Admissions to the Sixth Form

Sixth Form Admissions Arrangements: September 2017

Barton Court Grammar School is a mixed Sixth Form. The majority of our students in Year 11 continue with their studies into our school Sixth Form and priority will be given to existing students transferring from Year 11 who meet the entrance criteria. The number of additional Year 12 places available for students being admitted to the school for the first time: 60. 

Admission to Year 12 will be as a result of applicants meeting all the school entry requirements laid out below:

  • At least 8 subjects at grades A*- C at GCSE (or grades 9 – 5 in the new GCSE qualifications), with at least 5 subjects at grade B or higher (or grade 6 or higher in the new GCSE qualifications),  including a minimum of grade C at GCSE (grade 5 in the new GCSE qualifications) in English, Mathematics and Science;
  • The minimum entry requirements specified by the subjects of their choice

Admission to Year 13 will be as a result of students meeting the school entry requirements laid out below:

  • All students wishing to complete their A Level study in Year 13 will be expected to attain a minimum of 4 D grades at the end of Year 12.

The admission number for external candidates will be 60, but this figure may be exceeded in the event that this and the number of internal pupils transferring in to Year 12 is less than the overall total figure for the year group, which is 180.


Following the admission of internal students transferring from Year 11, all remaining places will be allocated to learners who have met the entry requirements for the particular course of study.  Where there are more learners seeking places than the number of places available, the following oversubscription criteria will be applied in the order set out below to rank pupils until the overall figure for the year group is reached:

  • Children in Local Authority Care – a child under the age of 18 years for whom the local authority provides accommodation by agreement with their parents/carers (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) or who is the subject of a care order under Part IV of the Act. This applies equally to children who immediately after being looked after by the local authority became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order. (As defined by Section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or Section 8 or 14A of the Children Act 1989)
  • Current Family Association - a brother or sister attending the school when the child starts. In this context brother or sister means children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers and sisters.

    If siblings from multiple births (twins, triplets, etc) apply for a school and the school would reach its Published Admission Number (PAN) after admitting one or more, but before admitting all of those siblings, the School will offer a place to each of the siblings, even if doing so takes the school above its PAN.
  • Health and Special Access Reasons – Medical, health, social and special access reasons will be applied in accordance with the school’s legal obligations, in particular those under the Equality Act 2010. Priority will be given to those children whose mental or physical impairment means they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Equally this priority will apply to children whose parents’/guardians’ physical or mental health or social needs mean that they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Such claims will need to be supported by written evidence from a suitably qualified medical or other practitioner who can demonstrate a special connection between these needs and the particular school.

  • Nearness of children's homes to school - we use the distance between the child’s permanent home address and the school, measured in a straight line using Ordnance Survey address point data. Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child’s home to a point defined as within the school as specified by Ordnance Survey. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody. The school uses measurements provided by the LA and further information on how distances are calculated, including what is defined as permanent or main residence, is available in the “Admissions to Secondary School in Kent” booklet provided by the LA. If, in the event, more than one applicant has the same distance from home to school (as measured by the local authority), then a random selection will be applied. In the event that the final place offered from the ranked list falls to a pupil of a multiple birth, the school will offer a place to each of these children who have met the over-subscription criteria.

Offers and Appeals

Offers will be made on the basis of predicted performance at GCSE, with the requirement that the above grades are achieved in the final examinations prior to entry to the Sixth Form and the pupil’s 4 chosen subjects being accommodated on the timetable, in feasible group sizes.

All offers made during Year 11 are conditional on pupils meeting the grade criteria specified and will only become firm offers upon confirmation of actual GCSE results. Offer letters will be made before the end of May 2017. Offers will be confirmed once the school has been notified of GCSE results in August 2017.

Where learners have achieved better result than the predicted grades they will be considered based on the grades achieved and ranked accordingly for any places that become available as a result of other learners failing to meet the required entry levels.

Parents have a statutory right of appeal, should an application for a place be refused, by writing to The Clerk to the Governors, Admissions, Barton Court Grammar School, Longport, Canterbury, CT1 1PH, 01227 464600

Late applications will be considered if places in appropriate subjects are still available after all other applicants have been considered.

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