Most of our pupils progress through the School from Nursery or Reception to Sixth Form although we welcome children to join Our Lady of Sion at any stage, subject to places being available.
A non-refundable fee of £50 is payable when you register your child for admission to Our Lady of Sion School.
Once an offer of a place has been made, parents are asked to pay a deposit of £250 to secure this place which will be returned at the end of their time with the school.
From their third birthday, children can attend the Nursery. There is no entrance examination at this stage and instead we invite children to attend our Nursery for two taster sessions, followed by a home visit by a member of the EYFS staff. A place will be offered subject to a successful outcome of these.
We welcome the West Sussex Early Years Free Entitlement Grant for a Nursery day of 9am – 3pm.
Reception, Years 1 and 2
There is no entrance examination at this stage. Admission is at the discretion of the Senior Teachers/Admissions Registrar following the child’s introductory visit and an interview with his/her parents. Prior to the offer of a place, prospective pupils are required to spend two days with us, to introduce them to the daily routine and ensure a secure and confident start in their new school. Priority for the Reception class is given to pupils who have attended Our Lady of Sion Nursery.
Years 3 to 6
Admission is at the discretion of the Senior Teachers following the child’s introductory visit and an interview with his/her parents. Prior to the offer of a place, prospective pupils are required to spend two days with us, to introduce them to the daily routine and ensure a secure and confident start in their new school. During this time, children are tested in literacy, numeracy and reasoning.
Each application is assessed on an individual basis and entrance will be dependent on a range of criteria. External candidates will be required to spend some time in school before the offer of a place is confirmed.
Years 7 to 11
The Entrance Exams, for both current and prospective students, are held in January, although it is possible to sit them at other times during the academic year. Scholarships may be available to suitable candidates. The entry examination is an online CAT4 test administered by GL Assessments.
The offer of a place will be based on the attainment of acceptable results in written examinations in verbal, non-verbal and quantitative reasoning, a short creative writing exercise, and a test in French (for those who have previously studied this subject) for setting purposes. There is no language test for those students entering Year 7. The Language Department will assess the students within the first couple of weeks of the new term and set them accordingly. Entry will also depend upon a parent and student interview with the Headmaster, and satisfactory references from previous schools.
Years 12 to 13
Admission for ALL students, both internal and external, is dependent upon GCSE results and satisfactory school reports. Students should achieve at least a Grade 7 in the subjects they wish to pursue at A Level and have gained Grade 4 in English and Mathematics.
Should there be evidence of particular academic or behavioural needs, which cannot be accommodated within our curriculum, we will recommend an alternative environment more specifically designed to cater for such pupils’ requirements. It is not feasible for us to provide specialist support for pupils with learning or behavioural difficulties.
In the unlikely event that a child displays problems not detected during his/her initial visit or does not settle into the school environment, we reserve the right to ask parents to seek an alternative school. This action would be taken only as a last resort and following at least two consultations with parents.