Places can be taken more than a year in advance of entry, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t space after that time. As a rule of thumb it is helpful for parents to start talking to us two years before their child is due to join.
The admissions process for 2021 entry has been adapted to accommodate the COVID-19 restrictions which has impacted on our ability to hold group tasters and events. Any pupils interested in joining the senior school in September 2021 will be invited into school on an individual basis. During the visit pupils will have a tour of the campus and an interview with the Head, or a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Pupils who are interested in boarding will be able to meet the relevant Houseparent. All of these sessions would be subject to appropriate social distancing regulations and our COVID safe policies applied throughout.
Once a visit is booked we will request a reference from your current school. We always value references from schools and they will play an even more important role this year as our usual Taster Days cannot happen, however we are very aware that children have had a different experience of school in the last few months in both an academic and pastoral sense. We will be giving schools the opportunity to include any information relating to the events of the past year that they feel are relevant, so do please liaise with them if there’s anything you think we need to know.
All pupils joining the senior school will also be asked to complete a short assessment in English and Maths, this provides us with important information about each child’s core skills and supports our preparation for their academic programme. This assessment can be completed at home if necessary.
Once an offer is made you will be asked to secure your place by paying a deposit (which is returned against your final school bill). A New Pupil’s Pack will then be shared with you ahead of your child’s start date. We hope to be able to welcome all of new starters onto site towards the end of the summer term for some form of induction event but this will be subject to changes in government guidelines.
JOINING YEAR 7
All pupils who have expressed interest in joining Leweston in Year 7 are invited for an activity day when they are in Year 5. This usually takes place in June and is a great opportunity to experience a fun day at the school and meet some of the other pupils who will be in their year group in the future. Your child will then be invited to the Year 7 Assessment Day which takes place in the Spring Term of Year 6. This event allows the pupils to get to know each other and the school. The day incorporates a range of fun activities with tours of the school. In the morning all those attending will also sit the school assessment which provides us with important information about each child’s core skills and supports our preparation for their academic programme. If your child is interested in boarding it may be possible to stay for a boarding taster.
At this point a reference is requested from your current school. After the Assessment Day places will be offered. All entrants are also welcome to join us for a personal taster to experience a typical Year 7 timetable. We are happy to assess your child at other times during the year and places will be offered subject to availability.
Joining Year 8
Candidates interested in Years 8 will be invited to spend a day at the school with the year group they will be joining. They will participate in a normal timetable of lessons and be accompanied throughout by a nominated pupil guardian. Pupils will sit an age appropriate school assessment. They will also attend a short informal interview with the Head. After the day feedback will be given and places will be offered.