ADMISSIONS POLICY 2017-18

Introductory statement

Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre (The NCS) is a selective, co-educational 16-19 further education centre which is expected to become a 16-19 Free School (Academy) in early 2018 with specialism in Science and Mathematics. The NCS aims to provide outstanding A level education and examination results for able students to enable them to progress to the best and most competitive universities, including Oxford and Cambridge and other prestigious universities world-wide.

Capacity

The NCS will have a total capacity of 600 places (full-time equivalent) for students in the age range 16-19.

It will admit 300 to year 12 in September 2018.

Minimum study programme

All students will be expected to enrol on a programme of study comprising a minimum of 540 planned hours per year.

Minimum Entry Requirements

The NCS curriculum is academically rigorous and challenging, as such places will be offered to applicants who are assessed to meet our minimum entry criteria.  All offers are be based on a students predicted grades and/or actual GCSE grades submitted on their application form.

General Criteria

In order to study A Levels, students need a minimum of 56 points (A** = 9, A* = 8. A = 7, B = 6, C+ = 5, C= 4, D=3 E=2) from their best 8 GCSEs (this must include Maths & English Language).  Students must also have at least a GCSE grade 6 in English Language and Mathematics to study A levels. If students choose a subject at A level that they have not studied at GCSE, their other grades will be taken into consideration (see individual entry requirements for more details).

Applying for places

The closing date for applications is 9th February 2018. Applicants should apply for a place on the online form which can be accessed by clicking here in January.

Offers will be sent out by no later than 31 May 2018.

Term will begin on 3rd September 2018.

Oversubscription criteria

Any students with an Education Health and Care Plan naming the NCS will be admitted provided they meet the entry criteria.

At any time where there are more applications for places than the number of places available, places will be offered according to the following order of priority. Places will only be offered to those who have met or who are predicted to meet the minimum entry requirements at the point they apply:

  1. Applicants from the partner schools (details of which can be found on our website and are listed below and on the online application form).
  2. Looked after children or children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order.
  3. An applicant whose parent is (a) a member of staff at the Sixth Form for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission is made or (b) a member of staff recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.
  4. Applicants whose actual or predicted GCSE grades meet or indicate that they will meet the entrance criteria for all of their A level subject choices and where there are spaces on all four of their chosen courses. In the event that this presents difficulties (for example where two or more applicants fulfil the entrance criteria and where giving a place to both / all of them would mean a course becoming oversubscribed) then the place will be offered to the applicant with the higher/highest predicted GCSE grades in the subject(s) relevant to the application.
  5. Applicants whose actual or predicted GCSE grades meet or indicate they will meet the entrance criteria for all four of their A level subject choices, but where there is no space on one of their chosen courses and where the applicant is willing to accept a place on an alternative course i.e. one where there is space and they meet the entrance criteria.

 

Late Applications

Late applications will only be considered if there are places remaining at the NCS or on a specific course once the oversubscription criteria have been applied.

Applications with non-standard qualifications

In case of applicants with non-standard qualifications, the NCS shall consider whether those qualifications are equivalent to GCSEs and will assess on a case by case basis whether or not the applicant is ready to progress to the course which they have applied.

Waiting lists

It may be that some applicants do not achieve their predicted grades, or decide not to attend the NCS following acceptance of their offer. We will therefore establish a waiting list, with applicants prioritised in line with our over subscription criteria. The waiting list will operate up to the end of the first half term of any academic year. In year admissions will not be accepted after that due to the specialist nature of the provision.

Appeals

Applicants who are not offered a place through this process and believe that the NCS has failed to follow the admission policy have a right to appeal the decision.  The NCS will establish an independent appeals panel to hear such appeals.  An appeal should be put in writing to the Clerk to the Appeals Panel and sent to The NCS within 20 days of the original admission decision.

The Clerk to the Appeals Panel

The NCS

326 Barking Road

East HamE6 2BB

 

 

Withdrawal of Places

Applicants should be aware that the NCS carry out checks to confirm predicted/actual GCSE grades with secondary schools.  Where the predicted grades submitted on the application form differ from the ones provided by the school we will take the school’s predicted grades when making offer decisions.  We reserve the right to rescind an offer where the school’s predicted grades for the applicant fail to meet the NCS’ entry criteria.

Review

This policy will be reviewed annually and any amended policy for the following September will be published on the NCS’ website before the end of the preceding September (i.e. the policy for 2018 will be published in September 2017). The policy will remain on the website throughout the year.

Complaints

If you are unhappy with any aspect of the admission policy or appeal process you may submit a complaint, outlining your concerns to the EFA at Academy.QUESTIONS@education.gsi.gov.uk, though you should first raise any concerns with the NCS via [address].

Partner Schools

The following secondary schools are NCS’ partner schools:

  • Cumberland
  • Kingsford
  • Lister
  • Little Ilford
  • Plashet
  • Rokeby
  • Royal Docks
  • Sarah Bonnell
  • Stratford School Academy