Introduction & PAN
Twyford Church of England Academy has an admission number of 190 students for entry into Year 7. The school will accordingly admit at least 190 students in the relevant age group each year if sufficient applications are received. All applicants will be admitted if 190 or fewer apply.
These arrangements and the criteria listed below are reviewed annually by the governing body, and should not be regarded as binding for future years.
The ethos of Twyford Church of England High School is one which respects all faiths. We believe that all our lives are given and governed by God. We are inspired by the words of St Athanasius ‘The Glory of God is a life lived to the full’. We expect our students to fulfil their potential academically, personally and spiritually.
We ask all applicants applying for a place here to respect this ethos and its importance to the school community. All applicants should be supportive of the aims, attitudes and values, expectations and commitment of this Church of England Academy. This does not affect the right of parents who are not of the Christian faith to apply for and be considered for a place here.
All applicants, including those of no faith, wishing to apply for a place at the school must fill in their home local authority’s Common Application Form. When applying on behalf of a Looked After Child or Previously Looked After Child (see definitions below), applicants must ensure they indicate this clearly on the Common Application Form.
Of the 190 places available:
150 are designated as Foundation (Christian) places
21 are designated as World Faith places
19 are designated as Music places
Applicants wishing to apply for a place for their child for one of the above categories are asked to refer to the relevant admissions criteria for that category, and complete the appropriate Supplementary Application Form.
When there are more applicants than the number of places available, the Governors will admit according to their admissions criteria. After the admission of “Statemented” children, all Looked After Children (see definitions below) or children who were Previously Looked After, whether of a particular faith or no faith, have priority over all other applications.
Looked After and Previously Looked After Children, as defined below, will be allocated a place from one of the above categories. If a Supplementary Information/Application Form is not submitted in relation to a Looked After or Previously Looked After Child, they will be allocated a place pro rata from the Foundation/World Faith categories. The number of places available in these categories will be reduced accordingly and, in the event of oversubscription, the remaining places will be allocated according to the relevant oversubscription criteria for that category.
In the event of a shortfall of applicants providing a religious reference, those applicants who have listed Twyford as one of their choices on the Common Application Form, but not provided a religious reference, will be considered. If there are more of such applicants than places available, then the same “tie break” oversubscription criteria as that listed on page 2 of either of the Foundation/World Faith Policies will apply.
In Year Applications
Applicants wishing to make an in-year application should arrange for the Supplementary Information Form to be filled in and return it to the school. If a place cannot be offered at this time you will be informed of the reasons and placed on a waiting list which is ranked in the order of the oversubscription criteria and not in the order in which the applications are received. Names are removed from the list at the end of June each academic year.
A child with a Statement of Special Educational Need/Education Health and Care Plan (“EHC Plan”) in whose statement/EHC Plan the school is named as the appropriate educational placement.
Looked After Child
A child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989) at the time of making an application to a school.
Previously Looked After Children
These are defined as those who immediately after being “looked after” became subject to an adoption, child arrangement, or special guardianship order.
This is defined under section 46 of the of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 as an order made by the court on an application under section 50 or 51 giving parental responsibility for a child to the adopters or adopter.
Child Arrangement Order
Section 8 of the Children Act 1989 defines a “child arrangements order” as an order regulating arrangements relating to any of the following—
(a) with whom a child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact, and
(b) when a child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact with any person;
Special Guardianship Order
This is defined under section 14A of the Children Act 1989 as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians).
Church of England/Anglican Point (or Churches in Communion therewith)
One point is awarded to applicants whose family's main place of worship is at a Church of England Church or Churches in Communion with the Church of England. Various pieces of legislation make reference to 'Churches in communion with the Church of England'. This term may be taken to include the following Churches, listed in Canon C8: Churches in Communion with the Church of England
CTBI & EA
Information regarding Churches with membership to the Evangelical Alliance (EA) or affiliation to Churches Together in Britain & Ireland (CTBI) can be found on their websites: https://ctbi.org.uk/member-churches/ and http://www.eauk.org/.
Affiliation to the CTBI means that your Church must be affiliated to a member of the CTBI (i.e. Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Acton is a subsidiary of the Roman Catholic Church, which is a member of the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland).
The Academy will use Ealing Council's timetable for applications each year (exact dates within the months may vary from year to year). This will fit in with the timetable for the co-ordination of admission arrangements within London.
Admissions appeals for Year 6 into 7 entry in September will be scheduled for May. Appellants will be given at least 10 school days' notice of their appeal.
If you are unsure which Deanery you are in, enter your postcode in the calculator below and press the enter key to find out your deanery.
For entry into Year 7 in September 2022, the determined admissions arrangements (entrance criteria) can be found below.
2022 Procedure - Criteria & Applications
(Applications are online and will be posted closer to the date applications are available)
The Twyford Church of England Academies Trust runs a single Specialist Music Admissions Test for Specialist Music places at Twyford Church of England High School and Ealing Fields High School.
Please note that all Open/Non-Religious applicants do not need to submit a Supplementary Information Form. A formal applications can be made by listing Twyford as a preference on the Common Application Form submitted to your Local Authority.
Further information can be found in our Prospectus for 2022 entry.
After the admission of applicants with an Education, Health and Care Plan, in the event of over-subscription (i.e. more applicants than places available) after deducting the number of places (if any) allocated to Looked After and Previously Looked After Children (see definitions section referred to above) then, when deciding between applicants who ostensibly have equal entitlement, the Governors will use the following criteria when deciding priority:
- The total points scored will be the first deciding factor based on the length and frequency of voluntary attendance (for both the child and parent/legal guardian) at a place of worship. Applicant families whose main place of worship is an Church of England Church will be scored an additional Anglican point.
- Children with a sibling (sibling refers to all blood, half, step, adoptive and foster children who live at the same home address as the child already attending the school and will be attending the school at the time of the sibling’s attendance) at the school, with distance criteria as set out below being used as a tie break.
- Applicants living in the Ealing Deanery area, with the distance criteria applied.
- Applicants living in the Brent & Harrow Deanery areas, with the distance criteria applied.
- Applicants living in the Hillingdon Deanery area, with the distance criteria applied.
- Applicants living outside the above categories ii-iv, with the distance criteria applied.
In all cases, the distance from home to school is measured by straight line from a point in the property to the nearest gated entrance which is used by pupils to enter the school grounds. The measuring system ‘Synergy’ is an integral part of the admissions software produced by Servelec Synergy. It uses Ordnance Survey maps and is accurate to 2 metres.
For multi occupancy buildings such as flats, the measurement is taken from a point in the property and applicants from that building are ordered by independently administered random allocation.
In any other case, where applicants have the same priority on distance, independently administered random allocation will be the final deciding factor. Where a child lives with parents who share parental responsibility at different addresses, the address as given on the Common Application form will be used.
2021/22 Academic Year
In-Year Admissions are for those wishing to apply for a place at the school during the academic year.
Applicant families are able to apply from the beginning of the Autumn Term and onward throughout each academic year. Parents and carers who submit supplementary information forms at the beginning of September will be notified at the end of the second week of the Autumn term. Should any places be available, offers will be made before the October half-term.
Please note that Twyford's in-year process operates outside of co-ordination (with Ealing Council). Applicant families who apply throughout the remainder of the academic year can expect to receive the outcome of their application within 20 school days to allow for Religious references and measured distances to be verified.
In the case of there being more applicants than places available, the same over-subscription criteria as published for admission to Year 7 will be applied to in-year applications.
In-Year admissions for 2021/22 academic year are subject to the Admissions Policy for September 2021 entry which can be found below:
In-Year Admission Arrangements for 2021/22
Application for Open/Non-Religious Applicants:
In-Year Specialist Music Application:
The assessment sessions for in-year Specialist Music applications will be co-ordinated by the Admissions Team, who will be in touch shortly after receipt of an application.
Waiting lists for the relevant academic year are terminated annually on the 30th June.
Unsuccessful applicants have a statutory right to appeal for a place at the Academy. See details in Appeals tab. Appeals will be heard by a panel which is independent of the Academy and the Governors.
Applicants have the right to appeal against the decision of the Twyford Governors' Admissions Panel, not to admit their child to the Twyford Church of England High School.
- Main Round (Year 6 into 7) appeal hearings are held at Twyford and take place in May each academic year
- In-Year appeal hearings are held at Ealing Council and take place throughout the academic year
Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on School Admission Appeals
During this current period we are following the Government and Department of Education’s advice to close the school site to the public until further notice to manage the impact of the Coronavirus (Covid19) outbreak. This means that we are unfortunately unable to hear your appeal in person. However, the Department for Education previously issued new regulations that will allow us to consider appeals by conducting hearings using remote technology, by telephone or on paper. You will need to indicate your preferred method in the proforma emailed to you.
Further advice from the Department of Education can be found: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/admissi... .
Main Round Appeals Process, Entry 2022/23
The notice of appeal form for entry September 2022 must be completed in the Spring term of 2022. Supporting statements or additional documentation can be submitted via this form (in PDF and/or JPEG format) which will be posted in due course. Acknowledgement of receipt will be sent via email to all appellants shortly after the closing deadline and further instructions regarding the appeal process will be included in this confirmation email.
All hearings will be scheduled within the following dates:
Tuesday 10th May 2022
Wednesday 11th May 2022
Thursday 12th May 2022
Tuesday 17th May 2022
Wednesday 18th May 2022
Thursday 19th May 2022
Tuesday 28th June 2022 (for late applicants)
Any late appeal applications submitted within the final 20 school days will not be heard until September 2022. We strongly encourage you to submit your application to appeal upon notification that Twyford is unable to offer your child a place at the School.
In-Year Appeal Process, Entry 2021/2022
If you wish to make an in-year appeal, you will need to submit the Application to Appeal Form directly to Ealing's Committee Section - please contact their team directly here.
Admission of EHCP students
Admission of EHCP students is via the local authority. The Year 5 Annual Review offers an opportunity to express parental preference. The primary school offers guidance. In October, prior to the September transfer, each school will read the papers sent by the LA. Places are offered to students whose needs can be met. Parents are informed by the LA by 15th February on their year of transition of the school place offer.
Further information can be found in the SEN Report and SEN Policy below.
Although the majority of Twyford students enrol into the Sixth Form, we are also able to invite applications from external students to join the Sixth Form, whose roll is approximately 600. Twyford has a thriving Sixth Form and we offer a wide range of courses, ranging from traditional A Level courses to some more vocational options.
To apply, please note that before you begin completing your form and ensure that you have the following information to hand:
1. Applicant details and contact information
2. Parent(s)/carer(s) details and contact information
3. Current school (including Head of Year 11 contact details)
4. Previous and current courses of study (including grades already achieved and predicted grades for current courses of study)
5. Sixth Form course choices (please review the Course Guide included in this Open Evening pack or available below)
Application to Twyford Sixth Form
Preference is given to students who attended the school in Yrs 7-11 followed by students currently in Yr 11 in other Trust schools and then from other schools in the wider community.
The closing deadline for External applications is Friday 10th December 2021 and the closing deadline for Internal applications is Monday 31st January 2022.
Twyford is unable to facilitate personal tours throughout the academic year.
Twyford hosts two Open Evenings during each Autumn term for Year 6 into 7 pupils and prospective Sixth Formers. Applicants are able to tour the school site and meet with current pupils and teaching staff from all seven of our year groups, as well as our Language College and Music College specialist departments. Applicants with Education, Health & Care Plans are able to visit our Additionally Resourced Centre (ARC). Headteacher Talks are held throughout the evening to provide insight into the school’s history, ethos and community in addition to our curriculum, pastoral and wider learning opportunities.
Open evening dates are announced annually at the end of each Summer term.
Although bookings are not required, the Headteacher Talks are ticketed in order to arrange seating. Tickets are distributed upon arrival on a first-come-first-serve basis. In recent years, tickets have been heavily over-subscribed and we therefore advise arriving earlier in the evening even if you are planning to attend the latest talk. Please note that there is no on-site parking at Twyford or available parking in the surrounding residential areas of the school site. All evenings are expected to finish at 8:30 PM.
The admissions process and application packs will be distributed during each evening event with a member of the Admissions Department available to meet with applicant families in the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) who may have any additional queries.
Outside of these specified events, Twyford is closed to the public and is unable to host personal tours throughout the academic year.
Admissions Office Hours are from 9.00am - 4.30pm during term dates.
The Admissions Office is available by email only - all queries, regardless of urgency will need to be emailed to [email protected]. Outside of peak processing times, we endeavour to respond to all queries within five working days.
Ealing Council's School Admissions Team contact information can be found here: