Stage 1 – Initial contact with the College
You may choose to visit us on an open day or evening, where you will have a tour of the College and meet the Headmaster. We can also arrange for an individual visit at any time to suit you, although we recommend term time and during school hours, where you can see the school in action, meet the staff and see our pupils.
Stage 2 – Taster day
Children are invited in for either a morning or a full day, depending on their age. This is a great opportunity for your child to get to know their prospective classmates and meet the teachers. On the day, an aptitude test is undertaken by children entering year 5 or above. There is no preparation required for this and it is not used to decide whether an offer is made. At this point we also ask parents to provide, where appropriate, the child’s most recent school report.
Stage 3 – Offer subject to availability
Following the taster day an offer will be made subject to availability and references. Please note that Shoreham College is academically non-selective. However, the Headmaster may decline to offer a place if there are concerns over a child’s behaviour and social integration, or an educational need that the College may be unable to support. The child must be able to access the curriculum and operate in the ordinary classroom environment, as the College is a mainstream provider and is not a specially designated institution as defined in the SEND Code of Practice. To give an indication, the majority of pupils are expected to achieve at least 5 C grades or above at GCSE; indeed most will perform significantly better than this. There are a number of pupils who receive learning support; this is, however, delivered within the classroom setting and through pre- and post-school activities. We do not generally withdraw pupils from the class and provide access to specialist experts and we do not provide allocated mentoring. Individual learning support tuition is a paid extra. .
Stage 4 – Acceptance
To accept the offer, complete the registration form and return with the required deposit. We strongly recommend early acceptance as registrations are considered in the order that they are received. Confirmation of acceptance follows two terms before entry. Joining information will be sent at the appropriate time. For children starting in September there may be an induction event at the end of the preceding summer term. However, it is not unusual for children to join at any point during the academic year.
The admissions process is overseen by our Registrar on behalf of the Headmaster. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the College