Statutory Documents & Policies
Page published: February 2022
Page last updated: 12th June 2023
The Central Shropshire Academy Trust is the admissions authority, and has determined the admissions criteria.
Shropshire Council produce a booklet ‘Parents’ Guide to Education in Shropshire’ each year with up-to-date information about schools and a full explanation of the admissions processes.
The booklets are available on the Shropshire Council website.(Linked above)
Mary Webb School and Science College has a Published Admission Number of 120 for the Year 7 intake in 2023 (this number also applies to Years 8 – 11). For the year commencing September 2022, the number of preferences received and places allocated was as follows:
Date of allocation
No of 1st preferences received
Total places allocated
2nd preferences allocated
Offered place as their listed preferences were not available
Published Admission Number
Parents/Carers of Year 6 children and resident in Shropshire are required, in the Autumn Term prior to the school year of transfer, to apply online through the Shropshire Council stating three preferences. For those parents without internet access, application can also be made by telephone on 0345 678 9008.
Where there are more applications than there are places available, allocations will be made in accordance with the oversubscription criteria. Full details of these criteria are given in the Parents’ Guide booklet; therefore it is essential that parents read the booklet before completing the application form but, in general terms, criteria for Mary Webb School and Science College are based upon the following (in order):
- Looked After Children (that is, children who are looked after by a Local Authority) and previously Looked After Children who ceased to be so because they were immediately adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or a special guardianship order)
- Very exceptionally, priority may be given to a child who has a particular health reason requiring them to attend a specific school. This will only be allowed if parents/carers can provide written evidence from a medical professional that in the view of the Admissions Authority confirms that attending that particular school is essential to the medical well-being of the child. The Authority reserves the right to contact medical professionals to ascertain the relevance of the medical condition.
- Residence in the school’s catchment area with an older sibling at the school on the day they are due to start.
- Children of staff members who have been continuously employed at Mary Webb School and Science College, on a permanent contract, for at least two years at the time of application.
- Residence in the school’s catchment area.
- Residence outside the school’s catchment area with older sibling at the school on the day they are due to start.
- Residence outside the schools’ catchment area but who have attended state-funding primary schools that lie within the secondary school’s catchment area for more than a whole academic year prior to transfer
- Residence outside the school’s catchment area
- Children who have an Educational and Health Care Plan, which names Mary Webb School and Science College as the appropriate school to meet those needs will be offered a place.
We, like most secondary schools, work closely with local primary schools and often invite students to attend the school for various activities. Such visits, however, have nothing to do with the admissions process and do not in any way give any guarantee of a place at the school. Shropshire does not operate a system of feeder schools, as the home address of your child is the arbiter of being offered a place. That home address will be checked against data sources to ensure potential applicants are not, for example, using a relative’s address, or work/office address to achieve a higher priority under the published criteria.
Where applications are not successful, parents/carers may wish to put their names on a waiting list or appeal against the decision. The Admissions Team will be able to provide advice on these matters. Members of the school staff and governors are legally not allowed to write a letter of support for appellants so please do not ask them to do so. Nor is the school allowed to give any guarantee that a place will be offered at the school.
Secondary transfer admissions appeals are co-ordinated by Shropshire Council each year on our behalf. The timetable for these appeals can be found at the following address: https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/school-admissions/application-results-and-appeals/appeal-against-allocation-of-school-place/appeals-timetable/
Mid-Term or In-Year Admissions
Where families move house at other times of the year after the start of Year 7, please contact Mrs N Murray, Headteacher’s PA, in the first instance in order to make an appointment to visit the school. If you wish to apply for a school place, you will need to complete a mid-term transfer application form and your application will be considered by the school.
If there are no places available, the Admissions Team will be able to inform you of the Appeals process.
The school will not maintain a waiting list and therefore parents will need to make enquiries on a regular basis to see if there are any vacancies in their child’s year group.
At Key Stage 4, students are offered a curriculum of robust qualifications in which they achieve well. The curriculum is predominately GCSE and students are fully supported through the options process in selecting courses that are appropriate to their future aspirations.
A small number of non-GCSE qualifications are available to students and a small group of students currently undertake practical off-site learning alongside their GCSEs. All students take GCSE English language, English literature, mathematics, at least two sciences and either a humanities subject or a modern language.
Students arrive at Mary Webb School and Science College with Key Stage 2 results around the national average. At the end of Key Stage 4 students leave with results above the national average.
2023 Key Stage 4 Results
|Performance Indicator||Mary Webb School|
|Grade 4 or above in English and Mathematics GCSE||75%|
|Grade 5 or above in English and Mathematics GCSE||44%|
|EBacc Average Point Score||4.06|
|Staying in education or entering employment||100%|
We are delighted to announce over 10% of all grades were higher grades (Grades 8 and 9).
The link above will take you to the data published by the government. This data is available for all schools. If you have any queries or questions about what you see then please make an appointment to come and see us.
The curriculum on offer at the Mary Webb School and Science College is one that reflects the needs of students, supporting them to becoming independent citizens when they move on from us.
The school curriculum is designed to open the minds and widen the horizons of our students so that all students:
Have access to the same broad range of challenging and motivating learning experiences.
Enjoy learning and come to see education as a life- long process.
Acquire the skills, knowledge and experiences which will enable them to develop great understanding of themselves and the society in which they live.
The new national curriculum for Key Stage 3 came into effect from September 2014. The curriculum we offer is in response to national statutory guidelines and the local need. The statutory core for Key Stage 3 includes English, mathematics, science, art and design, computing, design and technology, French, Spanish, geography, history, music, religious education, physical education and citizenship through PSHCE (personal, social, health and citizenship education)
At Key Stage 4 the statutory curriculum sees all students study English, mathematics, science, religious education, physical education and citizenship through PSHCE. Alongside these we offer a range of options for students to follow, all of which lead to accreditation. All students receive guidance and support when making their options to ensure their curriculum is personalised, broad and balanced. We operate an equal opportunity policy when it comes to options. All students are eligible to take any four from the following areas: the arts (art and design, music, drama), design and technology (product design and construction), the humanities (geography and history) and a modern foreign language (French and Spanish). Most courses are GCSE except for BTEC Construction and Cambridge Nationals in Sport and Health and Social Care. Some students opt to do Astronomy as an additional GCSE after-school.
The English Baccalaureate or “EBacc” is a suite of subjects that students are able to opt into at Key Stage 4. “The EBacc is made up of the subjects which are considered essential to many degrees and open up lots of doors” (Department for Education guidance, 2019).
At Mary Webb School and Science College we believing in working together to ensure success for all.
In addition to lessons, a comprehensive schedule for registration supports the development of reading and numeracy and all students have at least one assembly a week for acts of collective reflection. Six days are allocated per year as “Curriculum Days”: on these days the timetable is suspended to support in depth work on particular theme such as post-16 opportunities, team building, public speaking and raising self-esteem.
Pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 as additional funding to support ‘disadvantaged students’. The aim of the grant is to provide resources to close the attainment gap that exists nationally between ‘disadvantaged students’ and ‘non-disadvantaged students’, by raising the attainment of ‘disadvantaged students’.
Educational provision that is different from or additional to, that normally available to students of the same age, which is designed to help children with SEND to access the National Curriculum.
Are you a parent carer of a young person who is on SEN support or has an EHCP? Shropshire’s SEND Local Offer has lots of information, support and resources for parents/carers of children with SEND including education, EHCPs, health and wellbeing, early help, family support, financial support, transport, things to do and lots more. Take a look at the local offer website on the following link: www.shropshire.gov.uk/the-send-local-offer