Applications for admission into year 12 will be administered by the school.
Rainhill High has capacity for 250 pupils in the sixth form. Applicants from outside the school, will be accepted if a place is available and the applicant meets the same criteria as those applying internally. The school will be able to admit up to 20 external applicants in total in Year 12. However, it may exceed this number if demand for available courses can be met.
Both internal and external pupils wishing to enter the sixth form will normally be expected to have met the minimum academic entry requirements for the sixth form. If either internal or external applicants fail to meet the minimum course requirements they will be given the option of pursuing alternative courses for which they do meet the minimum academic requirements.
As a minimum students need to secure 5 grade 4’s at GCSE (or equivalent) including English Language GCSE at Grade 4.
To study A-level:-
As a minimum students need to secure 2 grade 6’s and 3 grade 5’s at GCSE including grade 5 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics.
To study Applied General or Technical Awards:-
As a minimum students need to secure 5 grade 4’s at GCSE or equivalent including a grade 4 in GCSE English Language.
Each course is to have their own distinctive entry requirements which provide a further layer of refinement in terms of student placement.
Students who are studying Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Computer Science, Psychology and Economics are strongly encouraged to take L3 Core Mathematics if they are not already studying Mathematics at A-level due to the increased mathematical content of these courses.
Process of Application
Prospectuses and application forms are published during the autumn term prior to admission, and are available to all who request them by contacting the school.
The Sixth Form Open Evening will be held for 2019 entrance in the 2018 autumn term.
Application forms must be received by the closing date publicised in the school’s prospectus.
When the sixth form is undersubscribed all applicants meeting the minimum academic entry requirements will be admitted.
Post 16 oversubscription criteria
When there are more external applicants that satisfy any academic entry requirements than the number of post – 16 places available (either on a particular course or for the sixth form as a whole) and after the admission of pupils with Statements of Special Educational Needs where Rainhill High is named on the statement, the criteria will be applied in order in which they are set out below:
(1) *looked after children and previously looked after children;
(2) children who have a brother or sister at the school at the time of likely admission. The brother or sister must be on the school roll in Years 7 – 11. This includes full, half or stepbrothers and sisters, adopted and foster brothers and sisters or a child of the parent/carer’s partner, and in every case, who is living at the same address and is part of the same family unit;
(3) other children.
The measurement shall be done by the Local Authority, on behalf of the school, in a straight line using a Geographical Information System (GIS) based on Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) data and the National Grid co-ordinates for the family home and the school. Home address shall be defined as the address of the primary carer of the child, who is in receipt of child benefit.
Where the tie break does not distinguish between applicants e.g children living in the same block of flats random allocation will be used. This will be done by drawing lots and supervised by someone independent of the school.
Special Conditions for Twins (etc.)
Where the final place in a year group is offered to one of twins (or triplets etc) the tie break will not apply as the other twin etc will be admitted, even if that means going above the admission number.
Any student refused admission to the sixth form has the right of appeal to an independent appeals panel. The school’s decision letter will give reasons why the application was refused, including details of how, and to whom, to make an appeal and where to obtain further information.
Admission of children outside their normal age group
Parents 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.
A decision is made on the basis of the circumstances of each case.
The process is as follows:
Stage 1 – request
Parents make a formal request to the Local Authority’s School Admissions Team in writing with any supporting evidence they wish to be considered.
A request for early entry into Year 7 should be made before 31 October in the previous academic year in order to give sufficient time for the case to be considered prior to the offer of school places on 1 March.
A request for in year admission outside of the normal age group should be made on the Local Authority’s In Year Transfer Application Form.
Stage 2 – decision
Requests will be referred to the school to be considered and a decision made.
Stage 3 – outcome
If the request is agreed the application will be considered for the relevant year group and ranked alongside any other applications. There is no guarantee that a place will be offered. Parents have a statutory right to appeal against the refusal of a place at a school for which they have applied. This right does not apply if they are offered a place at the school but it is not in their preferred age group.
There is no statutory right of appeal against the refusal of a request for admission outside the normal age group. However, if the parents are dissatisfied they have the right to complain under the school’s complaints procedure.