Admission Policy

The catchment area of the new school is as follows:

Primary Phase – former catchment areas of Pontygof and Waunlwyd primary School will be the catchment area of the primary phase of the new 3-16 school.

Secondary phase – former catchment areas of Beaufort Hill, Rhos y Fedwen, Glyncoed (incorporating Garnlydan), Pontygof, Waunlwyd, Cwm, Briery Hill and Willowtown, All Saints Primary Schools will be the catchment areas of the secondary phase of the 3 – 16 school.

Those parents expressing a preference for schools of a religious character or through the medium of welsh are dealt with through the usual admission procedure.

Under the Welsh Government’s Admissions policy published July 2009, all pupils must apply for admission to reception. Application forms have therefore been forwarded to both Waunlwyd and Pontygof Primary schools to distribute to parents of existing nursery aged pupils wishing to commence reception at the new school September 2012. Parents of pupils attending other primary schools or private nursery setting may also apply for admission to the new school if they so wish.

Pupils currently attending Waunlwyd or Pontygof (Reception to Year 5) are guaranteed a place at the new school. Pupils attending Year 6 are also guaranteed a place at the new school. However, as the secondary phase does not open until September 2013, interim arrangements for the 2012/13 academic year are being made for them to be taught on the Glyncoed and Ebbw Vale Secondary sites.

Pupils currently attending Year 6 in all other schools in the former Glyncoed and Ebbw Vale catchment areas will be offered a place at the new school, subject to the admission number not being breached. In such instances, places will be allocated in accordance with the Authority’s over subscription criteria as follows:

(i) Looked After Children will also be admitted to a chosen school outside of the normal admission round. The admission can not be refused unless doing so would seriously prejudice the proposition of efficient education or the efficient use of resources.

(ii) Pupil’s resident within the school’s designated catchment area.

(iii) Children recommended for admission on medical grounds, supported by a Medical Officer or psychological or special educational needs reasons. These must be confirmed by the LEA’s professional advisers.

(iv) Children who have older siblings (brothers or sisters) living at the same household attending the school at the date of admission will be admitted in preference to those who do not;

(v) Where there is more than one case as in (ii), priority to be assessed on the basis of those children closest in age to the elder siblings already at the school at the date of admission;

(vi) After taking account of categories (i) to (iv), priority will be based on closeness to the school, measured by nearest available walking route. This will be measured on the Authority’s GIS (Geographical Information System) database;

(vii) Should admission to a school not be possible due to class size or other requirements, transport will be provided to the next nearest school with available places (subject to distance limits).

(viii) When considering whether a child lives in a school’s catchment area, the address considered is that of the parent or legal guardian, irrespective of a family’s domestic arrangements, i.e. the address of another relative or childminder etc. must not be given. In certain cases it may be necessary to provide evidence relating to the child(ren) in question, to show the home address of the child(ren).

(ix) Subject to class size and other requirements, pupils resident outside the school’s catchment area will be admitted if the admissions number of the school has not been exceeded. In the event of over-subscription from outside the catchment area of the school, the sub-criteria described at (i) – (iv) above will be applied to prioritise admissions.