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Wootton Bassett School
Lime Kiln, Swindon,SN4 7HD Wootton Bassett
01793 841900

Welcome to Wootton Bassett School

Welcome to the Wootton Bassett School website. We are all very proud of this school and its achievements. Our new campus provides a high quality learning environment befitting a leading school and the facilities are much appreciated by the school and, I hope, the wider community.

Whether you are a pupil (past or present), a parent, teacher or friend of the school, I hope you will find this site interesting and informative. We are always looking for ways to improve the content and would welcome your suggestions.

Admissions Policy

Wootton Bassett School is an 11-18 comprehensive school serving the town of Wootton Bassett together with an area extending to the villages of Broad Town, Clyffe Pypard, Lydiard Millicent, Tockenham, Shaw and Lyneham.

For the purpose of this policy the designated area is determined as the discrete geographical zone served by a school. The address that determines a child’s designated area is the place she she/he is ordinarily resident with his/her parent(s) or legal guardian(s). Some addresses are within a shared area.

Admissions Criteria
In the event that the school is oversubscribed priority for admission will be given in the order stated below:-

1. Looked After Children – Children both within the care of Wiltshire County Council, for example children in foster care or residential homes, and with a placement agreed within the designated area during the following academic year at the deadline date for applications.

2. Designated Area Siblings – A child is considered under this criterion if:
(a) an older sibling is attending the preferred school, as at the deadline date; and
(b) so long as the sibling is not in their final year at that school i.e. not in years 11, 12 or 13; and
(c) the child lives within the designated area at the same address as the older sibling.
Step, half and foster siblings are also included in this category.

3. Other Children from the Designated Area.

4. Medical – Written support from a senior clinical medical officer and the child’s general practitioner or specialist showing that it would be detrimental to the child’s health not to admit him/her to the specific school is required. The medical condition must be of a long term and seriously disabling nature to qualify for recognition under this criterion.

5. Other Siblings – A child is considered under this criterion if:
(a) An older sibling is attending the preferred school, as at the deadline date; and
(b) So long as the sibling is not in their final year at that school, i.e. not in years 11, 12 or 13; and
(c) The child lives at the same address as the older sibling.
Step, half and foster siblings are also included in this category.

6. Other children – Children to whom none of the above criteria apply.

If the school is oversubscribed within any of the above categories the distance from the child’s home address to the school will be used as the determining factor. Distances will be measured according to the Ordnance Survey eastings and northings for the child’s home address and the school.

Early Transfer – Children may only transfer early to secondary school if it can be shown that they are exceptionally mature. Each such request is determined after consultation with the current school, the school to which the child wishes to transfer and, where appropriate, the Authority’s professional adviser.
Appeals Procedure – Parents have a right of appeal to an independent panel against a decision by the Authority to refuse their application for a school place. Details of the appeals procedure are sent out with all refusal letters.

Special Educational Needs – Pupils with a statement of special educational needs will be admitted to the school named on their statement. Once a statement reaches the formal proposed stage the admission of the young person becomes the responsibility of the Assessment and Placement Service at which point this policy ceases to apply.

Values and Aims at Wootton Bassett School

We believe in . . .

• the pursuit of learning for the academic, spiritual, social, moral, cultural, physical and personal development of pupils.
• providing a broad and balanced curriculum, which presents challenging opportunities for all pupils.
• maintaining a caring community, which encourages courteous and considerate behaviour within an effective and stimulating learning environment.
• valuing pupils equally and celebrating their contributions and achievements.
• the desirability of all pupils taking an increasing responsibility for their own learning, decision making and actions.
• encouraging the contributions of all staff.
• the value of links with the wider community.
• the principles and practice of equal opportunity.

We will seek to . . .

• support and guide pupils in formulating and achieving realistic and appropriate personal development plans.
• achieve a smooth progression through and beyond the various phases of formal education.
• promote activities, which provide interaction between the school, business and the community for the enrichment of pupils, curriculum and the community itself.
• foster the involvement of parents for the benefit of pupil development.
• support an organisational and management structure that fosters effective curriculum development and delivery, facilitates communication and involves governors, staff, pupils and parents in the development of the school.
• encourage and guide staff in broadening their perspectives, framing realistic career targets and supporting their achievement through stated school development plans.
• support all staff in fulfilling their designated roles.
• secure the maximum benefits from the financial resources available to the school.

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