School Policies

The school's admissions policy and procedures are shown below - click each heading to expand.

Please contact Carole Dooley, the Headteacher's PA , if you would like a copy of any other formal policies and procedures.

Year 7 Admission

Girls are eligible for admission to year 7 in the September following their 11th birthday (for admission in September 2017 that is girls born between 1 September 2005 and 31 August 2006 inclusive). The school will accept applications from girls who are no more than one year younger (that is they were born no later than 31 August 2007) provided that they are already in year 6 at a primary school and the school confirms that they are working successfully in that group.

The school's admission number is 224.

In the first allocation of places, the school will consider only applicants "deemed selective" by the London Borough of Bexley – using arrangements published by them. At this stage, girls with a statement of special educational needs will be considered only if they reach that standard.

If there are fewer than 224 such applicants, all will be admitted.

Where there are more applicants than places available, after the admission of pupils with Statements of Special Educational Need which name the school, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below. in this order:


Children in Public Care (Looked after children) or children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order.

(Looked after children are children who are in the care of the local authority as defined by section 22 of the Children Act 1989. A child is considered to be a looked after child for school admissions purposes only if the local authority confirms he or she will be in public care at the time of admission to school.)


Girls identified by the London Borough of Bexley as achieving one of the highest 180 scores in the selection tests and who apply for a place at Townley Grammar School.


Girls who will have a sibling attending the school at the time of application.

For this priority, sibling includes a full brother or sister, adopted brother or sister, or step/ half brother or sister living at the same address.


Staff Children – those students with a parent or registered guardian employed at Townley Grammar School on a permanent basis at the time of application.


Distance from school with priority given to pupils living nearest to the school based on the distance from home to school measured along the shortest walking route by public highway and lighted footpath considered appropriate by the London Borough of Bexley.

The distance will be measured from the front door of the home address to the pupil entrance using the Council’s computerised GIS system.

Home will be taken as the child’s home address at the time of allocation, that is the address at which the child lives with the parent or legal guardian who is also the main carer, defined as the parent eligible to receive child benefit and/or child tax credit.

Year 7 Waiting List 2017-2018

Bexley Residents:

Bexley residents can return their Waiting List preferences to Bexley Council by using the slip that was included with letter advising of their child’s allocated school.

Non-Bexley Residents:

If you child has been deemed selective and you wish your child’s name to be placed on the waiting list for Townley Grammar School, please contact both:

Mrs G Bradshaw-Smith
Admissions Co-ordinator 
Townley Grammar School
Townley Road 
Kent, DA6 7AB

Telephone: 0208 304 8311 option 4 


London Borough of Bexley
School Admissions Team
Bexley Civic Offices
2 Watling Street
Kent, DA6 7AT

Telephone: 0208 303 7777


Please include details of your name and address, contact numbers, child’s name and date of birth, stating you wish to be placed on Townley Grammar School’s waiting list.

You cannot request to be added to the waiting list if your child has not been deemed selective.

Sixth Form Admission

The school has an expected total number of 500 places available in the sixth form.

All Townley Year 11 students who wish to transfer to the sixth form may do so provided they meet the entry requirements set out below.

 The requirement for entry to the Sixth Form is 7 A*-C grades from full course GCSEs, which must include English, Mathematics (English & Maths grade 5 or above)  and an average point score of 45.

 In addition all students are required to have at least B grades and above in the subjects they intend to study in the sixth form, except, Mathematics which require a minimum of a grade 7 at GCSE  (8 for Further Maths).   English Literature require Grade 6 and Science require grade A in seperate sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) or, grade A in Core and Additional Science (Double Science) and for those studting Further Additional Science will also require grade A along with Core and Additional.

 The points score is based upon the current point system for GCSE full courses as follows:

              Points/Full Course (Except English Literature, English Language & Mathematics)

Full Course Grade Points
A* 58
A 52
B 46
C 40
D 34
E 28


Points/Full Course English Literature, English Language & Mathematics


Full Course Grade Points
9 58
8 52
7 46
6 46
5 40
4 34
3 28


Conditional offers are based on predicted grades; actual places are not confirmed until GCSE results are announced. This may mean that some courses become oversubscribed and if there are more applicants than places available then we will allocate places according to the over- subscription criteria below:


GCSE Point Score
  • Oversubscription on a course

  • Being a Performing Arts School with a second specialism in Mathematics and Computing - greater weighting may be given to these subjects.

  • Looked after children or other extenuating circumstances which we feel warrant special consideration. (See application form).

  • Siblings

  • Distance

  • Being a girls' school there is a limitation on the number of boys we can admit taking intoconsideration the facilities we can provide.



In-year Admission

An ‘in year’ admission is when a student is admitted to the school, outside of the normal secondary transfer period (when a student enters the school from Year 6 into Year 7).

This element of the policy applies to admissions from January of year 7 to the beginning of year 10. The school does not normally offer places after the beginning of year 10 or in year 11 – other than to girls who have moved into the area and cannot continue to attend their previous school.

Townley Grammar School will participate in the Fair Access Protocol in Bexley and where required to do so will offer a place through that process ahead of any other applicant on the school’s waiting list.

For a girl to be considered for a place at Townley Grammar School, she must have been deemed selective in the Bexley Selection Tests. Procedures for making a secondary transfer have recently changed and all parents of students wishing to apply for a place, at Townley Grammar School, whether they live in Bexley or in a neighbouring local authority, must complete a ‘Grammar In-year Application Form’ available below or ‘Bexley In Year Application Form’ which is available on Bexley Council’s website ( If your child is not currently in a Bexley school it is advisable to complete the Bexley ‘In Year’ application form as this will give access to all schools in Bexley rather than just selective schools.

 If you daughter has been deemed selective and a place is not currently available, you can ask for her to be placed on a waiting list for the appropriate year group. Girls are ranked according to oversubscription criteria 1 (LAC), 3 (sibling) and 4 (distance) above, in that order, using the tie break described above where necessary. If a place becomes available we will contact the person at the top of the list to offer them a place at the school.

Girls will be tested only once during any school year. The names of those achieving the required standard will be added to an in-year waiting list.

If further vacancies become available, any further applicants who have applied since the last test will be invited to sit selection tests. Applicants who achieve the required standard in the test will be added at the appropriate place on the in-year waiting list.

In-year waiting lists will not transfer from one year group to the next. Any parent who wishes their daughter to be reconsidered for a place in a subsequent year must reapply.

If any special arrangements are required for an applicant to take the tests they must be requested in writing when the invitation to attend the test is accepted, including details of what is required and confirmation either from the applicant’s current school that these arrangements have been accepted, or from the applicant’s primary school that they were accepted for KS2 tests.


Click here to download the application form, and here to download the guidance notes.

Assemblies and Worship Policy


School assemblies provide unique and valuable opportunities to develop the school as a community and to promote the personal, spiritual and moral development of pupils.  They provide opportunities to foster values and attitudes which bind people together for mutual encouragement and support.  Daily Collective Worship is a statutory requirement and at Townley Grammar School for Girls occurs in the context of an assembly.  Collective  worship is conducted in ways which encourage and allow for a diversity of religious responses.

Aims For Collective Worship

DFE Circular 1/94 'Religious Education and Collective Worship' gives the following aims for collective worship:

Collective worship in schools should aim

  • to provide the opportunity for pupils to worship God;
  • to consider spiritual and moral issues and to explore their own beliefs;
  • to encourage participation and response, whether through active involvement in the presentation of worship or through listening to and joining in the worship offered;
  •  to develop community spirit, promote a common ethos and shared values, and reinforce positive attitudes.
The Nature of Collective Worship

Collective worship should regularly include one or more of the following features:

  • sharing values which are clearly based on religious faith;
  • opportunity for pupils to think carefully (meditate) about these values as they affect themselves;
  • opportunity for pupils to pray or to listen to prayer;
  • opportunities for pupils to listen to, and think about extracts from sacred texts or other writings which have a religious theme.
Planning for Collective Worship

Mrs S Perfect plans the Assembly Rota liaising with Mr M Suranyi, the Director of Music.  An assembly prefect is appointed each year to support Mrs Perfect.

The Accommodation

The following areas can be used for assemblies, the hall, the two gyms and the drama studio.

The Assembly Pattern

A short class assembly is held with the form tutor on Tuesday mornings.  Form tutors and a form representative are provided with assembly ideas, which include notable dates for the week, a brief explanation of the assembly theme, a reading and sometimes a prayer.  Form representatives meet with Mrs Perfect and the assembly prefect to discuss the readings.

A thought for the day is also prepared for forms to use once a week.

Years 7 and 8 attend assembly in the main hall once a week on Mondays.  They also attend their own junior assemblies on Wednesday and Friday in the gym.  Years nine, ten and eleven have their own year group assemblies and they attend assembly in the hall twice a week.  The sixth form meet together once or twice a week and attend assembly in the hall on Thursdays or Fridays.  Lower school form prefects attend assembly in the gym with their forms on Wednesdays.

Most assemblies are "of a broadly Christian character", a hymn, a reading or talk followed by a prayer.  The Headteacher, the Deputy Heads, Assistant Headteachers, Year Heads and other interested members of staff take assemblies.  Pupils are encouraged to be actively involved.  Each form prepares an assembly once a year and presents it either in the hall or the gym.  Each form has an assembly representative who helps prepare or organise the form assembly. All prefects read regularly in the hall and help younger pupils to prepare their class assemblies.  Individuals and groups of pupils regularly sing or play instruments as an integral part of an assembly. 

The major Christian festivals of Easter and Christmas as well as harvest festival and Remembrance Day are celebrated by the whole school.  The annual Head Girl's Day Service is prepared by the Head Girl and to which parents, governors and friends of the school are invited.

Statutory Requirements

The following points summarise the statutory requirements in the Education Reform Act:

  • All pupils in attendance at a school shall take part in an act of collective worship each day, unless they have been withdrawn by their parents.
  • The act of collective worship can occur at any time of the school day.  It can comprise either a single act by the whole school or separate acts of worship by pupils in different age groups or, if the SACRE has granted a permission to lift the requirement for wholly or mainly broadly Christian worship for a group of pupils, by different groups.
  • The head teacher in a county school is responsible for ensuring that all pupils in attendance attend collective worship daily;
  • At least 51% of acts of collective worship, taking each term as a whole, must be wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character.  The remaining acts of collective worship during the term can have content of any combination of Christian and other faiths;
  • All acts of collective worship shall take into account the family backgrounds of the pupils and their ages and aptitudes;
  • The organisation and nature of collective worship in a county school is the responsibility of the head teacher, after consultation with the governing body;
  • The head teacher, after consulting with the governing body, can apply to the SACRE for permission to provide alternative collective worship for any class or description of pupils in the school for whom the requirement of wholly or mainly broadly Christian worship is inappropriate.  The governing body may consult with parents when the head teacher has indicated the intention to seek permission.

Assessment and Marking Policy

Attendance Policy

16 - 19 Bursary Fund Policy/Statement 2016-2017

Charging and Remissions Policy

Complaints Procedure for Parents Policy

Examinations Policy

E-Safety Policy

High Achievers Policy

Link Governor Visits Policy

Pupil Premium Policy

Please click the link here for Pupil Premium information in our Student Services Section  

Select the link below to view the current Pupil Premium Policy and Pupil Premium Planned Allocation for this academic year  2016-17.


Pupil Premium Policy 11 16 pdf


 Pupil Premium Planned Allocation for 2016-7 pdf

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Special Educational Needs

"This document forms part of the Local offer for Bexley. Under the Children and Families Bill which becomes law in 2014, Local Authorities are required to publish, and keep under review, information about services that they expect to be available for children and young people with disabilities and Special Educational Needs aged 0-25. This is called the Local Offer. The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for professionals in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area".

Select links below to view the policy documents.


Townley SEND Local Offer 2015-16


SEND Policy 2016


Please click this link to Students Services Section to view information regarding  Special Education Needs.

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