School: Verulam School (Boys)
Address: Brampton Road St Albans Hertfordshire AL1 4PR
Telephone: 01727 766100
Age range: 11-18
This is an academy single-sex boys' secondary school. Specialist status: Technology
If you qualify under Rule 5, then read the notes that come up. As you'll see, the picture may not be as rosy as the Caculator suggests.
Rule 1: Children in public care (looked after children and children who were previously looked after)
Rule 2: Medical or social needs. A panel will determine whether there’s enough evidence to admit your child under this rule. You must provide supporting evidence from a doctor, psychologist or other professional involved with your child. You will need to show that only this one particular school can meet your child’s needs.
Rule 3: Sibling. Children with a sibling at the school at the time of application (unless the sibling is in their final year). A ‘sibling’ means a brother, half brother, adopted sister, or child of the parent/carer or partner. The children must live in the same house from Monday to Friday.
Rule 4: Children of staff.
Priority area - places will be allocated to each parish/ unparished area or town in proportion to the number of applications made. In the event of there being more applications than places available to a particular parish/unparished area or town, places will be allocated as follows...
Rule 5: You live in the priority area, and this is your nearest non-faith, non partially selective school catering for boys. Tiebreaker: distance. NB: Even if it's your nearest school, you won't know if you qualify under Rule 5 or Rule 6 until after allocation day - it will depend on the cut-off distance in your parish, which varies each year. Put in Rule 5 - ignore the stars - and read the notes that come up. You will need to see if you live closer than the cut-off distance provided, to discover if you would have got a place, or been tipped into the ballot.
Rule 6: A lottery for children who live within the priority area. If you live in the priority area, but don't quality under Rule 5, you'll qualify under Rule 6. Whether you’ve ranked this school 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th won’t affect your chances.
Rule 7: A lottery for children who live outside the priority area. Whether you’ve ranked this school 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th won’t affect your chances.
Special note: Any child with a statement of special educational needs, that names the school, will be offered a place (because that’s the law!).
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