Admissions Consultation – September 2016 Admissions
Period of Consultation: 2 January 2015 to 28 February 2015
The Governing Body would welcome comments and questions during this period of consultation. Responses should be sent to:
2016 Admissions Consultation
The Judd School
Brook Street Tonbridge
It may not be possible to respond to all questions and comments. All responses will be considered prior to the Governing Body’s Determination of the Admission Criteria (April).
Year 7 Admissions Consultation 2016
The Governing Body have responded positively to the request of Kent County Council to permanently increase the school’s admission number by one form of entry (30 students). The Judd School has therefore worked with KCC in proposing the Admission Criteria for 2016. The principal changes from 2015 are:
· Increase in PAN from 125 to 155
· Introduction of Inner (140 students) and Outer (15 students) areas
In addition the school will not be introducing its own admissions test as previously planned.
Year 12 Admissions Consultation 2016
The Governors propose to:
· increase the minimum entry score to 65 points (on the Judd scale)
· decrease the grades required in Maths and English Language to C in each (from B)
Year 7 Background Notes
These notes were initially prepared for the Governing Body by the Headmaster and the school’s Admissions Working Party. These updated notes are provided in order to give a background to the significant changes proposed.
1 The Test
We have already concluded that the new Kent Test is a major improvement and removes the need for us to implement our own test. In particular the new test includes an English/Literacy element and provides good differentiation at the high ability end.
KCC have commissioned additional places at The Judd School to meet the shortfall in selective places in Kent and are backing this with significant capital investment. This increases our PAN to 155; however we should ensure that the historic (pre September 2013) number of “out of county” students joining Judd does not increase (20 at most).
3 Geographical Criterion
We must, therefore, introduce a geographical criterion and include within that the traditional “scheme of education” in West Kent (“TWK” defined by civil parishes).
4 Admission on Score
Our primary criterion must remain high score (within each geographical division).
It is important that any geographical consideration is simple for the school to operate and straightforward for parents to apply to their context
Recommendation: We define an “inner area” by simple to administer geographical criteria, admitting 140 students on score. We admit a further 15 students from outside this area also on score.
Defining Boundaries and Keeping within the Admissions Code
6 The County Boundary
KCC advise that the (Local Authority) County Boundary should not be used as this may contravene the “Greenwich Judgement”.
7 Civil Parishes and Council Tax Districts
Civil parishes and Council Tax districts do tend to enclose population areas rather than cut through them – this is advantageous. However it is not straightforward for the school to identify which parish or council tax district an applicant resides within, without seeking additional information. Similarly it is not always obvious to parents in which parish they reside.
A 13 mile radius would be required to incorporate the whole of TWK. However this would include an area of Sussex which is too great. It would be simple to operate (as distances are calculated via postcodes and we would have these) but it would also cut through communities arbitrarily.
9 Postcode Areas
Defining the“inner area” by postcode is straightforward for parents to apply to their context and simple for the school to operate. Postcodes do not generally cut through the middle of (rural) communities in an arbitrary fashion.
Recommendation: We define the Inner Area using postcodes
West Kent as the Inner Area?
10 Distance & Score
In recent years the number of students travelling long distances to Judd and/or with long journey times has increased. Our current criteria create the scenario where a student from 40 or more miles away can gain a place at Judd, over a student who lives next door to the school, by scoring just one more point in the test. The working party considers that the test (even in its new form) cannot discriminate/differentiate at that level and we should address the flaw by establishing an Inner Area of “West Kent plus”. Outside this area students would still be able to gain admission, but would probably have to score significantly higher than those “closer” to the school.
Recommendation: We define an enlarged West Kent as our Inner Area.
11 Ease of Travel
We consider that the West Kent area we define (beyond TWK) should incorporate areas where access to Judd is reasonably straightforward in comparison to the ease of access to other grammar schools. The relevant grammar schools in Kent bordering our area are in: Wilmington, Dartford, Gravesend, Maidstone, Ashford and Cranbrook. There are also grammar schools beyond the Kent border in Bromley and Bexley. We should exclude these conurbations from our inner area – students could join us from these areas, but they would probably have to score significantly higher than those in the inner area.
12 East Sussex
We recognise that the Sussex/Kent border cuts through eg Groombridge and we would not want a community divided in that way regarding access to Judd, especially as it is only 6-7 miles away and there have always been a number travelling from that area.
13 Train Line to Ashford
It is an easy journey to Judd for those on the train line down to Ashford (eg Staplehurst) despite being closer to Maidstone and Cranbrook than Tonbridge. We therefore consider including a “spur” in our Inner area towards Ashford (beyond Staplehurst, but not as far as Headcorn) to fit with our principles.
Final Geographical Proposal
The Inner Area (extended West Kent) to comprise the following postcode areas (it covers a population of around 300,000 people and over 300 square miles; it is sufficient to maintain entry standards):
North area: Westerham to West Malling including Sevenoaks
· TN16 1&2 (not 3&9)
· TN15 all
· TN14 all
· TN13 all
· DA4 0 (not 9)
· ME19 all
Central area: Edenbridge to Staplehurst including Tonbridge
South area: Tunbridge Wells
The Outer Area to comprise anywhere in the UK, outside the Inner Area.
This proposed Inner area includes the whole of TWK except for a small part of Halstead parish. To include this areaby postcode goes too far into Bromley so it is recommended that specific reference is made to Halstead parish.