QEGS Penrith revises school admissions policy

The Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, based in Penrith, has announced planned changes to its admissions policy and will enter a six-week consultation from November 3.

QEGS is a selective school and is therefore responsible for managing its own admissions.

This is based on academic ability, which is determined by an entrance test. Previously, the top 160 children had secured a place in the school, regardless of location.

In the future, the modification of the admissions policy will take into account other factors.

The most significant change is that this policy moves away from a purely “ranked order” admissions process and the introduction of a set of “oversubscription criteria”.

Children wishing to attend school will still have to pass the entrance test. Children who pass the test will then be offered a place or placed on the waiting list in the following order:

Children with an educational health care plan have top priority before any other student.

32 places will be offered places based on ability level alone and then the remaining 128 places will be allocated according to the following criteria; Children in the care of local authorities, children with a brother or sister currently in school, children receiving the pupil’s bonus, children who live in the catchment area and beyond.

David Marchant, headmaster of the school comments,

“As a highly academic and selective school, we have always sought to offer places to the most able children who apply for a place.

“However, we are also a community school, and we feel it is important that our admissions policy reflects this to provide greater priority to children in our catchment area, as well as our aspiration to promote social mobility and therefore give priority to children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“QEGS has always attracted children beyond our designated catchment area, and we will continue to welcome those children with this revised policy.”

The school hopes this revised admissions policy will be welcomed as a more inclusive and comprehensive admissions process that is fair to a wider cross-section of the local community.

This consultation period will last 6 weeks and will begin on Thursday November 3 and end in December.

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