Pupils are welcome to join Silcoates School (Senior School, Junior School and Sunny Hill) at all appropriate ages. In the Senior School a place is gained by a successful performance in our entrance tests, held at Silcoates in January each year, and is also dependent on a positive school report. However, entrance tests can also be arranged at other times of the year and it is possible, though sometimes not ideal, for pupils to join the School at any time during the school year in the appropriate year group.
Entrance to the Junior School and Sunny Hill is based on our own assessments relative to the age of the child, as well as a positive report from the child’s current school, if appropriate.
Transfer between schools is usually automatic and without further entrance tests, unless we feel there are strong educational reasons for not allowing it. If so, full discussions are held with parents well in advance of the point of transfer.
Applications are also welcomed from boys and girls wishing to study for A Levels in our Sixth Form. The offer of a place is dependent on GCSE predicted grades and a positive school report, so pupils entering the Sixth Form are not required to sit an entrance examination. The minimum criteria for entry are normally five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including English Language and Mathematics, with at least Grade B in each subject to be taken at A Level.
We are always happy to answer your questions about admissions because we recognise that each child’s and each family’s circumstances are different. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss the admissions process.