Transition into Secondary School

Transition

At Hunslet Moor Primary School we work hard to ensure that our Year 6 pupils, and their families feel supported and informed when applying for Secondary School places and that their transition to secondary education is well-paved through meetings and transition days. We ensure that we develop positive relationships with our many local secondary schools and academies and invite them to our Parent Consultation evenings to meet and talk to pupils and families.

We suggest that wherever it is possible, pupils and families visit the secondary schools and academies they are considering applying to ensure they have the chance to develop an understanding of the ethos and curriculum of the school and meet and talk to staff and pupils.

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All pupils currently in Year 6 should have received an application to apply for secondary school places for September 2017. If you have not please contact us via the School Office and we can support.

Date Stage
1 August to 31 October 2017 Apply for a place
1 March 2018 Offers go out
14 March 2018 Deadline to request a place on the waiting list
28 March 2018 Deadline to appeal
March to July 2018 Places allocated from the waiting lists and appeals held
September 2018 Start secondary school

In the Summer term we will support pupils and families with the various transition programmes and activities that secondary schools organise to ensure positive transition. Where we feel particular pupils will benefit from additional support in this transition process we will work with secondary schools to ensure this is in place.

If you have any concerns or questions about transition to secondary school or the application or appeals process please speak to Mr Crawford via the School Office and/or visit: www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Admissions-Secondary-School

Applications for September 2018 – Guidance from Leeds City Council

If your child is due to start secondary school in September 2018 you must apply for a school place between 1 August 2017 and 31 October 2017. All applications will be given equal consideration no matter when you apply during this period as long as the application is submitted by the deadline.

Invitation to apply letters

Letters telling you which is your ‘nearest priority school’ will be sent out from 1 August 2017 from Leeds City Council. If you have not received your letter by mid-August please contact the City Council directly. Being told which is your child’s ‘nearest priority school’ is an important part of many school admissions policies.​

Your home address will put you in the priority catchment area for a particular school and the letter tells you which school this is. It is the school at which your child has a higher priority for admission under the school admission policy, which might be the Leeds Admission Policy 2018/19 or might be the secondary school’s own policy. The admission policy describes how priority is determined and, in turn, how places are offered. It also provides information about what constitutes a home address, how late applications are dealt with and how offers should be accepted. It provides an overview of how the waiting list works. The policy can be viewed online at:

http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Admissions-Secondary-School.aspx 

There are a number of things you should consider before submitting your application.

Have you visited the schools you are interested in before applying? Most of them have open days where you can find out more information.

Watch the ‘how to’ video from Leeds City Council to help you use the online application form.

Remember to choose up to five schools you would prefer and include your ‘nearest priority school’ (as outlined in your invitation to apply letter). This will ensure you have the best chance of being offered a local school place.

Have you considered how your child will get to school and the potential transport costs?

Applying for a school place

Leeds City Council requires you to make your application using the online application form. They provide a ‘how to’ video to help you complete the application form.

You can include up to five schools on your application form. You should put these in order of your preference (i.e. your preferred school at number one, and your least preferred school at number five).

Some schools require the completion of a supplementary information form (SIF) which should be completed separately and sent directly to the school. You can find out if a SIF is required by reading the school’s admissions policy. Each school page has a link to its admissions policy. If supplementary information is required a link to this will also be provided.​​​ SIFs will also be available on the relevant school’s website.

After the closing date, Leeds City Council will then start the allocations process. This means they will look at all the applications made for each school and, using the admissions policy, rank them in order. They can then see if you have qualified for a place at any of your preferred schools. If you qualify for more than one of your preferences, they will offer the highest of these preferences and withdraw all the preferences below it. If you don’t qualify for any of your preferences, we will offer the nearest Community or Voluntary Controlled school to your address that still has an available place after the allocations process has been completed.

The “invitation to apply” letter (mentioned above) includes details of your “nearest priority school”. It is very important that you include this school as one of your preferences, even if it is number five, as this helps increase your chances of being offered a local school place. Remember, this may not physically be your nearest school, as different types of schools follow different admissions policies.

Make sure you check the following before the closing date:

  • Have you completed your online application and received an email confirming Leeds City Council have received it?
  • Have you completed and returned any supplementary information forms to secondary schools who require them?
  • If you are claiming exceptional medical/social circumstances (priority 1b) have you checked that your preferred secondary school considers exceptional circumstances as part of their admissions criteria?
  • Have you attached any relevant supporting evidence to your application?​