New Admissions Policy for BMS
Over the last few weeks the school has been formally consulting about a change to the admission policy for students joining the school from September 2019. For many years the...
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Over the last few weeks the school has been formally consulting about a change to the admission policy for students joining the school from September 2019.
For many years the school has been part of the South West Herts Consortium; all students could only access a place at Bushey Meads if they sat the consortium test, to then be admitted to the school in four bands of ability.
However over the last 4 years student trends have indicated that only 50% of our intake are actually allocated to the school as a direct result of us being part of the testing arrangements in the local area. In addition, in line with the Bushey St James Trust’s vision and values (which centre on providing excellent educational provision – very much for the immediate local community) the school has recently made changes to allocate preferential places to students within the schools in the Bushey St James Trust.
This has now resulted in the majority of our school places being automatically allocated with Children Looked After, SEN Students with ECHPs, students from the primary schools within the Trust, children of staff, siblings, students admitted for medical reasons and also past siblings. With this in mind the Trust Board have made the significant decision to now move away from being part of the local consortium testing arrangements beyond 2017.18.
As a school we now stand on our own merit with excellent results and a great reputation. By coming out of the consortium testing arrangements we will now attract even more local children, many of whom will be from aspirant families who simply want their children to attend a very good local school.
We believe that some of the key positive impacts of this decision will be evidenced in the fact that: