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Admissions

Choosing a school for one’s child is an important decision. Parents with children in local First Schools will receive an invitation to attend our Prospective Parents Open Evening held in the Autumn Term. This provides an opportunity to meet the staff and take a guided tour of the school. However, it is often possible to get a feel for a school by visiting during the daytime when the children are in school. Therefore, in addition to the Open Evening, Dedworth Middle holds two Open Mornings when any parent or guardian is welcome to visit the school and see Dedworth Middle in action. The Head Teacher is only too happy to provide prospective parents with a guided tour. Please contact the school office for an appointment.

Entry to this school at the beginning of Year 5 is arranged by the Local Authority. Parents apply to the Local Authority in the October preceding the year of entry. Places are allocated using criteria which are common throughout Berkshire - with one exception, which is explained below.

The admissions criteria for County and Voluntary Controlled schools are given below in descending order of priority:

  • Looked After Children (children in the care of the Local Authority, Section 22 of the Children Act 1989).
  • Children who live in the ‘designated appropriate’ area of the school.
  • Children who have either strong medical or social grounds for admission (eg. serious social problems in the family, or any chronic medical condition affecting the pupil). These reasons must be fully supported by written confirmation from the professional person involved in the case.
  • Children who have older brother(s) or sister(s) at the school, when the applicant would enter the school.
  • Children who attend a primary school that is formally linked with the secondary school/or inWindsor a first school that is linked with a middle school/a middle school that is linked with an upper school. (Please check your child’s current school). Children whose parents have selected the school for co-educational or single-sex educational reasons when the local alternative is respectively single sex or co-educational.
  • All other applicants.

If the school does not have places for all the children in a particular category, then places will be allocated on the basis of geographical proximity (measured as the radial distance between home and school).

The current published admission numbers (PAN) are Year 5 – 180, Year 6 – 150, Year 7 and 8 – 120. This is the number of pupils that we can take into the school for each year group.

Appeals Procedure

Should an application to the school be unsuccessful, appeals should be made in writing to:

Member Services,

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead,
Town Hall,
St Ives Road,
Maidenhead,
Berks,
SL6 1RF.

Helpline Tel: 01628 683870.

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