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At Year 7

Admissions for September 2020

Update October 2019

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 for September 2020 can be found on our website. 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.

We offer up to 5 Inner area places to students registered in the current academic year for Free School Meals (FSM). 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 2019.

In September 2019, the school opened 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, before the application of oversubscription criteria, other children with an Education, Health and Care Plan which names the school will be admitted. As a result of this, the published admissions number of 180 would be reduced accordingly.

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, Monday 2 March 2020.

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 2019 was 376 for the Inner Area and 402 for the Outer Area.  Following re-allocation from the waiting list, the lowest score reduced to 373 for the Inner Area and it remained at 402 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 on our website.

Jonathan Wood

Headteacher, The Judd School


Important Information for new students:-

New Parent/Student Induction Evening - Wednesday 3 & Thursday 4 June 2020

For the majority of new entrants, the first time they see Judd after the Open Evening and gaining their place is at the Induction Evening in June. Here they will be warmly welcomed to the school and get a chance to meet their new forms and form tutor, where they will take part in activities designed to start the “building friendships” process. Meanwhile, parents go to the schoolroom to be briefly addressed by the Headmaster, the House Team and various other key personnel. Parents are then able to socialise with other parents in their son’s House over tea or coffee. Students then return with their House staff, giving ample opportunity for parents to ask questions of staff as well.

Primary School Visits

Pastoral care starts in the summer term of Year 6, with our aim being to visit every Year 6 student (who has gained a place) in their primary school. Visits are generally made by the House team; a teacher will meet with your son in the primary environment, which should enable them to feel safe and happy to discuss issues about their forthcoming change of school, a change we liken to an exciting adventure. The visit gives us time to find out a little about them, for example, their hobbies, favourite lessons and so on.

Induction Day: Thursday 2 July 

The induction day for new Year 7 students also takes place in July. Boys are invited to attend the whole day to

take part in a mixture of taster lessons and team building activities. They will have already received a letter from a current Year 7 student, as a ‘pen pal’. During the day they will meet up again with their form tutor and also meet the future Year 8s who will be in their form.

There will then be a range of lessons throughout the day, introducing students to the concept of moving around the school for different lessons with different teachers. The lessons will be structured to be enjoyable and interactive; giving ample opportunity for students to share ideas and learn something new about the subject together.

Each student will be offered a free hot lunch and they will then have the opportunity to experience break time in the playground.

Rugby Training - Before term begins in September, all boys, at whatever level of ability, are invited to rugby training. There are seven teams in Year 7, allowing a huge number of boys who wish to take part to do so.

Football Fiesta: Sunday 5 July

This is a hugely enjoyable day at the end of the Summer Term when vast numbers of boys energetically kick a ball round under the supervision of some very hard-working referees. A competition is held between the Houses in each year group, including of course Year 6 students. The new entrants will be invited to play first in the day, alongside the current Year 7s, in an effort to get to know the rest of their new form group.

2020 Induction Trip: TBC

When your son has been at school for just over two weeks, he will embark on the induction trip. We leave the school around mid-day on Friday and return on Saturday afternoon. They participate in a mixture of mental and physical activities that are designed to encourage the boys to work together to overcome challenges.

The ethos of the trip is to further enhance the links the boys create with their fellow House members. It also enables the pastoral team to interact with the students in a less formal environment and find out more about them.