The admissions policy for Mary Webb School and Science College is determined by Shropshire Council, which is the Admissions authority for all Community and Voluntary Controlled schools in Shropshire. For admission to Year 7, the Council’s Admissions Team operates the admissions process and all enquiries regarding Admissions should be addressed to them. They produce a booklet ‘Parents’ Guide to Education in Shropshire’ each year with up-to-date information about schools and a full explanation of the admissions processes.
The booklets are available on the Shropshire Council website:
Parents/carers who may wish to speak directly to an Admissions Advisor may also contact them through the Admissions Team.
School Admissions Team
Learning and Skills
Tel: 0345 6789 008
Catchment areas for schools can be viewed on LocalView which can be found on the above website address.
Mary Webb School and Science College has a Published Admission Number of 120 for the Year 7 intake in 2017 (this number also applies to Years 8–11). For the year commencing September 2017, the number of preferences received and places allocated was as follows:
Date of allocation
|Admission Limit||Number of 1stpreferences allocated||Total places allocated||Number of 2ndpreferences allocated||Number of 3rdpreferences allocated||Number starting Year 7 in September 2017|
Parents/Carers of Year 6 children and resident in Shropshire are required, in the autumn term prior to the school year of transfer, to apply online through the Shropshire Council stating three preferences. For those parents without internet access, application can also be made by telephone on 0345 678 9008.
Where there are more applications than there are places available, allocations will be made in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. Full details of these criteria are given in the Parents’ Guide booklet; therefore it is essential that parents read the booklet before completing the application form but, in general terms, those for Mary Webb School and Science College are based upon the following (in order):
-Looked After Children (that is, children in public care) and Looked After Children who ceased to be so because they were adopted.
-Residence in the school’s catchment area.
-Sibling connection, ie a younger brother or sister in the school.
-Attendance at a primary school within the catchment area of the school.
-Proximity of home address to school.
Children who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs which names Mary Webb School and Science College as the appropriate school to meet those needs will be offered a place.
We, like most secondary schools, work closely with local primary schools and often invite students to attend the school for various activities. Such visits, however, have nothing to do with the admissions process and do not in any way give any guarantee of a place at the school. Shropshire does not operate a system of feeder schools, as the home address of your child is the arbiter of being offered a place. That home address will be checked against data sources to ensure potential applicants are not, for example, using a relative’s address, or work/office address to achieve a higher priority under the published criteria.
Where applications are not successful, parents/carers may wish to put their names on a waiting list or appeal against the decision. The Admissions Team will be able to provide advice on these matters. Members of the school staff and governors are legally not allowed to write a letter of support for appellants so please do not ask them to do so. Nor is the school allowed to give any guarantee that a place will be offered at the school.
Mid-Term or In-Year Admissions
Where families move house at other times of the year after the start of Year 7, please contact the headteacher, Andrew Smith, in the first instance in order to make an appointment to visit the school. If you wish to apply for a school place, you will need to complete a mid-term application form and your application will be considered by the school.
If there are no places available, the Admissions Team will be able to inform you of the Appeals process.
The school will not maintain a waiting list and therefore parents will need to make enquiry on a regular basis to see if there are any vacancies in their child’s year group.