Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

We have curated a number of the most commonly asked admissions questions and provided some responses to aid your understanding of our admissions process and hope these will prove to be of use.  You may find the following of assistance:

 

Pre-Prep and Prep School Application deadlines for September 2023

Please contact Admissions regarding all September 2023 places in the Pre-Prep and Prep School.

 

Application deadlines for September 2024 11+ and 16+

If you are applying for a place for your child for September 2024, the deadline for applications for 11+ entry and/or 11+ scholarship at the Senior School is Friday 20th October 2023.

If you are applying for a place for your child for September 2024, the deadline for appliations for 16+ entry and/or scholarship at the Senior School is Friday 20th October 2023. 

This is also the deadline to register an interest in applying for a bursary pack.  

 

Scholarship application deadline 

The deadline for applying for a September 2024 scholarship for an 11+ or 16+ place is Friday 20th October 2023.

 https://www.ewellcastle.co.uk/admissions/scholarships-and-bursaries/

 

Bursary application deadline

If you are interested in applying for a means-tested bursary for entry in September 2024, please indicate your interest on the application form at the time of applying for a place at the School.  The opening date for bursary applications (for entry in September 2024) is 18th September 2023 and closing date is Friday 20th October 2023.

 

Mid-Year place

If you are interested in an immediate or Mid-Year place for your child, please forward your email to admissions@ewellcastle.co.uk

 

Giving notice

If your child is an existing pupil and you would like to give notice that your child will be leaving Ewell Castle School, please forward your email to principal@ewellcastle.co.uk

 

Schools requesting a pupil reference

If you are a School requesting a reference for a pupil, please forward your email to principal@ewellcastle.co.uk

 

Current queries from Ewell Castle School families

If you are currently within the Ewell Castle family and have a general enquiry about School life  - please check the School website, My School Portal or resend your email to seniorschool@ewellcastle.co.uk or prepschool@ewellcastle.co.uk

 

Below are answers to some of the most commonly asked admissions questions.

A completed application form (available on the website) should be emailed to the Admissions Department admissions@ewellcastle.co.uk along with copies of the pupil’s most recent school report and either their passport or birth certificate. The registration fee can be paid via bank transfer using the following details:

 

Barclays Bank

Account Name: Ewell Castle School
Sort Code: 20-29-90
Account: 30357960

Please quote 'Reg fee' together with your child's name.

Nursery

Nursery applications are processed on a termly basis and we can accept applications throughout the year.

 

Reception to Year 6

For mid-year places, applications will be processed on receipt if spaces are available. For September entry, applications will need to be submitted by the end of the autumn term prior to entry.

 

Senior

Year 7 is our main entry point into the Senior School, but we also accept applications for other year groups if spaces are available.

 

Deadline for Applications and Scholarships Applications for September 2024 entry is Friday 20th October 2023

Assessment Day: Thursday 23rd November 2023

Reserve assessment Day: Friday 1st December 2023

If your child is offered a place, you will have until the first Friday in March to accept the place. However, we cannot guarantee that places will still be available on this date.

Due to the ongoing year-on-year increase in demand for Year 7 places at Ewell Castle School, there are only occasional places available in Year 9. Please contact admissions@ewellcastle.co.uk.

Nursery

Your child will have a Taster Session in our Nursery the term before they are due to start to enable us to informally assess their readiness to join.

 

Reception to Year 6 

Your child will be invited to have a Taster Day with their current year group which will include either an assessment through observation in the classroom (younger years) or assessments and interview with the Head of Prep School (older years).

 

Year 7 (also Years 8 – 10 if places are available)

Pupils are invited to attend our Entrance Assessment Morning which takes place at the end of November. Candidates will sit one-hour papers in both English and Mathematics.  Please note, we do not have sample papers.

 

Year 12

Candidates will have an interview with the Head of Sixth Form during one of our Sixth Form Taster Mornings.  

Offered places are conditional upon the required GCSE (or equivalent) grades being achieved.

The entry criteria for the Sixth Form is a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 9-5 or equivalent, including English and Maths, with at least grade 6 in the subject to be taken at A-level (or a related subject if the subject undertaken has not been previously studied). For Mathematics, the Sciences and Modern Foreign Languages we expect a student to have achieved at least grade 7 at GCSE

 

Mid-year

We do occasionally have mid-year places, but we would encourage you to contact Admissions before you make an application so we can advise you further.

For students who are overseas the assessments can be sat at their current school or nearest British Council.

Registration Fee

£125 for all years  

 

Acceptance Deposit  

Nursery and Reception - £500

All other year groups - £1000

 

Fees per term:

Refer to the Fees document on the website https://www.ewellcastle.co.uk/admissions/fees/

Fees are reviewed annually.

We do not offer school transport.

Most of our senior school pupils use public transport to and from the School. The nearest train stations are Ewell West and Ewell East and there are also bus routes from local areas.

We offer the 15 hours Funded Early Education for children aged 3 or 4. The School does not offer the 30 hours Funded Childcare. Please see the Surrey County Council Website for further information.

Pre-Prep and Prep

There are approximately 18-20 pupils per class and 2 classes per year.

 

Senior

There are approximately 80 pupils per year group and 20 pupils per form.  Pupils are set in English, Mathematics and Science and class sizes reduce once pupils study GCSE and A-levels

 

Sixth Form

There are a maximum of 100 students – usually 50 students in both Year 12 and Year 13.

Scholarships are available in the following areas for Senior School pupils joining Year 7, Year 9, and Sixth Form: Academic, Dance, Design and Technology, Drama, Music and Sport. In addition, Sixth From students can apply for a Photography scholarship.

Bursaries are available for Senior School pupils only.  The bursary award is at the discretion of the Governors and will be dependent on the funds available to the School and the demand in any particular year. Applications are processed by our Finance Team who work with Bursary Administration Limited (BAL) who review the applications and documentation on behalf of the School.

School starts at 08:30am and finishes at 16:00pm. There is Early Morning Care available from 07:50am - 08:25am at the Pre-Prep for pupils of the Pre-Prep and Prep. After School Care runs until 18:00pm and is based at the Pre-Prep.  Co-Curricular activities, Clubs, Societies are available at the Senior School before, during and after School.