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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.