Admissions Process

Admissions Process

Registration

As our approach to education is unique, it is important that parents understand our methods and some of our educational philosophy. Experience has shown that pupils benefit if parents and the school have a mutual understanding of child development and our curriculum. Prior to registration, prospective parents must attend a school open tour. A registration fee of £50 (£30 for siblings) is payable.

Application

When a place is available in the School, parents will be sent an application form which should be returned with all the appropriate documentation.

Please provide us with as much information about your child as possible (including any disability as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995). This, together with class visits and interviews, will be used by the School to construct a full picture of the child developmentally and academically so that we can ensure that we can responsibly meet the needs of your child in the School.

At any stage in the Admission Process, the School may request that an applicant has further SEN assessments before moving to the next stage.

Early Years – Kindergartens 3 to 6½ years old

For a child to join the Kindergarten in September, she/he must have had their 3rd birthday before August 31st of that year. Both parent and child will have an opportunity to meet the teacher before admission. Parents will have ample opportunity to share information about their child.

The Classes (6 -13 year)

The child and his/her parent(s)/ carer/ guardian will be invited for interview. Your child will be interviewed with a class teacher and parent(s) will have a separate meeting with another teacher. The aim of this process is to gauge the suitability of the school for each pupil and the suitability of each pupil for a particular class.
Class Visit

Following the interviews, a decision will be made whether to invite the prospective pupil for a class visit of 3-5 days.

Offer of a place

The Admissions Mandate makes decisions concerning admissions. The School will send parents a Letter of Offer, which may outline any special conditions for example extra language or other tuition needed to support the child’s integration into St. Paul’s. Acceptance of a place should be confirmed in writing within 5 working days.You will be asked to pay a deposit and sign a contract. If a place cannot be offered, parents will be informed in writing.

Children are admitted at the beginning of each half-term. All places are offered on half-term probation which in exceptional circumstances may be extended. After the probationary period, any withdrawal is subject to one term’s notice.