Admissions Consultation

Please see below for information regarding a proposed change to the admissions process for the King Edward VI Grammar Schools in Birmingham.

Summary

The King Edward VI Academy Trust Birmingham has proposed changes to its Admissions policies for its six selective schools.

If adopted, these changes will apply for admission from September 2020 to the following schools:

  • King Edward VI Aston School
  • King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys
  • King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls
  • King Edward VI Five Ways School
  • King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys
  • King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls

The proposals are designed to enhance our historic mission of providing high-quality education, in a local school, for the children of Birmingham, regardless of background.

The proposals are open to public consultation via Birmingham City Council. The consultation will run from 19 November 2018 – 7 January 2019. Details are available from: https://www.birmingham.gov.uk

What are the proposed changes?

Our proposals aim to improve accessibility for disadvantaged students; to ensure that there is priority for local children; and to provide a more consistent approach across our growing family of selective schools.

Accessibility

We aim to increase the percentage of places set aside for children eligible for the Pupil Premium from 20% to 25%.

In addition, by creating new priority catchment areas, we will ensure that all children eligible for the Pupil Premium who achieve a standard qualifying score (expected to be 205) and who live in the catchment area will be able attend their local selective school if they want.

A map of the proposed catchment areas for each school is available to view on our website. Parents can check which ward they live in by visiting www.birmingham.gov.uk/wardlookup

Locality

At present, our admissions criteria take no account of where an applicant lives. We propose, therefore, to give priority to children who achieve a higher score (expected to be 220) and who live in the catchment area of their local selective school.

Remaining places will then be made available to those with lower scores and / or living further away. All children must achieve the standard qualifying score (expected to be 205) in order to be admitted to any of the selective schools.

We believe that a positive consequence of these changes will be a reduction in overall travel times to school.

Consistency

Over recent years, the “cut-off” scores required for entry into the selective schools have diverged.

We propose to establish a single set of admissions criteria that will apply across our selective schools. We believe that all of our schools offer an excellent education and a wide range of opportunities for high-attaining children regardless of background.

Proposed Admission Criteria

Please click here to view the proposed admission criteria for 2020

FAQs

How can I comment on the proposed admission arrangements?

The public consultation runs from 19 November 2018 – 7 January 2019. To view and comment on the proposals, please visit www.birmingham.gov.uk

How do I find out if I am in a catchment area and which one I am in?

Maps of our catchment areas can be viewed on our website.

You can enter your post code at www.birmingham.gov.uk/wardlookup and the ward you live in will be shown. You can then compare this ward to our maps to find out if you live in a catchment area and to identify your local selective school.

How do I find out more about the entrance test?

Please visit www.birminghamgrammarschools.org for more information on the test and what to expect. Applicants will still be required to sit an entrance test. The test is not changing.

How will places be offered?

Please view our explanatory presentation for information on how places will be offered. This can be found at https://prezi.com/view/tA3jm0XY2HsiYIrYGK7g/

What does this mean in practice?

Those children who live in a selective school’s catchment area will have a greater chance of being offered a place at that school, provided that they meet the qualifying (Pupil Premium) or priority (non Pupil-Premium) score. These scores will be consistent across all of the selective schools.

Those pupils living outside of the catchment areas will still be able to apply for the remaining places. As now, their chances of successfully receiving an offer will be determined by their score in the entrance test.

What if I don’t want to apply to the school that serves my catchment area?

As now, parents may express a preference for any of the selective schools. These proposals do not change that. They merely give a higher priority to applicants who live in a school’s catchment area.

Why are you doing this? The current system worked perfectly well.

In recent years, the current system has led to increased divergence in the cut-off scores for the different schools. In many cases, children travel long distances to school.

The current system of pure ranking is used by a minority of selective schools across the country, usually by those that are not part of a selective area or a family of schools. Most selective schools use a combination of a “pass” score with distance or a catchment area.

How did you decide on the catchment areas?

The catchment areas have been designed to ensure that there is a strong chance that children living within them would be offered a place at the catchment area school, provided that they meet the qualifying (Pupil Premium) or priority (non Pupil Premium) score. This is based on application patterns over recent years.

I don’t live in any of the catchment areas. Can I still apply?

We welcome applications from children outside of the catchment areas. As now, parents, wherever they live, may express a preference for any of the selective schools and an offer will depend on their child’s score.

Based on previous application patterns, we do not expect that the available places will all be filled by children living in the catchment areas.

What about siblings?

Under the current admissions criteria, there is no priority given for siblings. The new proposals give priority for siblings in some situations, for example where scores are equal among children applying from outside the catchment area. However, we are mindful that parents may have already made choices for older siblings and we would be interested to hear views on this through the consultation process.

Why are you increasing the pupil premium cohort at the selective schools?

We believe that selective schools should be accessible to all, regardless of background. By increasing the percentage of places available to 25%, we will provide a consistent approach across all the selective schools.

In addition, by providing greater access to those living in the catchment area, we aim to build on the productive links that have been established between the selective schools and local primary schools.

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Please click here to view an interactive prezi to see what the proposed changes would mean for your child.

Please note that these proposed changes would only apply to admissions from 2020 onwards.