Admission to Year 7
Admission to RMGS is by tests administered by Medway Council. The Medway tests comprise a Mathematics test, a Verbal Reasoning test and an Extended Writing exercise, and are taken by pupils in October preceding admission in the following September. For full details see Medway’s booklet ‘Admission to Secondary School – September 2018’.
As a result of the tests children will be deemed either selective or non-selective.
Oversubscription: If the number of RMGS preferences received, via the Medway Coordinated Scheme, from parents of children achieving selective standard exceeds the number of places available, places will be allocated in the following priority order.
(i) Children in Public Care, as defined in the Medway Coordinated Admissions Scheme to include children who are adopted and were previously looked after.
(ii) Children who are designated as receiving ‘Free School Meals’. Applicants under this criteria must complete a Supplementary Information Form so that checks can be made to determine eligibility.
(iii) Children who at the time of application have a brother or sister (including children living as siblings in the same family unit) on the roll of the school at the time of the sibling’s admission.
(iv) Child’s health reasons, supported by medical evidence, which requires the child to attend this school.
(v) Children who at the time of application attend a primary school within the Rainham Mark Education Trust (RMET).
(vi) Children who at the time of application have a parent who is a member of staff at the school (where the member of staff has been employed for three years or more at the time at which the application is made and/or where the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage).
(vii) Nearest of children’s homes.
The dates set to hear admission appeals for entry September 2018 will be held during week commencing 14 May 2018.
If your child is due to start secondary school in September 2018 you can appeal between 1 March 2018 to 29 March 2018 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard by 15 June 2018. For applications made in the normal admission round, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals. For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 schools days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 schools days of the appeals being lodged.
The system may seem confusing; RMGS is ready and willing to advise. Please telephone 01634 364151 to arrange to speak to a member of the senior team. The Admissions team at Medway Council are also happy to help on 01634 331110.
Please contact the school, potential pupils and their parents wishing to visit the school should contact us to arrange a convenient time.
Further information on Casual Admissions
If you are moving into the area and would like a school place please complete the RMGS In-year Casual Admission Application form and send it to Admissions@rmgs.org.uk or post to the School Office.