Admissions Arrangements and FAQs

Please note that our admissions consultation has now closed. Therefore, information contained on this page was updated on Saturday 19 September 2020. It now reflects our final admissions arrangements for 2021-2022.

How do I apply for a place at Houlton School?

Houlton School’s admissions consultation ended on 15 September 2020. A summary of the comments we received (and our responses) is available at the end of this page, along with our final Admissions Arrangements Policy for 2021-2022.

One difference from the draft arrangements is that we are delighted to announce that you are now able to apply for your school place through the local authority portal.

Some families downloaded the draft application form that was included as part of our consultation and have emailed it to us or sent it in by post. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept the draft forms.

We  have already contacted all families who have sent us the draft form electronically and will contact families who posted the draft form by post in the coming days.

All applications must now be made through the Local Authority Admissions Service.

If you had already made your choices for a secondary place on the Warwickshire Admissions Portal before Houlton School was made available, please email admissions@warwickshire.gov.uk with your updated six preferences in order and Warwickshire will work with you to make this change. This must be done before 31 October 2020.

Houlton School will coordinate with the Local Authority (LA) to process school offers. This means you will need to complete your home LA common application form (CAF):

If you live in Warwickshire:
w: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/admissions
e: admissions@warwickshire.gov.uk

If you live in Northamptonshire:
Northamptonshire are not able to process your application via their portal. To apply to Houlton through them, please email Emma Tipler, who will support you with your application.
e: etipler@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk

If you live in Leicestershire:
w: www.leicestershire.gov.uk/admissions
e: admissions@leics.gov.uk

When will I know whether I have been successful in securing a place for my child?

For on-time applications, you will be notified whether we have been able to offer a place at Houlton School on the National Offer Day of 1 March 2021 via email from the Local Authority.

Timetable for Year 7 entry September 2021

Stage of Process Date
Secondary school application period starts 7 September 2020
Closing date for applications 31 October 2020
National Offer Day 1 March 2021
Deadline for accepting the offer 12 March 2021
Deadline for submitting appeals 29 March 2021
Appeal hearings for appeals submitted on time May and June 2021
Autumn term starts 1 September 2021

 

How many places are available at Houlton School for Year 7 entry in September 2021?

Our published admissions number (PAN) is 180. Where fewer applications than our PAN are received, all on-time applications will be offered a place at Houlton School. Where we receive more than 180 applications, our over-subscription criteria will apply (see below).

Am I eligible to apply for a place at Houlton School for my child?

The simple answer is… yes! Traditional ‘catchment areas’ are a thing of the past – technically anyone can apply for a place at Houlton School so long as you are able to get your child to our school each day. Whilst we do not have fixed catchment areas, there are two ‘priority areas’ identified within our admissions policy. The full admissions arrangements are available in our policy which is available on this page, but our over-subscription criteria are listed here for your convenience:

Over-subscription criteria:

The criteria in this section apply to entry at all phases of the academy; therefore, the same criteria will apply to in-year admissions.

When the academy is oversubscribed, after the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan or a Statement of Special Educational Needs naming the academy, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:

  1. Children who are in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, a local authority, and children who were looked after by a local authority but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order).
  2. Places will then be allocated to the inner and outer priority areas as follows:
    1. Places will first be allocated to children living within the Priority Area One who will have a sibling at the academy at the time of admission;
    2. Places will then be allocated to children living within the Priority Area One;
    3. Next, places will be allocated to children living within the Priority Area Two[1] who will have a sibling at the academy at the time of admission;
    4. Then, places will be allocated to children living within the Priority Area Two.

The priority areas for this academy have been mapped using Warwickshire Admissions Service’s GSI software. They are available on the Warwickshire County Council website at: http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/mapsecondaryschools

  1. Next, places will be allocated where the child is the son/daughter of a permanent member of staff at the Transforming Lives Educational Trust who has been employed for a period of more than two academic years at the time when the application is made and who will have a sibling at the academy at the time of admission;
  2. Then, places will be allocated where the child is the son/daughter of a permanent member of staff at the Transforming Lives Educational Trust who has been employed for a period of more than two academic years at the time when the application is made;
  3. Next, remaining places will be allocated to other children living outside the priority areas who will have a sibling at the academy at the time of admission;
  4. Finally, any remaining places will be allocated to other children living outside the priority areas.

[1] Houlton School’s additional Priority Area 2 has been drawn to include an area north of Rugby Borough. This is in place to support Warwickshire County Council’s sufficiency planning for school places in the wider borough.

What arrangements are there for School Transport?

School Transport is the responsibility of the local authority – please visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/schooltransport to find out whether you may be eligible for free school transport.

If you live outside of the immediate area, you will need to access public services or make private arrangements to get your child to school. Rugby bus services that serve the area close to the school are viewable online here.

The latest update from Warwickshire Transport Services (8 October 2020) is:

“At the moment we are still in the process of determining which services will be serving the Houlton development. Being a new unadopted estate there are no current marked bus stops and a planning application to formalise their locations is currently in progress with Rugby Borough Council Planning. Once the stops are finalised then we will be able to determine the services that operate into and around the estate.

The closest service runs along the A428 Crick Road, stopping near the roundabout. These stops are currently served by service D1 which runs between Rugby and Daventry.”

Once we are an established school, there may be opportunities in the future for chargeable places on chartered services, but these would be subject to demand and viability.

What will the school day look like?

School will start at 8.45am and finish at 3.20pm each day. Pupils will have five lessons/day organised over a two week timetable. More information about our Curriculum can be found on our website here.

My child has SEND needs – what provision is there to support them?

Depending on the individual needs of your child, the transition to secondary can be challenging; once you’ve secured a place with us, we’ll visit your child’s current school, work with staff to understand the support they have received during the primary phase and plan the nature of the support that will be appropriate in the secondary phase for them. The size of our school means that teachers can get to know students well, share practice around what works best for individuals easily, and design programmes of learning that facilitate access to the full curriculum on offer. Many children’s needs are best served by a smaller school environment and having teachers who know them personally, and Houlton will be able to support this environment well. However, we will have limited resources in our first few years, so we need to be clear that some of the services available in more established secondary schools due to economies of scale (additional adults in classrooms, smaller class sizes) may not be possible for a few years. For students with high needs, you will be able to discuss individual circumstances with our Director of Inclusion (SENDCo) once your place with us is confirmed.

Will there be an Open Evening this autumn?

Owing to the impact of coronavirus, all secondary schools in Rugby will not be able to hold face-to-face open evenings for Year 6 pupils considering entry to Year 7 in September 2021. For the same reason, it will not be possible to offer tours of our schools to groups of any size. Instead, all Rugby secondary schools will release online materials during the autumn term through their websites.

You can now meet our Principal and CEO on the page for our Virtual Open Evening here.

Still have questions?

Should you have any further unanswered questions, please email admissions@houltonschool.org.uk and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.