admission to any school outside the usual age of transfer can be quite complex and take some time to complete, and at Lawrence Sheriff School (LSS) we are usually over-subscribed in Years 7-11. Even where students are of a comparable academic standard to their peer group, it will usually be necessary to lodge a formal appeal for admission to the school.
Admission to the school will therefore normally take up to three stages:
· Firstly, formal testing of the student to assess their academic ability. [Please note: students who have previously been tested for admission will not be re-tested.] Parents/Carers may seek a place for their child outside of their normal age group, for example, if the child is gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health. Anyone considering making such an application for any year group should read Warwickshire County Council’s document entitled ‘Guidance notes relating to the education of children outside of their chronological year group’ and complete the relevant forms, which can be found on the Warwickshire County Council website https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/applying-school-place-reception/deferringstartingschool/2, and submit them to Warwickshire County Council before applying for testing. The child will be tested in accordance with the arrangements set out in the policy and an admission decision taken based on the circumstances of the case and with reference to the best interests of the child, in line with the School Admissions Code (2021).
o The standard date of birth ranges for each year group are at the end of this document.
o The admission testing enquiry form is available by following the link at the end of this document.
o Hard copies of any documentation and assistance for anyone without internet access are available – please contact the school directly, if required.
o The contact details for Lawrence Sheriff School are at the end of this document.
· Secondly, a formal application for admission. LSS is part of the local authority’s in-year co-ordination scheme for the period to 31 August 2022, so depending on the results of your son’s testing you may choose to lodge a formal in-year application through the relevant Local Authority Admissions Service (Warwickshire County Council for Warwickshire residents, but if you live outside Warwickshire you should contact your own local authority in the first instance).
o The contact details for the Warwickshire Admissions Service and the link for the formal application information/forms are at the end of this document.
· Thirdly, if the school is not able to offer a place in response to that application then parents may wish to consider lodging a formal appeal to an independent panel who will consider whether the pupil should be admitted to the school. Details of the appeal process and contact information will be included in the decision notification letter to parents if a place cannot be offered. However, as the school is heavily over-subscribed, please be aware that the majority of appeals are unsuccessful, even where a pupil has achieved the qualifying standard.
Stage 1 - Testing Arrangements
How to apply for testing
- If the pupil concerned is in Year 6 and looking for admission to LSS at the start of Year 7 you will need to contact the Admissions Service at Warwickshire County Council in order to register your son for the 11+. They will be able to explain your position with regard to the testing, waiting list and appeals systems. If you are applying after the deadline for registration you will be considered a late applicant. The contact details for the Warwickshire Admissions Service are at the end of this document.
- If the pupil concerned is currently in Year 7 AND is aged under 12 years and wishes to apply for a transfer to Year 7 at LSS, then you should contact the Admissions Service at Warwickshire County Council in order to register your son for the 11+. They will be able to explain your position with regard to the 11+ testing and the appeals system. The contact details for the Warwickshire Admissions Service are at the end of this document.
- If the pupil concerned is currently in Year 7 BUT is aged 12 or over then the 11+ test will be used if the test date is prior to 31 December 2021 and you should contact the Admissions Service at Warwickshire County Council to register him for that test. If the test date is after 1 January 2022 he will be tested by LSS to establish whether he is of comparable ability to students currently in Year 7. The LSS test will be in English and Mathematics (details below). You will be notified of the outcome of these tests in writing within twenty school days of the test date. The contact details for Lawrence Sheriff School are at the end of this document.
- If the pupil concerned is currently in Years 8, 9, 10 or 11 then he will be tested by LSS to establish whether he is of comparable ability to students currently in the relevant year group. There will be tests in English and Mathematics (details below). You will be notified of the outcome of these tests in writing within twenty school days of the test date. The contact details for Lawrence Sheriff School are at the end of this document.
· 11+ Tests – Warwickshire County Council will provide you with information about the test date and arrangements. Details of the 11+ test are available in the school’s Admissions Policy, available on the school websitehttp://lawrencesheriffschool.net/parents-and-students/key-information/school-policies (please ensure you read the policy that is relevant to the academic year into which you are seeking admission).
· LSS In-house tests – For those students who are being tested by Lawrence Sheriff School, on receipt of a test enquiry form our Examinations Officer will contact you to notify you of the date and time for your son to sit the tests, which will consist of English and Mathematics papers. There are regular termly testing sessions scheduled to be held in October, February and May. However, if students are seeking immediate admission, have moved house or are not currently placed in a school then additional test sessions will be scheduled for those students, if necessary. The test details are as follows:
o Total testing time – 2 hours 30 minutes
o English (60 minutes) – Reading Comprehension (interpretation questions) and Writing (one essay)
o Mathematics (90 minutes) – a non-calculator paper (45 minutes), followed by a calculator paper (45 minutes)
o Papers are based on the National Curriculum expectations for the year group
o There is a short break of 5 minutes between each paper
o Parents will be reminded about the timing and nature of the tests approximately two weeks prior to the test date
· You will not be supplied with any past papers as the tests are intended to ascertain whether your son is of a comparable standard to other students in his year group. No additional preparation is needed for these ability tests. The papers will be marked and moderated in school. You will be notified in writing of the outcome of the tests within twenty school days of the test date.
Stage 2 – Application to the Local Authority Admissions Service
Depending on the results of the testing, you may wish to proceed with an application for admission. To do this you will need to contact the Admissions Service at Warwickshire County Council if you are resident in Warwickshire (or your own Local Authority if you live outside Warwickshire) to make a formal change of school application through the in-year co-ordinated scheme (details are at the end of this document).
The application will be put to a governors’ admissions panel for consideration if your test results are already known and you will be notified of the outcome within fifteen school days of the application being made.
In the event that an application is made where your son has not been tested for admission you will be notified of the test date within fifteen school days of the application being made and your application will be put to the governors’ admissions panel when the test results are available.
If your son is offered a place at Lawrence Sheriff School, he must start at the school within four school weeks of the offer being made, otherwise the place will be withdrawn.
However, even if your son is deemed to be of a comparable standard to our existing students, if the governors decide his admission would prejudice the provision of efficient education or efficient use of resources we will be unable to make him an offer of a place. If we are unable to offer you a place then you will be notified of your right to lodge a formal appeal. However, as the school is heavily over-subscribed, please be aware that the majority of appeals are unsuccessful, even where a pupil has achieved the qualifying standard.
Stage 3 – Lodging a formal appeal
You can lodge a formal appeal by contacting the Admissions Service at Warwickshire County Council to discuss the appeals process and obtain the relevant forms. Warwickshire County Council will establish an independent appeals panel to hear your son’s case within thirty working school days of the receipt of the formal appeal papers (not from the date of your enquiry). In the event that your son is offered a place at LSS on appeal, he must start at the school within four school weeks of the offer being made, otherwise the place will be withdrawn. However, please be aware that the majority of appeals are unsuccessful.
Whilst all these stages will be completed as quickly as possible, if your son is offered a place there may be a long period of time between you first contacting Lawrence Sheriff School and your son starting here. If your son is not currently placed in a school you should therefore consider applying to other schools to enquire about the possibility of him taking up a place pending the outcome of the testing, application and appeals processes. If your son is admitted to another school this will have no bearing on the appeal decision, but will provide him with some continuity in his education.
I hope this information is of use to you as you make arrangements for your son’s future. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Batchelor (PA to the Headteacher).
MRS T MPOFU
Standard Date of Birth Ranges for 2021-2022:
Year 7: 1 September 2009 – 31 August 2010
Year 8: 1 September 2008 – 31 August 2009
Year 9: 1 September 2007 – 31 August 2008
Year 10: 1 September 2006 – 31 August 2007
Year 11: 1 September 2005 – 31 August 2006
Contact details for the Admissions Service at Warwickshire County Council:
Education Services - Business Support
Business and Customer Services - Resources Directorate
Warwickshire County Council
Saltisford Office Park
Tel: 01926 414143
Admission out of age group information and form: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/applying-school-place-reception/deferringstartingschool/2
Change of School information and form: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/moving-schools-within-school-year
Contact details for Lawrence Sheriff School:
Mrs L Batchelor
PA to the Headteacher
Lawrence Sheriff School
Tel: 01788 843700
Admissions Policy: http://lawrencesheriffschool.net/parents-and-students/key-information/school-policies
LSS Admission Testing Enquiry Form: http://www.lawrencesheriffschool.net/images/00_02_Admissions_Enquiry_Form_for_parents_and_carers_2021-2022.pdf