The school aims to offer the best possible access to the curriculum for every pupil in its care. It is therefore necessary to have a full understanding of each pupil’s needs.
The first possible intake at St. Michael’s is into the Nursery where children have to be two years old by the 1st September of that academic year. There are 40 places available, inclusive of siblings, and parents can register their child for a potential place from the birth of their child onwards.
During the Michaelmas Term of the year preceding the academic year in which they are due to start, the first 40 children waiting for a place will be invited to visit the school with their parents. No more than six prospective pupils visit at any one time. Once all the visits are complete, firm offers of places will be given.
Occasionally places become available higher up in the Pre-Prep department and, when such a vacancy arises, the next child on the waiting list will be invited to attend an experience day. An offer of a place will be made following a successful assessment.
Candidates for entry at 7+ (Year 3) will be invited to the school for a short assessment which will include reading aloud, written English and a standardised maths test. A recent report from their current school will be requested and offers of a place will be made soon afterwards if successful.
If places become available higher up in Main School, that is Years 4 to 8, the next child on the waiting list will be invited to attend an experience day. Again, parents are asked to complete a confidential family questionnaire prior to the visit. The form teacher and, where applicable, subject teachers will observe the child and generally assess the pupil’s performance. In addition the child may be asked to complete a piece of free writing unaided and a written mathematics test. An offer of a place will be made following a successful assessment.
Every prospective pupil’s case will be individually considered and therefore it is important we have all the relevant information to hand. Where the school feels confident that it can carry out its duty of care, a conditional offer of a place will be made subject to termly reviews. Parents may be asked to pay for any additional support offered to their child.
If the needs of the pupil are greater than that for which the school can realistically provide, given the constraints of the school facilities, levels of staffing and expertise, etc. the school will inform the parents accordingly. While it is the school’s aim to remain non-selective, it has a responsibility to clearly define its parameters and we would be acting in breach of our duty to the child by accepting him/her as a pupil knowing that the school could not adequately safeguard and promote the child’s welfare (which includes meeting his/her additional educational need).