Admissions Process

Admissions Process

We encourage you to visit the School with your child during one of our Open Events. To apply for a place at Ewell Castle School for your child, you will need to complete an application form, return this to The Admissions Department and pay £125 registration fee.  The £125 registration fee should be paid via electronic bank transfer - bank details and the application form are available under the Registration tab on the website. 

Existing Ewell Castle School pupils are not required to submit an application form when transfering from the Preparatory School to the Senior School. The same applies to our Year 11 pupils applying for a place in our Sixth Form.

Registration fee and waiting lists

All applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable registration fee.  When applying for a place in a Year that is currently full (Admissions will advise you of this) and which has no current available spaces, the registration fee ensures that the child is placed onto a waiting list.

 

Application and scholarship process for external candidates

Nursery/Reception

A Taster Session in our Nursery when your child will be informally assessed for readiness to join our setting.

Preparatory School

For entry into Reception to Year 6: A Taster Day for your child which will include an assessment through observation in the classroom.

Senior School

Entrance assessment morning on Thursday 24th November 2022.  Practical scholarship assessments (for Art, Drama, DT, Music, Photography, Sport, Tennis and Cricket Academies) will take place during the afternoon on this day.  The reserve entrance assessment morning date will be Friday 2nd December 2022 but there will be no scholarship assessments that day.

If you wish your daughter or son to be considered for a scholarship, they MUST attend the entrance assessments on Thursday 24th November 2022.  There will be no further opportunity available to be considered for a scholarship.

Sixth Form

To enter the Sixth Form, potential students who have already applied for a place will have an interview with the Heads of Sixth Form.  

Places offered are conditional upon the required GCSE (or equivalent) grades being achieved.

If you wish your daughter or son to be considered for an Academic scholarship or any of the subject scholarships that we offer, they MUST attend the entrance assessments on Thursday 24th November 2022.  There will be no further opportunity available to be considered for a scholarship. 

KEY DATES AND EVENTS:

Preparatory School Assessments

Applications for Nursery places are processed on a termly basis. Preparatory School applications will be processed during the Spring Term and will include pupils attending a Taster Day with their current year group, which will include an assessment through observation in the classroom and a meeting with the Head or Deputy Head of the Preparatory School. Outcome letters will be posted following the Taster Day.

APPLICATIONS FOR ENTRY SEPTEMBER 2023 ARE WELCOMED FOR ALL YEAR GROUPS INCLUDING PREPARATORY SCHOOL

 

Senior School 11+ entry [external applicants]

Friday 7th October 2022: application deadline to apply for 11+ entry and/or an 11+ scholarship at the Senior School.  This is also the deadline to register an interest in applying for a bursary application pack.

Thursday 24th November 2022: entrance assessment day for 11+ entry and 11+ scholarship applications.  The morning will include assessments in English (comprehension and extended writing task) and a non calculator Mathematics paper. Practical assessments for scholarship applications will take place in the afternoon.  Outcome letters will be sent, and places offerered by the beginning of February 2023.  The School will accept applications throughout the year subject to space being available in a year group.  

Friday 2nd December 2022: entrance assessments morning reserve date (excludes scholarships).

Entrance assessments are two and a half hours long, not including any additional extra time or breaks.

 

Senior School 13+ Entry [externall applicants]

Due to the ongoing increase in demand for Year 7 places at Ewell Castle School, there are only occasional places available in Year 9. Please contact Admissions for further details.

 

Senior School 16+ Entry [external applicants]

Friday 14th October 2022: application deadline to apply for 16+ entry and/or a 16+ scholarship at the Senior School.  This is also the deadline to register an interest in applying for a bursary application pack.

Thursday 24th November 2022: entrance assessment day for 16+ entry and 16+ scholarship applications.  The morning will include assessments in whichever subject the candidate is applying for the scholarship in. Practical assessments for scholarship applications will take place in the afternoon.  Outcome letters will be sent, and places offered by the beginning of February 2023.  The School will accept applications throughout the year subject to space being available in a year group.  

Friday 2nd December 2022: entrance assessments morning reserve date (excludes scholarships).

 

Senior School 14+ scholarship appliations [internal applicants/current ECS pupils]

Internal Ewell Castle School pupils in Year 8 applying for a 14+ Year 9 scholarship will sit their papers in January 2023.  The deadline for them to apply for a scholarship is 14th October 2022.

 

Special Educational Needs and Access Arrangements

New online application process
In Spring 2022 Ewell Castle School will move to an online pupil application form which will be accessible from the Admissions Tab on the Ewell Castle School website. 

As part of this new online application form, information and documents on Special Educational Needs and additional access arrangements, for any child applying for a place at Ewell Castle School, must be provided and uploaded during the online application process, and not after.  Failure to disclose and provide any Special Educational Needs, Educational Psychologists Reports, Assessment Reports or Access Arrangements upfront, for any child applying for a place at Ewell Castle School, may result in the invitation to the assessment day and/or the offer of a place at Ewell Castle School being withdrawn.  

As part of this new process, it is the responsibility of parents/guardians (and not Ewell Castle School) to contact the child's current school, and request that information on access arrangements for that child are emailed to them in good time, so that the parents/guardians can upload all necessary documents as part of the Ewell Castle online application process. This information should be in a signed letter on that school’s headed paper (usually from the SENCO, Head or Deputy Head, confirming arrangements and why they have been awarded).  Educational Psychologists Reports and Assessment Reports (if appropriate) will also need to be uploaded as part of the online application process.  

It can sometimes take schools a little time to prepare and send parents these documents, so we would advise parents/guardians to allow plenty of time for this, and to ensure they have everything they need ready, at the time of completing and submitting the Ewell Castle online application form, and in advance of our application deadlines.

Ewell Castle School reserves the right to contact your child's current school, to confirm your child's current access arrangements and normal way of working.  Ewell Castle School will be unable to provide access arrangements during its assessment day (and thereafter, should the pupil receive an offer to attend Ewell Castle School) to any pupil for whom it has not received the relevant additional access arrangements and/or Special Educational Needs documentation in advance.

For further admissions queries please contact the Admissions Department at admissions@ewellcastle.co.uk who will be happy to assist you.