BOARDING ADMISSIONS POLICY AND PROCEDURES
The Royal Grammar School is in a unique position in Buckinghamshire in that it has a Boarding provision attached to the school. Ten places in each year group are designated as boarding places. Bucks County Council carries out the selection procedure for the 182 day places and the school is in charge of the admissions for the 10 boarding places. It is important to ensure that the testing for boarding places is equivalent to the normal 11+ procedure so that all pupils at the school are of suitable ability for a grammar school place. To facilitate early decision making regarding boarding places, the RGS will be carrying out testing, the results of which will be known at the beginning of December. This will enable parents of prospective boarders to make early decisions regarding their son’s secondary education.
All boarding applications should be made direct to the school, which will be the main information point for parents regarding boarding applications and procedures (see below).
The testing done by the school will be the Bucks 11+ Testing Procedure and approved by NFER. Familiarisation and practice packs will be available in good time before the test dates, to enable parents or teachers in the child’s current school to work through in advance. The tests can either be taken at your son’s own school or on two separate dates at the RGS.
Can a boarding place be obtained through the normal Bucks testing procedure?
Yes. Those who have put boarding at RGS as a preference on the County Common Application Form and have qualified, will be offered a boarding place, subject to the stated oversubscription criteria.
What should be put on your LEA Common Application Form?
If you just put Royal Grammar School on the Common Application Form, it will be assumed that you are applying for a Day place. If you wish to have a Boarding place you must put down Royal Grammar School Boarding on the Common Application Form.
Will there be provision for late testing?
Yes. Testing will be arranged under the normal procedures for those who apply during the year prior to the year of entry, as long as there are still places available.
Can a Boarding place later be converted to a Day place?
No. Boarding places are offered and accepted on the understanding that the pupil will stay in boarding until the end of Year 11. A pupil cannot be given a day place if the parent withdraws him from boarding before the end of Year 11. Boarding is optional in the Sixth Form.
· Priority will be given to those who have only applied for a boarding place.
· If more boys qualify than there are places available, then places will be offered first to those who have passed with siblings already in the school, and then on VRT score. A waiting list will be established of those who have qualified but who have not been offered a place.
· Once boys have been offered places and these have been accepted late testers cannot replace them. A waiting list will be established.
Saturday 7 October 2006
Saturday 14 October 2006
The tests are of 50 minutes duration and are the Bucks 11+ tests - familiarisation and practice packs are available for practice, as already stated above.
Registration for the RGS Boarding Tests
A Royal Grammar School Registration Form must be filled in and returned to the School’s Admissions Office. This form is seen to be a legally binding commitment as outlined on the form. Full details of the test dates and other relevant information will then be forwarded.
You also must register with your own Local Education Authority. This is a requirement under the DfES School Admissions Code of Practice for school places from September 2005. Just contact your LEA and ask for a Common Application Form. You must complete and return it to them.
Any application received after 8 October 2006 would be regarded as a Late Application.
Visits to the Boarding House are welcome, prior to the tests or prior to registration, by arrangement with the Boarding Administrator and the Head of Boarding who can answer all queries concerning boarding.