Full Admissions Policy
Lilian Baylis Technology School follows the Lambeth Council admissions policy. All admissions are through Lambeth Council. All details are at https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/school-admissions/apply-for-a-secondary-school-place
Lilian Baylis Technology School uses the entrance test used by most other Lambeth schools as part of its admissions. This is the same test that is used by Archbishop Tenisons, Dunraven, Lambeth Academy, London Nautical, Norwood, Platanos College and St Martins. Students sit the test once at whichever of the schools they apply to from the list above that they live closest to.
All children applying for admission to the school in Year 7 are required to take the entrance test . Children who have not taken the test will only be considered for a place at the school after those who have taken the test. In the case of continued oversubscription after the full allocation of places, a place will only become available to a child who has not taken the test once all other children remaining on the oversubscription waiting list for places have been offered a place.
All applicants will be placed in one of five bands, based on their score in the Test. Once the specialist places have been allocated and places have been allocated to children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs in which the school is the named school, the remaining places will be allocated on the basis of the oversubscription criteria detailed below, so that equal numbers of applicants are admitted from each band. The Planned Admission Number (PAN) is 125.
The criteria will be applied to applicants in each band in the order set out below:
Criterion 1 – Looked After Children
Priority will be given to looked after children and previously looked after children. Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order) immediately following having been looked after. A child in public care (looked after child) means a person under the age of 18 years who is provided by social services with accommodation by agreement with their parents/carers (Section 20 of the Children Act 1989) or who is the subject of a care order under Part IV of the Act. Children who are looked after under an agreed series of short-term placements (such as respite) are excluded. All applications under this criterion must be supported by a letter from the relevant Local Authority.
Criterion 2 – Siblings
Children with a brother or sister who already attends the school, and who will not have left the school at the time of admission. As a result siblings in the nursery or year 6 of a primary school, or year 11 at a 15 | P a g e secondary school will not be regarded as a sibling under this criterion. A sibling is defined as a full/half/step brother or sister (who are living at the same address in all instances) or a child who is living as part of the family by reason of a court order, or a child who has been placed with foster carers at that address as a result of being looked after by the Local Authority. However, children who are looked after under an agreed series of short-term placements (such as respite) will not be regarded as siblings under this criterion.
Criterion 3 – Children with Exceptional Medical or Social Needs
Children with a professionally supported medical or social need, whose application identifies a particular school that is especially able to meet that need. This criterion will also take into account where a parent/carer has a physical, mental or social need that is significant and demonstrable for their child to attend a specific school. This does not include childcare arrangements. The decision to prioritise on these grounds will be determined via MEDSOC panel, which is comprised of the council’s senior management as well as senior school staff. Documents from an appropriate professional (e.g. GP, consultant or social worker letter or report, not including general information from a website) must support these applications. However, any supporting evidence does not automatically mean that applicants will gain priority in this criterion as the decision to prioritise under this criterion will solely rest with the MEDSOC panel.
Criterion 4 - Children of staff at the school
Applications for children of staff at the school. A member of staff for the purposes of this criterion must be employed by the said school as a teaching assistant or qualified teacher for a minimum of 0.6fte (16.5 hours teaching staff) and this employment must have been for at least 3 years at the time of submitting the application (i.e. their employment must have started no later than September 2014). 1. All such applications must be submitted to the MEDSOC Panel via an iCAF application submitted to the LA and must be accompanied with the relevant paperwork supporting an application on these grounds. The applicant must take sole responsibility to provide such paperwork. Without the provision of the relevant papers that identify all the above, priority will not be given on these grounds 2. There will only be a maximum priority limit of 4 children per year group for secondary schools/phase (years 7 to 11).
Criterion 5 – Distance
Priority will be given on the basis of distance between the child’s home and the school, measured by a straight-line. This measurement will be done using a computerised mapping system. This measurement will be from a point from the child’s home as identified by the software to a central point in the school’s grounds as profiled in the software. The child’s home address will be the child’s permanent place of residency and must not be a business address, or the address of a relative or carer, unless they have legal custody of the child. Applications must only be made from a single address. If parents are separated and share custody of the child, the address given should be that of the parent with whom the child spends most of the school week, which will normally be the address where child benefit is payable. It is not acceptable for a family to use a temporarily rented address to secure a place of their preference. In disputed cases, Lambeth School Admissions will make a judgement based on the evidence available to them. Applications or offers under this criteria will only be valid once proof of address has been given and confirmed.
As a tiebreaker for all criteria, priority will be given to children living closest to the preferred school (measured by a straight-line) in accordance with the measuring information in criterion 5. However, in the case where children have exactly the same distance between their home and the school, Lambeth LA will randomly allocate places as a tiebreaker.