Year 7 Admissions
The admissions arrangements for the school for 2019/2020 remain the same as those consulted on by the Trust for 2018/2019.
There are 130 Year 7 places available at the school each year. We offer up to 12 places for children with musical aptitude and, in accordance with the School Admissions Code, priority is given to children with statements of special educational needs, education, health and care plans and looked after children or children who were looked after. We want to ensure that the school serves local families and, after we've allocated places to music scholars, statemented children, siblings, etc, we allocate 50% of the remaining places on the basis of proximity. The remaining places are awarded by lottery, with a majority being allocated to those who live within a one-mile radius of the school and a smaller number to those within a three-mile radius.
The admission arrangements of the West London Free School fully comply with the School Admissions Code and Admissions Law. The school is open to anyone and is non-selective. The admissions policy for September 2018 can be seen here. Applications for a Year 7 place in September 2018 were made from 1st September 2017 until the closing date 31st October 2017.
The application deadline for Year 7 places in 2019 will be 31st October 2018. Applicants will be notified whether they are successful at the beginning of March 2019. For further information regarding musical places, please see the Music Aptitude page.
Applications received after the closing date of 31st October 2018 but before midday on 15th December 2018 are treated as on-time applications in exceptional circumstances and entirely at the discretion of the Chair of Governors and the Headteacher acting together on behalf of the school's governing body. To be treated as on-time applications, they need to be accompanied by written evidence of exceptional medical, pastoral or compassionate grounds for doing so. Otherwise they are treated like late applications and will be added to the Waiting List after 31st August 2019. Applications received after midday on 15th December 2018 and before midnight on 31st December 2018 will also be added to the Waiting List after 31st August 2019 and will be considered for any vacancies occurring during the period 1st September to 31st December 2019.
Those applicants who apply on time (and those applicants treated as such) but not offered places at the beginning of March 2019 are initially placed on our Reserve List. (The order of the Reserve List is determined in accordance with the order determined by the over-subscription criteria.) Any places not taken up by those we initially make offers to at the beginning of March are then offered to applicants on the Reserve List in a second wave of offers...and so on. This process continues until all the places are filled. Only if all the places haven't been filled by 31st August 2019 will we make offers to applicants on our Waiting List. For more details on the admissions criteria applied to those on the Reserve List and the Waiting List, see our 2019/20 admissions policy.
If the West London Free School is oversubscribed, its published admissions criteria are used to decide the order in which applicants will be offered places. If you have not been offered a place and wish to appeal, please complete this form.
The Common Application Form
Some parents who think they'll only be eligible for a lottery place at our school, not a proximity place or a musical place, have asked whether they should place us first on the Common Application Form. After all, if their chances of getting in are quite small, won't they be "wasting" their first preference by ranking us first? Wouldn't they be better off ranking a school they have a higher chance of getting in to first?
This is based on a misunderstanding of how the pan-London admissions process works. The Pan-London Admissions Board does not vary the amount of weight it gives to a parent's application to a particular school depending on where that parent has ranked the school on the Form. Rather, it takes all the schools you've named on your Form, regardless of where you've ranked them, and applies the over-subscription criteria of those schools. Once it has worked out which of the schools on your Form you qualify for a place at, then (and only then) does it look at your order of preferences. You'll then be offered a place at the school you've ranked highest amongst the schools you qualify for a place at.
For example, suppose you place the West London Free School first and another school second. If your child doesn't qualify for a place at our school – because he or she is unsuccessful in the lottery, for instance – but does qualify for a place at your second choice, you'll be offered a place there. Your child won't be discriminated against in the admissions process because you've placed that school second rather than first. Some people imagine the way the admissions process works is that the Board initially applies a school's over-subscription criteria to just those applicants who've placed that school first on the Form and only after the successful applicants have turned down their offers do they then apply the school's oversubscription criteria to those who've ranked it second. But that isn't how it works. The Board applies each school's over-subscription criteria to all those who've named that school on their Forms, regardless of its ordinal position on the Forms.
In the above scenario, the only risk you're taking by placing us first and the other school second is that if you qualify for a place at both of our schools you'll only be offered a place at our school as the higher preference. As explained, the Board takes all those schools on your Form you qualify for a place at and then offers you a place at whichever one of those schools you've ranked highest on the Form. You'll only be offered one place – you won't be informed of all those schools you've qualified for a place at and be asked to choose between them.
The bottom line is that if the West London Free School is your first preference you should put us first. If another school is your first preference, put that school first. You shouldn't base your decision of where to rank us on your assessment of your chances of qualifying for a place at our school since that consideration is irrelevant.