Admissions Policy > Priority 1 > Priority 2 > Exceptional Circumstances
Should you wish for your child to gain admission to the school, please contact Mr Hedgley, Assistant Headteacher, at the school. However, the school cannot admit students to oversubscribed year groups, and in such instances you will need to submit your application to the Local Authority admissions team at Shirehall, Shrewsbury.
Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England, and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level, and also with other local Churches. Mindful of its position as the only secondary school in its area, the school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, in both Christianity and other religions, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.
Ethos statement from 'Ludlow Church of England School' (Instrument of Government) Order 1999
Ludlow Church of England School welcomes all students to the school- it views itself as a true community school- it serves all of its community- the aim is to be truly comprehensive. The Voluntary Controlled nature of Ludlow Church of England School does not impact upon the admissions criteria for students who wish to attend the school. The school follows the admissions policy for non-foundation and VC schools.
The Admissions Team allocates the places for all Local Authority secondary schools using an agreed set of criteria, in strict order of priority.
These are the criteria which apply to all South Shropshire Secondary Schools
Children living inside the catchment area will have first priority. If there are not enough places for all children living in the catchment area, we will look at the following two criteria:
Firstly, priority will be given to children within the catchment area who will have an older sibling at the school on the day they are due to start there.
After that, priority will be given to those who live in the catchment area and whose homes are nearest to the school, measured as a straight line between home and school.
After that, any places that are left will be offered to children who live outside the catchment area. If there are not enough places for all of them, we will look at the following criteria:
Firstly priority will be given to children outside the catchment area who will have an older sibling at the school on the day they are due to start there and whose home address is nearest to the school.
Secondly, priority will be given to children living outside the catchment area without an older brother or sister at the school, but who have attended a maintained primary school that lies within the secondary school's catchment area for more than a whole academic year immediately prior to transfer.
After that, priority will be given to those who live outside the catchment area and whose homes are nearest to the school, measured as a straight line between home and school
Priority due to exceptional circumstances
There are occasions when it is necessary to consider admission to a particular school because of exceptional circumstances which may require a place to be allocated before children who fall into priority groups listed above. These include:
- Children who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs from Shropshire County Council, which names the school which the child should attend because their needs can be best met by that particular school and its facilities.
- Children who are in Public Care as Looked After Children. These children, if living in the catchment area, will be given priority above all other children living in the catchment area. If they are out of area they will be given priority above all other out of area children if places are still available.
- Children with a particular health reason for wishing to attend a school. Such cases will only be given priority if medical evidence can be provided which demonstrates that attending the particular school is essential to the medical well being of the child. The County Council reserves the right to check the relevance of the medical condition.