This year's Year 6 into 7 Open Day and Evening was held on Wednesday 5th October.
The Headteacher's presentation can be viewed here.
Admission and Transition
Ilkley Grammar School is popular and oversubscribed. Admission into Year 7 is via Education Bradford, who still run our admission procedures even though we are an Academy.
Admissions Policy.pdf (394.3KB)
|Within Priority Area 1:|
Siblings then all others - if oversubscribed, priority is given to those with the shortest distance between home and school.
|Within Priority Area 2:|
Siblings then all others - with the same distance criteria applying. Then siblings out of areas, then all others with the distance criteria applying.
View Education Bradford's guide to admissions>>
We are looking forward to meeting all Year 6 students coming to the school in September 2017 and very much hope that they are looking forward to the next step in their educational journey. We hope that the links below will be both informative and helpful to students and parents alike.
Useful Dates for Parents
- Weds April 26th - Transition Launch 6-8pm
- Fri May 12th - Deadline for returns to IGS (ParentPay/iPads/Admin)
- Tues July 4th - Welcome Morning 8.30am-1.30pm (for students)
- Tuesday July 4th - Parents' Welcome Evening 6-8pm
- Thurs 6th July - PTA quiz night 6-7pm
New parent information
New student information
Our consultation to permanently increase our Year 7 PAN (Pupil Annual Number) to a 10 form entry of 300 from 2018, (subject to Basic Needs capital funding being secured from BMDC for buildings expansion and improvement), and to increase the size of our 6th form, closed on October 12th.
Our consultation letter was issued to all local and regional stakeholders, with a potential reach of 47000+ people; 5000+ within our local Ilkley, Burley and Addingham communities. We also published it on our website for the 4 week duration. During this time we received 32 responses, and we would like to take the opportunity to thank those people who took the time to respond. The majority of these were strongly in support of the proposal, with 8 responses stating that they were not in support.
The Board of Governors met on October 17th to review all responses to the consultation. Having considered all points put forward, the governors decided that it is in the best interests of IGS to proceed with the permanent PAN expansion to 300 - subject to approval for sufficient Basic Needs capital funding from the Executive of Bradford Council; they also decided to approve the expansion of our Post 16 from 342 to 460.
The governors’ decision has now been communicated to BMDC for the Executive to decide if permission will be granted to spend Basic Needs Funding on IGS buildings expansion and improvement for the increased Year 7 PAN. If this is approved, then the school will enter into formal negotiations with BMDC, before a public planning consultation on the proposed plans would be held.
Some of the responses to the consultation asked for further information / clarification and these have been collated into broad themed questions below with answers provided.
1. How is the school able to expand further on a site that has limitations in space already?
Our site has been assessed from a Health and Safety and pre-planning perspective and some possible areas have been identified for expansion. Although we do experience congestion at peak times within existing buildings, this expansion project will hopefully help review the way the entire campus operates and optimise it Therefore, space for students will not reduce, and indeed available social space may increase, hopefully helping with existing congestion in some areas of our historical buildings.
2. Can we consider the Coronation Hospital site or other sites for a new school or for Post 16 provision as the current site seems to be full already?
If capital funding for the expansion/improvement is secured from BMDC we will enter into a period of discussion about exact plans. All options will be considered as part of this process including for example, car parking and access to the site, but no decisions have been taken about the exact details at this early stage. Currently even with all growth plans within the valley taken into account the additional number of students expected do not justify a new school in the area. Although we could consider our Post 16 provision moving in the longer term, this is not part of this expansion project as the funding will only be for statutory school age expansion (i.e. 11 to 16).
3. Do we have plans to change our status to a selective grammar school?
4. Can the expansion work be done during the holidays to minimise impact?
Given the extent of work that will be required to be done, although we will use holiday time, the size of the project will make this too difficult to complete during holiday periods alone so there will be inevitable impact during term time, although part of the planning will be to ensure that this is as minimal as possible. Depending on the type of construction (modular build or traditional brick and mortar construction), we would anticipate that the construction period could last a minimum of 12 months. However, this may also be affected by the fact that the construction will need to be phased to minimise disruption to the curriculum and to take account of the need to decant areas into a new build before they are being demolished (for example).
5. Will there be an increase in staffing?
Yes - there will need to be a proportional increase to accommodate additional numbers over the coming years.
6. Will there be an increase in specialist facilities – e.g. for sports, Science, languages, DT and also for catering, Post 16 common room or social space?
As per the answer to question 1 and 2, we will look to maximise the benefits that this expansion project will bring and this will include consideration of specialist facilities as well as student social spaces such as catering facilities but no decisions have yet been made.
7. What will the impact on education be during proposed building work?
Please see response to no 4 - the school and Bradford will do everything possible to ensure that high quality education continues to happen at the school throughout the project and student safety will of course remain paramount
8. Will parents be able to see the plans?
The school and the Local Authority will organise a community consultation event to seek the support of all stakeholders. As with any planning application, plans will be publicly available as part of the planning consultation process.
9. How will the increase in numbers benefit the school?
This increase would help allow IGS to continue to serve its community into the future, for example, to enable students to move up to secondary school with their peer group. The accessing of capital funding as a direct result of this proposed expansion is the only major capital investment opportunity available to the school for the foreseeable future and is therefore one that governors must seriously consider. Tutor group sizes would remain at a maximum of 30 and although this would mean additional students on site, this would still allow us to keep the same community feel within tutor groups and as part of our Personal Best programme
10. Will new subjects be able to be offered as a result of new building work?
This is not a direct plan of building work as our aim is to increase the number of students we can serve with our existing offer first and foremost. However, as the school expands and there is further development on site we will continue to look at the curriculum offer we provide
11. Can we also include more subjects at Post 16 to accommodate vocational courses?
Similar to the above, the Council funding is only for 11-16 expansion. Currently the expansion at Post 16 is linked to students accessing the existing range of courses we offer. However, we are ambitious about our Post 16 offer and will continue to look at how we may be able to develop this further in the future