Admissions Policy

This is a whole school policy and which applies to the admission of EYFS, Pre-Prep and Prep children to Pownall Hall School.

Introduction

Pownall Hall School is a co-educational independent school for pupils from ages 2 to 11  years. Deciding on the right school for your child is very important and we believe that a personal visit is invaluable. We very much hope that you and your child will visit our school, meet our Headmaster, our staff and pupils and see the school in action. We hold a number of Open Mornings, which give a general introduction to the school, and details of these events are published on our web site. We are very happy to welcome prospective parents and their children at other times and are delighted to show them around. Please contact, our Office Manager, Mrs J Siddall on 01625 523141 or e-mail: genoffice@pownallhall.cheshire.sch.uk to arrange a visit.

The Entry Procedure

Our selection process is designed to identify pupils who are able to benefit from our balanced and well rounded education and will make a positive contribution towards the life of the school. We admit pupils from the age of 2 years into our Nursery. We may have vacancies at other age groups throughout the school year and suggest that contact is made with Mrs. Siddall in the office for details.

Applicants for admission should register in the year preceding the desired year of admission. (The registration form is at the end of this document).

The Assessment Process

The aim of the process is to identify potential and discover if a pupil will fit in happily at Pownall Hall School. We are looking for well-rounded, interested pupils who will benefit from what the school has to offer. The school has strong traditions in music, drama, art, community activities and sport. There are many extra-curricular activities, all of which are important in developing a well-balanced, confident individual.

We do not assess candidates for entry who are below the age of 5 years. We do ask children in older age groups to spend a day in school with their prospective class, in order to allow teachers to observe their reactions and contributions. They are made to feel very welcome. If several children request limited places then the contributions of written and number work are assessed and places offered on merit.

Sibling Policy

Most siblings join us at Pownall Hall School and we welcome this. However, admission is not automatic and there may be occasions where we judge that a sibling is likely to thrive better in a different school environment. We also ask that parents reserve places in good time.

Sibling discount is available for families at 10% for the second child and 15% for the third child.

Equal Treatment

Our aim is to encourage applications from candidates with as diverse a range of backgrounds as possible. This enriches our community and is vital in preparing our pupils for today’s world. Generous bursaries are offered in order to help as many children as possible, who meet the school’s admission criteria to attend the school.

Pownall Hall School is committed to equal treatment for all, regardless of a candidate’s race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or social background. Our provision for bursaries is described in the next column.

Special Needs

We welcome applications from pupils with special educational needs, providing that our Learning Support Department can offer them the support that they require. We welcome pupils with physical disabilities, provided that our site can cope with them. However, we advise parents of children with special educational needs or physical disabilities to discuss their child’s requirements with the Headmaster so that we can make adequate provision for him/her. Parents should provide a copy of an Educational Psychologist’s report or a medical report to support their application for a place if special provision is required at the point of entry. We will discuss realistically the adjustments that the school can reasonably make for the child with parents and the child’s medical advisers before and if he/she becomes a pupil at the school. The school will endeavour to provide the appropriate learning environment in which the child can make progress.

Bursaries

Our bursary programme is designed to make it possible for as many children who meet the school’s entry criteria to take up a place here. We offer means-tested awards annually to entrants whose parents have indicated on the registration form that they require financial support. Bursaries are means-tested in accordance with the criteria published on the school’s web site. Parents are required to provide proof of their income and assets. The level of support varies according to parental need; but can extend to full fee remission in cases of proven need. Before the offer of a bursary is confirmed, the Finance Governor may visit the family at their home.

Bursaries are always offered for 12 months at a time. The family is required to provide fresh information about its circumstances for every year that their child attends the school. Levels of support may vary with fluctuations in income.

Further information on bursaries may be obtained from the Bursar.

Religious Beliefs

Although Pownall Hall School has Christian roots, we do not select for entry on the basis of religious belief and we offer the opportunity for children of all faiths to attend.

However, parents should be aware that we prefer that all children to take part in assemblies and to wear the school uniform.

School’s Contractual Terms and Conditions

Copies are on the School’s web site and will be made available to parents as part of the admissions process.

Complaints

We hope that you and your child do not have any complaints about our admissions process; but copies of the School’s complaints procedure can be found on our website or sent to you on request.

EYFS additions to the Complaints Procedure:

  • Parents can make a complaint to Ofsted should they wish – 08456 404045 or http//live.ofsted.gov.uk/onlinecomplaints
  • Parents can make a complaint to ISI should they wish – 020 7600 0100 or info@isi.net

Monitoring and Review

This policy will be monitored by the Headmaster, Bursar and Office Manager and reviewed annually.
Approved by Governors Date: March 2014

Signed
Mrs. Eileen MacAulay, Chair of Governors March 2014

 

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