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Copland Community School

Cecil Avenue, Wembley Middlesex, HA9 7DU

020 8902 6362


ADMISSIONS 2014/2015


Admissions to Years 7-11 including secondary transfer

The school’s admission number for Year 6 transfer into Year 7 in September 2014/2015 is 240. Applications are made on application forms available from the local authority of the borough in which your child lives. Completed forms should be returned to that local authority for processing in accordance with the co-ordinated admission scheme.


Applications for children with a statement of Special Education Need are made by the local authority SEN teams. The placement of children with such a Statement is made after a process of consultation between parents, the school and the local authority. Children with a statement of Special Education Need receive priority over others for admission to the school named on their Statement.


If you wish to make an application to this school for a place in years 8-11, you will need to contact your local authority. If you are a Brent resident you need to contact Brent Council’s School Admissions Service on 020 8937 3110 or visit www.brent.gov.uk/admissions. All applications will be considered in line with our published admission arrangements. Outcomes of applications will be sent to you by Brent Council on behalf of the governing body. Unsuccessful applicants will be placed on the waiting list.


Oversubscription criteria

Where applications exceed the number of places available, offers of places will be made following criteria in order of priority:

1. Children in Public Care (Looked After Children)


An application for admission to the school must be made by the person with parental responsibility and/or the child’s social worker.

2. Children who have a brother or sister (including blood, half, step, adoptive or foster who live at the same home address) attending the school in the year in which the application is made and will continue to be on roll at the date of admission.



In the event that the school has one place to offer and the next child on the waiting list is one of twins, triplets or other children of multiple births, the policy of the school is not to separate them even if this means that the school will temporarily go over the published admissions number.


3. Children for whom it is essential to be admitted to Copland because of special circumstances to do with significant medical needs, social needs or special educational needs. The recommendation must be received in writing from a consultant at an NHS hospital or equivalent. The criterion relates to the child’s medical, social and special needs and does not include any other member of the child’s family. The supporting evidence should set out the particular reasons that Copland is the most suitable school and difficulties that would be caused if the child had to attend another school.


4. Proximity to the school (for children who do fall within criteria 1-3) distance will be measured in a straight line from the front door of the child’s permanent address (including flats) to the school reception, using the local authority’s computerised measuring system), with those living nearest to the school being accorded the highest priority.


Tie breaker

If two or more students have equal priority under criteria 1-3, the criterion of proximity to the school will apply with those living nearest to the school (in a straight line from the front door of the child’s permanent address to the school reception) being accorded the highest priority.



Distance does not take into account access by public transport or any private vehicle.

Where a child lives with parents with shared responsibility, each for part of a week, the address where the child lives is determined using a joint declaration from the parents stating the pattern of residence. If a child’s residence is split equally between both parents, then parents will be asked to declare which residential address is to be used for the purpose of admission to school. If the residence is not split equally between both parents then the address used will be the address where the child spends the majority of the school week.


Admissions to the Sixth Form

All Copland Year 11 students who meet the minimum entry requirements are eligible to progress to Year 12 (the Sixth Form). The minimum entry requirement enables students to access Level 1 courses whilst access to courses above this level are dependent upon actual GCSE (or other equivalent) grades as indicated in the Sixth Form prospectus. Places are offered first to eligible Year 11 students and then to external applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements as published in the Sixth Form prospectus and contingent on the availability of appropriate resources. The maximum number of external candidates likely to be admitted is 250, although this may be exceeded if demand for available courses can be met. In the event of all those applying meeting the minimum entry requirements and the published admissions number being exceeded, the school will apply its Over Subscription Criteria to determine places offered.


Waiting Lists

Lists will be maintained throughout the school year. A child’s position on the waiting list does not depend on the time they have been on the list but will be determined by how they meet the oversubscription criteria.

This means that a child’s position on the list can go down as well as up, depending upon the child’s circumstances and those of other applicants. The waiting list will be closed each year and will not roll over. Parents/Carers wishing to stay on the waiting list will be required to submit a request to Brent Council’s School Admissions Service.



Parents/Carers wishing to appeal against refusal of a place in the school will be automatically placed on the waiting list when notification of appeal is received.

Parents/Carers will have the right to appeal against any decision not to offer a place at Copland. If you wish to appeal, you should do this by writing to the Chair of Governors at the school address, who will then put the appropriate arrangements in place. Parents/Carers must appeal within 14 school days from the date of notification that their application was unsuccessful.


Appeals relating to admission at secondary transfer for on-time applications (i.e. those relating to decisions sent on the national offer date) will be heard by 6th July or the next working day, if 6th July falls on a weekend. Appeals for late applications will, where possible be heard as above; however, if this is not feasible, they will be heard within 30 school days of the appeals being lodged.


Copland Community School


Cecil Avenue





020 8902 6362