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Admissions – Instructions for Parents


SOUTH WEST HERTS ADMISSIONS CONSORTIUM

Secondary transfer 2014

Testing Before Preference – Information for Parents

TESTING FOR SECONDARY TRANSFER 2014 IS NOW CONCLUDED AND NO FURTHER TEST DATES ARE PLANNED.  IF YOU HAVE NOT ENTERED YOUR CHILD FOR THE CONSORTIUM TEST OR RESERVE DATE, BUT HAD INTENDED APPLYING FOR ANY OF THE CONSORTIUM SCHOOLS YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONTACT ONE OF THE SCHOOLS BEFORE MAKING ANY APPLICATION TO YOUR LOCAL AUTHORITY.

To apply for Bushey Meads School…

The South West Herts Consortium operate a testing before preference process for all children wishing to apply to one of our schools (Bushey Meads, Queens, Rickmansworth, Parmiters, Watford Girls & Boys Grammar Schools and St Clement Danes) for secondary transfer.  The following information is intended to explain the initial steps in the secondary transfer process.

  1. The parents of any child currently in Year 5, who might apply for a place in Year 7 in 2014 at any of the Consortium schools under test criteria, must register for testing with the Consortium. The best way to do this is via a website that we have created, but postal registration is also possible.  You can apply online at the following link  – www.swhertsschools.org.uk
  2. For any parent who does not have internet access a paper form can be collected from any of the Consortium schools.  Paper registrations must be posted to: South West Herts School Tests, PO Box 2439, WATFORD WD18 1UZ before 28th June 2013.
  3. Registration to sit the tests will open on 13th May and close on 28th June.
  4. Parents are reminded that, to clarify confusion and avoid disappointment, you should make sure that your child is eligible for a place at a preferred school under that school’s admission criteria. These are published on each school’s website. If the child is not eligible, there is no point in that child taking any of the tests.
  5. Parents will be allocated a test centre, based on postcode, by 15th July. This has absolutely no bearing on their eventual secondary school preference.
  6. Parents of children with special needs that will require the test centre to make particular support arrangements must send details of  support arrangements immediately after test registration, attached to a copy of the test registration confirmation e-mail.  Please send both documents to Test Co-ordinator, South West Herts Schools Tests, P O Box 2439, Watford, WD18 1UZ.  It is very important that you do this so that the paperwork is received by Friday 5th July at the latest.  Parents will need written confirmation from their child’s Headteacher explaining the additional support provided by the primary school.
  7. To apply to Bushey Meads School you must also complete our supplementary information form (SIF) and return it to Bushey Meads School by 31st October 2013. 

Click here to download a copy of the SIF as Word document

Click here to download a copy of the SIF in PDF format

Please contact any of the Consortium schools if any of this information is unclear.

 

Secondary transfer in 2014 – Key dates

Date

Test

 Monday 13th May

Online registration for the tests opens

Friday 28th June

Online/paper registration closes

             Friday 5th July

Deadline for notification of request for SEN support

 Monday 15th July

Parents informed of test venue

Tuesday 10th September

Music aptitude test

Saturday 7th September

Academic test

Friday 20th September

Queens’ School sports aptitude test

Saturday 21st September

Bushey Meads technology aptitude test

Monday 23rd September

Start of second round music tests

Monday 14th October

Scores notified to parents

Thursday 31st October

Secondary application deadline