In-Year Transfers

If you think you would like your child to come to Guiseley School but would like to have a look around/speak to someone before committing yourself, please email our Transition Manager, Hannah Ogden, who will be able to assist: plt@guiseleyschool.org.uk. You can also have a look at the In-Year Transfer Booklet, which gives lots of handy hints and tips for new starters.

Any parent/carers wishing their child to come to Guiseley School must complete the Transfer Form. This form must be stamped and signed by the Headteacher of your child’s current school. Your child’s current academic data, behaviour record and attendance figure will also be required to assist in a smooth transition.

Transfer Form

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Transfer Booklet

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Applying to Guiseley School


Guiseley School as a Foundation School has the authority to offer places to all students in Years 7 to 13. The Governors manage all admissions to the school with the exception of initial entry into Year 7.

The Governors of Guiseley School have adopted Leeds City Council’s admissions policy for entry into Year 7.

The Chief Executive of Leeds City Council makes all offers of a school place for Year 7 on behalf of Guiseley School, which is the admissions authority. The Headteacher or school-based staff are not authorised to offer a child a place for this year group.

The published admission number for Guiseley School is 240

Important dates

  •  Applications for places in Year 7 open either on line or by post on the 1 August 2016
  •  The deadline for applications is the 31 October 2016
  •  National offer day is the 1 March 2017, you will either receive an e-mail if you applied on line or the offer will be posted on the 1 March by second class post
  •  Deadline for accepting offers and completing waiting list and appeal forms for all schools is the 25 March 2017
  •  Places are allocated form waiting lists and appeals from March 2017 to July 2017
We will offer places to children in the following order of priority:

Children with a statement of special educational needs will be admitted to the school named on their statement or education health care plan

Priority 1
  • a) Children in public care or fostered under an arrangement made by the local authority. (see note 2)
  • b) Students without a statement but who have Special Educational Needs, or with exceptional medical or mobility needs, that can only be met at a specific school. (See note 3)
Priority 2

Children with older brothers or sisters who will be at school at the start of the academic year and are living at the same address (see note 4). This priority will not apply where the older sibling joined the Sixth Form from a different school.


Priority 3

We will give priority to parent//carers who put their nearest school (see note 6). If we have more applications than there are places, we will offer places first to children living nearest to the school (measured in a straight line) (see note 5).


Priority 4

We will give priority to parent/carers who choose Guiseley School, when it is not the one nearest to their home address (see note 6). If we have more applications than there are places, we will offer places first to children living nearest to the school (measured in a straight line) (see note 5).


Note 1

If we cannot offer parent/carers a place for their child at any school they put on their preference form, we will offer their child a place at the nearest school that has places available when we make the offer (this may include voluntary aided and foundation schools or academies where their governing bodies have given us permission to do so).


Note 2

Children who have been adopted from local authority care, children with a residency order and those with special guardianship immediately following being Looked After will all be included within the higher priority for looked-after children (priority 1a).


Note 3

Leeds City Council promotes inclusion in local schools and it is an expectation in Leeds that all mainstream schools are able to provide for the majority of children with learning and medical disabilities. It is also an expectation that all Leeds schools provide an inclusive and nurturing environment that can meet the needs of those vulnerable children who have social and emotional needs. Children with exceptional needs who require additional support above that expected of a mainstream school will usually have a statement or education health care plan. In some instances there are some children with a particular need such as a significant physical disability or complex sensory impairment who require the expertise only found in a particular school, e.g. blind children who need to access Braille. It is these instances where priority for admission may need to be considered.

Applications in this category must be supported by a SEN SIF, available from the Admissions Team, which must include a statement in writing from a paediatrician/doctor or other relevant professional who can evidence why a particular provision is needed over another. The statement must also evidence why the school of choice is the only school that can meet the particular need in question. This is necessary as the LA will be assessing if your child has a stronger case than other children. Cases will be considered individually the LA in consultation with the school preferenced.

Advice and support can be sought from the Parent Partnership Service on 0113 395 1222.


Note 4

For these purposes, brothers and sisters must be living at the same address as your child. Siblings refers to brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, foster brother or sister. The definition does not include cousins or other family members sharing a house.


Note 5

In Leeds we use a straight-line distance system. We use a national computer system to run our school-admission system. As part of this system there is a program that measures the ‘straight-line’ distance from the centre of the main school building to your home address. The point we measure to at your home address is determined by the Royal Mail Postcode Address File. This information provides us with coordinates for every dwelling. If we are not able to match your address with the Postcode Address File then we will use the centre of your dwelling.

In the unlikely event there are insufficient places for two (or more) pupils living in the same building (e.g. flats) or otherwise equidistant from the school, then any final place will be allocated by the drawing of lots.


Note 6

If you live in Leeds and your nearest school is a school in another local authority, then your nearest Leeds school by straight-line distance will be your nearest eligible school. You can apply for any school but the nearest priority only applies to Leeds schools. It includes all community and voluntary controlled schools, as well as Foundation schools and Academies who have chosen to include a priority for ‘nearest’.

If you live in another local authority and the nearest school to your home in a straight line is a Leeds community, voluntary-controlled or foundation school, or academy we will give you the relevant priority under our admissions policy.

If you live in another local authority and the nearest school to your home, by straight line, is a school not in Leeds you are still able to apply for a Leeds School but priority 4 will not apply.


Nearest School

When we say the ‘nearest’ school, we do not include voluntary-aided (faith based) schools. This is because they apply their own admissions policies and, if they are oversubscribed, they mainly offer places based on the religion practised by the child and family. If Free Schools open subsequently that have not included a ‘nearest’ priority these would also be excluded.


Address

For admission purposes, the home address is where the child usually lives with their parent or carer. You must not give the address of a childminder or relative. We will investigate any queries about addresses and, depending on what we find; we may change the school we offer your child. When we make an offer, we assume your address will be the same in the following September as we have on record. If you plan to move house, you must still give your current address. If you move house after the deadline of 31 October 2015 for Secondary places, you must tell us your new address as we may have to offer your child a place at another school.


Late Applications

If you return the preference form after the deadline we cannot guarantee to consider your preferences at the same time as those received on time. Any secondary applications returned after 10 December 2016 will only be dealt with once all other preferences have been considered, unless there are significant and exceptional reasons. Late applications will be considered before placements are made (where no preference could be met)


Accepting Offers

Parent/carers will be asked to accept the offer of a school place. This will not affect their position on any waiting list for a higher preference, or their right to appeal. Parent/carers who do not wish to accept the offer, or do not accept the offer within a reasonable time, may have the place withdrawn.


Waiting List

After offers have been made on 1st March for Secondary, parent/carers can ask to go on the waiting list for any school. The waiting list will be held in criteria order of the admission policy and will close on 22 July 2017. Waiting lists will be held in each year group for applications outside of the normal admission round closing on 22 July 2017.


Temporary School Site

If a school has to move to a temporary site for any reason, such as the building being damaged by a fire, we will base our distance measurements on the school’s permanent site.

Introduction

Guiseley School will deal with all admissions enquiries from Years 8 to 13 and in year transfers that happen during Year 7.

Guiseley School will continue to abide by the admissions priority criteria as set out in the Leeds City Council guidelines on applying for a place at secondary school.

Full details about Guiseley School can be found on the website or in the school prospectus.

Procedure
  •  Applications must be made directly to the school and not through the City Council.
  •  If parent/carers wish to talk through their application before making it then they should contact the school and ask to speak to the member of staff who has direct responsibility for admissions.
  •  The school application form (ICPF) can be obtained from the School website, emailing the school or in person from reception.
  •  Parents are asked to complete all details of the form, they must also make sure that section 11 is completed and signed by the current school.
  •  The form should be returned directly to school.
  •  Contact with the current school will then be made to obtain academic and pastoral information.
  •  If there is space in the Year group then a place will be offered and an appointment set up for parents and the student to meet members of the school staff.
  •  Based upon the discussion the student will be allocated a Form and timetable and will usually start within five working days.
  •  If the Year group is fully subscribed the students application will be placed on a waiting list that is held and maintained by Leeds City Council.

The position on the waiting list is based upon the following priorities:


Priority 1
  1. Children in public care or fostered under an arrangement made by the local authority (see note 1).
  2. Students without a state mentor education health and care plan but who have Special Educational Needs, or with exceptional medical or mobility needs, that can only be met at a specific school (See note 2).

Priority 2

Children with older brothers or sisters who will be at school at the start of the academic year and are living at the same address (see note 3). This priority will not apply where the older sibling joined the Sixth Form from a different school.


Priority 3

We will give priority to parents who live closest to Guiseley School.

If we have more applications than there are places, we will offer places first to children living nearest to the school (measured in a straight line based upon postcodes).

Guiseley School uses a straight-line distance system.


Note 1

Children who have been adopted from local authority care, children with a residency order and those with special guardianship immediately following being Looked After will all be included within the higher priority for looked-after children (priority 1a).


Note 2

Applications in this category must be supported by a statement in writing from a doctor or other relevant professional. This is necessary because you will be asking the school to assess your child as having a stronger case than other children. Each case will be considered on its merits. To receive this assistance you must contact the SENSAP team or the SENIT on 0113 3951039.


Note 3

For these purposes, brothers and sisters must be living at the same address as your child. Siblings refer to brother or sister, half brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, step brother or sister, foster brother or sister. The definition does not include cousins or other family members sharing a house.


Address

For admission purposes, the home address is where the child usually lives with their parent or carer. You must not give the address of a childminder or relative. We will investigate any queries about addresses and, depending on what we find; we may not be able to offer your child a place. When we make an offer we assume your address will be the same in the following September as we have on record. If you plan to move house you must still give your current address.


School transport

Guiseley School has one school bus that travels to Menston. For all other travel needs you can read the full home-to-school policy by looking at Metro’s website at www.generationm.co.uk. You can also phone Leeds Education Transport Assessment Team on 0113 3481121.


Sixth Form applications

The admissions number for Year 12 is set at 180 students. The admissions number for Year 13 is set at 180 students.

The admissions number for external admissions to the Sixth Form is set at 20.

If a student wishes to apply for Guiseley School Sixth Form then they should apply via the website UCAS Apply.

The deadline for applications is the last Friday of the autumn term.

There are two types of course offered in the Sixth Form and the entry requirements are different in each case.


Two Year Course

Entry requirements: At least 5 A*-C grades at GCSE. This would normally include Maths, English and Science.

A GCSE grade B or above in the subjects chosen by students to study is desirable.

All students following the two year course would be expected to take 4 subjects in the first year of sixth form.

Progression onto A level requires satisfactory progress during the first year.


One year Course

This course is designed for those students who had been offered a place to study A levels, but who were unsuccessful in gaining a GCSE grade A*-C in English and/or Maths.

Students will be expected to retake English and/or Maths GCSE with supported study. Students will also study to gain qualifications at level three.

Progression from this course requires the attainment of GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above and satisfactory progress at level three.