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St Margaret’s Admissions Process

Overview

Roedean School ensures that each child receives the personal attention they require to develop as individuals. We maintain a class size average of 25 pupils which means that often girls are first placed on a waiting list before we proceed with an application process.

Special consideration is given to siblings and daughters of Roedean past pupils (SAORA)

Please note that the main points of entry to Roedean are:

  • Grade 0 for St Margarets and the Junior School
  • Lower V (Grade 8) for the Senior School

Admissions Procedure for Grade 0

Background

Roedean Junior School is a selective, independent, Anglican, English-medium, girls’ school and is a member of ISASA. It welcomes applications in respect of girls of all races and religions, and social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, who will benefit from an all-round academic education, and will contribute fully and enthusiastically to the wider life of the school.

Roedean Junior School prepares girls for entry into Lower V (Grade 8) into Roedean Senior School, and for a life of significance beyond school. Unlike our senior school, Roedean Junior School does not offer bursaries or scholarships.

Entry into Roedean Junior School:

The majority of girls enter Roedean Junior School into the Grade 0 class in the calendar year that they turn 6. Candidates must have reached their 5th birthday when entering the school in Grade 0.

Occasional vacancies do occur for all other classes at various stages during the year. Applications for all intakes are consistently high: last year in excess of 180 children applied for 50 places in Grade 0.

Grade 0 Admissions:

Children are assessed in the February prior to their year of entry. The process by which new pupils are selected is unique to Roedean Junior School and it is difficult to prepare a child for it by tutoring or coaching them. We aim to assess children over as wide a range of strengths, skills and aptitudes as possible. We want to build a holistic view of their actual potential and ability. The assessment is made up of four main parts including language development, practical reasoning, group participation and play.

Use of pencils is kept to an absolute minimum and reading and writing are not assessed. The assessment acts as a screening process to suggest those who might have the potential to cope with a busy, fast paced school day.

We acknowledge that all children have an innate curiosity; therefore the range of activities during the assessment will give many opportunities for the children to participate in some area of personal interest. We appreciate that children reach different milestones at different times, and for this reason we generally assess girls alongside others who have the same month of birth.

Assessors all have experience of working with the age of the children being assessed. Staff training is carried out every year, and is attended by all staff who are involved in the assessment process.

Roedean Junior School is flexible in its assessment procedures and all candidates are assessed in a fair manner. Parents must notify the school in writing prior to their daughter’s assessment date if they are aware or suspect that their daughter has a disability, language difference (such as English as an additional/second language) or learning difficulty (educational psychologist’s/ medical report/ therapist’s report) that may need special consideration. This is in order that the school will have the time to put the required provision in place for the assessment. Arrangements are considered on a case by case basis. All information is treated with strictest confidence and we aim to be scrupulously fair.

What Happens on the Day?

Candidates will be invited to come in on a single day during the month of February, for around one and a half hours.

When the candidates arrive with their parents, they gather in the Grade 0 garden where there are activities set out for them to play with. After a short period of time the team of assessors will come collectively into the garden and encourage the children to go into the classroom where there will be quiet activities and books set out allowing the children to settle before the plan of the day is explained to them.

Once the children are settled as a whole group, they will be divided into 3 smaller groups where they will be required to go through a range of tasks that are all age appropriate and fun. This will give the assessors the opportunity to observe the children both individually and within a group.

We are aware that even a few months make a tremendous difference in a child’s development at this age, and we do take into account and make allowances for excitement or anxiety on the day. Every attempt is made to make a child’s assessment experience as much fun as possible.

Final Selection Procedure:

There is a priority given to siblings of pupils and siblings of past pupils of Roedean School and daughters of old girls. These candidates will undergo the same assessment procedure and will need to meet the standards set by Roedean Junior School.

Following the assessment all information is collected and decisions are made taking all scores into consideration.

The selection committee is made up of the Executive Head, the Headmistress of the Junior School, the Head of St Margaret’s (foundation phase), and the Deputy Heads (pastoral and curriculum) of the Junior School. This panel convenes to decide to whom offers will be made. Once the panel has made its decision, offers will be made on an advertised date that you will have been informed of.

With so few places available, sadly it is inevitable that we have to turn down many extremely able children. Some candidates who have done well enough in the assessment to cope with the rigours of Roedean Junior School will, due to the numbers of applicants, be placed on a waiting list. Should a vacancy arise, candidates on the waiting list will be considered and an offer of a place might be made. This waiting list will remain active until December of the year, prior to entry into Grade 1. After that point, any candidates remaining on the waiting list will move to the “occasional” list. In the event of a vacancy arising during any school year, we will invite candidates on the “occasional” list to reassess for the year into which they are seeking entry.

Step 1

Download an application form and return by fax (+27 11 484 6053) or email ddekoning@roedeanschool.co.za along with:

OR

Complete an Application Form online and return the following documents by fax (+27 11 484 6053) or email ddekoning@roedeanschool.co.za:

OR

Please feel free to visit Roedean to collect an application form.

Step 2

Book a facilities tour with our Public Relations Director. Your whole family is welcome to join us on these tours. This may be completed prior to submitting an application form.

Step 3

a) Your daughter will be required to take an age appropriate assessment in the year preceding the date of entry into Grade 0 . Then a shortlist of candidates will be invited for an interview.

b) Entry into Grade 1 to Grade 3
Should there be a possibility of a placement becoming available, your daughter will then undergo a brief diagnostic assessment. An interview is arranged with the Headmistress or Deputy Headmistress where you have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Step 4

Based on availability, the diagnostic assessment and the interview, your daughter is either offered a position at Roedean School or is placed on the waiting list.