The school is not selective and the admissions criteria mirror those of the local authority community schools.
The school has an agreed admission number of 180 places in Year 7. If there are more applications than the number of places available, places will be offered according to the following order of priority:
If the school is oversubscribed, after admission of pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health Care Plan where the school is named in the Statement or Plan, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below in order:
- A 'looked after child' or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship order. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).
- Children who, at the time of application, have a sibling living at the same address in years 7–11 of the school, (or who is in years 12–13 if they previously attended in years 7–11 for at least one year). Siblings would include half, step, adoptive and foster siblings provided they also live at the same address as the applicant.
- Children who are living with a parent who has been employed by Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School for a period of at least two years at the application deadline, or who were recruited to fill a vacant post for which there was a demonstrable skill shortage, will be allocated places under this category by reference to the proximity of the child’s home address (as defined by this policy) to the School, with those living nearer receiving higher priority.
In order to apply under this category, the parent who is the employee of Queen Elizabeth’s Girls School must complete the Common Application Form and ensure that they confirm within it that they are an employee. Failure to do so will result in the child being placed into the next category that applies.
- Remaining places are offered on a geographical basis measuring distance in a straight line from the school. Distances are measured between the front door of the child’s home and the main school gate. The distance between these points is calculated using a computerised geographical information system.
Tie Breaker – distance will be used as a tie-breaker within each category.
Final Tie Breaker – applicants from the same block of flats, or applicants who live the same distance from the school will be selected in random order and places will be offered accordingly.
Applications made on behalf of twins or triplets – when the over-subscription criteria are applied to applications made on behalf of twins or triplets, they will be selected in random order and places will be offered accordingly. This could result in one (or two) children in a family being offered a place but not the other(s). Where relevant, the remaining child(ren) would be retained automatically on the particular school’s waiting list and would have priority should any vacancies arise at that school.