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GENERAL ADMISSIONS: Do the children who attend Hatcham Temple Grove (HTG) and Hatcham Temple Grove Free School (HTGFS) have automatic entry into the secondary phase?

HTG and HTGFS children are automatically eligible for a secondary place but to secure their place they have to follow the e-admissions application process and put Hatcham College as one of your choices.

GENERAL ADMISSIONS: How many places will be offered to applicants in year 7 – September 2021?

There will be 224 places available in year 7 for applicants

GENERAL ADMISSIONS: I would like to apply for a place at the College for my child, what do I have to do?

You will need to name the College as one of your preferences on your local authority common application form which is known as the (CAF). You will need to name all of the schools that you would like your child to be considered for on the CAF regardless of the local authority that the school is in. 

GENERAL ADMISSIONS: Where can I get the CAF?

The CAF is available on your local authority (which your council tax is paid) website or please go to www.eadmissions.org.uk where you will need to register and complete the CAF.

GENERAL ADMISSIONS: It is my intention to name the College as the first preference on the CAF will this be taken into consideration?

No, only the local authority is aware of the applicant’s preferences, the College considers all applicants under the published admissions criteria.

GENERAL ADMISSIONS: I will be applying for Hatcham College and Knights Academy will I have to name each school on the CAF?

Yes.

DISTANCE: I understand that the College is accommodated on both the Pepys road and Jerningham road, which address is used for the distance criterion?

The College operates a dual nodal address point system. The two nodal points are the College’s main building entrance on Pepys Road and the main building entrance on Jerningham Road. The applicant’s address is measured by Lewisham LA to the applicants nearest nodal point. e.g. if your address measures 500 metres to the Jerningham road site and 450 metres to the Pepys road site, the distance measurement used for your child's  application would be 450 metres.

DISTANCE: What was the furthest distance offer under the distance criterion for September 2019?

861.30 metres was the furthest distance place that was offered.

DISTANCE: My child lives with both my partner and myself at different addresses, what address will you consider?

We will consider the child’s main address and this is what you should put on the CAF form. This should be the address where the child is resident for most of the time and the address which is named on other official records (e.g. with the child’s GP) and is shared by the parent who is in receipt of the child benefit or child tax credit.

DISTANCE: My child lives at two addresses, for equal amounts of time, what address should I put on the CAF form?

If the child lives equally at two addresses, the address you should give is the address which is used on other official records (e.g. with the child’s GP) and is shared by the parent who is in receipt of the child benefit or child tax credit.

DISTANCE: I live close to the College OR I know children who live further away from my address who attend the College, does this mean that my child will definitely be offered a place?

No, as all applicants will be considered under the published admissions criteria.

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS: My child has a statement or EHCP, will I need to apply via the CAF?

No, You will need to complete the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) secondary transfer application form which should be available from your local authorities SEND department.

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS: Will my child be given extra time in the music aural test?

No as this test is on a CD which will read out the instructions that are also on the answer sheet in front of the applicant.

SIBLING CRITERION: I have twins applying for Year 7 entry; if one is offered a place will the other be offered under the sibling criteria?

No the sibling criteria does not take into consideration twins applying at the same time. They will be considered as individuals for year 7 entry.

SIBLING CRITERION: My child has a Foster Sibling at the school?

No, in order to be considered under the sibling criterion your child would have to have an older sibling who is on roll of the secondary school (see definition below):

Pupils who, on the date of admission, will have an older sibling (i.e. a natural brother or sister, or a half brother or sister, or a legally adopted brother or sister or half-brother or sister, or step brother or sister who will be living with them at the same address) on the roll of the secondary school in years 7 - 10. Pupils will be considered under this criterion if they have a sibling who attends the secondary school and who will continue to be on roll when the pupil joins the secondary school. Proof of the sibling relationship will be required if a place is offered. 

SIBLING CRITERION: My child has a sibling at the College will he/she be guaranteed a place?

Only if there are not more siblings than there are places available.

If there are more siblings than places, then the distance criterion will be used as a tie breaker to determine who will be offered the places available. E.g. if there were 3 places available and 4 siblings then the 3 siblings that live closest to the College would be offered the places.

SIBLING CRITERION: My child has a sibling at KTG, Knights Academy, CTG, Crayford Academy or Hatcham Temple Grove Free School and I would like to apply for Hatcham College, will they be considered under the sibling criterion?

No they will only be considered under the sibling criterion if they have a sibling on roll of the secondary phase that they are applying for.  

SIBLING CRITERION: My child has a sibling at the College can they still apply under the music criterion?

Yes

SIBLING CRITERION: My child is in Year 11 will my other child be considered as a sibling?

No – only pupils who on the date of application will have a sibling who is on the roll of the secondary school in years 7 – 10 will be considered under this criterion.

SIBLING CRITERION: My child is in year 13 or Year 12 will my other child be considered as a sibling?

No – as they may not be on roll when their sibling joins the College.

MUSIC SPECIALISM: How does the music aptitude process work?

Applicants who apply under the music aptitude criterion will be called in to take the music aural test. The approx. 80 highest scoring applicants will be called in for a music audition. A letter will be emailed to parents advising them where their child has been ranked. This will enable parents to make an informed decision as to whether they would like to apply for a place at the College.

MUSIC SPECIALISM: Are music references taken into consideration when deciding who will be offered the music specialist places too?

No. In order to offer equal opportunity to all applicants, we are unable to take into consideration music references or certificates.

MEDICAL AND SOCIAL NEEDS: How do you consider who to offer the medical & social needs places too?

The application will need to be supported by a letter from a hospital consultant, social worker or similar professional. “The information should demonstrate why the school is the only school able to meet the child’s specific needs.” A medical and social committee will review the documentation and make a professional decision as to whether the school is the only school able to meet the child’s needs. 

MEDICAL AND SOCIAL NEEDS: Why do I have to provide documentation?

The documents will allow the medical and social committee to make an informed decision as to whether the College is the only school able to meet the child’s needs.

 

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