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 Old Hall School is right 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 simple steps to our admissions process:
Step 1: Visit Hethersett Old Hall School
The best way to get a feel for what life is like as a pupil at HOHS is to come and visit. 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 would like to see any particular aspect of the school so that we can tailor the tour accordingly.
Step 2: Registration
Once you have decided that Hethersett Old Hall School is the right school for your son or daughter, the next step is to send a completed application form to Louise Vyse, our Registrar, together with a recent passport- sized photo of your son or daughter and a £50 registration fee. This will reserve a place, subject to acceptance.
Should you experience difficulties downloading the application form please call Louise Vyse on 01603 810390 and she will be happy to send you a hard copy.
Step 3: Taster Day
Once we have received your application form we will contact you to arrange a convenient time for a taster day for older children (or a half day visit for younger children joining us in Nursery or Reception).
The aim of the taster day is for your child to experience the school and meet pupils and teachers.
At this stage, we will contact your child’s current school, where applicable, for a reference.
Step 4: Entrance Assessment
Children entering the Nursery or Preparatory School take their entrance assessments within the classroom whilst the other children are working on the lesson. Those joining the senior school are given a quiet space in which to complete tests in English and mathematics.
For those joining the Sixth Form we require at least five GCSEs with good passes including English, maths and the intended subjects of study.
The Headmaster interviews all candidates as part of the admissions process. We welcome applications from all pupils who are at least of average ability and who can participate in mainstream lessons. Mr Crump, the Headmaster, will be able to advise you if you have concerns about your child’s educational needs.
Step 5: Offer
Offers are made on the basis of our assessments and interview, and the receipt of a satisfactory report from your child’s current school.
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 and other essential information.