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Selecting a school

 

A guide to the school application process 

  • Carry out research into possible schools
  • If possible, visit schools at least a year before the proposed entry date
  • Complete application form
  • Register with school
  • Pay deposit/application fee during the year before entry (or earlier)
  • Prepare for entrance examinations/tests/interviews
  • Sit entrance/scholarship examinations at agreed location
  • If possible visit the school for interview during spring and summer term before entry 
  • Prepare for entry and complete all essential paperwork
  • Purchase school uniform and items on clothing list during the summer term or holidays before entry
  • Enter school
  • Receive school induction at beginning of the autumn term

School visits – what to look for

  • Do the children seem happy and purposefully engaged in activity? 
  • Are staff and children talking and working together? 
  • Are the children well mannered and courteous? 
  • How is discipline maintained? 
  • How, and with what frequency, does the school communicate with parents? 
  • How does the school monitor each child’s progress? 
  • What provision is made for children with learning difficulties? 
  • How many children are there in each class? 
  • What emphasis is placed on art, drama, music, sport? 
  • Are the facilities well maintained? 
  • Is there a high turnover of staff members? 
  • What is the balance between newly qualified and experienced staff, and the number of specialist teachers (especially in preparatory schools)?
  • What pastoral care system is in place? 
  • What is the school’s policy on bullying and drugs?
Choosing and assessing schools
School Address Phone Type PR Weblink
Clifton College32 College Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3JH0117 315 7000Bo, D, M, 2-18 
Leweston SchoolSherborne, Dorset. DT9 6EN01963 211010Bo, D, G, M(1-8), 0-18 
Bromsgrove SchoolWorcester Road, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. B61 7DU01527 579679Bo, D, M, 7-18 
Queen Ethelburga's CollegeThorpe Underwood Hall, York. YO26 9SS01423 33 33 30Bo, D, M, 3-18 
Stover, Newton Abbot, Devon. TQ12 6QG01626 354505Bo, D, M, 3-18
Pangbourne Reading RG8 8LA+44 (0)118 9767 416Bo, D, M, 11-18
Dauntsey\'sWest Lavington Devizes SN10 4HE01380 814500Bo, D, M, 11-18 
Myddelton College Peakes Lane, Denbigh. North Wales. LL16 3EN+44 174 547 2201Bo, D, M, 11-18 
Lombard Street, Shackleford, Godalming, Surrey GU8 6AS01483 810266Bo, D, B 7-13
 
 
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