The principles relied on in the selection of students for admission are designed to ensure the school will remain a Catholic school. Applications for admission will be considered from parents and guardians who are in sympathy with the aims and ethos of the school and whose child will benefit from the academic curriculum of the school.
1: The School is Selective
The school is selective and offers are made based on entrance assessments, interview and current Headteacher’s report/reference. See point 2 for Sixth Form entry criteria. The main entry points to the school are:
- Pre-Reception (age 3+ i.e. the academic year in which a child has his/her 4th birthday)
- Years 3-6 (ages 7-10+) for junior weekly and full boarders only (reserved Preparatory Division places)
- Year 7 (age 11+)
- Year 9 (age 13+)
- Year 12 (age 16+)
Places are reserved in the Girls’ and Boys’ Divisions for 13+ entry and separate scholarships are available at 13+, in order to provide for students transferring from preparatory schools that have provision up to 13+. Applicants from pupils who attend preparatory schools which make provision allowing them to continue their education up to 13+, and which are not part of a structure which connects them to a particular Girls’ and Boys’ Division, will only be accepted (subject to the other relevant criteria set out in this policy) for Year 9 entry. The assessments may be sat in Year 8, or earlier in Year 6 if preferred, and any offer made will be for a place at the start of Year 9.
2: Priority for entry to the Sixth Form
Priority for entry to the Sixth Form is given to Year 11 in New Hall’s Girls’ and Boys’ Divisions, who are interviewed in the Michaelmas Term of Year 11 by the Principal or Head of Sixth Form. Students must meet the minimum entry requirement of two 7s and four 5s at GCSE; some subjects require a minimum grade at GCSE in order to take the subject at A Level (see the Sixth Form Subject Information booklet for details).
3: Supportive of the Catholic ethos of the school
All students admitted to the school, and their parents/guardians, are expected to be supportive of the Catholic ethos of the school. Listed below are the various priority categories for places (subject to entry assessments) although there is no fixed weighting or ranking in relation to each other:
- Boarders (Years 3-13), with full or weekly boarders prioritised ahead of flexi-boarders
- Academic ability
- Religious commitment (see point 3 below)
- Siblings of current New Hall students or siblings joining simultaneously
- Pupils from New Hall Preparatory Divisions applying for Year 7 entry
- Pupils from New Hall’s sponsored academy, Messing Primary School, applying for Year 7 entry. It is normally the case that priority for a place or award increases with the number of above criteria that are met by a candidate.
In so far as selection for a place, bursary or scholarship is based on religious criteria, the following order would apply:
- 4.1 Catholic baptised children of practising Catholic families
- 4.2 Children of Catholic families
- 4.3 Children of other Christian denominations who are practising their faith In the event that Catholicity is a deciding factor for admission to the school, or for the award of a scholarship or bursary, this will be verified by completion of the priest’s reference form
5: Offers of bursaries/scholarships
The offer of bursaries, scholarships and awards shall be made in accordance with the current policy, which is reviewed termly.
6: Further selection criteria
The following criteria (in no particular order) will be borne in mind when considering any applicant:
- Can the school meet the educational needs of the child within the context of the resources available?
- Are the parents in sympathy with the aims and ethos of the school – as expressed in the curriculum, the co-curricular activities provided and the religious values at the heart of the school?
- Does it appear that the child will be happy at New Hall?
7: Waiting lists
Where waiting lists operate for places into a particular year group, the admissions criteria above will apply when selecting a child, should a vacancy occur.
8: Assessment process
The assessment process will normally include, for example, a trial session, interview, entrance examinations and a report/reference from the current Headteacher, as appropriate to the age of entry. The Principal, or another member of the Senior Leadership Team, will normally meet with parents for an interview prior to their child being assessed for entry to the school.