Primary Outreach Project
Over the past two years the selective schools in Walsall have engaged in an outreach programme to encourage families to consider the option of applying for a place for their child in Year 7. Sadly, the pandemic has severely curtailed the wide range of activities that we would normally have planned to provide and so we are using alternative means to get information about our provision to you and, particularly, to encourage local families to grasp the opportunities that are afforded by the education we offer. The original aim of grammar schools was to provide high quality education for children whatever their financial means and we are keen to continue this approach today.
If you look at our admissions arrangements which will be published in March 2021, you will see that a third of our places in Year 7 are prioritised for children who are in receipt of Pupil Premium and who achieve the qualifying score. The policy states that:
Children eligible for the Pupil Premium* at the time of the Test who achieve the qualifying score by rank order of standardised score but limited to no more than 30% of pupils in this category (currently 45 places);
If the number of students applying under this criterion exceeds the number of places available, priority will be given to students as follows:
B1. For those students attending a Primary School which is listed in Walsall Children’s Services Directory for the academic year 2020/21 and who achieve the qualifying score by rank order of standardised score.
The ‘Information for Parents about admissions to Primary Schools’ issued by Walsall Council and which lists the qualifying Schools can be found on the School website on the Admissions Arrangements page. Please contact the School Office (01922 721013) if further clarification is required.
B2. For those students who do not attend a Primary School which is listed in the Walsall Children’s Services Directory but who achieve the qualifying score by rank order of standardised score.
In an effort to provide an alternative to the traditional open evening that we would hold we have prepared a series of video clips that will give you a flavour of what it is like to be a student at Queen Mary’s High School. These can be found on our website at https://qmhs.org.uk/2020/10/23/virtual-open-evenings/
Should we be able to arrange outreach events for Year 5 students during the academic year 2020-21 (for entry in September 2022) we will make sure that our participating schools are informed. In the meantime, we are working on a programme of virtual materials which we will post here for prospective students to get a feel for the learning experiences we have on offer here at Queen Mary’s High School.