Admissions process

Information about the application process and key deadlines.

Students in the Junior School

Applying to St Chris

We’d like to show you why St Chris is truly different. As a first step, we encourage you to attend one of our Open Days, held during September and April each year. Open Days offer the opportunity to meet staff and students, view our facilities and learn more about us and our community. Details of our next Open Day can be found here.

We can also arrange a private family visit at any point during the academic year, which includes a tour with current students and a meeting with the Head or Deputy Head.

Private visits can be booked by contacting Kate Allan, our Registrar at admissions@stchris.co.uk or by calling 01462 650850.


Registration and Early Registration

Completing our Registration Form is the first official step in the application process for all year groups. Registration includes a non-refundable Registration Fee of £100 and a request for your child’s most recent school report. We will also approach their current school for a reference at this point in the process

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

We accept applications up to three years in advance for the main entry points of Reception (Pre-Prep), Year 7 (11+) and Year 9 (13+). This is particularly useful for parents of children in Year 6 who do not wish to move their child until the Year 9 entry point.

If you decide to register your child more than a year ahead of their planned entry to the School (for example applying in Year 6 to join Year 9), we can make the offer of a deferred place. However, in the year previous to enrolment we will ask for the most recent school report and a new school reference from the Head and reserve the right to withdraw an offer.

Please note that we do operate a waiting list should your chosen year group be full at the point of first application.


Early Years: Nursery

Children join our Nursery class from the start of the term in which they turn three years old. Initially, parents and their child are invited to the Early Years Centre for a Stay & Play Session lasting an hour. If the teacher, child and parents are happy and the session has gone well, we then offer a place. Closer to the child's start date we offer two Settling-in Sessions.


Early Years: Reception

Children join Reception in the September following their fourth birthday. We offer up to 10 new places in Reception each year. Children who started in the Nursery are automatically offered a place in Reception.

Parents wishing to apply for a place in this year group will be asked to bring in their child for a Taster Day. This is an ideal opportunity for a child to experience a normal day at St Chris, spending time with their current year group and taking part in activities. The teacher will spend 1:1 time with the child, and the Head, Katie Wright, will also come into the classroom for an informal chat.

Following the Taster Day, we ask the class teacher and Head to feedback and also discuss with parents how they felt everything went. If everyone is happy, we make the offer of a place.


Junior School: Year 1 to Year 3

Depending on availability, we are occasionally able to offer places in these year groups.

Parents wishing to apply will be asked to bring in their child for a Taster Day. This is an ideal opportunity for a child to experience a normal day at St Chris, spending time with their current year group and taking part in activities.

Following the Taster Day, if the teacher, parents and child are happy and the school report and reference are satisfactory, we are able to make the offer of a place.


Junior School: Year 4 to Year 6

In Year 4, we split the year group into two classes, offering the opportunity for more children to join St Chris.

Parents wishing to apply for a place in these year groups will be asked to bring in their child for a Taster Day. This is an ideal opportunity for a child to experience a normal day at St Chris, spending time with their current year group and taking part in activities.

For children currently in Year 4 to 6, we start the Taster Day with an online Cognitive Ability Test (CAT) with a member of the Admissions staff. Before morning break, the child is taken to their classroom where they meet their teacher and buddy. They spend the rest of the day with their class, taking part in all activities and getting to know us better.

Following the Taster Day, if the teacher, parents and child are happy and the school report and reference are satisfactory, we are able to make the offer of a place.


Senior School: Year 7 (11+)

In Year 7 we expand our year group to include a new class. All candidates are interviewed, assessed and their current school report and reference taken into consideration.

If the current school report and reference are satisfactory, candidates are invited to one of our Assessment Mornings, held on Fridays in November, December and early January.

There are places for a maximum of 10 candidates on each Assessment Morning, which begin at 8.45am and finish at 1.30pm. During this time, candidates sit an extended English paper and an online Cognitive Ability Test (CAT). This is followed by lunch with current students before informal interviews take place with senior members of staff.

All candidates are entered automatically for the Academic Scholarship. Candidates wishing to apply for the Art Scholarship will be interviewed by the Head of Art during their Assessment Day.

2019-20 Academic Year

The deadline has now passed for parents of children considering entry to Year 7 in September 2019. However, on occasion we can consider additional applications, places permitting; please contact the Registrar to discuss: admissions@stchris.co.uk.



Senior School: Year 9 (13+)

In Year 9 we expand our year group to include a new class. All candidates are interviewed, assessed and their current school report and reference taken into consideration.

If the current school report and reference are satisfactory, candidates are then invited to one of our Assessment Mornings, held on Fridays in November, December and early January.

There are places for a maximum of 10 candidates on each Assessment Morning, which begin at 8.45 am and finish at 1.30 pm. During this time, candidates sit an extended English paper and an online Cognitive Ability Test (CAT). This is followed by lunch with current students before informal interviews take place with senior members of staff.

All candidates are entered automatically for the Academic Scholarship. Candidates wishing to apply for the Art Scholarship will be interviewed by the Head of Art during their Assessment Day.

2019-20 Academic Year

The deadline has now passed for parents of children considering entry to Year 9 in September 2019. However, on occasion we can consider additional applications, places permitting; please contact the Registrar to discuss: admissions@stchris.co.uk.


Senior School: Year 8 (12+) and Year 10 (14+)

We have a small number of places in Year 8 and Year 10 for applicants wishing to join St Chris; these are subject to availability and to the same entry requirements as Year 9, although we can consider them at any time during the academic year. Please note that we do not accept entries into Year 11 or Year 13.

To discuss your requirements please contact Kate Allan at admissions@stchris.co.uk or by calling 01462 650850.


Sixth Form: Year 12 (16+)

Admission into the Sixth Form is conditional on the candidate’s GCSE results. Applicants will be invited to attend an interview with the Head which explores areas such as a student’s current GCSE courses, aptitude for A level work and extra-curricular interests.

The minimum level of attainment for a Sixth Form applicant is at least six Level 4 grades (or equivalent) at GCSE. Occasionally higher grades may be required in particular subjects. However, we reserve the right to vary offers according to the abilities and circumstances of particular applicants.

Candidates wishing to apply for the Art Scholarship will be interviewed by the Head of Art on the same date as their interview with the Head.


International Students

St Chris has a long history of warmly welcoming international students to our community. International students can board from Year 6 (or the age of 10) onwards, and St Chris is able to sponsor international students under Tier 4 of the points-based system of immigration.

For international students, the first step after registration is English language assessment with an experienced assessor which includes a Skype interview. For candidates wishing to study A level maths we also require them to sit a separate maths test. Following the results of these assessments, the student undertakes a Skype interview with the Head.

Further information is available from the Admissions team. Please contact Kate Allan at admissions@stchris.co.uk or by calling +44 1462 650 850.

Students within the EU

We welcome students from other European countries within the EU who are looking for long-term and short-term boarding opportunities. Please contact the Admissions team for more information at admissions@stchris.co.uk or by calling +44 1462 650 850.


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. For candidates with Individual Needs, we ask for additional information to ensure that we can reasonably meet a child’s needs before assessing them formally.

At the point of registration, we ask parents to disclose any known or suspected difficulties or diagnoses relating to their child’s health, wellbeing, abilities or behaviour. Information relating to any known or suspected difficulties or diagnoses (for example NHS letters, NHS or private reports, etc.) must be submitted with the Registration Form and most recent school report.

Our Joint Head of Individual Needs considers the information submitted by the parents alongside the current school report and reference in order to clarify access arrangements and discuss any additional support required. She may also contact the current school’s SENCO.

Where we conclude that we can reasonably meet a child’s needs, we invite them for interview and assessment; where we do not, we inform the parents at this early stage to enable them to consider other options.

The deadline has now passed for parents of children with individual needs considering entry to St Chris in September 2019.


Scholarships and Bursaries

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