Year 7

Year 7  September 2021

Admission Arrangements for admission in September 2021 (please do not apply until your child is in Year 6)

Entry to Year 7 is in September at the start of the academic year. To apply you must complete your own Local Authority’s online Common Application Form (CAF) (e.g. Blackburn with Darwen, Lancashire County Council, Bolton Council, etc) AND the School’s own online supplementary information form (SIF) for the Fair Banding Assessment (see Apply Now button below), both before the 31st October 2020.

When you complete the Local Authority’s CAF online you will be reminded, by way of a pop-up on screen (that you have to tick to acknowledge you have seen), to complete QEGS’ own SIF (a link to the SIF is available below). Before you submit your SIF, please check your details carefully and make sure all fields are correct; in particular, your e-mail address, as this is how we will let you know the date and time for your child’s assessment slot. We will not write out to you at your home address.  Please DO NOT click the submit button more than once when your application is complete.

Please note that when you submit your SIF online, a message will appear saying your application has been submitted, and you will receive an automated e-mail to the e-mail address you used on the application form to confirm submission.  Please ensure you retain this as proof of your application (please check your Junk email folder if you do not receive it as your security settings may mean our e-mail is blocked).

As a result of completing the SIF you will automatically receive an invitation from the school by e-mail for your child to sit the Assessment, but you will NOT receive this until AFTER the national closing date for applications (31st October 2020).

Fair Banding Assessment

11/11/2020 – UPDATE: After seeking guidance from the ESFA and Regional School’s Commissioner, the School have made the decision to postpone the Fair Banding Assessment that was due to take place this Saturday (14th November 2020) and the supplementary date of Thursday 19th November 2020.

The date of the assessment will now be Saturday 9th January 2021.  There will be no other supplementary dates added; therefore, it is imperative that your child attends the assessment at the time stated in your invitation email.  This will be sent week commencing 14th December 2020.

Please note this is the only change to the admissions process for Year 7 entry in September 2021.

Guidance

The assessment assesses verbal, numerical and non-verbal abilities.  This is a wholly online assessment; the children do not need to bring anything with them on the day of the assessment.

Verbal Ability
Comprehension (15 questions).  This section assesses the candidate’s ability to understand text and make inferences.
Related Words (27 questions).  This section assesses the candidate’s vocabulary knowledge.
Missing Words (44 words).  This section assesses the candidate’s comprehension and vocabulary skills.

Numerical Ability
Arithmetic (23 questions).  This section assesses the candidate’s numerical ability through mental arithmetic.
Data Problems (16 questions).  This section aims to assess numerical and analytical reasoning through functional data problems.

Non-Verbal Ability
Pictures (24 questions).  This section assesses the candidate’s visuo-spatial aspects of fluid intelligence.

If you wish to see a few pages typical of the assessment please click here.

All applicants must sit the Fair Banding Assessment.

Failure to complete the SIF will mean that your child misses sitting the Fair Banding Assessment, because school will not be aware of your preference for a place at QEGS, and therefore it will not be possible for us to consider them for a place until after all the on-time banded applications have been considered.

PLEASE ONLY USE THIS ‘APPLY NOW’ BUTTON FOR YEAR 7 APPLICATIONS, AND ONLY APPLY WHEN YOUR CHILD HAS STARTED IN YEAR 6 AT THEIR PRIMARY SCHOOL (NOT WHILE THEY ARE STILL IN YEAR 5).

Apply Now

The result of your Year 7 application will be made known to you by your Local Authority on 1st March 2021 (National Offer Day). The School does not allocate the places.

The Year 7 Induction Day will be confirmed in due course.

If you are unsuccessful in being offered a place for September 2021, your child’s name will be automatically placed on the Local Authority’s reserve list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria/random draw, (unless you have been offered a higher preference).  The reserve list will be maintained by the Local Authority until 31st December 2021, at which point it will be passed back to the school to manage as their Waiting List.  The School’s Waiting List is not held numerically, but in accordance with our oversubscription criteria.

If you wish your child’s name to remain on the waiting list for the rest of the school year should a place be made available, please e-mail the Admissions Department (admissions@qegsblackburn.com) during the first two weeks of term in January 2021, otherwise your child’s name will be removed from the waiting list.

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