Admissions

We are driven by a very simple belief that everyone deserves a first class education. We have high aspirations for every member of our family and believe that everyone is capable of remarkable successes. We provide high quality, challenging and personalised education experiences to ensure that we all have every opportunity to develop as exceptional leaders and contributors to society.

Meridian High School is a forward looking and dynamic academy. We believe education is about developing the whole person, helping learners to understand the many different branches of human knowledge, challenging them to think critically and encouraging a desire for truth and curiosity in life. We further believe that integrity, good manners, hard work, excellent behaviour and personal pride are vital educational tools.

If you are considering Meridian High School as the next stage of child’s education, we highly recommend that you tour the school during our normal opening hours to get a real sense of our ethos and atmosphere. Tours can be arranged at mutually convenient times by contacting the school via our info@meridianhigh.london email address or by phone.

Admissions criteria

Meridian School is an academy and as such has its own admissions’ authority. Our current admission arrangements fall within Croydon’s Admission Policy.

The planned admission number (PAN) for Meridian School is allowed an intake of 180 pupils in each year group.

After the admission of children with a statement of special education needs, where the school is named on the EHCP, allocations will be made using the following oversubscribed criteria:

  1. Children looked-after and previously looked-after (see Note 1 below).
  2. Siblings: Children with a brother or sister who will be in attendance at the school at the time of enrolment of the new student (see Note 2 below).
  3. Medical: Students with serious medical reasons for needing to attend the school (see Note 3 below).
  4. Distance: Priority will be given to students living nearest to the school as measured in straight line (see Note 4 and 5 below).

Oversubscribed criteria

Distance will be used as a ‘tie-breaker’ for oversubscription. Where distance is the same for students, random allocation will be used, which will be independently verified.

Note 1:

Children looked-after are defined as children in public care at the date on which the application is made. Previously looked after children are defined as children who were looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order, immediately after being looked after. If an application is made under the ‘looked-after’ criterion, it must be supported by a letter from the relevant local authority and/or relevant documents.

Note 2:

A sibling is defined as a brother or sister, half brother or sister, step brother or sister, foster brother or sister or adopted brother or sister whose main residence is at the same address as the sibling attending the school.

Note 3:

The medical reasons must be verified by a doctor or consultant and declared at the time of application if known at the time. Claims for priority of admission on medical grounds will not be considered if submitted after a decision on the original applications has been made.  Decisions on priority of admission on medical grounds will be made on the basis of recommendations of the local authority’s medical advisor.

The application must be supported by a letter from a hospital consultant and/or the family’s GP. ‘Parent’ is defined as the father, mother, foster father, foster mother, legal guardian or the person who has full parental responsibility for the child.

Note 4:

‘Home’ is defined as the address where the child normally resides as their only or principal residence. Addresses involving childminders, business or relatives cannot be considered. Parents will be asked to provide documentary evidence to confirm an address and parental responsibility. A relative or carer’s address can ONLY be considered if those person(s) have legal custody of the child. In these circumstances, evidence of legal custody/ parental responsibility, i.e. a court order must be supplied. If parents share custody, the address given should be that of the parent with whom the child spends most of the school week.  If the address of the parent differs from that of the child, a written explanation must be submitted with the application.

Note 5:

Distance will be measured in a straight line from the child’s home address to the designated entrance(s) of the school using a computerised measuring system (GIS) and geographical reference points as provided by the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG).  Those living closer to the school will receive higher priority.

If a child lives in a shared property such as flats, the geographical references will determine the start point within the property boundaries to be used for distance calculation purposes.

Admission of children outside their normal age group

It is the expectation of Croydon Council that a child is educated alongside his/her age equivalent peers, in almost all cases.  We would strongly advise that all children enter into their normal year group.  Decisions are made on the basis of the circumstances of each case and in the best interest of the child.  This includes taking account of the following (where applicable):

  • Information relating to the child’s academic, social and emotional development, where relevant
  • Medical history and the views of a medical professional
  • Any previous history of being educated outside of their normal age group
  • If child may naturally have fallen into a lower age group if it were not for being born prematurely

Waiting lists

When a year group is full, a waiting list will be held at the school. When places become available, they will be allocated using the priorities indicated in the admissions criteria 1-4 on this page.

In-year admission applications can be made via the Croydon Council Website: https://www.croydon.gov.uk/education/schools-new/school-admissions/in-year-admissions/in-year-secondary