General Policy Statement
Colfe’s School is a selective, fee-paying school. Children are admitted on the basis of their success in competitive selection procedures, which include written examinations and interviews. Unless their children are in receipt of Scholarship or Bursary Awards, parents undertake to pay the full school fee and any additional charges.
Acceptance of a place at the School implies an acceptance of the School Policies in place as set out in the School Prospectus, the School Rules and the terms of the Entry Acceptance Form, which is signed by the parent(s)/guardian(s), when a place is accepted.
The precise details of the selection procedure vary according to the age of the pupil. We endeavour to ensure that all applicants and their parent(s)/guardian(s) are fully briefed about what is required.
In principle pupils are assessed on the basis of:
performance in a written test or examination; at 7+ and 11+ these consist of papers in English and Mathematics, an interview with a senior member of staff; a written confidential report from the present School.
Parents of applicants are informed by an agreed date of the outcome of the application. No specific marks (raw or percentage) or grades will be given. There is no mechanism for appeal against a decision, although bona fide enquiries will be considered sympathetically by the School.
The dates of examinations are publicised well in advance. Examinations are conducted at the School.
Full details of the format and content of the examinations and copies of specimen papers are available on request.
Written examination scripts are marked, assessed, moderated and scrutinised by senior staff. Every effort is made to ensure fairness and consistency in the outcomes.
Scholarship and Bursary Awards at 11+ and 16+
Scholarships and means-tested bursaries are available at 11+ and 16+. Further information can be obtained on request.
Candidates under consideration for academic awards on the basis of their written papers will be required to attend specific academic interviews.
Parents are specifically advised that all scholarship and bursary awards are made on the basis of assessed merit at the discretion of the School.
Special Educational Needs
It is important that the School is fully informed of any SEN such as dyslexia or dyspraxia. Extra time may be offered to pupils in entrance examinations, provided that this is on the recommendation of an educational psychologist's report. The scripts of pupils with SEN are scrutinised specifically and sympathetically as part of the selection procedure.
The School is aware of its responsibilities under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and has drawn up an accessibility strategy and plan.
Colfe’s School welcomes applications from children of all races, cultures and religions.
Retention of Pupils
Subject to satisfactory academic progress and conduct a pupil may remain at Colfe’s until the end of his/her Upper Sixth Year (Year 13).
Pupils proceeding from Year 6 of the Preparatory School to the Senior School at 11+ are required to sit the School's 11+ entry examination. The results are used for appropriate monitoring of a pupil's progress and to assess the eligibility of Prep School candidates for academic scholarships. However a pupil's progress to the Senior School is assumed to be automatic, unless parents have been clearly informed to the contrary by the Head of the Preparatory School, who in the normal course of events would expect to give such advice and guidance by the end of Year 5 at the latest.
Progress to the Lower Sixth Form is subject to the pupil achieving a minimum of 14 points at GCSE, assuming 3 points for an A*/A grade, 2 points for a B grade and 1 point for a C grade. This threshold is subject to annual review.
Admission to the Pre Preparatory and Nursery (3+ and 4+)
Pupils join Colfe's either at 3+ when they would join a Nursery class of 20 or at 4+ when they would make up a second class of 20 children. Offers are made in the Autumn Term of the year preceding entry. Early registration is recommended for 3+ and 4+ because offers are made according to the date of registration (bearing in mind siblings, staff children and the balance of boys and girls in the year group).
Occasional places do become available at 5+ and 6+; these offers are dependent on informal assessments.
Admission to the Prep School (7+)
A formal assessment is not required for the transition from the PPN to the Prep.
There is a formal assessment for children who do not attend the PPN. Assessments in English and maths are required before securing entry into the school.
Occasionally children join the school in other year groups. To assess their ability, they are given standardised tests in English, maths and reasoning appropriate to their age. Wherever possible, applicants will be asked to join the class they may be going into to give them the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the school and their peers. Account is always taken of children with special educational needs.
Document Reviewed June 2011