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What is the Fair Banding Test?

 

2021 – 2022 Fair-Banding Test

 

All students wishing to apply for a place at The Victory Academy will be required to take a Fair Banding Test which is prescribed by GL Assessment.

All applicants for places in the Academy will be banded according to the principles of fair banding, using the national profile.

Medway operate an equal preference system which means that parents/carers who intend to put The Victory Academy down on their preference form either first, second, third, fourth, fifth or sixth choice will need to take the Fair Banding Test, which will determine what banding group their child should be placed in for admission purposes.

Students who have not taken the banding test (apart from children in care and students with an EHC Plan where the Academy is named in the statement who must always be given priority) will be considered after children who have sat the banding test.

 

Fair Banding Testing for September 2021 admissions will be held on:

Saturday, 26th September 2020 – deadline for registering 4th September 2020

Saturday, 21st November 2020 – deadline for registering 30th  October 2020

We have now included 2 after school dates:

Tuesday, 13th October 2020 – deadline for registering 18th September 2020

Tuesday, 10th November 2020 – deadline for registering 16th October 2020

 

To register for the Fair Banding Test please complete the registration form available to download or from main reception. Children will not be able to sit the test unless the completed form is returned by the deadline. Please return the form to: Miss Reeve The Victory Academy, Magpie Hall Road, Chatham Kent ME4 5JB or email to admissions@thevictoryacademy.org.uk

All students wishing to apply for a place at The Victory Academy will be required to take a Fair Banding Test which is prescribed by GL Assessment.

All applicants for places in the Academy will be banded according to the principles of fair banding, using the national profile.

Medway operate an equal preference system which means that parents/carers who intend to put The Victory Academy down on their preference form either first, second, third, fourth, fifth or sixth choice will need to take the Fair Banding Test, which will determine what banding group their child should be placed in for admission purposes.

Students who have not taken the banding test (apart from children in care and students with an EHC Plan where the Academy is named in the statement who must always be given priority) will be considered after children who have sat the banding test.

 

Fair Banding at The Victory Academy

At Victory Academy we operate a ‘Fair Banding’ admissions process to ensure we have a balanced proportion of students from across the whole ability range – a comprehensive intake. Students who wish to apply for a place at Victory Academy must take a Fair Banding test to be considered for admission to the Academy and this will be required if their parents/carers intend to put Victory Academy on the common admissions form. This test is usually a cognitive ability test(s) – it is not a pass or fail test. Students are asked to take it and their scores on the test are then used to place them in an ability band. Students taking the test are placed in one of five ability bands representative of the national ability range. Please see the table below for information regarding the number of student places in each ability band.

These banding arrangements are an effective practice in schools providing fair oversubscription criteria, provided arrangements are fair, objective and not used as a means of unlawfully admitting a disproportionate number of high ability children.

If places in a band are not filled or become vacant, for example, because parents/carers accept offers of places at other schools, and no applicants in those bands remain without a place, they must be evenly filled by children falling into the next nearest bands (i.e. the bands on either side, or below or above, if the first child is from the band above then the next must be from the one below). This allocation is carried out randomly by the Local Authority.

Banding Children in Care or Children with an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) or Children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs.

Children in Care, with an EHCP or with a Statement of Special Educational Needs, who apply in the normal admissions round, must be included in any banding arrangements and given top priority within each band.

Band1 Band 2 Band 3 Band 4 Band 5 Total
% of students in each ability band 10% 20% 40% 20% 10% 100%
Number of student places available in each ability band 24 Places 48 Places 96 Places 48 Places 24 Places 240