Admissions Process

As a parent/carer of a child of compulsory school age, you have a legal duty to make sure they receive full time education that is suitable for their age and ability.

Under the Education Act 2002, your Local Authority must make arrangements to help you decide which school you prefer your child to go to.

It is important that you fill in a Common Application Form (available from your Local Authority) to tell your Local Authority which schools you prefer.

admissions into Ermysteds grammar school

Entry at 11+ into Year 7 (for September 2018)

The Governors of the School are prepared to accept boys into Year 7 up to a maximum admission limit of 120. Admission at 11+ is usually in the September following the academic year in which the boy reaches the age of 11 (for entry in September 2018, his date of birth will fall on or between 1.9.2006 and 31.8.2007). Assessment for entry into the School is arranged using the Local Authority selection scheme.

Please note that our PAN has been raised to 120 for 2018-19. More information is available in our Admissions Policy 2018-2019.

How to apply

Boys whose homes lie within and who attend schools within the catchment area (defined in Appendix A) will be automatically entered into the Local Authority selection scheme unless parents choose to withdraw their child from the process.

Boys living outside the catchment area (defined in appendix A) as well as those who live in the catchment area but who attend schools outside it may also be entered for the Local Authority selection scheme. In such cases, applications for a place at Ermysted’s Grammar School should be made to the Harrogate Education Office, Jesmond House, 31-33 Victoria Avenue, Harrogate, HG1 5QB (telephone 01609 533679) either in writing or on-line at www.northyorks.gov.uk/admissions. However, depending on the time of the application, testing may not be possible until after the date of allocation of school places.

The required academic standard for entry into Ermysted’s is determined by the Local Authority selection scheme, which uses the GL Assessment tests to define the standard as that achieved by the highest scoring 28% of all Year 6 boys who live within the catchment area (defined in Appendix A).

Parents should be aware that not all boys who reach the required academic standard can be accommodated at the School, taking into account the maximum admission limit of 120.

Should there be more boys who reach the required academic standard than can be accommodated, after the admission of boys who have undergone statutory assessment and for whom a final statement of special educational needs (SEN) has been issued which specifically names Ermysted’s Grammar School, priority will be given using the following over-subscription criteria:

  • first to boys who are looked after, or have been previously looked after, by the Local Authority, including those who are in the care of another local authority, for whom the school has been expressed as a preference
  • second to boys whose homes lie within the catchment area (defined in Appendix A)
  • third to boys whose homes lie outside the catchment area (defined in Appendix A)

Preference to boys in the second and third priority will be applied in the following order:

a. to boys who have a brother at the School (brothers include step-brothers living at the same address).
b. to boys who live closest to the School. Distance will be measured in a straight line from their home postcode to the postcode of the School using an electronic mapping system.

Appendix A
The catchment area refers to the area served by the primary schools in Beamsley, Bradley, Burnsall, Carleton, Cracoe, Embsay, Gargrave, Grassington, Kettlewell, Kirkby-in-Malhamdale, Skipton, Thornton-in-Craven and Threshfield. Should further details be required, please contact Harrogate Education Office.
How places are offered

If a parent/carer has expressed a preference for Ermysted’s Grammar School on the Common Application Form, the Governors will consider whether they can offer their child a place. If necessary, they will apply the over-subscription criteria detailed above to produce a list identifying which pupils can be offered places and which of the over-subscription criteria applies.

Having received this information from the School, the Local Authority will try to meet parents/carers’ highest ranked preference as stated on their Common Application Form.

Entry into Years 8-11

The Governors of the School are prepared to accept boys into each year group up to the maximum admission limit of 120 (in Years 8-11). Assessment for entry into the School will be arranged using in-house tests. The in-house tests in English, Mathematics and Science determine which boys reach the required academic standard for that school year. For boys moving into the catchment area we will arrange testing as soon as possible. However, for boys living outside of the catchment area, testing only takes place in November and May. Applications to be tested in November or May need to be made by the preceding 31 October or 30 April, respectively. Please contact the School for further information.

Your child can be tested only once for a particular year of entry and normally this will be within their chronological age group. We do not recommend that a pupil transfers schools beyond Year 10 due to potential differences in the exam boards and the curriculum.

Should there be more boys who reach the required academic standard for a particular year than can be accommodated, after the admission of boys who have undergone statutory assessment and for whom a final statement of special educational needs (SEN) has been issued which specifically names Ermysted’s Grammar School, priority will be given using the same over-subscription criteria as for entry into Year 7.

Entry into the Sixth Form

The Governors will be prepared to accept an additional 20 boys into Year 12. There is no limit for the number of students transferring from the school’s own Year 11 cohort. For entry into Year 12, a pupil is required to achieve a minimum C grade (or Grade 4) in at least six GCSE subjects including Mathematics and English Language. In addition, he must reach the published requirements for entry onto his proposed course of study. Requirements for individual subjects are stated in the Sixth Form Information Booklet 2018.

If applications should exceed the number of places available, priority will be given to Year 11 pupils currently at Ermysted’s, then after the admission of boys who have undergone statutory assessment and for whom a final statement of special educational needs (SEN) has been issued which specifically names Ermysted’s Grammar School, to boys from other schools who live closest to the School. Distance will be measured in a straight line from their residence to the main entrance of the School using an electronic mapping system.

If the Governors decide not to allocate a place in any school year, parents have the right to appeal against the decision. An independent panel will hear appeals.

Admission into Ermysted’s Grammar School is at the discretion of the Governing Body.

More information is also available in our Sixth Form Admissions Policy 2018-2019.

Click here for a Sixth Form Application Form.