Applications

HOW TO APPLY FOR A PLACE AT THE GILBERD SCHOOL (FOR STUDENTS IN YEAR 6 IN SEPTEMBER 2016) 

Essex County Council co-ordinate admission to The Gilberd School for those children moving from primary school Year 6 to Year 7 in a secondary school. 

Parents must apply for a secondary school place in this instance by completing the Essex Common Application Form.  This can either be completed online at www.essex.gov.uk/admissions or you can use the form in the booklet 'Secondary Education in Essex 2017 -2018' available from Essex County Council in September. 

Parents can express preferences for up to six schools, both in and out of Essex, in the order in which they would like them considered.  On 1st March 2017, parents will be notified by Essex County Council of one offer of a place at the highest preference school that can be met. 

If you do not receive an offer of a place at your highest preference school, you can appeal against the decision. Detailed information about how to appeal will be sent with your offer pack. 

•  For applications made in the normal admissions round, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals.

•  For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged. 

The appeal dates for entrance into Year 7 September 2017 will be held in May/June 2017. 
 

HOW TO APPLY FOR MID-YEAR PLACE AT THE GILBERD SCHOOL (FOR STUDENTS TRANSFERRING SCHOOLS DURING YEAR 7-11) 

Parents/Carers should complete the 'Mid Year Application For A Secondary School Place' form and return it directly to:

The Admissions Officer
The Gilberd School
Brinkley Lane
Colchester
CO4 9PU

The Admissions Officer will write to you to confirm if a place is available. If a place is not currently available you will be given the opportunity to join a waiting list. Waiting lists are disbanded at the end of each academic term.  

At this stage you will have the right to appeal to an independent appeal panel and information will be provided to you in your refusal letter. Appeals should be lodged within 20 school days of the refusal letter. On receipt of an appeal being lodged the hearing will be arranged within 30 school days. You will receive at least 10 school days' notice of the date of the appeal hearing. 

After the appeal hearing you will receive a decision letter within 5 school days of the hearing wherever possible.