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Mr John Nash
Strategic Director (Children's Services), Borough of Poole Council, Civic Centre, Poole, Dorset BH15 2RU
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Poole Grammar Schools
Documents available for viewing are:
- The admission arrangements for Poole Grammar School.
- The admission arrangements for Poole High School.
The majority of pupils in Poole transfer to secondary school at the age of 12+, this includes both grammar schools. Pupils wishing to gain entry to either of the grammar schools are required to sit an entrance test. As both the schools have Foundation status, and are therefore admission authorities in their own right, the tests are arranged and administered by the schools themselves. The local authority does not involve itself in any part of the testing process. Parents should contact the schools directly regarding any entry testing information.
ADMISSIONS POLICY FOR ENTRY in SEPTEMBER 2012
1. OPEN DAYS
We would be delighted to see parents and prospective students at our Open Evening on Thursday 6 October 2011; tours of the school are also available during the normal working day of the school. Please contact the school to make an appointment or if there are any queries the Admissions Team can help with.
The closing date for applications to be received by the Borough of Poole is31 October 2011.
All the admission authorities within Poole operate an equal preference admissions system. This means that all first, second and third preference applications are considered equally by the different Admissions Authorities which will not know the ranking that the parents have given to the individual schools. The Local Authority will then offer the highest ranked preference possible.
The entrance test is taken on Saturday 3 December 2011. Further testing may be arranged at other times of the year for in-year applications. On the day of testing all students will take NFER Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning tests.
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Details of the tests will be sent to the students soon after the closing date for applications.
Admissions Policy And Procedures For Entry In 2012
The admissions policy of Poole Grammar School aims to reflect the underlying ethos of the school which is to provide a selective education for boys from the Borough of Poole and its environs.
Parents and prospective pupils are warmly invited to visit the Open Evening on 20 September 2011, from 6-8pm. It is also possible for parents and their sons to tour the school by appointment during any school day in term time. Parents are welcome to contact the School Office if they have any queries.
Admissions at 12+
Admission to all Poole schools will be in accordance with the agreed secondary scheme for coordinated admission arrangements 2012. Parents are able to state their school preference without it being taken into account by the schools they are applying to.
Admission to Year 8
- The closing date for applications to be received by the Borough of Poole is 31 October 2011.
- Admission to the school in Year 8 is conditional upon achieving the academic standard required in the school's entrance tests and on the availability of places.
- To provide appropriate information on which an assessment of a candidate's academic standard can be completed, a series of tests will be held for which boys will come to Poole Grammar School on Saturday 3 November 2011 from 9.15am - 2.30pm.
- The school's published admission number for Year 8 is 168 for September 2012.
- Boys will take tests in Non Verbal Reasoning, Mathematics and English and write an English essay.
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- On the basis of their results, boys will be placed in two groups, Group A (Meets the required standard),or Group B (Does not meet the required standard).
- The scores for the entrance tests are adjusted (or 'standardised') according to age.
- The Governors' admission panel will then consider which students have met our entrance requirements and this information will be passed to the Local Authority which will allocate places in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.
- Results will be posted to parents by Poole Local Authority on 1 March 2012.
- Parents should respond to the offer of a place by the deadline date specified in the offer letter.
- Test scores will be issued to parents of boys who are not offered a place on application. Parents of applicants who are not offered a place will be informed of their right of appeal.
- Parents have the right of appeal when results are known and will be given information on taking up their statutory right of appeal at that time.
- Academic assessments will not be repeated within 12 months of the last stage of the process e.g. the last panel or appeals meeting at which the candidate was assessed or reviewed. Any subsequent application will require written confirmation from the candidate's Headteacher that accelerated progress has been made.