Thank you for considering Great Baddow High School for your child. 

Admissions for Year 7 2022 are now closed but if you are considering Great Baddow High School for September 2023 please have a look through our Great Baddow High School Brochure to read more about how we help our students achieve their academic potential and develop skills and attributes that enable them to follow their chosen paths and watch our ‘welcome to Great Baddow High School’ film.

Admissions Information

This section provides all the information you will need to make an application for your child to join us in Year 7. We appreciate that choosing a school is one of the most important decisions you will make.  

Number of students as at September 2021: 1509

The school pupil admission number (PAN) for Years 7-11 is 240 per year.

Number admitted to the school in September 2021: 250

Number of applications to enter Year 7 for September 2021: 855

Application Process

If your child is in Year 6 of a primary or junior school during the 2022/23 academic year, you will need to apply for their secondary school place for September 2023.
From mid-September 2022 parents can access information and apply online. The closing date for applications is 31 October 2022.

It is the responsibility of parents to make an application for their child’s secondary school place.  It is not necessary to wait to receive an application form or a letter before you apply.

We also offer the Sports Selection Scheme for students who do not meet criteria 1,2, 3 or 4 in our admission policy. For the Year 2023/2024, up to 10% of Year 7 students will be selected for places at Great Baddow High School on the basis of aptitude for sport.

The selection process takes place following a practical activities day at Great Baddow High School. Students are assessed for their level of speed, balance, awareness, agility, endurance, coordination and ability at two sports chosen by the student.

The Supplementary Information Form (SIF) for entry to Great Baddow High School through the Sport Selection Scheme needs to be completed and submitted to Great Baddow High School by NO LATER THAN 12.00 midday Friday 30th September 2022.

The selection day takes place on Saturday 8th October 2022.

The link to the Supplementary Information Form will be available to complete by September 2022

Admission Appeals

If your child is not offered a place at our school, you can appeal against the decision.

To find out more about the timeline and process to appeal an admission decision, please visit the Local Authority website:


Mid-year admissions: Please contact Mrs D Sanders on 01245 265821 for information and an application form.

Sixth Form admissions: Please contact Mrs J Ferguson, Head of Sixth Form, on 01245 265821


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24th May 2022
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GBHS Celebrates Successes at County and National Level in Sports

With schools now returning back to a full programme of activities and events after the end of Covid-19 restrictions, Great Baddow High School is once again delighted to be back in the sporting arena and celebrating successes at County and National level in a range of sports. In football, the Great Baddow High School teams have experienced a huge amount of success with both Year 9 and Year 11 teams reaching the Essex Schools Football Cup Finals in what were both thrilling games. Both teams went to extra time and penalties. The Year 9 team finished as runners up and the Year 11 team won making them Essex Cup Champions for the second time. In basketball five teams from the school made it to the Essex Cup finals with Year 7 and 8 girls finishing as runners up and Year 8, 9 & 10 boys all being crowned Essex Cup Winners. The Year 7 girls netball team also made the Essex Cup netball finals where they finished as runners up in a very close fought final. to make it to County finals in their first year has been a phenomenal success. The school was very pleased to have with one team competing in the National Gymnastics Milano Finals and three teams in the National Gymnastics Floor & Vault Finals and earlier in the year the Junior Swimming team qualified for the National Schools Swimming Finals held at the London Aquatic Centre. ‘I am very proud of the hard work and determination from all of our students and their commitment to these high level competitions. The standard of basketball and football this year has been exceptional. In gymnastics  the final results were incredibly close and the students produced beautifully aesthetic performances and qualifying for the National Schools Swimming Finals is a fantastic achievement for our young swimmers. Our success also continues at District level with many teams across many sports taking the District title.’ Mrs K Davies, Head of Physical Education
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17th May 2022
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Rewards trip to the London Stadium and Olympic Park

The Leaders Readers and Mathematicians Breakfast Club has been running in the School Library since 2013. LRM allows older student leaders in the school to work with carefully identified younger students on their literacy skills or numeracy skills. LRM has shown consistently, over the time it has run, to significantly increase reading, comprehension and spelling ages of the pupils taking part. We are immensely proud of all our LRM readers and students and the rewards event is an opportunity to recognise the effort that students contribute to this important aspect of the reading programme. "As we all gathered at the entrance to the West Ham Stadium, an eager anticipation could be felt among the students and teachers. Soon after, we were greeted by our tour guide, and after an ever-so important toilet break, we were led by our guide through a rather fancy dining area for VIPs attending the matches. Here, the guide spoke about the history of West Ham, its formation and evolution, and the importance of figures like Bobby Moore to the club and its supporters. During this time, it was casually said that to enjoy the luxuries of the restaurant you must pay of a fee of around £500 per person!  We then went outside to see the stadium and the pitch - of which was being attended to with immaculate care – and sat on the managers seats, much to everyone’s excitement.   We also visited the changing rooms of the teams, with most running to take pictures in front of the shirt of their favourite player, and we walked onto the pitch like the players would themselves for a game, accompanied by a head-set that played the song ‘I’m forever blowing bubbles’ and a crowd cheering as we walked out – which I for one found marginally terrifying! After the completion of our tour, we took a look around the gift shop and we ate lunch, much to everyone’s immense relief.   For the second part of the day, we split into groups and did an activity trail around the Olympic Park. This involved finding different monuments and facts about participants of the 2012 Olympic and Para-Olympic Games. Though some of us may have got a bit lost, we all had a great time and the trip was well worth the day off school.   Thank you to Oli Markham, the West Ham Education Hub Officer, who organised the trip for us." Written by Freya, one of the leaders at LRM Breakfast Club  "It was a wonderful experience and everyone loved it.  The tour was very informative and the activities kept everyone entertained while learning some nice facts" – Ellen, LRM Leader Comments for some of the Year 7s who were on the trip:  "When we went to West Ham Stadium, we had lots of fun and we learnt lots of new things." Robbie    "A long trip and it was very exciting and fun and active." Maks, Scott and Blake    "It was a good experience and it was good to see behind the scenes." Charlie    "The trip was good and it was fun.  It was a good tour of the West Ham Stadium" Aimee    "The trip was very good and interesting.  I found out stuff I never knew about West Ham Football Club.  I especially liked going into the expensive areas of the stadium to sit.  I loved getting things for my brother from the shop."  anon  Winners of the Olympic Park Activity Trail:  Aimee  Elliott  Aly  Ellen  Winner of the competition to design a logo for LRM Breakfast Club:  1st Aimee  2nd Maks and Scott assisted by Freddie, Nestor and Vanessa  3rd Robbie 
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13th May 2022
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Volunteer Opportunity

Statutory School Appeals Could you be a Volunteer Panel Member? Essex County Council Statutory Appeals Team are currently looking for panel members for both Admission Appeals and Exclusion Appeals. Appeal Panels are convened to examine cases in which parents wish to contest either the refusal by a school’s Admissions Authority to admit a child, or a Governing Body’s decision to permanently exclude a child. Essex County Council Statutory Appeals Team are currently looking for panel members for both Admission Appeals and Exclusion Appeals. Each case is heard by 3 panel members, including one who is trained to act as a chairperson. A trained clerk is also present and gives advice on the law and regulations to make sure panel members follow the right procedures. Do you have the ability to listen, to be impartial without being swayed by emotion, can appreciate both sides of an argument and are able to make reasoned decisions, you may be just the person we are looking for. Can you spare a few days or more each year to participate in this rewarding and interesting task? Previous specialist knowledge of this field is not essential, we are looking for people who have time to consider the issues properly. We offer full training and will reimburse travel and subsistence expenses, although at present Appeal Hearings take place via Zoom. Membership of Appeal Panels is constituted in accordance with the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, and some people may not be eligible to serve.  If you would like further information please contact Ann Coldicott on 0333 013 4566 or email StatutoryAppeals@essex.gov.uk
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