The first step in the admissions process is to get in touch and request a prospectus. You might then like to attend the next Open Morning, or arrange for a personal visit. This will give you the chance to see us in action, meet the Head and have a good look round. We have an open morning each term, but you are welcome to come on any day that suits you.
Your visit to Clayesmore will usually involve meeting the Head, or a member of the Senior Leadership Team for half an hour or so and a tour of the school by two of our pupils. The length of a visit will vary but we generally advise parents to allow at least 1½ hours.
It is entirely up to parents whether they bring their children on their first visit, but if you decide to come on your own the first time, you can easily book a second visit so that the Head can meet your son or daughter. We like to meet all students who apply for a place.
How to apply
Once you have decided that Clayesmore is the school for your child, there is an Application Form to fill in and return to us with a registration fee of £100. The main entry points into the Senior School are at age 13 into Year 9, and age 16 into Year 12. There are also some admissions into Year 10 and exceptionally into Year 11. Scholarships for entry into Year 9 and Year 12 are offered by competitive examination early in the Spring term.
For entry into Year 9 students take Common Entrance and/or scholarship exams in Maths, English, Science, French, and Latin for the top sets. Assessment in other subjects is based on coursework and internal assessment by the child’s current school and Head’s report. We are proudly non-selective and do not base our decision on whether or not to offer a place solely on academic performance. We assess all applicants on an individual basis and take a wide range of factors into account.
The needs of pupils with a specific learning difficulty will be assessed by the Assistant Head (Teaching and Learning) and in some cases we may also ask them to complete an additional piece of written work before the offer of a place is made.
Your son or daughter’s Common Entrance results will help us to determine setting arrangements when they joins us and we have an ambitious development plan to manage the academic challenge and the personal development of every pupil. No one is over-looked and all are enabled to give of their best.
Five terms before they are due to start, we will ask you to secure and confirm your son or daughter’s place by paying a deposit.
Full details of our admissions policy can be read here.
Senior Admissions Officer:
Mrs Rhona Rutherford
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