ADMISSIONS TO GRAMMAR SCHOOLS AT 11+
Woodford County High School for girls is a Grammar School and as such places are allocated using the results of an 11+ selection test taken by pupils. Student living in the Common Catchment Area have priority in the allocation of places.
- There are 180 places available for Y7 students. The standard of the tests is high. Please consider carefully if your daughter has the ability to take the tests. If you are not sure about your child’s ability, please talk to her Headteacher or class teacher who can advise you. Even if your daughter’s school thinks your child has the ability to take the test, this does not guarantee that a place will be offered. The school is oversubscribed.
- If you would like your child to be considered for Woodford you must firstly register your daughter to take the test. Registration is online through the Redbridge website. Registration will be open from 1 May 2017 and will close at 5pm on 30 June 2017 for girls who are then in Year 5. Click here for more information
You will be required to provide proof of address and proof of date of birth.
Check the website for details.
- The test will be on Saturday 16 September 2017, when your daughter has just begun Year 6. The test will take place at Woodford County High School. You will be sent information about the time that your daughter will need to attend and what she will need to bring with her.
- You will receive the result of the test in early October. No offers of places will be made at this time. The result will inform you about your daughter’s score. You are advised that if your daughter’s score is 104 and over and you would like your daughter to come to Woodford then you should apply for a place. You will also be told the lowest score that enabled a student to gain a place in the last academic year.
- Considering your daughter’s performance in the test, if you decide to apply for a place at Woodford, you must name the school on your Common Application Form along with any other schools you would like and return it to your Local Authority by the deadline. This is usually late October. (Check with the Council to whom you pay your council tax.)
- You must put as your first preference the school you would really like your daughter to attend, then your second preference school and so on. It is very important that you consider the admissions criteria when applying for and ranking the schools and make sensible decisions. Your daughter will be awarded a place at the highest preference school on the form for which she meets the criteria. If she is not awarded a place at Woodford and it was your highest preference school and she scored 104 and over then she will be kept on the waiting list.
You will not be offered a place at Woodford if you are eligible to be offered a place for a school which you have ranked higher than Woodford on your application form
- The 180 places at Woodford County High School will be offered to the 180 girls with the highest scores who both have not put a different school at a higher preference to Woodford for which they are eligible and live in the Common Catchment Area.
- Places are only awarded out of the catchment area if there are not enough students within the common catchment area who have applied for places. (Places have been offered in the past down to about the 300th rank in the test. This is due to the fact that some students taking the test will not live in the catchment area or will put other schools as higher preference, for which they are eligible.)
- All offers of places will be posted out to parents on the first working day in March. The remaining children who have not been offered a higher preference school, will be placed on the waiting list in order of their total standardised score
- For students who have scored over the pass mark, priority for places will be as follows:
- Looked after children and previously looked after children;
- Up to 18 places will be offered to children living in the common catchment area who are entitled to the pupil premium, according to the total standardised score in overall order of merit;
- Other children living in the catchment area, according to the total standardised score in overall order of merit.
- Children living outside the catchment area, according to the total standardised score in overall order of merit.
Where there is more than one such candidate with the same score, the tiebreak will be the shortest measured walking distance, as measured by a Geographic Information System, from the child's home to the main entrance of the school [using public roads and recognised footpaths (it should be noted that when measurements involve flats in the same block, the distance will be to the entrance of each individual flat)]. In using distance as a tie-breaker, should there be more than one applicant for a final place living an identical distance from the school in question, the Authority will use the random allocation facility within the Tribal “Admissions and Transfers System” pupil data base which is used for allocations.
There will be a “pass mark” of 104 for all applicants and no one scoring lower than 104 will be added to the waiting list.
When a vacancy arises on the waiting list, it will be offered to the next highest qualifying candidate according to the total standardised score in overall order of merit, following the oversubscription criteria as detailed above. Where there is more than one such candidate with the same score, the tiebreak will be the shortest measured walking distance, as measured by a Geographic Information System
For more information regarding admission please refer to the Redbridge Website.