ADMISSIONS POLICY

Applies to: Applicants for entry to both the Senior and Nursery, Infant and Junior School

Author: Executive Head Master   

                           
All parents/guardians are requested to complete a registration form, which should be addressed to the Registrar together with a non-refundable registration fee to cover administration expenses.

1.    ADMISSION

Children are accepted at the school at all ages (3-18) subject to a system of testing, whether by a formal examination or not, as may be laid down by the Head, and the availability of a place. In all cases a school report will be required. Pupils may be accepted to the sixth form on the basis of their GCSE results. Sixth form pupils normally need a minimum of six GCSE passes with at least a grade B to study at A level or for the IB Diploma.

2.    REGISTRATION

The completion and signing of a registration form does not guarantee admission by the Head nor does it in any way bind parents. The registration fee is non-refundable.

3.    ENTRANCE

Once a place has been offered by the school an acceptance form should be completed and a deposit paid to guarantee the place. Parents should confirm the decision for their child/ren to join the school a term before the date of entry. Parents will also need to complete the Parents' Contract which sets out, in detail, the terms and conditions on joining the school.

4.    OVERSEAS PUPILS

The school seeks to maintain its multi-cultural links and endeavours to recruit pupils from overseas. Careful attention is paid to ensure that there is an appropriate balance between the number and origin of overseas pupils and those from the UK.

5.    WITHDRAWAL

5.1    A full term's notice is required by 12.00 noon on the first day of term in respect to withdrawal of a pupil from school after acceptance of a place, or for removal at any time during the pupil's education at the school. A full term’s fees become payable in the absence of the notice given above.


5.2    The Head may require a pupil summarily to leave the school for a grave disciplinary offence or if otherwise he considers that it is the best interests of the pupil or the school so to do. No claim for repayment of fees in advance shall then arise. Upon a term's notice by the Head, a pupil's attendance may be terminated following a failure to maintain the academic or general standards required.

6.    FEES

    The fees policy is listed separately.

7.    SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

7.1    The school is mindful of a child’s special educational needs and/or disability and wishes to be as inclusive as possible within the reasonable limits of the school to manage.   

7.2    At the time of application and prior to offering a place, all parents will be asked to give a comprehensive statement with regards to any known special educational needs and/ or disability that a prospective pupil may have and, if necessary, to undertake appropriate assessments to diagnose conditions and the requirements to manage identified needs.

7.3    Once a special educational need and/or disability has been declared the school’s Disability, Special, Specific and Additional Educational Needs Policy will become part of the admission process. Parents can be assured that the school will be sensitive to the details and requests for confidentiality. 

7.4    A failure to declare a known special educational need and/or disability at the time of application and prior to a place being offered, may result in the place being withdrawn.

8.    FREE NURSERY ENTITLEMENT

8.1 Kent College participates in the Kent County County Council Nursery voucher scheme.  We are able to provide access to a limited number of  free places within our Nursery for 15 hours per week over 5 sessions.  Parents will be able to chose from a number of fixed sessions for 34 weeks per year (subject to availability).