School admissions authorities are required to consult on their admission policies at least once every 7 years. Ranelagh School is embarking on such a consultation process for its Policy for Admissions from September 2017 and I am writing to invite you to participate in this consultation.

The consultation period will end on 18/12/2015.

The first part of the consultation relates to the policy for admission to years 7-11. The changes on which we are consulting are summarised below.

  • The number of oversubscription categories has been reduced to make the policy easier to understand whilst still reflecting Ranelagh’s character and objectives as a Church of England School.
  • A new category has been added for children (or parents) who have exceptional medical, physical or psychological needs that ONLY Ranelagh School can meet. This is similar to the social/medical category found in Bracknell Forest’s Policy for Secondary School Admissions.
  • Category A has been amended to incorporate Christians of denominations other than Anglican. This is to enable siblings from families who continue to regularly worship in their church to be given greater priority.
  • The Trust Deed of the Ranelagh Foundation provides for children living in the ecclesiastical area now identified as the Deaneries of Bracknell and Sonning. Therefore, priority for Anglicans living outside of this ecclesiastical area has been removed.
  • Higher priority has been given for regular church attenders of all Christian denominations who live in the ecclesiastical deaneries of Bracknell and Sonning.

The second part of the consultation is concerned with our Sixth Form admissions.

  • Requirements for progress into year 13 have been included.

Comments on the above changes can be sent:

  • by post to: Admission consultation, Ranelagh School, Ranelagh Drive, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 9DA

(This email address should only be used for response to the consultation. All other admission queries should be directed to enquiries@ranelagh.bonitas.org.uk as normal.)

You will not receive an individual response to your comments, but all comments will be considered by the Governing Board’s Admissions Panel at a meeting scheduled for this purpose in January 2016.

Areas on which comments are not sought:

Comments are only sought on those areas of change referred to above and not on other aspects of our policies. Comments are not sought on the following additional changes which were required by the School Admission Code 2014:

  • Updated definitions
  • Specific guidelines relating to military personnel and crown servants returning from overseas

We look forward to your response.