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Admissions

Admissions Policy

Waterfront UTC is committed to a straightforward, open, fair and transparent admission arrangements. The school acts fully in accordance with the School Admissions Code (as revised February 2012), the School Admissions Appeals Code and admissions law as they apply to academies.

These admissions arrangements support the wider ethos of Medway, as a hub of innovation and Waterfront UTC aspires to be the Year 9 - Year 13 establishment of choice for both pupils and employers across the region.

In developing our admissions policy, we have looked to strike a balance between admitting Medway students as well as students from other districts whilst minimising the impact on any individual school. We have also ensured that no individual will be advantaged in gaining admission to the UTC by virtue of where they live.

Admissions Arrangements
 

Year 9 Admissions Arrangements

  1. Waterfront UTC will recruit Year 9 pupils for entry in September 2022 from the three zones identified in Appendix 1. 10% of remaining places will be available to students applying from outside the zones. When the 10% of places from outside the 3 zones are not taken they will be made available to students within the zones.
  2. Year 9 applications will be managed by the Admissions Officer at Waterfront UTC and applications should be made directly to the UTC.
  3. Year 9 applications must be made by 31st December 2021. Applications received after this date will be placed on a waiting list and appropriate offers would be made depending on availability.
  4. Successful applicants will be offered a place at the school on National Offers Day (1st March 2021). Subsequent places if available will be offered after this date.
  5. Impartial advice and guidance meetings to inform young people about the UTC, options and expectations will be held prior to the offer date. These meetings will not form part of the decision process on whether to offer a place.
  6. Inaccurate or false information on the application form could result in the place being withdrawn, at any time.

Sixth Form Admissions Arrangements

NB: All students in the Sixth Form will be expected to study at least one qualification in Engineering or Construction.

  1. Waterfront UTC will recruit Year 12 pupils for entry in September 2022 from the three zones identified in Appendix 1. 10% of remaining places will be available to students applying from outside the zones. When the 10% of places from outside the 3 zones are not taken they will be made available to students within the zones.
  2. Waterfront UTC Sixth Form applications will be managed by the Admissions Officer at Waterfront UTC and applications should be made directly to the UTC
  3. The closing date for Sixth Form applications will be 31 August 2022. Applications received after this date will be placed on a waiting list.
  4. Impartial advice and guidance meetings to inform young people about the UTC, options and entry requirements will be held prior to the application closing date.
  5. Conditional offers of places will be made by letter in a response to application. All year 12 offers will be conditional on students’ GCSE/Equivalents exam results announced late in August 2022.
  6. Inaccurate or false information on the application form could result in the place being withdrawn.

Oversubscription Criteria

Year 9

Where Waterfront UTC receives more applications than it has places available, the criteria listed below will apply. After the admission of children with a statement of Special Educational Needs which named Waterfront UTC, the oversubscription criteria will be:

  • Looked-after children or children who were previously looked-after
  • Children living within the three zones (30%:30%:30% remaining places) and children living outside these zones (10% of remaining places), will be allocated places by random allocation. When the 10% of places from outside the 3 zones are not taken they will be made available to students within the zones.
  • This process will be independently verified.
How places are randomly allocated when there is oversubscription

If applications exceed the published admission number (PAN), the places, which remain after the admission of students with statements of SEN naming the UTC and looked after children or children who were previously looked after will be allocated to three zones in the percentages indicated below. 10% of remaining places will be available to children applying from outside these zones.

For further information regarding zones, please consult the full Admissions Arrangements document at the bottom of this page.

In the case of twins, and where there is only one place available in the school, both will be considered together as one application. If necessary, Waterfront UTC will admit above its PAN to allow applications from multiple birth siblings.

Waterfront UTC will allocate places within the zones and for the outside applicants by ‘random allocation’ via the use of a computer algorithm that will be independently observed. The remaining 10% of places are available to those applying from outside the three zones. If not all of these places (10%) are taken up, they will be allocated to the other three zones. If any of Zones A, B or C are undersubscribed (that is if places remain unallocated after all applicants have been given a place) then the remaining places will be allocated equally to those zones that are oversubscribed.

Tie Breaker

In the event of tie-break between two applicants that cannot otherwise be separated, random allocation will be used and this will be independently verified.

Waiting List Provisions
 

Year 9 Waiting List

Waterfront UTC will operate a waiting list. Where in any year Waterfront UTC receives more applications for places than there are places available, a waiting list will operate until the end of the second term of the school year (December).

Waterfront UTC will maintain a waiting list and it will be open to any parent to ask that their child’s name is placed on the waiting list following an unsuccessful application. In the event that Waterfront UTC has the need to recruit from the waiting list, all names contained on the list will be subject to and prioritised in line with, the oversubscription criteria previously described above. For the allocation of places from the waiting list a ‘fresh’ random allocation process will be completed each time.

Vacant places will be offered from the waiting list as and when available (in accordance with the published criteria).

All unsuccessful applicants have the right to appeal to an Independent Admission Appeals Panel. The appeals process will comply with the Schools Admissions Appeals Code: http://www.education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/statutory/g00213244/school-admission-appeals-code2012

For appeals purposes, please apply to the Clerk of Waterfront UTC, via:
Waterfront UTC, South Side Three Rd, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4FQ.

The appeal must be submitted within 20 school days from the date of the rejection prior to the September of admission. Further details on how to appeal will be stated in the letter for an unsuccessful candidate.

Sixth Form Waiting List

Waterfront UTC will ultimately operate a sixth form for a total of 120 pupils (by 2021). In the event that future Year 12 places are undersubscribed from existing pupils, Waterfront UTC will look to accept external applications. Waterfront UTC will exercise the right to accept more external applications in order to reach full capacity.

In such circumstances Waterfront UTC will apply the same academic requirements as it does to existing pupils. To be eligible for entry into the Sixth Form, both internal and external pupils will be expected to have met the minimum academic entry requirements for the sixth form course and its level of qualification:

For level 3 courses: 5+ Level 4-9 grades, or equivalents, at GCSE (including English and Maths).

There are a variety of Sixth Form courses on offer that will have additional academic entry requirements. Full details of these will be published annually on the Sixth Form section of this website and http://www.yourchoiceinmedway.org.uk

Casual Admissions

All applications for admissions for pupils in Years 10 – 13 received after 1 September should be made directly to the school. The UTC will then consider all such applications and if the year group applied for has a place available, admit the child unless one of the permitted reliefs apply. Should a student be considered to be hard to place under Medway’s Fair Access Protocols, the admission request will be referred to Medway to be considered by the Fair Access panel, rather than follow the normal admissions process. Please fill in and submit the form below to our Admissions Officer if you would like to apply for a place on office@waterfront-that.org.uk. If there are no places available in the year group, the application will go on our waiting list.