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How to apply to Sidcot School

From enquiry to application our admissions team are happy to help you discover whether Sidcot is the right place for your child. The following steps outline the process though the order will vary according to individual circumstances.

  1. Research
    Request a prospectus or view online.

  2. Visit
    Choose an Open Day, or taster event, or arrange an individual visit. We recommend that all applicants, including those living abroad, visit Sidcot during the admissions process.

  3. Taste
    A Taster Day gives your child a chance to have a good look round the School and meet some prospective classmates and teachers. For Junior School students the Taster Programme lasts two days. For Nursery pupils and pupils for Reception, it’s a half day session. Taster sessions are an entry requirement for the Nursery and Junior School but are optional for the Senior School.

  4. Meet the Headmaster
    Iain Kilpatrick likes to meet all pupils who are thinking of coming to Sidcot Senior School, to discuss their motivation for applying, their subject interests and what they can bring to the School. Students applying to Sidcot Junior School will meet Claire Lilley, Head of the Junior School.

  5. Application
    Complete the application form and return with the registration fee (Senior £150, Junior £75) along with your child’s most recent school report. If your child requires learning support, please also supply the relevant reports about their specific needs – for example, an Educational Psychologist report, or IEP (Individual Education Plan).

  6. Assessment
    We do not use Common Entrance Examinations at Sidcot. All applicants for the Senior School take assessments in Maths and English. These are informal base line assessments, not pass or fail tests, to help determine which teaching group a pupil will enter. A date can be arranged to suit you during the application process.

  7. Offer
    As soon as possible after the interview or application, we will contact successful applicants with an offer.

  8. Acceptance
    To accept the place, read the Parent Contract and return the completed Acceptance Form with the deposit and completed Medical Card. Shortly afterwards we’ll email our joining instructions which include all the practical details you will need.

  9. Joining
    In July, or just before you start if joining part way through the year, you’ll receive further instructions prior to your child’s start date including details about which House they will be joining.

The admissions process for scholarship and bursary applications is slightly different – please give us a call for further information.

Admissions policy

We are not selective, beyond our expectation that the student will cope with mainstream curriculum. Students can be accepted throughout the year from Nursery to Year 9 providing space is available. Students are able to join examination Years 10 and 12 up to one term late, at the school’s discretion, but students will not be accepted into Years 11 and 13.

For entry to the Sixth Form students must gain at least 5 A*-C grades at GCSE, especially in the subjects they wish to continue studying (if applicable). Students considering the International Baccalaureate Diploma or the AQA Baccalaureate, will need at least a GCSE grade A*-C in Maths and English.

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Waiting lists

Sidcot is a popular school. When there are no available places, students are invited to join the waiting list for their chosen year group.

View a complete version of our Admissions Policy

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Independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 - 18 in Somerset

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