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Admissions 2020/21


The Governing Body has responsibility for admissions to the School and plans to offer 287 places (pupil admission number) at age 11 in September 2020.

To apply for a place at Colne Valley High School an applicant must complete the online application via the Parent Portal on the Kirklees Admissions website. It is very important that the application is completed and submitted by the closing date of 31st October 2019 because forms received after this date will be treated as "late". Late applications are not dealt with until all those received on time have been through the application process.

Parents/carers can log on to the Kirklees parent portal from the day specified by Kirklees to see their offer of a school place and an email offer will be sent during the day to the email address the parent/carer used when submitting their application.

Admissions Policy

The School welcomes children with Statements of Special Educational Needs or Educational Health Care Plans (EHC Plans) where Colne Valley High School is named on the Statement/EHC Plan.

Oversubscription Criteria

If the number of applicants exceeds the number of available places, the following priorities will apply:

a) looked after children and previously looked after children (please see note below)

b) children who have an older brother or sister attending from the same address at the date of admission (the younger sibling rule)

c) children who live in the School’s Priority Admission Area

d) children who live outside the School’s Priority Admission Area

If the requests for admission in the Oversubscription Criteria b) to d) exceed the admission number, priority will be given up to the admission number to children living nearest the School.

Please note:

  • The definition of a ‘looked after child’ is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989) at the time of making an application to a school. Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted under the terms of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (or became subject to a residence order under the terms of the Children Act 1989 or special guardianship order). Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as a Children looked after under an agreed series of short term placements (respite care) are excluded.
  • ‘Live’ means the child’s permanent home at the date when applications close or, if a significant house move is involved, the latest reasonable date before the final allocation of places
  • Distance is measured in a straight line from a child’s home address to the school. Measurements are calculated using six-figure National Grid Co-ordinates taken from the National Land and Property Gazetteer. This grid reference refers to a point that falls within the permanent building structure corresponding to the address. The boundary of the building structure for the address is from Ordnance Survey's MasterMap. For smaller, residential properties the grid reference marks a point near the centre of the building. For larger properties, like schools with, for example, multiple buildings and large grounds, the grid reference relates to a point inside the main addressable building structure. The distance calculated is accurate to within 1 metre.

Notification of Offer of Place

The formal offer of a place will come from the Local Authority which will write to Parents/Carers allocating a single secondary school to their child.

Waiting List/Appeals

The Governing Body will use the oversubscription criteria above to rank unsuccessful applicants in a waiting list so that further places may be offered by the Local Authority if they become available. The waiting list will close on the final day of the 2019/20 school year.

Unsuccessful applicants may also contact the School to be advised of their right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel.

In-Year Admissions

All applications for an in-year admission to Colne Valley High School must be made on the Kirklees In-year Common Application Form (ICAF) available from the School. The completed form is then sent directly to Colne Valley High School.

Further information about our academies

For more information about Colne Valley High School and other schools and academies within Kirklees, please see the Kirklees Local Authority Website