The first step in the admissions process is to get in touch with the Admissions team to register your interest in Clayesmore. 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 with a senior member of staff and have a good look round. You are also very welcome to come for a private visit during the week should you prefer.
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 may be the school for your child, there is a registration 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 in the Autumn Term prior to entry.
Once an application form has been received, all students are required to complete an assessment and attend an interview with the Head. For entry into Year 9 students take Common Entrance and/or scholarship exams in Mathematics, 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.
The needs of pupils with a specific learning difficulty will be assessed by professional staff within the Teaching & Learning Centre 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.
We will ask you to secure and confirm your son or daughter’s place by paying a deposit several terms prior to their start date. Pupils whose deposits have not been paid by the requested date will be placed on a waiting list and their place may be given to another child.
Full details of our admissions policy can be read here.
Senior Admissions Officer:
Mrs Rhona Rutherford
Senior Admissions Deadlines
|Year of Entry||Deadline for receipt of Application Form||Formal offers made|
|September 2020||Applicants should contact the admissions team as soon as possible for any remaining available places.|
|September 2021||Contact Admissions||Ongoing|
|September 2022||Contact Admissions||Ongoing|
|September 2023||Contact Admissions||Ongoing|
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