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The first formal step in the application process is to register for a place by completing our online Application Form on our Admissions Portal. This includes the payment of a non-refundable Registration Fee of £100, and uploading your child’s most recent school report. We will also approach their current school for a personal reference.
Please see further information for candidates with Individual Needs below.
Please do contact us with any questions or issues by email at email@example.com or by telephone: +44 (0) 1462 650947.
The deadline for completing the Application Form for applicants for Year 7 and Year 9 in September 2023 is Friday 25 November 2022. (For applicants in other years, please contact the Admissions Department about available place.)
Once you have registered for a place, the next step is to undertake our entrance assessments.
We have a selection procedure that is designed to identify both current performance and future potential, as well as considering how an individual will make a positive contribution to the St Chris community.
There is no formal assessment for these early year groups. Instead, we review the child’s most recent school report, request a reference where there has been a previous educational setting, (this may not be possible for the Nursery, for example), and invite children in for taster sessions. During these, for children entering Reception to Year 4, we may benchmark a child’s maths and literacy.
In addition to the process for Nursery to Year 4, children in Year 5 and above also take an online CAT (Cognitive Ability Test), and have an informal interview with the Junior School Head.
Applicants for year groups 7 to 10 in the Senior School are invited to an Assessment Morning at St Chris, which is run by the Admissions team. Candidates sit an online CAT (Cognitive Ability Test); English paper (45 minutes’ comprehension and creative writing), and have an informal interview with a senior member of staff.
The main Assessment Day for Senior School students applying for a place in September 2023 is Saturday 4 February 2023.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications for entry into Year 11.
Applicants for entry in Year 12 (Lower Sixth) are invited for an interview with the Head.
Entry requirements into Sixth Form are that candidates should be predicted at least five GCSEs at grade 5 or above, with a grade 6 or above in the subjects selected for study at A level.
Where a student will be studying a subject for the first time, we will consider other related or relevant subjects as a guide for potential achievement, for example we might look at GCSE English results where a student wishes to study A level History but did not take it for GCSE.
Certain subjects at A level require a higher level of foundation knowledge as the step up is considerable. For this reason, we consider all applications for Sixth Form on an individual basis, and will advise parents and students accordingly on expected GCSE grades.
Offers are made in writing with deadlines for the acceptance of a place. A signed Acceptance Form and the payment of the deposit by the deadline secures a place.
We may have places available in certain year groups during the school year, and we run waiting lists for both the Junior and Senior Schools. Where an application is made for an in-year place, the same application process applies, but in addition we ask students to come in for taster sessions in the school and our Admissions team will speak to the applicant’s current Head or Head of Year.
For students resident in the UK, an application to board at St Chris is the same as for a day place: parents register their child via our online portal; a reference request is made to the current school, and assessments take place during the winter and spring terms, including an interview with a member of the leadership team.
For international students who require a Child Student visa, the registration process is the same, but instead of the usual school assessment, we organise an online English language test through Bespoke English Language Testing. Following a successful English test, students have an online interview with the Head, Emma-Kate Henry. This is the final step in the application process.
Where a student requires additional support for the development of their English language skills, we will inform parents and agents at the offer stage, and there may be an additional charge for this. We offer weekly group EAL lessons at no additional charge.
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 all relevant information at the point of registering for a place (Step One, above), in order to ensure that we can reasonably meet a child’s needs before assessing them formally. We ask parents to share known or suspected difficulties or diagnoses relating to their child’s health, wellbeing, abilities or behaviour.
Our Joint Head of Individual Needs and the Head then consider the information submitted alongside the current school report and personal reference in order to clarify access arrangements and consider any additional support required. We may also contact the SENCO or Head at the current school for further discussion.
Where we conclude that we can reasonably meet a child’s needs, we invite them for assessment; where we do not, we inform the parents at the earliest possible stage to enable them to consider other options.
The registration deadline for applicants with Individual Needs who wish to join St Chris in September 2023 is Friday 25 November 2022. Please submit all reports and information relevant to your child’s needs when completing the Application Form. If you wish to make an enquiry beyond this date, please contact the Admissions Department directly.