Admissions and Registration
In keeping with its aims and ethos, New College School seeks to provide opportunities for boys of all backgrounds to develop their intellectual curiosity and talents in a wide variety of school activities which provide the basis for life-long learning.
Boys are usually admitted to New College School either to the Pre-Prep at age four or to the Prep School at age seven. Entry is possible at other ages, should vacancies occur: parents are always welcome to contact the Registrar (01865 285560, email@example.com) to discuss possibilities.
To apply for a place at the School, please download and return the registration form or register online. Pupils may be registered from birth onwards: assessments for entry will be carried out in the academic year before a boy would enter the School (generally September for Pre-Prep and January for Prep). Acceptance of the registration form does not guarantee that there will be a vacancy for the boy when the time comes for his admission, but families who have registered their son for entry will be kept in touch with the School and the admissions process; they are also kept informed of open days and are always welcome to visit the School.
entry to the pre-prep (reception - year 2)
entry to the prep school (years 3-8)
For entry to the prep school (Year 3 and above), candidates are asked to take a mathematics test appropriate to their age, online reading and mathematics reasoning tests, write creatively to a given title, and answer some written comprehension questions. The assessment is usually a gathered field of candidates for competitive entry. Offers are made on the basis of academic performance, with a priority given to siblings. The Registrar oversees the occasion, with other relevant members of staff including the Headmaster or a deputy, to get a sense of a candidate's overall potential and there is always plenty of encouragement for boys to do their best. It is in the interests of all parties that they are sure that NCS is the right place for the pupil to thrive. Parents are contacted during the Michaelmas prior to the desired entry date to arrange the assessment. Pupils who will enter NCS in September are invited to meet form tutors, assistant form tutors, and current pupils before the end of the previous Trinity term.
We aim to make all our assessments as enjoyable as possible and no activities require special preparation. Parents should notify the Headmaster if they are aware or suspect that a pupil has a specific learning difference that may need special consideration. Reasonable adjustments are made in the entrance procedures for children who may have specific medical, cultural or language needs (see below).
Reasonable Adjustments and the Equality Act 2010
If a prospective pupil is or may be disabled within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010, New College School will consider whether any reasonable adjustments may be made to remove any substantial disadvantage as compared with non-disabled pupils. The reasonable adjustments duty applies to prospective disabled pupils and will be considered at the point of admission.
If a disabled applicant otherwise meets the NCS admission criteria, NCS will also have to consider whether they can adequately cater for that child’s needs, taking into account the reasonable adjustments duty. While conditions for admissions apply equally to all applicants, NCS will need to consider what reasonable adjustments can be made to admissions arrangements where they put a disabled applicant at a substantial disadvantage compared to non-disabled applicants.
The school will need to make a proper judgment based on the child’s particular needs and circumstances. If there are no adjustments that can reasonably be made to accommodate the child, a decision not to admit that child may follow.
NCS may offer in-house screening tests and/or obtain an educational psychologist’s report to explore a potential disability and assess what additional support might assist the pupil to overcome any substantial disadvantage. What is ‘reasonable’ depends on the particular disadvantage caused to a pupil and what NCS can do to address that disadvantage. NCS will decide whether or not it can cater adequately for a child’s needs. Factors that are taken into consideration include, for example:
- whether the adjustment will remove the substantial disadvantage
- the cost of the proposed adjustment
- the resources available internally or from external providers (such as the health and education services)
- the practicability of making the adjustment
- the need to maintain academic, musical, sporting and other standards
- health and safety requirements
- the interests of other pupils, including those who may be admitted to the school
- the school’s charging structure generally.
Whether the cost of a proposed adjustment is reasonable will require consideration in the context of NCS’s resources and available funds. It should be noted that what is reasonable for one school to provide may not be for another. Families of prospective pupils who may require reasonable adjustments should keep the Registrar and Inclusion Coordinator informed of this in a clear and timely fashion during the application process. The Registrar and Inclusion Coordinator will be responsible, where deemed necessary, for the implementation of reasonable adjustments during the application and assessment process.