UK Pupil Admissions Process
Our admissions process is designed to be as friendly and flexible as possible, giving you and your child the opportunity to get to know us and decide whether Hethersett is the right school for you. Whilst most pupils join us at the beginning of the academic year in September, you can join us immediately if we have a place available and you meet our entrance requirements.
There are five stages to our admissions process:
1) Visit Hethersett Old Hall School
The best way to get a feel for what life is like as a pupil at Hethersett Old Hall School is to come and visit. Most people arrange a personal visit, but some prefer to attend an open day. You are welcome to visit as many times as you like, with or without your son or daughter.
We usually suggest that you allow an hour for your visit. During that time we will arrange for you to have a tour of the school, meet your child’s potential teacher and the Headmaster, Mr Crump. Please do let us know if you or your child have particular interests so that we can tailor the tour accordingly.
Once you have decided that Hethersett Old Hall School is the right school for your son or daughter, the next step is to complete and return an application form (pdf). Registering your child reserves a place for him or her at the school, subject to assessment and formal offer.
Please return the completed form to our Registrar, Mrs Linda Jones, together with:
- A recent passport sized photo of your son or daughter
- An application for a scholarship if applicable
- A non-refundable cheque for £50 as registration fee
Should you experience difficulties downloading the form please call Mrs Jones on 01603 810390 who will be happy to send you a hard copy.
3) Taster Day
Once we have received your registration form we will contact you to arrange a convenient time for your child to spend a taster day in school (or 45 minutes in the case of younger children who are joining us in Nursery or Reception).
The aim of the taster day is for your child to experience the school and get to know the other children in the class he or she will be joining. There are always plenty of volunteers from our existing pupils to be a buddy for the day and look after those visiting their class.
At this stage, we will contact your child’s current school, where applicable, for a short reference.
4) Entrance assessment
We understand that the very word assessment is enough to make parents and pupils alike feel anxious. Our entrance assessments are not about passing or failing; they are designed to give us an indication of your child’s stage of development. We do all we can to make the process as relaxed and non-pressurised as possible. Most people choose to combine the entrance assessments with their taster day, although it’s perfectly possible to do them separately if you prefer.
Children entering the Nursery or Preparatory School take their assessments within the classroom whilst their peers are working on the lesson. Those joining the senior school are given a quiet space in which to complete tests in English, mathematics and general reasoning. The assessment helps us to know where they are in developing essential skills. For those joining the Sixth Form we require 5 GCSEs grade A*-C, including English, mathematics and the intended subjects of study. The Headmaster interviews all candidates.
We welcome applications from all pupils who have at least average ability and who can participate in mainstream lessons. If you are concerned about your child’s educational needs, you should discuss it with Mr Crump, the Headmaster, who will be able to advise you.
Waiting for results is a fraught time so we notify you as quickly as possible about your application. Offers are made on the basis of a satisfactory report from your child’s current school and our assessments.
Our formal offer letter includes the terms and conditions of entry and an entrance form for you to complete and return to us with a deposit of £200 for day pupils or £1000 for boarders. The deposit is repayable at the end of a pupil’s last term.
Once we have received your entrance form and deposit, your child’s place is guaranteed. We will then send you a full information pack including details of our new pupils’ day in June, school uniform, medical forms and so on.