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Applying for a place at The Wren School

All applications for Years 7-11, whether in the routine round, or in-year, must be made via Reading Borough Council.  Applications to The Wren School Sixth Form Year 12 have opened.  For a place in our sixth form, please visit the sixth form tab on our website for further details.

Routine Round Admission to Year 7 on National Offer Day

The Wren School holds an open evening for prospective year 7 students in September.  We also offer weekly open mornings throughout October.  Dates will be confirmed and shown on our home page and news page from September.  Our prospectus can be found at the bottom of this page.  We strongly recommend that parents/carers read our admissions policy closely as The Wren School is currently over subscribed within catchment.  For any questions regarding admissions, please contact our Admissions Officer, Mrs Demi Bisoffi on 0118 214 3888 or email her here.

2020/2021

Oversubscription criteria – see Admissions Policy 2020 for further detailsInitial places offeredOn waiting list*
Children with an EHCP or Statement of special educational needs naming The Wren School40
A. Looked after children30
B. Medical grounds00
C. Founder status10
D. Staff children00
E. Living inside catchment area with a sibling already attending The Wren School430
F. Living outside catchment area with a sibling already attending The Wren School40
G. Currently attending another academy trust school00
H. Living inside catchment area11350
I. Living outside catchment area055
TOTAL168105*

 

As at 1st January 2020, there were 565* applications for a place at The Wren School.

The 168th child offered a place lives 1.099 miles from Yeomanry House.

In terms of distance to the school, generally speaking, families living to the west of Wantage Road and Southcote Farm Lane were not offered places.

This document shows how all places were allocated across other Reading secondary schools in 2020.

No child whose application fell into the criterion ‘living outside catchment area’ was offered a place in either 2020, 2019 or 2018.

* These figures do not include late applications. Total applications reached 599 by 31st July, when waiting lists closed.

From 105 children on the waiting list as at 2nd March 2020, 1 child was subsequently offered a place.

 

2019/2020

Oversubscription criteria – see Admissions Policy 2019 for further detailsInitial places offeredOn waiting list
Children with an EHCP or Statement of special educational needs naming The Wren School60
A. Looked after children00
B. Medical grounds20
C. Founder status20
D. Staff children20
E. Living inside catchment area with a sibling already attending The Wren School302
F. Living outside catchment area with a sibling already attending The Wren School111
G. Currently attending another academy trust school00
H. Living inside catchment area14384
I. Living outside catchment area083
TOTAL196170

 

There were 627 applications for a place at The Wren School.

The 196th child offered a place lives 1.039 miles from Yeomanry House.

The 168th child offered a place lives 0.830 miles from Yeomanry House.

In terms of distance to the school, generally speaking, families living to the west of Liebenrood Road and Southcote Farm Lane were not offered places. Before the decision to take a bulge class, families living to the west of Parkside Road would have not been offered places.

Of the 170 children on the waiting list as at 1st March 2019, 4 children were subsequently offered a place.

Catchment Area

The Wren School was created to serve the community of Central West Reading, which otherwise has no access to local secondary schools, due to the only provision in the centre of Reading being selective, and a majority of children educated there live outside Reading. West Reading is served by Prospect School and Blessed Hugh Faringdon School. It is for this reason that, although the land available to build The Wren School was very near to these two schools, the data point for The Wren School is at Yeomanry House. Yeomanry House is 0.381 miles to the west of Reading town centre (The Wren School 1.205 miles).

The catchment borders for The Wren School were drawn up with reference to those 1,600 children of families who expressed interest in applying to The Wren School, during the application phase of the project in 2012. The founders cross-referenced family addresses against the local primary school attended, and identified those primaries whose potential Wren cohort was significant. The Wren School catchment area is therefore consistent with these primary school catchments, with the exception of EP Collier school, whose catchment was restricted to the area south of the River Thames. Care was taken to ensure that a minimum of 26% of families living in the finalised catchment were entitled to Pupil Premium, as per records held by Reading Borough Council (RBC). The proportion of students currently on roll at The Wren School who are entitled to Pupil Premium is in excess of 30%.

Please click here to view a map of the catchment area.

Admissions Policies

Click here to read our 2020/2021 admission policy (Years 7-11)

Click here to read our Sixth Form admission arrangements for 2020/2021 policy

Click here to read our 2021/2022 admission policy (Years 7-11)

Click here to read our Sixth Form admission arrangements for 2021/2022 policy

The Reading Borough Council admissions process can be viewed here.

As a member of the Excalibur Academies Trust, all admissions information can be found here.

 

2020/2021 Admission Appeals

All applicants refused a place at The Wren School have a right of appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel, constituted and operated in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code.  The outcomes of previous appeals are shown in the table below.

Principal reason for appealAppeals heardNumber successfulSuccess rate
Allocated school is unsuitable400%
Anxiety – separation from family/friends600%
Bullying at allocated school1000%
Convenient location for travel/school-run800%
Criminal violence to child or family associated with allocated school22100%
Exceptional medical grounds for child4375%
Exceptional medical grounds within family3133%
Ethos, values and education at The Wren600%
Family/friends recommend The Wren500%
Local family/friends can provide childcare300%
Preference/convenience400%
Total55611%
Not attended by appellants900%
Subsequently offered place from waiting list3
2020/21 (to date)101
2019/20193
2018/19252
2017/1810

 

  • Applications to appeal must be received within 20 school days from the date of the refusal letter.
  • Appellants should advise Mrs Jo Hackett, clerktogovernors@wren.excalibur.org.uk that they wish to appeal and lodge their appeal with her either by email or by sending it to the school.
  • All appellants are required to state the ground of their appeal, and the school will only accept fully-completed appeal forms which are found here.  Appeals lodged which do not fully present the appellant’s case, are in any other format, or to any other authority, such as RBC, are NOT VALID and will not be accepted.  Applicants will receive confirmation that their appeal has been accepted to proceed to a hearing within 2 school days.  The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the appeal has been received and accepted by the school.
  • Appellants will receive at least 10 school days’ notice of their appeal hearing, to which they are expected to attend.  Any additional evidence from the appellant must be submitted to the Clerk to the Appeals Panel no later than 5 school days before the hearing is scheduled.  Any information or evidence not submitted by this deadline might not be considered at the appeal.
  • Appeals will be heard within 30 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals where possible.
  • Due to COVID-19 safety measures your appeal may be heard remotely.  The clerk to governors will liaise with you regarding details of how this will be organised.

Appellants should be informed by letter within a further 5 school days of the Appeal Panel’s decision.  The Appeal Panel will consist of 3 independent members.  Decisions are made in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code.  The decision made by the Appeal Panel is final and binding on all parties.

​​Appeals should be sent to Mrs Jo Hackett, clerktogovernors@wren.excalibur.org.uk. For any other queries, please contact Mrs Demi Bisoffi on 0118 214 3888.

 

Term Dates

2020-21

Term 1

1 & 2 Sept 2020 – Inset days

Thu 3rd Sept – Fri 23rd Oct

Half term – Mon 26 Oct – Fri 30 Oct

Term 2

Mon 2 Nov – Fri 18 Dec

Inset day – Fri 13 Nov

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