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Admissions Policy

In accordance with the Legal requirements, the Governors of The Thomas Hardye School (“the School”) publish their admissions policy. The arrangements are reviewed annually by the Governors.

Admission number

  1. The Governors will consult with the LA before introducing or changing admission arrangements at least once in each year (September to August).
  2. The Governors have determined that the admission number for year 9 in 17-18 and 18-19 will be 450.

Criteria for Admission

Admission to Years 9, 10, and 11

The Governors will admit a pupil to the School for which the parents have expressed a preference unless to do so would prejudice the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources.

Where there are more applications than there are places available, as measured against the Published Admission Number of 450, the Governors will admit pupils according to the following order of priority:

  1. Looked-after (defined as children with a care order (full or interim) or who are accommodated under Section 22 of the Children Act 1989).
  2. Pupils living in the area normally served by the School (see School office for details) and who also attend Dorchester Middle School, St Mary’s Puddletown, or St Osmund’s Middle School at the time of their application.
  3. Pupils living in the area normally served by the School.
  4. Pupils living outside the area normally served by the School will be offered spare places in the following order:
    • pupils who are attending Dorchester Middle School, St Mary’s Puddletown, or St Osmund’s Middle School at the time of their application;
    • those pupils who have a brother or a sister who has been admitted in previous years and who will be attending the School at the time of admission;
    • those pupils who have a particular medical reason for attending the School which is stated in writing at the time of application and which is supported by written medical evidence;
    • pupils who have particular social or compassionate grounds for attending the school which are stated in writing at the time of the application and which are supported by appropriate letters from Social Workers, Doctors, Educational Welfare Officers, etc. 

If too few places are available to satisfy preferences expressed within any of the priority order categories above, places will be allocated on the basis of the child’s closeness to the preferred school (defined by straight line measurements) using a Geographical Information based system which identifies an Easting and Northing for the home address and the school building and calculates the distance between the two locations


The admission of children with statements of Special Education Need is covered by sections 324 to 328 of, and schedule 27 to, the Education Act of 1996.  Guidance is given in the Special Education Needs Code of Practice.

Where parents/guardians have of children of multiple births and the Governing Body is unable to allocate all the children a place at the preferred school, the parents/guardians will be invited to decide which of the children should be allocated the available place(s).

In the event that the Governing Body is unable to distinguish between applications despite applying the priority criteria above, lots will be drawn by an independent (of the Governing Body) person to determine the final place(s).

Admission to Year 12

1. The Governors determine the policy for admissions to the VIth Form.  This policy is contained in the school prospectus and VIth Form brochure

2. The admission number for students being admitted to the school for the first time is 180.

3. Students wishing to be admitted to the school in Year 12 can choose from a number of level 3 courses. Those following A level courses should have 5 A* to B grades (or 5+ on the new GCSE grading system), along with the individual course requirements. Those applying for BTEC or other vocational courses should have 5 A* to C grades (or 4+ on the new grading system), and the individual course requirements. Students can study a combination of A level and vocational courses.

4. Students studying Further Mathematics will be expected to study four courses. Very able students will have the chance to study four courses.

5. Students who have not yet achieved a good grade in English Language or Mathematics will need to retake this subject as part of their programme of study.

6. In the event of oversubscription for Year 12, the general criteria pertaining to that for Years 9, 10 and 11 will apply except for the references therein to the feeder middle schools.

Appeals against admission decisions

Parents may appeal to an independent panel against admissions decisions.
Such panels consist of three or five persons. They will include lay-members who have no personal experience of management or education in a school, and persons who either have educational experience, or are acquainted with educational conditions in the area, or are parents of registered school pupils.

The procedure respecting the Appeal process is laid down in the Department for Children Schools and Families Code of Practice, and the decision of the Appeal Panel is binding upon the Governing Body and Headteacher. The conduct of such panels falls under the supervision of the Council on Tribunals.

The Admissions Policy for THS (for those applying for entry in September 2020) is also available as an Adobe Acrobat Document [36kb]( Use the back button to return to this page) - view in your browser or save to your computer.

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