We teach boys and girls aged from 7 to 19, but we do not admit new pupils into Year 11 or 13, nor usually Year 10 or 12 after the first half term as it is too disruptive to others. We prefer early years admissions as that gives us the best opportunity to make the biggest difference. We welcome day and boarding pupils, and boarding is fully flexible. We welcome international students, provided that English is their first or strong second language.
Special Educational Needs
The great majority of our pupils have Specific Learning Difficulties, their primary needs are Dyslexia and/ or Dyspraxia, together with some Dyscalculia. We also cater for Speech and Language and Sensory Integration disorders. We only admit children we consider will fit into and benefit from our school community. We do not admit children with Emotional Behavioural or Social Disorders. Please ask the Office for a copy of our Disability Equality Policy if your child has physical disabilities.
How does the admissions process work?
We encourage prospective parents initially to attend one of our regular Open Mornings to meet some of the key staff and see the school, often guided by some of our pupils. Please see the website for dates. We prefer not to get into too much detailed discussion at this stage but if you are travelling from a considerable distance please ask the PA to the Principal to book you extra time. If, after meeting with the Principal, it is decided to take matters further, we will ask to see a recent Educational Psychologist’s Report and any other relevant reports.
If after studying the paperwork we agree that we may be able to help your child, they will be invited to attend for Evaluation and Assessment, usually comprising two school days for day pupils, or three days with two overnight stays for boarders. We will normally be able to let you know within 48 hours of completion whether we will be offering a place. Provided that funding is available, new pupils can start straight away, or at an agreed later date.
There is a small charge towards our costs in undertaking the Evaluation and Assessment - please see our current fees.
Please note that availability is very limited in some year groups.