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LaSWAP Admissions Policy

LaSWAP Sixth Form Admissions Policy

You should complete and return applications to:

LaSWAP Office

William Ellis School

Highgate Road

London NW5 1RN

The form must be posted or delivered by hand; we do not accept applications by fax or email. For hand delivery, access to Reception is only available from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm as there is no external letter box.

If you wish to check the status of your application, please contact the LaSWAP office on 020 7692 4175 and 020 7692 4157.


For Admissions Policy, please click below:

LaSWAP Admissions Policy 2019-2020

LaSwap Admissions Policy 2018-2019


Please click below to access the Registration Form :


(1) LaSWAP is open to all sixth form students who meet the specified entry requirements for the courses on offer. These are outlined on the LaSWAP website under "How to apply". The consortium admits approximately 700 new students to Year 12 each year, 450 from the four constituent schools, and 250 new entrants.

(2) Entry requirements for each level of course, together with any variations relating to each specific course, are published annually in the LaSWAP Booklet (October) and on the website (updated annually). All students must have passed English or maths GCSE at grade C or above, or be enrolled on an appropriate course leading to this. There are no exceptions to this. NARIC ( is the National Agency responsible for providing information and expert opinion on academic qualifications from overseas. Where relevant, we would require such information from NARIC in order to establish equivalency of overseas qualifications. It is the responsibility of students applying to provide this information, should it be required.

(3) In the event that we have more applicants who meet the entry requirements than places, places will be allocated according to the following criteria in order of priority.

i. Applicants who are ‘looked -after’ by a local authority, i.e. children either in care or provided with certain forms of accommodation by that authority.

ii. Existing students of the school who are continuing their studies from Year 11.

iii. Applicants who are judged to have an exceptional social or medical need.  There will have to be a clear link between the child‟ exceptional need and the school. Parents/carers will need to submit a case supported by appropriate professional evidence from a doctor, social worker, or similar professional. That evidence will need to support the link between the need and the school.

iv. Distance.  Proximity to schools is measured using the local authority computerised mapping system of the area, measured in a straight line („s the crow flies‟ between the property address to the centre of the school where the LaSWAP Office is based. In the case of blocks of flats, distance will be measured to the centre of the block and the local authority will allocate a rank order for applicants. (The address given must be the one at which the child normally resides)

(4) Following Open Evening and individual discussions with teachers/tutors to provide advice and guidance on appropriate post 16 options, conditional offers of places in the sixth form will be sent out to current Year 11 students at the four schools. These letters will not constitute an offer of a place on any specific course based at any particular school. Students must confirm their interest in joining LaSWAP by the end of the Spring Term (countersigned by parent/guardian). ï‚·

(5) External applicants who have registered in advance will be invited to attend Open Evening (accompanied by parent/guardian or other responsible adult) and to submit application forms subsequently. Those who submit their application forms by the stated closing date will be offered a post 16 advice and guidance meeting with a teacher/tutor to discuss possible options at LaSWAP. Application forms received subsequently will be held on file for consideration at a later stage (see para 10).

(6) Following these meetings, the students will receive a similar conditional offer as that mentioned in paragraph 3 above and external applicants‟current schools/colleges will be asked for their assessments of appropriate post 16 progression routes for their students. Students must confirm their interest in joining LaSWAP by the end of the Spring Term (countersigned by parent/guardian).

(7) Final offers of a place at LaSWAP for all students will be conditional on attendance at Induction Day in the Summer Term (or prior notification of justifiable absence), satisfactory completion of summer assignment(s) where appropriate, actual GCSE results, attendance at pre-course interview in late August/early September, and signing up to the La Swap Learner‟ Agreement.

(8) Following receipt of GCSE results, students holding conditional offers will be invited for further discussion with a teacher/tutor and places on specific courses confirmed or otherwise. Students will be allocated to sets on each course with a view to achieving balanced sets.

(9) If more students who meet the entry qualifications are opting for a particular course than there are places available, the above over subscription criteria will apply. Further advice and guidance discussions will be held with students requesting that course to seek to find appropriate alternative choices for those who cannot be accommodated. Typical set sizes are in the 15-20 range.

(10) If there are still places available on some courses, students whose application forms are being held on file will be contacted, informed of courses with vacancies, and offered an advice and guidance meeting.

(11) Students who are not offered places have the right to a review of the decision by the LaSWAP Governors‟Forum. This will not affect their right to subsequent formal appeal via the statutory procedures.

(12) Transition : Transition across years is not automatic and is dependent on satisfactory attendance and on meeting the entry criteria relevant to the students‟Study Programme. Support and guidance will be available for any student who does qualify to return.

(12.1) Attendance : For all programmes, a satisfactory level of attendance to achieve success in the next year, taking into account a student‟ personal circumstance, must have been achieved. The procedures for a student with below satisfactory attendance are attached to the LaSWAP Attendance Policy.

(12.2) Entry Criteria :

i. Level 2 BTEC to Level 3 BTECs – a Distinction in the relevant vocational course, plus GCSE English or maths.

ii. AS to A2 – 3 passes at D grade or above. Students who achieve 70 UCAS points over two passes will be invited for an interview with their Head of Sixth to explore options to achieve a full programme and to ensure an onward progression route is possible. 3

iii. Level 3 BTEC Year1 to Year 2 – passes in at least 75% of the year 1 units and a timeline contract for completing the remaining year 1 units.

iv. In addition, all students must have passed English or maths GCSE at grade C or above, or be enrolled on an appropriate course leading to this. There are no exceptions to this.

(13) Requests to Repeat an Academic Year  We do not offer places for re-sit and re-take years. Re-sit and re-take years are not funded by the EFA (see paras 107 and 108 of Funding Guidance for young people 2013/14, EFA). As a comprehensive and inclusive Sixth Form, we have always sought to support vulnerable students and we will consider requests for exceptions to this where we have evidence of genuine extenuating circumstances which have affected a student‟ ability to achieve – these are described by the EFA as "exceptional circumstances outside the control of the student or institution". Provided that the exceptional circumstances no longer persist, such requests will be referred to the Director of Sixth Form, whose decision will be final. Where requests are granted, an application should be made following the same process as all applicants.

(14) Requests to Join at Year 13 Applications to join Year 13 from Year 12 students who are attending other institutions will be considered, subject to the Exam Boards‟agreement to transfer the student‟ qualification in all relevant courses. Any offer is conditional on the student meeting the Year 13 entry requirements in paragraph 12 above. Students wishing to join A level programmes, must be able to attend the Transition Period in June/July or provide evidence that they have attended a similar programme at their previous institution.

This Policy was drawn up prior to publication of the specifications and assessment requirements for the new A Levels beginning 2015, and therefore may be subject to change.


Further information and Application Forms, please visit the LaSWAP website :