Admissions Policy

Policy from September 2018 click here 

Scissett Middle School has made a temporary increase in the Published Admission Number (PAN) to admit 205 pupils in the 2017-18 academic year. From September 2018 onwards the PAN will then increase permanently to 195.

Current Policy

Pupils are admitted to the school in accordance with the Kirklees Admissions Policy for community and controlled schools 2016-17. This means that places are offered as follows for Scissett Middle School:

Admission Criteria

If there are fewer applicants than there are places available, everyone who applies will be offered a place. When there are more applicants than there are places available there has to be a way of deciding which children are offered places. This is done by having admission criteria, also known as over-subscription criteria, which are considered in order. The Kirklees admission criteria for community and voluntary controlled schools are:

Criteria 1 

  • children in public care (looked after children) or a child who was previously looked after

Criteria 2 

  • children who live in the school’s Priority Admission Area (PAA) who have a brother or sister attending from the same address at the date of admission (the sibling rule) attending a feeder school
  • children who live in the school’s Priority Admission Area (PAA) who have a brother or sister attending from the same address at the date of admission (the sibling rule) not attending a feeder school

Criteria 3

  • children who live in the school’s PAA attending a feeder school
  • children who live in the school’s PAA not attending a feeder school
 Criteria 4

  • children who live outside the school’s PAA who have a brother or sister attending from the same address at the date of admission (the sibling rule) attending a feeder school
  • children who live outside the school’s PAA who have a brother or sister attending from the same address at the date of admission (the sibling rule) not attending a feeder school
 Criteria 5

  • children who live outside the school’s PAA attending a feeder school
  • children who live outside the school’s PAA not attending a feeder school

Community and controlled schools will admit a child with a Statement of Special Educational Needs where the school is named on the statement.

The schools in the Denby Dale – Shelley area of Kirklees are organised in a “3-tier” system of first, middle and high schools with transfers between schools at ages 10 and 13. The first schools linked to Scissett Middle are shown below. Almost all children transfer from first schools to a middle school at age 10. 

As this age of transfer only applies to the Denby Dale – Shelley area of Kirklees and to maintain continuity for children in the system there is an additional admission criterion specifically for children attending first schools 

Scissett Middle School Feeder Schools are:

Birdsedge First School,  Cumberworth CE(VA) First School,  Denby CE(VA) First School, Flockton CE(VC) First School, Denby Dale First and Nursery School, Kaye's First & Nursery School, Scissett CE(VA) First School, Skelmanthorpe First & Nursery School,  St Aidan's CE(VA) First School.

Further information is available from Kirklees Admissions: Website www.kirklees.gov.uk/admissions, Telephone 01484 225007/8/9, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post Kirklees Admissions, Kirklees Council, First Floor, Kirkgate Buildings, Byram Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1BY.