Transition from Primary School to Secondary School
Parents/Carers need to submit their child’s admission form directly to Somerset County Council. The entry deadline for September 2022 is 31 October 2021. Please refer to the link below for help regarding transition, such as the application form.
Bus passes will be issued within six weeks of the start of the academic year. Passes will be delivered to the school and will be given out to all new students. The pass will expire at the end of the student’s time at the school and should be kept for travel in future academic years. Please see our transport page here for more information.
Crispin is fully committed to ensuring that the transition between primary and secondary school is as smooth as possible. The prioritising of this area has led to extremely successful outcomes over the last two years. There are two main reasons for this focus:
1. We want all of our students (current and prospective) to be as happy as possible and we want to reduce as much of the angst that can take hold of students in the period between primary and secondary.
2. We believe the smoother the transition, the better the learning will be from day one which benefits all parties
Primary students have the chance to visit Crispin at various stages in their journey and we are developing these links further this academic year. Mrs Cowper have already met a number of primary school colleagues to discuss forging ever closer links. In the year before entry, we run three Open Mornings and one Open Evening. Additionally, we are delighted to organise any other visits or meetings to discuss any points further.
When Crispin receives details of the students who will be joining us we start to liaise with their schools to ensure the path between schools is as smooth as possible. Mrs Cowper and Mr Reddick visit every student who will be joining us in their primary schools to give an overview of life at Crispin and deal with any questions that students may have. Mrs Leyland also liaises closely with schools to ascertain any additional needs of students who will be joining us. Finally, students have the chance to visit Crispin on two transition days in July.
Who do I apply to?
All applications for a secondary or upper school place in September 2022 must be made to your home authority.
Closing date for applications is 31 October 2021, the national offer day is 1 March 2022.
Parents/carers of prospective students who wish to be considered for admission to Crispin during the school year should, in the first instance, contact the school. If there are spaces available in the appropriate year group a tour of the school with the Headteacher will be arranged.
Crispin would encourage all parents/carers to discuss any issues or concerns they have with their child’s current secondary school before considering moving schools. This is particularly important if transferring during years 9, 10, and 11 as option choices may not be available to carry over from the previous school.
Please see our current School Admissions Arrangements 2021/22 below for full information.
Please note: In-year applications received during the school holiday period will not be considered until school resumes.
If you unfortunately miss one of our Open Mornings or Open Evenings, please do not hesitate to contact the school and we can arrange a tour of the school with a member of the Leadership Team.
Applications can be submitted at any time during the academic year by completing the in year application form above and returning it directly to Crispin School.
Looked After Children and Adopted Children
A 'Looked-after Child' (LAC) is defined by the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority. A child who ceases to be looked after because of adoption, special guardianship, a child arrangements order or a residence order are referred to as 'post-LAC' and are also eligible for Pupil Premium Plus funding 2021-2022.
Pupil Premium Plus allows the school to claim additional funding with a focus to support students emotional, social and educational wellbeing - if this applies to your child, parents / carers will need to notify the school and provide the relevant documentation.
Please contact Miss Victoria Leyland, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and Designated Teacher, in confidence.
Information: EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
It is crucial that eligible parents apply to the Scheme themselves and check whether they need to do so on behalf of their children. Eligible children are required to have an application in their own right and no child of any age is covered by a parent’s application to the EUSS. There is more information on GOV.UK
To provide additional guidance, an EUSS leaflet has been produced by the University of Liverpool, in partnership with the Home Office. It has been designed with children in mind and is intended to support both children and parents with information to help them apply to the EUSS. A set of accompanying FAQs are available too.
Applications to the EUSS are free and can be made online at www.gov.uk/eusettlementscheme, where you can also find out more information about how to apply.
Last Updated: February 2022