Admissions to Walthamstow School for Girls
All admissions to the school are handled by the Waltham Forest Schools Service and not through the school.
If you wish to apply for a place at Walthamstow School for Girls , or if you have any questions regarding a school place, please contact a member of the School Admissions Service on:
Telephone: 020 8496 3000 (and ask for the School Admissions Service)
Postal Address only: Waltham Forest School Admissions Service
1a Harvey Road
LONDON E11 3DB
Admissions Sycamore House
Information Service: Town Hall Complex
LONDON E17 4JF
Further information is available from the London Borough of Waltham Forest council website at Services/Schools-places secondary
Admissions criteria for Waltham Forest community schools
(including Walthamstow School for Girls)
If there are more applications than there are places available at a school, Waltham Forest will use the following criteria, in priority order, to decide who should be offered a place.
Priority 1 – Looked-After Children or Children ‘At Risk’
Priority 2 – Medical or Social reasons
Priority 3 – Siblings
Priority 4 – Distance
Special Educational Needs
Children who have a statement of Special Educational Needs are placed in schools under the terms of the Education Act 1996 and not through the admissions criteria referred to above. Children who have a statement of Special Educational Needs will be allocated a place at the school named on their statement.
A looked-after child is a child who is or was:
• in the care of a Local Authority; or
• being provided with accommodation by a Local Authority in accordance with Section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989.
For admission purposes, a ‘looked-after’ child is a child currently in care or a child who was in care but became subject to an adoption residence, or special guardianship order, immediately after leaving care.
Please note: this does not apply to children who were adopted before December 2005.
Children ‘at risk’
A child is ‘at risk’ if they are currently on the Child Protection Register or are under consideration for inclusion on the register, as advised by Waltham Forest’s Child Protection Officer.
Medical or social reasons
Medical or social reasons can only be taken into account where information is provided by the 31 October 2014. Failure to provide such information at that stage may affect whether or
not the child is allocated a place at the preferred school under this criterion
Applications will only be considered under this category if they are supported by a written statement from a doctor, social worker, psychologist or other relevant independent professional. The information must confirm the exceptional medical or social
reason, and demonstrate how the specified school is the only school that can meet the defined needs of the child. In all cases the medical or social need must be permanent or
For medical conditions affecting mobility, consideration will only be given for the school nearest to the child’s home.
Examples of possible exceptional medical or social reasons:
• Any acute or chronic condition that would make it difficult for a child to attend any school other than the closest school to the child’s address
• Any acute or chronic medical condition that requires regular, long-term attendance at a particular medical establishment which is closest to the school named
• A child and their family who are considered ‘at risk’ due to circumstances beyond the family’s control such as fleeing domestic violence (housed in a refuge in Waltham Forest)
consideration may then be given for the named child to be given a school away from the area of their previous home address for safeguarding purposes.
• An existing restraining order that may put a family ‘at risk’ if the school were to be outside the remit of distance agreed by the courts
The Admissions Panel that will determine each case will be made up of the Admissions Manager and professionals (a GP, and a social worker), and will make the final decision based on the evidence provided.
• a full brother or sister;
• a half-brother or sister;
• a stepbrother or stepsister; and
• a foster brother or sister;
In all cases the sibling must be living at the same address and must still attend the school at the time of admission of the child for whom the application is being made. If you do not provide the name and date of birth of your child’s sibling we will not be able to take it into account and it will affect your child’s chances of being offered a place at that school.
Distance is measured from the child’s permanent address to the main gate of the school.
• Distance is measured using a straight line from (using the Local Land and Property Gazetteer) the child’s permanent address to the main gate of the school.
• All distances will be measured in miles using a computerised mapping system called Routefinder GIS.
• If more than one applicant lives in a multi-occupancy building (for example, flats) priority will be given to the applicant whose door number is the lowest numerically and/
• Where two or more applicants (who are not from multiple births) are found to live exactly the same distance from the school, a lottery tie-break draw will take place with the help of a third impartial party.
If the last child to be offered a place is one of multiple births, all multiple birth siblings will be admitted to the school.