Thomas Estley Community College


Admission Policy

Come and have a look at Thomas Estley! We are delighted to invite primary aged students and their parents to our annual 2018 Open College week, the dates of which will be circulated later this term.

Visit the college during the day for a no-frills, authentic taste of the daily learning experience, when you can tour a variety of lessons and ask our students and staff about college life. Once dates are released, book onto a tour by ringing 01455 283263 or emailing

We will also have an Open College evening when you can visit for an informative talk and a chance to visit our subject departments and investigate learners outcomes and experiences. Book a place by ringing 01455 283263 or emailing, once dates are released.

Year Five and Six learners currently at our official catchment primary schools will receive information directly from Thomas Estley about our Open College week via their primary school teacher; if your child attends an out of catchment school or does not receive the information please do contact us to request an information pack in the post. Meanwhile find out more about the college from our website or by visiting our Facebook page

Admissions Policy 2018

Particular Provision in Special Circumstances

Out of Catchment Applications

Parents considering an out of catchment application are advised and strongly encouraged to visit
the College.

All out of catchment applications are dealt with by the Allocations Section of the Access and
Welfare Unit in the Education Department of Leicestershire County Council.
The College has to give priority for admission to the children of those parents who live within the
catchment area up to its Planned Admission Limit.

Over and above this priority, decision about out of catchment admissions are made depending
upon spaces being available and according to the following criteria:

  • Children who are in public care and those children who were previously looked after children
  • Pupils who live in the catchment area
  • Pupils who will have an older brother or sister attending the same school at the same time
  • Pupils who have a serious medical condition or exceptional social or domestic needs that make it essential they attend the school requested. (Professional documentation confirming the situation must be submitted with the application)
  • Pupils who will have attended a feeder school for at least two years before the time of transfer
  • Pupils transferring to High School who will have an older brother or sister attending the linked Upper School at the same time
  • Pupils basing their application on religious belief
  • Pupils living nearest to the school measured in a straight line distance (home to school front gate)

Only the local authority (Leicestershire County Council) can confirm secondary school places to
pupils, whether the child lives in the catchment area or otherwise.

Applications from Parents of Pupils who are Excluded or Disaffected

Each case is considered after consultation with the previous school/college and any other
agencies involved.

It is the policy of the College to consider the well-being of all its students. The Principal and
Governing Body would always consider the impact a child with proven difficulties would have on
the existing College population.

The Principal and Governing Body also take into consideration the level of support offered by the
local authority and all other agencies to ensure a successful transfer to a new school/college and
to help with problems of integration into a new environment. The local authority’s hard to place
protocol applies to such students and their placement.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Review

This Policy undergoes ongoing monitoring by the Principal and the College Governing Body. This
is done in association with partner Primary Schools and other Secondary Schools/Colleges in the

On the basis of this evidence, evaluation is undertaken by the Principal and local Heads.

In this way the Policy undergoes continuous development.

Equality Monitoring

Thomas Estley Community College’s commitment to equality and diversity means that this policy,
via an Equality Impact Assessment, has been screened in relation to the use of gender-neutral
language, recognition of the needs of disabled people, promotion of the positive duty in relation to
race, age, disability and avoidance of stereotypes.

Based on the Equality Impact Assessment findings, this policy is judged to be of low impact
against the equality strands of Race, Gender, Religion, Disability Sexual Orientation and Age. A
copy of the Equality Impact Assessment of this policy is available from the Principal’s PA.

This Policy is available in alternative formats on request. If you think we can improve the fairness
of this Policy, please contact the individual who has responsibility for its update.

Further Information

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