How to apply for a secondary school place
All applications for Year 7 places at Colston’s Girls’ School should be made on the Common Application Form (CAF), which is provided and administered by the applicant’s home local authority. The deadline for receipt of the CAF by your local authority is 31st October 2017.
If applying through Bristol City Council, applications are made online. A CAF will also be available in the booklet ‘Your Child’s Secondary Education in Bristol’ which all Year 6 children attending schools in Bristol will receive.
The CAF is the only COMPULSORY form that is required to be completed by those wishing to apply for a place at Colston’s Girls’ School.
Colston’s Girls’ School Supplementary Application Form
Colston’s Girls’ School also uses a Supplementary Application Form. Parent(s)/carer(s) are not required to complete this; however, in the event that the school is oversubscribed, if the parent(s)/carer(s) does not complete this on behalf of the applicant, the applicant will only be eligible for consideration under the last oversubscription criteria (as detailed in the Admissions Policy 2018/2019 section 6.1f), Remaining Places). This may reduce the applicant’s chances of gaining a place at Colston’s Girls’ School. Further information is given in the Oversubscription Criteria below.
The exception to this would be for Children with Statements of Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care Plans, and for Children in Care (as detailed in the Admissions Policy 2018/2019 sections 6.1). Applicants applying under these categories do not need to complete a Supplementary Application Form.
Parent(s)/carer(s) should complete a Supplementary Application Form if they wish to apply under the oversubscription criterion:
- Foreign Language specialism
- Random Allocation
Further information is available in the Admissions Policy 2018/2019, section 6.1 b), c), d) and e).
The Supplementary Application Form will be available at the Open Evenings and will also be available to download via the school’s website (from September 2017). It will also be available to complete and submit online (from September 2017), with an automatic acknowledgement that the Supplementary Application Form has been successfully received. We highly recommend that you use the online version.
The deadline for receipt by Colston’s Girls’ School of the completed Supplementary Application Form is midnight on SUNDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER 2017. Late submission will not be accepted.
Admissions Arrangements 2018
Colston’s Girls’ School will admit 140 pupils moving from primary Year 6 to secondary school Year 7. All applications will be considered. If the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, the oversubscription criteria as outlined in the Admissions Policy 2018/2019 will be applied.
The School is committed to a fair and equal treatment of all pupils regardless of disablement. The School welcomes applications from pupils with disabilities who wish to join the School community.
Timetable for Admissions
The School will operate the following timetable for admissions in 2018/2019:
- Information available on the Admissions Policy, including oversubscription criteria, for entry in 2018/2019.
- Details of open evenings
- The Academy will provide information to the Local Authority for inclusion in the composite prospectus
Pupils and parent(s)/carer(s) will have opportunities to visit the school on one of the following dates:
- Open Evening: Thursday 14th September 2017 from 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm
(please arrive by 7.30 pm to ensure you have ample time to tour the school)
- Open Evening: Tuesday 19th September 2017 from 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm
(please arrive by 7.30 pm to ensure you have ample time to tour the school)
No further opportunities to tour the school will be available after these dates.
By midnight on Sunday 24th September 2017, the Colston’s Girls’ School Supplementary Application Form must be returned to Admissions, Colston’s Girls’ School.
All applicants who have submitted a Supplementary Application Form will be invited to attend a Non Verbal Reasoning Assessment and the optional Foreign Language Aptitude Test. Both will be held at the School on Saturday 7th October 2017. If you do not receive an invitation letter by 2nd October, please contact Admissions at Colston’s Girls’ School (telephone 0117 910 8412).
By late October 2017, Colston’s Girls’ School will inform parents of the results of the test scores. Please note that successful outcome in this test does not equate to the guarantee of a place.
By Midnight on 31st October 2017, the Common Application Form must be returned to the Local Authority.
The Local Authority will then send a list to Colston’s Girls’ School of all pupils who have made an application.
A list of all pupils to be offered a place at the School will be sent to the Local Authority early in January 2018.
Colston’s Girls’ School will admit pupils with Statements of Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care Plans where Colston’s Girls’ School is named in the Statement or Plan.
Procedures where Colston’s Girls’ School is oversubscribed:
Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the published admission number of 140, applications will be considered against the criteria as set out in order below:
Children in Care
Equal priority will be given to:
- children who are “looked after” children (within the meaning of the Children Act 1989) at the date that the relevant application for admission is made and who a local authority has confirmed will continue to be looked after by it in accordance with relevant legislation at the time they are admitted to Colston’s Girls’ School; and
- previously “looked after children” who are defined as children who were adopted (or made subject to child arrangement orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been looked after.
Foreign Language Specialism
Children up to a maximum of 10% of the Year 7 published admission number admitted on the basis of aptitude in Foreign Language.
Children who, on the date of admission, will have an older sibling on the roll of Colston’s Girls’ School.
In order to be considered under the sibling criteria, parent(s)/carer(s) should submit a Supplementary Application Form on behalf of the applicant, by the deadline of 24th September 2017.
Colston’s Girls’ School follows a ‘fair banding’ approach to admissions that requires children to take a non-verbal reasoning test, and the results are provided to parents prior to the admission deadline. A child will receive a lower priority in the admissions process if the test has not been taken. Even if a child would have been prioritised for a place, i.e. they applied on time and a sibling already attends the school, they would receive a lower priority a place if the test has not been completed.
The term “sibling” is defined as a sister, but not cousins or other family members, under one of the following categories, and who will be living permanently with them at the same address at the date of their entry to the School.
Categories of Sibling
- Fostered (please refer to Admissions Policy 2018/2019 for further information)
After places have been allocated, the parent(s)/carer(s) may be required to supply proof of the sibling relationship by providing documentary evidence which might include birth date, adoption certificate, relevant court order, Home Office documents, proof of abode. In certain circumstances, Colston’s Girls’ School may reasonably require further evidence.
Failure to submit a Supplementary Application Form by the deadline of 24th September 2017 will prevent applicants being considered under the sibling category and they will only be considered under oversubscription criteria, Remaining Places.
Children who have a parent/carer who is a member of staff at Colston’s Girls’ School who has been employed for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, and/or the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
Random Allocation – Banded
Places will be allocated by Random Allocation, to those who have submitted a Supplementary Application Form by the deadline of 24th September 2017 and sat the Non-Verbal Reasoning assessment, as specified below. This process will be independently verified in conjunction with the local authority.
- 75% of those places will be offered to an inner catchment area which will include all addresses in post codes BS1 – BS16;
- 25% of those places will be offered to an outer catchment area which will include all addresses in the following post codes:
BS17 to BS49
BA1 to BA3
GL9, GL12, GL13
Where places are still available, these will again be allocated by random allocation to those applicants who fulfil one or more of the following criteria:
- those not submitting a Supplementary Application Form by 24thSeptember 2017
- those not attending the Non-Verbal Reasoning Assessment
- those living outside the above areas, detailed in the section headed ‘Random Allocation – Banded’ above.
Where parent(s)/carer(s) have submitted a Supplementary Application Form by 24th September 2017, the applicant will be invited to sit a Non Verbal Reasoning assessment so that they can be placed in an ability band. The Assessment is on the morning of Saturday 7th October 2017 at Colston’s Girls’ School.
On the basis of the result of the assessment, applicants will be placed into one of five ability bands. Banding will be applied to the oversubscription criteria for Sibling, Staff and Random Allocation – Banded, detailed above, to ensure an intake that is representative of the ability range of applicants to the school. Places will be allocated, as far as possible, such that an equal number are given in each band.
Failure to attend the Non Verbal Reasoning Assessment
Where an applicant has submitted a Supplementary Application Form but not attended the Non Verbal Reasoning assessment due to pre-advised illness or religious observance, arrangements will be made for the applicant to attend the alternative back-up session on Monday 16th October 2017.
Where an applicant does not attend either of these days, they will only be eligible for consideration under oversubscription criteria, Remaining Places.
Failure to complete a Supplementary Application Form
If an applicant fails to complete and submit a Supplementary Application Form by 24th September 2017, they will only be eligible for consideration under oversubscription criteria, Remaining Places.
The exception to this would be for Children with Statements of Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care Plans, and for Children in Care.
Foreign Language Specialism
If you wish to apply under this criteria, please indicate on the Supplementary Application form. Your daughter will also be considered under the Random Allocation – Banded criteria. Your daughter will be invited to sit a test specifically designed to assess an aptitude to learn new languages, based on a made up language. No previous knowledge of languages is required. The test will be held on the same day as the Non-Verbal Reasoning Assessment and confirmation will be sent prior to Assessment Day.
Late applications are those that are received after the deadline for receipt of the Common Application Form of 31st October, 2017.
Late applications will be considered under the oversubscription criteria, Remaining Places.
The waiting list for Year 7 places will be operated by Bristol City Council, under the Co-ordinated Admission Scheme. From National Offer Day (1st March 2018) until the start of the new academic year in September 2018 the waiting list will be maintained by Bristol City Council. It will be open to any parent(s)/carer(s) to ask for the applicant’s name to be placed on the waiting list, following an unsuccessful application for admission.
After the start of the new academic year, Colston’s Girls’ School will take over responsibility and operate a waiting list for in-year admissions.
The child’s position on the waiting list will be determined solely in accordance with the oversubscription criteria set out above. Where places become vacant they will be allocated to children on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.
If the School receives more applications for places than there are available, the oversubscription criteria will apply. Parents whose applications are unsuccessful have the right to appeal.
A copy of the full Admissions Policy is available on the link shown on the left or by telephoning the School on 0117 910 8412.
Useful Contact Information
Colston’s Girls’ School Admissions
Tel: 0117 910 8412
Bristol City Council
Tel: 0117 903 7694
Website: Bristol City Council School Admissions
South Gloucestershire Council
Tel: 01454 868 008