Applying for a Place

Harris Girls' Academy East Dulwich will admit 150 girls in Year 7. If the number of applications exceeds 150, girls with statements of Special Educational Needs in which the Harris Girls' Academy East Dulwich is named will be admitted before others.

For the remaining places, Harris Girls' Academy East Dulwich will seek to ensure that the ability profile of the intake reflects the range of all applicants by employing a Fair Banding System. The Admissions Officer is Samantha Leo.

Process for application for admission in Year 7

Along with all schools and academies, we offer a series of open evenings and open mornings during September and October annually.  These are always advertised in the local newspapers and via a banner outside the academy.  Dates and times also go up on our website.

We strongly advise parents to come and visit us during one of those events if they are considering the academy as one of their possible selections for the admissions application.  During the open evenings, the Principal will make a presentation to parents and at all events, she is available to talk to parents individually and discuss any questions they may have.

All applications for the academy are through the common online application process and your application should be made direct to the borough in which you live.

We will then be notified of your request for a place (though not how you have ranked us) and we will write to you in late November/early December inviting you to our testing day.  It is critical that your daughter attends this test as we need the information gained from it in order to place her in our admissions list.  The test is not a pass or fail test, it is a non-verbal reasoning test and simply guides us in knowing how to place your daughter.  We have a duty to admit students across a 9-band spectrum, with a certain number of students coming from each band – predetermined for us.

If you have applied for more than one Harris Academy, you will only be invited to test at one site and we will share the results between us.

We send our offer list back to Southwark and they will then review this in the light of any offers that each school/academy has made to a particular student.  They will then offer you the school highest up your ranked application list that has made you an offer.  (For example, if you have placed us 2nd and another Academy 1st and we both offer your daughter a place, you will be offered Another Academy.)  You will receive this offer letter from the local authority at the end of February/beginning of March.

We keep a waiting list and would strongly advise that you call us immediately if you do not get a place with us and had wanted one.  We will then communicate with you directly if a vacancy arises and liaise with your local authority to confirm any subsequent offer made.

Non-verbal reasoning test

All applicants must take a non-verbal reasoning (NVR) test that places them in a rank order. We will then place all applicants in one of nine ability bands, each containing, as far as possible, the appropriate number of children based on their performance in the NVR test. 

Within each of the nine bands applicants will be considered in accordance with the criteria below, applied in order:

  • girls in public care

  • girls for whom admission to a specific school is essential because of special circumstances, to do with significant medical needs, social needs or special educational needs

  • girls whose siblings currently attend the school and who will continue to do so on the date of admission.    

  • girls’ proximity to the school between the main entrance to the student’s home and the road junction of Shelbury Road and Colyton Road, using straight-line, computer calculated measurements

Appeals

Parents have the right of appeal to an independent panel if they are dissatisfied with an admission decision of the Harris Girls' Academy East Dulwich.

Appeals resulting from applications which are turned down for admission in September 2015 will be heard according to the following timetable:

 

Allocation letters sent out

Appeals lodged by

Appeals will be heard in two stages between

Secondary admissions

3 March 2015

4pm on 2 April 2015

29 April – 25 June 2015

(excluding 25-29 May)

 

Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is the later date.

Appellants will be sent notification of their appeal hearing at least ten clear school days in advance of the hearing.

Appellants will be sent a copy of the school's case at least seven clear working days in advance of the hearing.

Additional supporting information

If an appellant wishes to submit further evidence, which was not included with their initial appeal, they should ensure this is received at least seven clear working days (not counting the day of postage or the hearing) in advance of your appeal.   

Only a short document, such as a doctor’s letter not previously available, will be accepted up to five clear working days prior to the hearing.  Any additional evidence or information received after this deadline will not be circulated and may not be considered at the hearing.

In-year admissions

Applications for an in –year admission should be sent to Southwark.  They will notify us of any requests and we will advise on whether we have any vacancies in that year group.

Classes are determined by test results and therefore, even if we have a vacancy in the year group, we still need to clarify whether there is a space available in the appropriate class.  We will therefore invite your daughter in for testing so that we can establish whether we have a suitable place available for your daughter at the point of your admission request.

We will notify yourselves and Southwark as to whether we are able to offer a place upon receipt of test results.

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