The Admissions Process
We understand that finding the right school for your child is a big decision. The admissions process is a key part of this. We aim to make the experience of applying for a place at Slindon College as straightforward and gentle on the prospective pupil as possible, ensuring that you are confident with your choice and that your child is comfortable and excited about beginning their new adventure with us.
An Independent Boarding School in West Sussex
Slindon College is an inclusive, non-elitist college that is academically non-selective meaning our admissions process does not involve entrance examinations. Slindon College accepts pupils from Year 4 upwards. Entry to Slindon College is usually the beginning of the Autumn term in September, the Spring term in January or the Summer term in April. In certain circumstance we do accept applications at other times during the academic year.
In the first instance, parents who are considering Slindon College should contact the Admissions Officer for an informal chat. This is an opportunity to find out more about Slindon College and to discuss whether the College would be the right environment for the prospective pupil.
To assess suitability we will then request copies of reports and references from the applicant’s current school. Any specific information affecting the application should be disclosed at this time including assessments of specific special educational needs such as an Educational Psychologist report or an Educational Health Care Plan.
Visit Slindon College
If it is felt Slindon College would be able to meet the prospective pupil’s needs an invitation for the family to visit the college for a tour and a meeting with the Headteacher will be extended. Alternatively attend one of our Open Mornings which are held twice a year and consist of a tour of the school and grounds, meeting the Headteacher and speaking to staff, members of our Parents’ Association and current pupils.
Find out how you can attend our next Open Morning.
Attend Taster Trial
If the visit is successful and it is considered Slindon College may be the right environment and funding for the placement is available, then the prospective pupil will be invited to participate in a ‘taster trial’. The length of the taster trial will be determined on a case by case basis. During the taster trial the prospective pupil will join other pupils in their current year group and participate in lessons and activities. They will have an assigned buddy for the trial who will look after them during break and lunchtimes.
"I had such a good time during my trial at Slindon. At first I was nervous but the pupil who was my 'buddy' was really friendly and helpful. I actually didn't want to leave at the end of the end of the five days!"
Prospective Pupil - November 2020
For prospective boarding pupils from overseas or long travel distances a video call with the Headteacher will be scheduled initially followed by an invitation to a boarding taster trial. The length of the boarding taster trial will be determined on a case by case basis but usually runs for between three-five nights preferably to include a weekend day and night. During the boarding taster trial the prospective pupil will join other pupils in their current year group and participate in lessons and activities. They will have an assigned buddy for the trial who will look after them during their stay. There is no charge for a boarding taster trial.
On successful completion of a trial Slindon College will make an offer. To accept the offer we require completion of the Registration Form and payment of a non-returnable Registration Fee of £200. The pupils place will be secured only on receipt of the completed Registration Form and receipt of the Registration Fee.
A deposit is held by the College against Supplementary Charges incurred during a term and invoiced in arrears. The deposit is added to the initial fee invoice. The deposit will be refunded after the final term fee invoice, usually in August and less any outstanding sums.
More information about Fees.
More information about Supplementary Charges.
More information about Bursaries and Scholarships.
More information about Additional Financial Guidance.