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Year 7 entry September 2021

Frequently asked questions about 11+ entry - sept 2021

Parents of pupils allocated a place at Westcliff High School for Girls have received a welcome pack from the school following National Offer Day (Monday, 1st March 2021).

Westcliff High School for Girls is unable to deal with queries relating to our waiting list for school places in Year 7 for September 2021. Parents should contact the Local Authority where they live:

Southend Schools Admissions Service: 01702 212 934 / 215 007

Essex County Council, Planning and Admissions: admissions@essex.gov.uk

London Borough of Havering Admissions: 01702 434 600 (Option 4) or schooladmissions@havering.gov.uk

London Borough of Redbridge Admissions: 020 8708 3121 or admissions@redbridge.gov.uk / cme@redbridge.gov.uk

Any parent whose child is refused a place has the right to appeal.

Admission appeals information is available by written request from the school. Please advise the Headteacher in writing via email to generalenquiries@whsg.info by Tuesday 30th March 2021 that you wish to appeal, providing your email, home address, child’s name and date of birth. The school will then reply to your request and send you a Notice of Appeal Form to complete.

The deadline for receipt of completed admission appeal documentation is Friday, 16th April 2021 at 10.00 a.m. Seven hard copies of all documentation should either be sent to Westcliff High School for Girls, marked for the attention of the Clerk to the Appeal, or alternatively emailed to generalenquiries@whsg.info, marked for the attention of the Headteacher’s PA, Mrs J Leadbeater. Appeal Hearings will be heard no later than Friday, 18th June 2021.

In light of the current situation surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, updated guidance issued by the Department for Education is in force with regard to the appeals process for entry to Year 7 in September 2021. The new regulations came into force on 24th April 2020, and have been extended to cover the period from 31st January 2021 until 30th September 2021.

Due to the current restrictions, it is unlikely for appeal hearings to be held in person, so the revised legislation allows for a paper based appeal where all parties can make representations in writing. In this event, appeal hearings will be based on written evidence, with an opportunity for a telephone conference call, limited to the Panel asking questions in order to clarify any points raised in the written submission. It will not be necessary for appellants to present their case as the Panel will have studied this before the telephone conference call. Also present during the conference call will be a representative of the school. Should appellants be unable to take part in the conference call, a decision will be reached based on the written evidence alone.

The Clerk to the Appeals Panel will write to you at least 14 calendar days in advance of the hearing to give notice of the venue, time and date of your appeal.

Appeal documentation received after Friday, 16th April 2021 may not be heard before the end of the Summer Term.

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