Admissions Criteria and Guide

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The Wallace High School has published the Admissions Criteria for 2010. The full document can be viewed here.

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The following are some answers to questions raised in the Department of Education’s recent communication to parents:

Where and when will the tests be taken and how will they be organised?

The AQE tests take place on Saturday 14 November 2009, Saturday 28th November 2009 and Saturday 5th December 2009 from 10am to 11am. Our Familiarisation Morning is Saturday 7th November 10am -11am.

What topics will the papers cover?

The AQE CEA paper will take account of the English and Mathematics components of the present primary school curriculum. An example paper and details of the CEA specification can be accessed by following these links: Exemplar materialCEA specification

How will the tests be marked?

Each paper will be marked twice, by different markers and quality assurance measures will be carried out by a third marker. Marking will take place in two centres in the presence of chief examiners.

What sort of grades or results will issue and when?

AQE Ltd will publish your child’s score in the CEA on Saturday February 6th 2010. This will be a standardised score with the average being 100.

How will results be used?

For those applying to The Wallace High School the scores will be grouped into bands of 5 score widths Higher scores will precede lower scores. Places will be allocated to all  applicants in the bands above the the band containing the 170th applicant. In this band, which contains the 170th applicant, all applicants will have the other criteria applied to allow the Admissions Committee to allocate places exactly to 170 children.

What happens if my child is sick on the day of the test or has some other problem on the day of the test? Will there be a reserve or supplementary paper?

In the event of such circumstances you could claim for Special Circumstances to be taken into account. The arrangements for dealing with Special Circumstances are set out in Appendix 1 of the School’s Admissions Criteria. There is no supplementary paper as AQE Ltd has set 3 assessments to minimise the need for the application of Special Circumstances, the best two scores of the three assessments for each child being used to calculate the final score.

What happens if my child is affected by a medical problem or other problem throughout the entire period in which the papers are taken?

This is dealt with through The Wallace High School’s Special Provisions procedures to be found in our Admissions Criteria.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Principal for any further clarification.

While the Board of Governors has endeavoured to ensure that the information published here is accurate and correct, the Board cannot warrant its completeness or accuracy nor that it will not be revised in future. The Board cannot commit to ensuring that this website remains available, nor that this website is kept up-to-date.

Last modified: February 24, 2016