Admissions Procedures

Admissions Contact:

We invite you to contact Andrea Strong (Admissions Manager) who will be happy to arrange for you to meet the Head and take a tour of the School.

Email: admissions@stedmunds.org.uk or telephone: 01227 475601

Pre-Prep School Admissions Procedure

The majority of children start at St Edmund’s Pre-Prep in the Nursery but children can join any class as long as there are spaces available.

Nursery Admissions

Parents are invited to have a tour around the school with Mrs Julia Exley, Head of Pre-Prep. Then they can register their child and bring them along for a Nursery session so that we can make sure they are ready to enjoy all the opportunities we offer. We also make an informal assessment of their readiness to play and learn harmoniously with others. Once a place has been offered and confirmed, children will be invited to attend some pre-entry sessions with their parents. These sessions help new pupils to become familiar with the setting and the staff so they are confident for their parents to leave when term begins. Places in Nursery are allocated in order of registration. We encourage all our Nursery children to progress through the Pre-Prep.

Children aged 3-5 years joining the Nursery are entitled to the Free Early Education Funding of up to 15 hours each week. At St Edmund’s you can claim 3 hours per day between 8.30am-11.30am. Any extra hours will be charged at our normal fee rate. We recommend that children attend for a minimum of 3 mornings per week as in our experience this helps them to settle and make friends. Nursery children have a choice of sessions:

Morning: 8.30 am - 12 noon or 8.30 am - 1.30 pm (with lunch); Full day: 8.30 am - 3.30 pm.

Parents are entitled to attend St Edmund’s Nursery just for the Free Early Education hours (15 hours per week) which can be accessed from 8.30-11.30am every morning. There is no financial outlay for this option. However, there is a late fee if your child is not picked up at 11.30am of £25 per day. If you choose this option unfortunately you will not have the flexibility of staying beyond these hours and will not be able to extend your sessions into the afternoons as your child becomes older. Parents are advised that we have a number of school events and services which happen in the afternoons.

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Admissions

Parents are invited to have a tour around the school with the Head of Pre-Prep. Then they can register their child and bring them along for a morning or day in school so that we can assess their progress in Literacy and Numeracy. We also take account of their general attitude to learning and their consideration of others. In this way, we hope to ensure that all children can enjoy their time in school together and progress to the best of their ability. Whilst our standards and expectations are high, we nevertheless have children with a wide spread of abilities and talents and aim to provide appropriate challenge for them all. Once a place has been offered and confirmed, children will be invited to attend pre-entry sessions. These sessions help new pupils to become familiar with the setting and the staff so they are more confident when they start.

Registration

Parents may register their child for St Edmund’s Pre-Prep School at any time – before or after a visit – by completing and returning a Registration Form together with the non-refundable £100 registration fee. Your son or daughter’s name is then added to the provisional list for entry in the term indicated. Your child cannot be assessed for entry and subsequently accepted without first registering.

Offer of a place

Assuming the assessment is successful; the Head of the Pre-Prep School will make a formal offer of a place and send this to the parents along with the Parent’s Contract and joining instructions. Parents respond by accepting the place in writing, completing the joining instructions along with the School’s terms and conditions. Payment of a £500 deposit is also required; this deposit is refundable when the child leaves the school but is non-refundable if the pupil does not join the School.

Junior School Admissions Procedure

Boys and girls may enter St Edmund’s Junior School at any point from Year 3 at the age of 7 to Year 8 at the age of 12. There is a large annual intake into Year 7. Most pupils join in September at the beginning of an academic year, but providing there is a place for the child, new pupils are welcomed at any time. Places in all year groups are limited and parents are encouraged to register as soon as possible; particularly for entry to Year 7 for which we receive a high volume of applications.

Step 1 - Visit our school

Arrange to meet the Head of the Junior School, Mr Andrew De Silva, and tour the school. Contact Andrea Strong (Admissions Manager) on admissions@stedmunds.org.uk or telephone 01227 475601.

Step 2 - Registration

Parents may register their child for St Edmund’s Junior School at any time – before or after a visit – by completing and returning a Registration Form together with the non-refundable £150 registration fee. Your son or daughter’s name is then added to the provisional list for entry in the term indicated. Your child cannot be assessed for entry and subsequently accepted without first registering.

Step 3 - Assessment

Following a visit, parents can request the assessment of their child for entry. The purpose of assessment is to give parents and school the confidence that the child will flourish in the St Edmund’s environment. A broad view of the child is taken and evidence is drawn from visits made to the school, academic testing (Year 4 onwards) and reports and references from the current school.

  • For entry to Year 3 - There are no entrance tests for children entering the school in Year 3. These children spend an informal assessment day in class at St Edmund’s amongst children of their own age. The teachers then advise the Head of the Junior School as to whether or not the child is likely to flourish in our environment.
  • For entry to Years 4, 5 and 6 – A similar process as above will be followed, though they will also sit some entrance tests during their assessment visit (usually a reading test and a Non-Verbal Reasoning test).
  • For entry to Years 7 and 8 prospective pupils sit formal entrance tests (Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning).

Our policy is to apply this criteria to all pupils and potential pupils regardless of any disability of which we are aware, subject to our obligation to make reasonable adjustments so as not to put any pupil at a substantial disadvantage when compared to others. Whilst we do not have a specialist unit, children with Additional Educational Needs (AEN) are accommodated as far as we are able. Where pupils have a diagnosed additional need, a copy of the most current Educational Psychologist’s report will be required. A meeting will usually be arranged with our own Head of Additional Needs in order to assess the level of support needed, and whether or not we are in a position to provide this support.

Step 4 - Reference and Report

With the parents’ consent we will approach the prospective pupil’s current school for a report on their recent academic progress, social traits and so on. The Head of the Junior School will also wish to see the child’s two most recent end of year school reports.

Step 5 - Offer of a Place

Assuming the assessment is successful; the Head of the Junior School will make a formal offer of a place and send this to the parents along with the Parent’s Contract and joining instructions. Parents respond by accepting the place in writing, completing the joining instructions along with the School’s terms and conditions. Payment of a £750 deposit is also required; this deposit is refundable when the child leaves the school but is non-refundable if the pupil does not join the School.

Senior School Admissions Procedure

Boys and girls may enter St Edmund’s Senior School at ages 13, 14, and 16 i.e. in Years 9 (Lower Fifth), 10 (Middle Fifth), and 12 (Lower Sixth). There is a notable annual intake into Years 9, 10 and 12, and a significant throughput from the Junior School at age 13.

Step 1 - Visit our school

Arrange to meet the Head, Mr Edward O’Connor, and tour the School. Contact Andrea Strong (Admissions Manager) admissions@stedmunds.org.uk or telephone 01227 475601.

Step 2 - Registration

Parents may register their child for St Edmund’s School at any time by completing and returning a Registration Form, together with the £150 non-returnable registration fee. Your son or daughter’s name is then added to the provisional list for entry in the term indicated. Your child cannot be assessed for entry and subsequently accepted without first registering.

Step 3 - Assessment

All prospective pupils are interviewed by the Head. For entry into Year 9, prospective pupils sit the Common Entrance examination. If Common Entrance is not taken at your son or daughter’s current school, we have our own entrance examinations in Maths, English and NVR (Non-Verbal Reasoning). For entry in Year 10, prospective pupils sit entrance examinations in Maths and English. For entry into Year 12, prospective pupils have to achieve a minimum of 6 GCSE or IGCSE passes at grade C or Grade 4 and above, together with minimum B or Grade 5, though a 6 is preferable, in their chosen A-level subjects. Alternatively, entrance examinations can be sat in each of the chosen A-level options. Our policy is to apply these criteria to all pupils and potential pupils regardless of any disability of which we are aware, subject to our obligation to make reasonable adjustments so as not to put any pupil at a substantial disadvantage when compared to others. Whilst we do not have a specialist unit, children with Additional Educational Needs (AEN) are accommodated as far as we are able. Where pupils have a diagnosed additional need, a copy of the most current Educational Psychologist’s report will be required. A meeting will usually be arranged with our own Head of Additional Needs in order to assess the level of support needed, and whether or not we are in a position to provide this support. All assessment visits may be arranged through the Admissions Department.

Step 4 - Requesting Reference and Report

Parents are asked to provide copies of the two most recent academic reports from their child’s current school. Subsequently, the Head will request a reference on the prospective pupil’s academic progress and social traits from the current school’s Head Teacher.

Step 5 - Offer of a Place

Assuming the assessment is successful; the Head will make a formal offer of a place and send this to the parents along with the Parent’s Contract, medical form and joining instructions. Parents respond by accepting the place in writing, completing the joining instructions along with the School’s terms and conditions. Payment of a £750 deposit is also required; this deposit is refundable when the child leaves the school but is non-refundable if the pupil does not join the School.