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Following your visit to St Chris, we invite you to complete our online Application Form, which is the first official step in the application process for all year groups.
Making an application for a place includes payment of a non-refundable Registration Fee of £100 and a request for your child’s most recent school report. We will also approach your child’s current school for a reference as soon as they have made an application. For children with Individual Needs we ask for all supporting information at the application stage – please see further information for candidates with Individual Needs below.
If you have any questions please contact our Admissions team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling +44 (0) 1462 650947.
Once you have completed the online Application Form and we have received your child’s current school reference and report, the next stage is our entrance assessment process.
St Chris has a selection procedure that is designed to identify pupils who are able to benefit from our balanced and well-rounded education, and to make a positive contribution towards the life of the School.
Below is an overview of the assessment steps for each area of the School from September 2020 onwards, based on the latest Government guidelines in relation to social distancing, and on the basis that your health and wellbeing, and that of our pupils and staff, is our main priority.
Our assessment procedure for these years will involve an informal meeting with the Head of the Junior School, a call to your child’s previous education setting and a review of your child’s latest school report where applicable.
Under normal conditions we would offer families a Stay and Play Tater Session (Nursery) or a Taster Day (Reception to Year 4) but we are unable to do so at the moment until at least January 2021 due to social distancing guidelines.
Assessment involves an online CAT (Cognitive Ability Test) which takes approximately 1.5 hours, and pupils also have an informal interview with the Junior School Head or the Deputy Head. Assessments and interviews will run from October 2020 at St Chris, and will adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Under normal conditions we would offer a Taster Day to all pupils spent in class, however we are unable to do so at the moment until at least January 2021 due to social distancing guidelines.
Applicants for the Senior School are invited to an Assessment Morning at St Chris in the school year before they start. Assessments are in small groups and candidates sit an online CAT (Cognitive Ability Test), English paper (30 minutes’ creative writing) and have an informal interview with a member of the Senior Management Team.
From October 2020 Assessment Mornings will be run in person at St Chris as socially distanced events.
In-year applications are subject to the same process as above but in addition, the Head will contact the Head of the child’s current school.
Sixth Form applicants are invited for an interview with the Head or the Head of Sixth Form which will be conducted by video call.
Normally we would consider the candidate’s projected or actual GCSE results. Generally, we expect candidates to obtain at least five GCSEs at grade 5 and above in order to follow an AS/A-level programme, with at least grade 6 in the subjects selected for studying at A-level, or in relevant subjects where a student is starting a subject from scratch (such as Psychology or Business Studies).
Offers are made in writing with deadlines for the submission of an Acceptance Form. A completed Acceptance Form and the payment of a Deposit secures a place at St Christopher School.
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 making an application, we ask parents to disclose any known or suspected difficulties or diagnoses relating to their child’s health, wellbeing, abilities or behaviour.
Our Joint Head of Individual Needs considers the information submitted by 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 registration deadline for applicants with Individual Needs who wish to join St Chris in September 2021 is Friday 6 November 2020.