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Admissions Policy: The Wren School, Reading, Berkshire

School Information

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 will open in October 2019.

Offers of places to Year 7 in September 2019

Last year, there were 627 applications for a place at The Wren School.

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 Parkside Road were not offered places.  This document shows how all places were allocated across Reading secondary schools in 2019.

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

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 2019 admission policy

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

The Reading Borough Council admissions process can be viewed here.

2019/2020 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 here, and prospective appellants must read this beforehand.

The appeals process for the Normal Admissions Round has now closed.  ​For in-year admissions, applications to appeal must be received within 20 school days from the date of the refusal letter.

  • 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 receipt of the appeal being lodged.

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 [email protected]. For  any queries, please contact Mrs Katrina Malcolm on 0118 959 1868.

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 here, and prospective appellants should read this beforehand.

The appeals process for the Normal Admissions Round will open on 2nd March 2020.

  • Appellants should advise [email protected] that they wish to appeal within 20 school days of receipt of the notification (by 30th March 2020).
  • 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.
  • For applications made by the routine admissions round deadline (31st October 2019), an Appeal Panel will consider the appeals within 40 school days of the appeals deadline date (30th March 2020) i.e. 11th June 2020.
  • For ‘late’ applications (see section 3 of Admissions Policy 2020), appeals will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals where possible.
  •  For appeals lodged after the routine deadline (30th March 2020) they will be heard either within 40 school days of the appeals deadline date, or within 30 school days of the receipt of the appeal being lodged, whichever is later.
  • In all other cases, appeals will be heard within 30 school days of the receipt of the appeal being lodged.

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 [email protected]. For  any queries, please contact Mrs Katrina Malcolm on 0118 959 1868.

DateDeadline
2 March 2020National Offers Day
16 March 2020RBC deadline for acceptance of offers
30 March 2020Deadline for appellants to advise the school that they wish to appeal
11 June 2020Last day for appeals to routine admissions round to be heard
8 June 2020Any appeals accepted* after this date will not be heard prior to September 2020, unless in exceptional circumstances agreed by the appellant, and the school, and the Independent Panel

* For appeals to be accepted, they must be lodged correctly according to the process detailed in section 10 of the Admissions Policy 2020.

Hearings​

Hearings for Appeals lodged outside of the Normal Admissions Round will be heard within ​30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

Appellants will receive 10 school days’ notice of their individual hearing. Results of all appeals will be confirmed to appellants no more than 5 days after the hearing date.

 

Term Dates

Term 2
Mon 4 Nov – Thu 19 Dec 2019
Fri 8 Nov 2019 – Inset day
Christmas break – Fri 20 Dec – Fri 3 Jan 2020
Term 3
Mon 6 Jan – Fri 14 Feb 2020
Spring break – Mon 17 Feb – Fri 21 Feb 2020

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