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

It is with regret that we are unable to offer an Open Evening this year, however from Thursday 10th September 2020 we are offering school tours every Tuesday and Thursday until half term to parents and students looking at Great Baddow High School for their child for September 2021. A Virtual Tour will be available on our website in due course.

Parents will need to book a school tour in advance and numbers are limited to two family members per household (either one adult and one child or two adults). We cannot accommodate small children accompanying the tour who are not Year 6.

Parents will need to arrive between 9.20 and 9.30 and sign in at reception (please note that there is no parking on site). Tours will be approximately one hour and will be followed by a talk from the Headteacher with an opportunity to ask questions.

All adults will be required to wear a face mask on site and when moving around the school.

Please telephone 01245 265821 to book your school tour.

We hope you will visit our school by arranging an individual visit.  

Number of students as at September 2019: 1478

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

Number admitted to the school in September 2019: 250

Number of applications to enter Year 7 for September 2019 (as at October 2019): 873

Admission Policy

For further information regarding admissions to Great Baddow High School please see:

   Admission Policy 2020/21Admission Policy 2021/22

Great Baddow High School Prospectus

Great Baddow High School Brochure

Great Baddow High School Prospectus

Application Process

If your child is in Year 6 of a primary or junior school during the 2020/21 academic year, you will need to apply for their secondary school place for September 2021.
From mid-September 2020 you can access information and apply online. The closing date for applications is 31 October 2020.

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.

For entry to Great Baddow High School through the Sport Selection Scheme, the Supplementary Information Form (SIF)  must be completed and submitted to Great Baddow High School by NO LATER THAN Friday 2nd October 2020.

If you qualify for criterion 1, 2, 3 or 4 outlined in our Admission Policy, you do not need to apply for the Sports Selection Day.

The selection day will take place on Saturday 10th October 2020, starting at 9.00 am and finishing by 3.00 pm. On submission of the form, further details regarding this day will be emailed or posted to parents by Wednesday 7th October 2020.

Admission Appeals

If your child is not offered a place at our school, you can appeal against the decision. You need to make an appeal within 20 days of receiving the decision letter or email.
To find out more about appealing an admission decision, please visit the Local Authority website:

Mid-year admissions: Please contact Mrs 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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20th Aug 2020
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Students celebrate wonderful GCSE results at Great Baddow High Sc...

The last few days have thrown the educational world into turmoil with uncertainties surrounding the calculation of examination grades. Despite this we are delighted to be able to celebrate the success of both A level and GCSE students at Great Baddow High School as they finally receive the qualifications they deserve, based on centre assessed grades. The revised grades for Year 13 students mean that 100% of our students have achieved a university of their choice. GCSE outcomes provided excellent results for our Year 11 students. Many of our students were awarded the highest GCSE grades and we will welcome a record number of students into our Sixth Form in September. A special mention must be given to the following students for their achievements; - Lucy K – Eight grade 9s, one grade 8, and a Distinction. James A  – Seven grade 9s, two grade 8s and a Distinction. Jenny R - Seven grade 9s, two grade 8s and a Distinction. James L - Five grade 9s, four grade 8s, one grade 7 and a Distinction*. Amy R represented Great Britain in the mixed country three-on-three ice hockey competition at the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games in January and achieved - four grade 9s, three grade 8s, two grade 7s and a Distinction.   We would like to congratulate all of our students on their amazing success during a period of great disruption. They have demonstrated maturity and resilience through these difficult times, and we wish them every success for the future.  
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16th Jun 2020
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Students play detective as part of National Careers Week

National Careers Week is a celebration of careers guidance in education across the United Kingdom to provide careers guidance at an important stage in the academic calendar. Offering a range of careers activities across the school and curriculum areas, this year Great Baddow High School introduced their first ever “What’s my job?”, careers event as part of their National Careers Week schedule, which aimed to widen the knowledge of Year 7 students about the variety of job roles available and challenge preconceptions as to what their future might hold. Dressed in plain everyday clothes, mystery visitors were quizzed by students to try and identify what they did for a living. Allowing ten minutes to talk to each visitor, the students asked some very insightful questions as they tried to work out all the jobs, whilst others thought they knew as soon as they saw them. After an hour of questions the students made their final guesses. Some were close and others were spot on, but Dr Entwistle, with her PHD and surprising answers, had everyone scratching their heads, including the teachers!! “When the mystery visitors all went away and dressed for their jobs and walked into the hall of Year 7s there was quite a few gasps and groans from the students. The mystery guests were revealed as; a circus performer, mental health nurse, bank manager, site agent and a firefighter. After the big reveal, the students then heard how each adult got into their roles and learnt more about their job. The day certainly opened the students’ eyes to a wide range of job roles and challenged quite a few preconceptions and stereotypes.” Mr James Faulkner, Careers Leader “It was amazing. I learnt lots and I felt like a detective.” Elena, Year 7 student at Great Baddow High School Aimed at widening students understanding of different jobs roles and challenging stereotypes, the “What’s my job” event lets Year 7 students meet employees from a range of career sectors to find out what their roles involves and the education and training that was required to get there. “I was a good opportunity to challenge the stereotype of my job, especially being a female in the construction industry.”  Madeleine Bishop, Site Agent - Eurovia Infrastructure Ltd Photo:– Dr Entwistle (Circus Performer), Mr Kane (Essex Partnership University Trust Senior Community Mental Health Nurse), Mrs White (Santander Bank Manager), Miss Bishop (Site Agent) and a Local Firefighter, joined by Year 7 students Alasdair, Sophie and Lucy.
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