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Year 7 Admissions for September 2019

Update October 2018

Entry to The Judd School is through the Kent assessment procedure. Your son must have gained a “selective” assessment in the Kent PESE test to be considered for a place here at The Judd School.

Our Admission Criteria changed for September 2019 entry. Please refer to the 2019 determined admissions arrangements for full details. In brief we have 157 places available for the Inner Area and 23 places available for the Outer Area, making our total Published Admission Number (PAN) 180.

Also for September 2019, we are offering up to 5 Inner area places to students registered in the current academic year for Free School Meals. Ranked according to aggregate score on the Kent PESE tests, the highest score being given the highest rank.

Applicants in this category will need to fill out a Supplementary Information Form and submit this directly to us by 31 October 2018.

The school is opening a Specialist Resource Provision for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan for autistic spectrum disorders (ASD). Up to 4 students will be admitted each year to the resourced provision. These places are reserved for students with an Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) with a diagnosis of ASD and would be allocated by the local authority, NOT by the school. These places would be in addition to the PAN of 180.

However, the highest priority in the oversubscription criteria, is to other children with an Education, Health and Care Plan which names the school.

Once applications are received by Kent County Council via completed SCAFs (Secondary Common Application Forms), we are asked to rank the scores of those who have listed The Judd School in any preference position. Again, for this year we will be ranking two lists (Inner/Outer Area) first by score and then distance, with the first 5 places for the Inner area for FSM students, ranked by score, as mentioned above.

Our ranked list is then returned to KCC who make offers on our behalf on National Offer Day, Friday 1 March 2019.

When receiving queries from parents regarding the cut-off score for The Judd School this year, we can only refer to historic figures.  For your information, therefore, only as a guide, the lowest score offered on 1 March 2018 was 364 for the Inner Area and 395 for the Outer Area.  Following re-allocation from the waiting list, the lowest score reduced to 361 for the Inner Area and 393 for the Outer Area. There are usually around 20 places allocated from the waiting list(s), so it is well worth going on the list(s) if you are just below the initial cut-off score.

We do not yet know what score will be required for entry to our school; furthermore, we would suggest that no one is in a good position to declare authoritatively on the matter. What is clear is that the ‘equal preference’ scheme works well and so we encourage parents to order the schools on their SCAF in their genuine preference order.

Should you not be successful in securing a place at the school, you can find out more information about the appeals process here.


Jonathan Wood