How to Apply

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Step One – Complete Application Form

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.

Click here to access our Admissions Portal.

If you have any questions please contact our admissions team by emailing admissions@stchris.co.uk or calling +44 (0) 1462 650947 to speak to Kate our Registrar or Sarah our Admissions Assistant.

Step Two – Entrance Assessment

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. Every aspect of the assessment process is taken into account when taking the decision about whether to offer a place.

We are keen to ensure that this part of our admissions process is as child-centred as possible and the admissions team will discuss your child’s journey with you in detail, but as an overview the assessment steps include:

Nursery

We do not pre-assess nursery aged pupils. Instead, children are invited in to St Chris with their parents/guardians for a familiarisation visit, lasting an hour.

Reception to Year 3

Assessment involves a taster day in your child’s current year group taking part in activities. This includes an informal numeracy and literacy assessment with the class teacher, who will also observe play and group work.

Year 4 to Year 6

Assessment involves a taster day in your child’s current year group and an informal meeting with the Head of the Junior School. During the morning, your child will sit an online Cognitive Ability Test (CAT) with a member of the admissions team which takes approximately an hour and a half.

Year 7 (11+) and Year 9 (13+)

Prospective pupils are invited to one of our Assessment Mornings, held on Fridays in November, December and early January. Candidates sit an extended English paper and an online Cognitive Ability Test (CAT). This is followed by a tour of the School and lunch with current students before an informal interview with a senior member of staff.  Candidates wishing to apply for the Art Scholarship are also interviewed by the Head of Art.

Key dates for Year 7 and Year 9 Entrants for September 2020

The deadline has now passed for parents considering entry to Year 7 and Year 9 for September 2020, however on occasion we can consider additional applications. We would encourage you to make an application on our admissions portal and, if you would like to book a tour of the School, to do so via our online portal for a date as soon as possible. For further information please contact our Admissions Department on +44 01462 650 947 or email admissions@srtchris.co.uk

  • Final Assessment Morning: Thursday 16 January 2020
  • Deadline for offer acceptances for Year 7 and Year 9: Monday 2 March 2020

Sixth Form (16+)

Applicants are invited for an interview with the Head or the Head of Sixth Form from 1 December onwards. Normally we would consider the candidate’s projected or actual GCSE results.

Other Years

We have a small number of places in Year 8 (12+) and Year 10 (14+) for applicants wishing to join St Chris; these are subject to availability. Please note that we do not accept entries into Year 11 or Year 13.

Step Three – Offer Stage

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.

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 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.

Covid-19 Information

Due to the containment measures associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, St Chris is currently physically closed for mainstream schooling. We continue to operate remotely to offer virtual learning for all of our pupils and our top priorities are to:

  • Continue to support and move forward the learning goals of each class or subject;
  • Support our pupils pastorally;
  • Support families as they navigate challenges that arise with work schedules and childcare.

Current Parents

Full details of our remote learning arrangements and resources, pastoral care and safeguarding information have been emailed to parents. Please visit our parent portal for updated information. Staff contact details can be found by clicking here.

If you are a prospective family looking for a school for your child, our Admissions Office is open and members of our Admissions Team are available to talk to. They can answer any questions you may have about the school and how to apply, set up virtual meetings with key teachers and can send you a video tour of the site while the School is closed.

As well as offering video tours, we are also organising a small number of socially distanced tours of the School to those families looking for places for September 2020. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more.

Admissions Contact Details

Kate Allan, Registrar.

Email: admissions@stchris.co.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 7714 618 233.