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West London Free School


Address and contact details
West London Free School
Years 7 & 8: Cambridge Grove, Hammersmith, London W6 0LB
Years 9 & 10: 2 Bridge Avenue, Hammersmith W6 9JP
Tel: 020 8600 0670

Email: admissions@wlfs.org
Website: www.westlondonfreeschool.co.uk

The West London Free School is the first Academy in Britain to be set up by a group of teachers and parents. The school offers an academically rigorous education characterised by high expectations, strong discipline and a competitive atmosphere. It is a music specialist school with some places allocated to children with musical aptitude (see the explanatory note below). Every child is expected to learn Latin up the age of 14. The school is currently located at the former Cambridge School site on Cambridge Grove in Hammersmith and is due to move to its permanent site, Palingswick House on King Street in 2013.

Responsibility for the admission of pupils rests with the governing body. All applicants must complete and return the common application form provided by their local authority by 31 October 2012. All applicants are urged to obtain from the school a full copy of its admissions policy prior to completing an application form. This is available via http://www.westlondonfreeschool.co.uk/overview/admissions.html

Any child with a Statement of Special Educational Need that names this school must, by law, be admitted, without reference to the oversubscription criteria.

Admissions criteria
In accordance with the school’s published admission number, the school will admit 120 pupils to Year 7 in September 2013. Where the number of applicants exceeds the number of places, places will be offered in accordance with the following criteria, in order of priority:

  1. Children in public care (children looked after by a local authority under section 22 of the Children Act 1989).
  2. Up to 12 children who have applied to be considered under the musical aptitude scheme.
  3. Children who have siblings in the school at the time when they are admitted to the school.
  4. After places have been filled under the first three criteria, 50% of the remaining places will be offered to those children who live nearest to the school, measured by straight-line distance. For admissions in September 2013, the distance will be measured from the front door of the child’s residence to the postcode of the Town Hall in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, which is W6 9JU.
  5. After places have been filled under the first four criteria, two-thirds of any remaining places will be offered to children living within a three-mile radius of the school.
  6. After places have been filled under the first five criteria, any remaining places will be offered to children living within a radius of between three and five miles of the school.
  7. After places have been filled under the first six criteria, any remaining places will be offered to children living beyond five miles from the school.

Where the number of applicants in categories 5, 6 and 7 exceeds the number of places, offers will be determined by random allocation.

Appeal arrangements
Parents whose applications are unsuccessful will be given an opportunity to appeal against the decision to an independent appeal panel set up in accordance with the statutory provisions in force at the time. The determination of the panel is binding on all parties.

Details of the procedure will be sent to parents with the decision letter on 1 March 2013.

Reserve list
In addition to the right to appeal, unsuccessful applicants will be offered an opportunity to be placed on the reserve list. The order of the reserve list will be determined by the over-subscription criteria. The reserve list will be maintained until August 31 2013 and vacancies arising between March 1 2013 and August 31 2013 will in the first instance be offered to applicants on the reserve list.

Musical aptitude
The West London Free School is a music specialist school and sets aside 12 places each year for children with a particular aptitude for music. There is no geographical limit on who can apply for a musical aptitude place, but all applicants will have to take a musical aptitude test at the school. You don't need to be able to play an instrument  the test is designed not to discriminate in favour of those who've already had instrumental lessons. While some music scholars will already be proficient musicians, we recognise that there are many pupils who have excellent musical potential but who haven't yet had the chance to learn an instrument. So long as your child has a love of music, we would encourage you to apply. If you have any questions you should contact our Director of Music, Mr Watkins, on e.watkins@wlfs.org

Music scholars will benefit from free tuition in one instrument, but they in turn are expected to make a commitment to their musical education, arriving at the school early on some days, giving up their lunch break on others, etc. These extra lessons are used to develop the practical abilities of the music scholars as well as deepen their understanding of how music works. Keyboard skills, ensemble playing, pitch perception and music theory will be at the centre of these lessons, along with learning to use notation and sequencing software.

If you want to apply for a musical aptitude place, please note that you must complete a separate application form, available from the school or the school website, in addition to filling in the Common Application Form. Anyone applying for a musical aptitude place who hasn't also filled out the Common Application Form won't be considered for a place. 

Preference information
Approximately 500 parents applied for the September 2011 intake; 120 places were available.

How to find out more
Check our website for confirmation of contact details and for news of the latest developments.

Page last updated: 24/09/2014