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Admissions

Why Crestwood?

We work hard to ensure a smooth transition from primary school. This includes visits to every primary school by our Deputy Headteacher as well as an Induction Day in July when children meet up with others in their form group, meet their new form tutor and experience some taster lessons.

During Year 5 and Year 6 many children will already have visited Crestwood for taster lessons, use of the swimming pool and other special events. Children hear more about their new school and ask any questions they have during these visits. They get to meet “Buddies” who are attached to their form group to support them during the first few days and weeks at Crestwood. We talk to Year 6 teachers to get as much information as possible to help us place the children into well balanced form groups which give every child the opportunity to make new friends and have a fresh start in a new and different environment.

Induction Evening, held on the night before Induction Day, gives parents and children the opportunity to meet our Headteacher, senior staff, their Head of Year and most importantly their form tutor. During this evening further information is provided about the new term and any last-minute worries and concerns can be addressed.

The experience of moving from primary to secondary school is unique for each child but whether your child joins us knowing others from primary school, or comes to us on their own, within a week or so most will have become settled and confident, allowing them to make the most of the opportunities we have to offer.

The transition from primary school is a major event in the life of any child and it is only natural that they will experience a mixture of emotions. Sometimes parents can feel these emotions more acutely than their children but with staff, Buddies and Ambassadors on hand ready to help, we feel that whatever the difficulty we have someone ready and willing to help establish a secure foundation for your child’s future happiness, security and achievements.

Year 7 Admissions for September 2024 (For children born 1 September 2012 – 31 August 2013)

The return date for admission in September 2023 closed on 31 October 2022, with decisions being issued on 1 March 2023.

In-year admissions

Parents can apply for a place for their child at any time outside the normal admissions round. As is the case in the normal admissions round, all children whose Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) plans name the school will be admitted. Likewise, if there are spaces available in the year group you are applying for, your child will be offered a place.

If there are no spaces available at the time of your application, your child’s name will be added to a waiting list for the relevant year group. When a space becomes available, it will be filled by one of the pupils on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.  Priority will not be given to children on the basis that they have been on the waiting list the longest.

Applications for in-year admissions are co-ordinated by Dudley MBC, further details can be found by visiting https://www.dudley.gov.uk/residents/learning-and-school/school-information/school-admissions/changing-schools/

Crestwood School Admission Arrangements

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