Any parent/carer wishing to move their daughter to Walderslade Girls’ School at a point in the year, other than at the beginning of Year 7 or Year 12, will need to download Medway Council’s In-Year Casual Admissions Form, which can be found below:
In-Year Admission Application Form
This form should be completed and returned directly to Walderslade Girls’ School. A member of our admissions team will acknowledge receipt of your application. We will then check if we have spaces in the relevant year group and contact your son/ward’s previous school for information about their attainment and attendance etc. We will then be in touch to offer a space and arrange an induction meeting. Should you have any questions about Casual Admissions, please email our admissions team on firstname.lastname@example.org
Information on admissions and appeals can be found on the Medway Council website here
You have the right to appeal for any school named on your application that hasn’t been able to offer your child a place. You will need to complete an appeal request form, which will be available after offer day, and return it to the school you’re appealing for addressed to the ‘Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel’.
Medway Council isn’t involved in the appeal process for any primary/secondary school or academy.
- You can only appeal for schools named on your application.
- You can appeal for more than one school at the same time.
- You must complete a separate request form for each school you’re appealing for.
Each school won’t know you have appealed for another school unless you tell them. The appeals for each school are completely independent of each other.
After you submit your appeal
After you submit your appeal, a hearing will be set up and you will be invited to attend. You must be given at least 10 school days’ notice. You should be given a deadline to submit any further evidence you wish to provide. Your child’s current school may also provide evidence (e.g. letter from the headteacher) to support your case, but aren’t obligated to. You will need to discuss this with them. Any evidence submitted after the deadline may not be considered at the hearing.
Your appeal will be heard by an independent panel who have no connection to the school. The panel will decide on whether or not to uphold your appeal and grant your child a place. You will be invited to the hearing to explain why you think your child should be given a place and the school will be invited to explain why a place can’t be offered. There will be a clerk present, who makes sure correct procedure is followed throughout and keeps a full record of proceedings. You have the right to bring a friend or family member to the hearing to support or represent you. However, this person must not have a connection with the school being appealed for (e.g. a member of staff from the school).
What happens at an appeal hearing
The panel will decide on whether or not to uphold your appeal and grant your child a place. The admission authority will explain why they turned down your application. You’ll be able to give your own reasons why your child should be given a place. The appeals panel must decide if the school’s admission arrangements were properly followed and are legal according to the school admissions appeals code. If the arrangements are legal and were properly followed, the panel must decide if they were followed fairly and thoroughly. If the arrangements weren’t properly followed or are illegal, your appeal must be upheld. If your appeal has not already been upheld, the panel will decide if your reasons for your child receiving a place outweigh the school’s reasons for not admitting another child. The panel will send you and the admission authority their decision within 5 school days. A panel’s decision can only be overturned by a court. If there’s a change in your circumstances which could affect the decision, you may be able to appeal again.
The independent panel will make their decision after all appeals have been heard. You will be notified of the decision in writing, usually within five working days of the last appeal. The decision of the panel is final and can only be overturned by a court. Full details of the appeals process and regulations are available in the School Admissions Appeals Code.