Admissions process

Information about the application process and key deadlines.

Students in the Junior School

Applying to St Chris

As a first step, we encourage you to visit the School and would be delighted to welcome you at one of our Open Days or on a private visit.

Details of our next Open Day can be found here.

Private visits can be booked by contacting the Registrar on 01462 650947 or by emailing


Following your visit to the School, and once you have decided that you would like to apply for a place, we ask that you complete a Registration Form which includes a non-refundable Registration Fee.

Download St Christopher School Registration Form 2017-18 (141.83 kB PDF)

Early Years: Nursery and Reception

Children can join our Nursery class from the start of the term in which they celebrate their third birthday and Reception in the September following their fourth birthday. Following registration, applicants are invited to the Early Years Centre for a taster morning prior to being offered a place.

Junior School

Applicants seeking a place from Years 1 to 6 are invited to join us for an Assessment Day following their registration. They will spend time in class-based activities and those applying for Year 4 or above will undertake Cognitive Ability Tests (CAT). In addition, a candidate’s most recent school report and a confidential reference from their current school are requested at this point in the process.

Senior School: Year 7 and Year 9

The procedure for entry into Year 7 and Year 9 in September each year is as follows:

  1. Registration
  2. Interview: All applicants are invited for an interview with the Head during the second half of the Autumn term.

  3. Assessment Day: Applicants are invited to take a series of assessment exercises at St Chris which include Cognitive Ability Tests (CAT) and an extended writing piece. This year’s Assessment Day is Saturday 20 January 2018.

In addition, an applicant’s most recent school report and a confidential reference from their current school are requested at this point in the process.

The deadline for applications for entry to Year 7 and Year 9 in September 2018 is Friday 10 November 2017.

Senior School: Other years

From time to time places also become available in other years in the Senior School and are subject to the applicant fulfilling our admissions criteria. These are assessed via an interview with the Head, and the undertaking of Cognitive Ability Tests (CAT) at the School.

In addition, previous school reports and a confidential reference from the applicant’s current school are requested.

Sixth Form

Admission into the Sixth Form is based on an interview and GCSE results. Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit as early as possible.

Applicants are interviewed by the Head or a senior member of staff. The interview explores areas such as the applicant’s current GCSE courses, their aptitude for A-level work and their extra-curricular interests.

An offer of a place is conditional on the candidate’s performance at GCSE. The minimum level of attainment for a Sixth Form applicant is six B grades / Level 4 grades (or equivalent) at GCSE; occasionally higher grades may be required in particular subjects. The School reserves its right to vary offers according to the abilities and circumstances of particular applicants.

International students

St Chris has a long history of welcoming international students, who can board from the age of 10 onwards. The School can sponsor international students under Tier 4 of the points-based system of immigration. Further information is available from the Admissions office by emailing or calling +44 1462 650 947.

Individual Needs

St Chris has an excellent reputation for supporting students with Individual Needs and we are proud to do so. However, it is only possible for us to support a small proportion of our student intake each year.

All applicants with Individual Needs must supply a report from an Educational Psychologist (or similar) at the point of Registration, to be assessed by our specialist Individual Needs Advisor as part of the admissions process.

Our Registration deadline for applicants with Individual Needs who are looking to join the School in September 2018 is Friday 10 November 2017.

Scholarships and Bursaries

For further information please click here

Key admissions dates deadlines 2017-18

Registration for entry to Year 7 and Year 9

Friday 10 November 2017

Registration and documentation for applicants with Individual Needs (all years)

Friday 10 November 2017

Art Scholarship registration

Friday 10 November 2017

Bursary applications

Wednesday 6 December 2017

Assessment Day (Year 7 and Year 9)

Saturday 20 January 2018