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How to Apply

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Contents Admissions Overview

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Years 7 & 9 Admissions

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Year 9 Pre-Testing

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Sixth Form Admissions

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Scholarships10

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Overseas Applications

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Fees and Charges

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Admissions Overview

At Roedean, we aim to make the admissions process as smooth and informative as possible. We understand that choosing the right senior school for your daughter is a big decision, and we will help in any way we can. Our Head of Admissions, Mrs Diana Banham, is supported by Registrars, Miss Joanna Clarke and Mrs Alexa Barlow. They, along with, Mrs Hayley Chinnery and Miss Jessica Boles, will be your main points of contact throughout the admissions process, and the team will be happy to discuss any questions you may have along the way.

You are, of course, most welcome to visit the School; this is the best way to find out what makes a Roedean education so unique. You can find out more about our three Open Days each year and about taster days on the relevant page on our website. Year 7, Year 9, and Sixth Form are the main entry points, but a good number of girls join the school in Year 8 and Year 10 each year; the admissions process is the same as for Years 7 and 9. We look forward to welcoming you to the school in the near future.

For further information, please contact Mrs Diana Banham, Director of Admissions, on dba@roedean.co.uk or +44(0)1273 667626 3


Years 7 & 9 Admissions

If you would like to pre-test for Year 9 entry, please also refer to the next section. Stage 1: Enquiry If you would like a hard copy of the prospectus after viewing the website, please contact the admissions team, and you are very welcome to call us with any other questions. Stage 2: Visiting the School Visiting the school and meeting the girls is the best way to find out what makes Roedean special. A visit during term-time is the only option, since you will experience the school in full swing with students and staff going about their daily life. Visitors often comment on the dynamic, positive, and happy atmosphere of the school, as well as the open and relaxed manner of the girls. You can either come to an Open Day or come on an individual visit – for both, you will be taken on a tour of the school and boarding houses with a student of approximately the same age as your daughter, 4

you will meet the Headmaster, and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions of the Head of Admissions. Stage 3: Rockpools Day Rockpools Day is the first main admissions event normally held in the June, just over a year prior to entry. At Rockpools, the girls disappear down Roedean’s secret tunnel to the sea, explore rockpools, and build and decorate their very own hot air balloon or rocket and watch it fly into the sky! It is an informal and hugely enjoyable day when the girls begin to build friendships with each other and their relationship with the school. Stage 4: Registering your daughter We would be delighted to discuss your daughter’s registration and talk you through the process. Once she is registered, we will keep you updated with any information regarding her entry exams, as well as future events at Roedean which may be of interest.


UK ADMISSIONS The registration deadline is in the October prior to entry. If you would like to apply for a Scholarship, details can be found on page 10 and an application form can be found on the Admissions section of the website. Stage 5: Taster Days The best possible way for your daughter to understand how the school works is to have a taster day, which allows her to experience what life could be like at the school from the inside. It can be a huge benefit for prospective students to have the chance to meet some of their potential future classmates and get to know the staff and facilities, whether you are considering day or boarding. Stage 6: Discovery Day Discovery Day, which takes place in the November prior to entry, is the first formal admissions event for registered girls, and it is one of the highlights of the year. The day is focused around three themed academic activities – last year’s had the theme of the ‘Famous Five’. The girls take a Non-Verbal Reasoning test on this day, and have a short interview.

the upper level of Key Stage 2. For Year 9 entry, the content of the papers is in line with usual expectations of a Year 8 pupil, but elements of the papers will also stretch the most able and give them the opportunity to demonstrate their full ability. We try to make the experience as positive as an exam day can be; the afternoon will be full of exciting activities to give a flavour of the varied life offered at Roedean. Stage 8: Offers Offers are made in the first week of February, with the acceptance deadline being early March. Key Dates for 2019 entry Rockpools Day

Thursday 7 June 2018

Open Morning

Saturday 6 October 2018

Registration deadline

Tuesday 16 October 2018

Discovery Day

Wednesday 7 November 2018

Stage 7: Assessment

Entrance tests

Saturday 12 January 2019

Entrance testing in English and Maths takes place in the January of the year of entry (and those girls who did not attend Discovery Day also take the Non-Verbal Reasoning test and have an interview).

Offers made

Tuesday 12 February 2019

Open Morning

Saturday 2 March 2019

Acceptance deadline

Monday 4 March 2019

Open Morning

Saturday 11 May 2019

New Girls’ Day

Thursday 20 June 2019

For Year 7 entry, the content of both papers is in line with the National Curriculum expectations in Years 5 & 6. The papers will, however, be challenging, as they are designed to highlight the abilities of the most able pupils. It is likely that successful candidates will be studying at

For further information regarding Year 7 & 9 admissions, please contact Mrs Diana Banham, Director of Admissions on dba@roedean.co.uk or +44(0)1273 667626 5


Year 9 Pre-Testing (Optional)

This process is for pupils currently at a Prep or Common Entrance School. From September 2018, all registered pupils interested in a Year 9 (13+) place in September 2021 will be asked to undertake pre-testing. We are offering pre-testing in addition to our standard entry process which takes place in Year 8. Pupils currently attending a school which does not administer the ISEB pre-tests will enter the usual entry (and scholarship) process which is in Year 8, although, in some cases, if a quicker decision is required, deferred entry testing can take place in the Summer of Year 7.

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Stage 2: ISEB Common Pre-Tests Pupils who are currently at a Prep School will be asked to sit the online ISEB Common Pre-Tests in the October or November of Year 6. These tests are age-standardised computer tests, which measure ability and attainment, and include Reasoning (Verbal and Non-Verbal), Maths, and English. They are designed in such a way that pupils cannot prepare for them. For more information on these tests, please visit the ISEB website: https://www.iseb.co.uk/Parents/What-are-theCommon-Pre-Tests

Stage 1: Registration

http://www.iseb.co.uk/pretests.htm.

The deadline for registration for pre-testing is 1 September at the beginning of Year 6. We would be delighted to discuss you daughter’s registration and talk you through the process. Once she is registered, we will keep you updated with any information regarding her entry exams, as well as future events at Roedean which may be of interest.

Pupils usually sit these tests at their Prep School, and they will confirm the dates. Stage 3: Offers Conditional Offers to reserve a place will be made in the January/February of Year 6. In the process of making offers, we will discuss


UK ADMISSIONS the results with your daughter’s Prep School and look at their academic progress, as well as their involvement in extra-curricular activities. Based on this information, a conditional offer of a place will be made, subject to the pupil’s successful performance in our usual entry process whilst in Year 8.

Key Dates for 2020 entry Registration deadline

Friday 31 August 2018

Open Morning

Saturday 6 October 2018

ISEB Common Pre-Tests

October or November 2018

Conditional offers made

January or February 2019

Open Morning

Saturday 2 March 2019

Reserving a place

June 2019

Open Morning

Saturday 11 May 2019

Discovery Day

November 2020

Entrance tests

January 2021

Final offers

February 2021

Stage 6: Scholarships

Acceptance Deadline

March 2021

Scholarships assessments take place separately from the pre-tests. If you have been offered a conditional place and paid the deposit, we would be pleased to receive an application – details can be found on page 10 and an application form can be found on the Admissions section of the website.

New Girls’ Day

June 2021

Stage 4: Taster Day Pupils will be invited to Roedean for a Taster Day in the March of Year 6. The day will allow pupils to enjoy some ‘taster lessons’ and other group activities covering a wide range of cocurricular interests. Stage 5: Reserving a Place Parents will be invited to reserve a place for their child in the June of Year 6 with a nonrefundable 50% deposit. The remaining 50% will become payable once the place has been confirmed following the usual entry process in Year 8, which includes Discovery Day and Year 9 entrance assessments.

Stage 7: Final Offers All final offers are made during the first week of February prior to September entry, with an acceptance date in early March, and this is when payment of the remaining 50% will secure the place. For further information regarding Year 9 pre-testing, please contact Mrs Diana Banham, Director of Admissions, on dba@roedean.co.uk or +44(0)1273 667626 7


Sixth Form Admissions

Each year, students join the Roedean Sixth Form from a variety of backgrounds, from schools in the local area to those further afield in the UK, along with international students from over thirty countries around the world. Some of these Sixth Form entrants are also extremely talented girls who come from state schools in the immediate vicinity on Brighthelm Awards. Here is the most common path to Sixth Form entry:

dynamic, positive, and happy atmosphere of the school, as well as the open and relaxed manner of the girls. You can either come to an Open Day or come on an individual visit – for both, you will be taken on a tour of the school and boarding houses with a student of approximately the same age as your daughter, you will meet the Headmaster, and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions of the Head of Admissions.

Stage 1: Enquiry

Stage 3: Registering your daughter

If you would like a hard copy of the prospectus after viewing the website, please contact the admissions team, and you are very welcome to call us with any other questions.

We would be delighted to discuss your daughter’s registration and talk you through the process. Once she is registered, we will keep you updated with any information regarding her entry exams, as well as future events at Roedean which may be of interest, such as the Sixth Form Information Event outlined below. The registration deadline is in the October prior to entry. If you would like to apply for a Scholarship, the details can be found on page 10 and an application form can be found on the Admissions section of the website.

Stage 2: Visiting the School Visiting the school and meeting the girls is the best way to find out what makes Roedean special. A visit during term-time is the best option, since you will experience the school in full swing with students and staff going about their daily life. Visitors often comment on the 8


UK ADMISSIONS Stage 4: The Sixth Form Information Event

Stage 6: Offers

The Sixth Form offer at Roedean is described in more detail, showing the breadth and huge advantages of our provision for Sixth Form students. Representatives from each department are available to explain what is involved in the study of each of the twenty-two subjects on offer at A-level; this is particularly relevant if your daughter is hoping to pursue subjects which she has not studied previously. Advice is also available during the evening about subject combinations at A-level, especially for those with career aspirations which might have specific subject requirements.

We are very aware that you will be keen to find out if your daughter has been successful, so offers of places are made to successful candidates at the beginning of December; there is an acceptance deadline of one week. The places offered are dependent on your daughter achieving seven 6-9 grades at GCSE which is the entry standard for the Sixth Form, together with the required grades for her chosen A Level subjects, as published in the Sixth Form Curriculum Booklet.

Stage 5: Assessment Entry into the Sixth Form is assessed in midNovember by means of Maths and English papers (both one hour long), an NVR paper, and an academic interview. At a later point, after the place has been accepted, students will choose three subjects they would like to study at A Level and sit a 30 minute paper in each of these. This will help place students on the best A Level Programme of Study for them, and will help us to assess whether any academic provision or preparation will be required ahead of the September start. References, including predicted GCSE grades, and a recent report are sought from your daughter’s current school.

Key Dates for 2019 entry Information Afternoon

Thursday 4 October 2018

Registration deadline

Tuesday 16 October 2018

Entrance tests

Thursday 15 November 2018

Offers made

Wednesday 5 December 2018

Acceptance deadline

Wednesday 12 December 2018

Open Morning

Saturday 2 March 2019

Open Morning

Saturday 11 May 2019

For further information regarding Sixth Form admissions, please contact Mrs Diana Banham, Director of Admissions, on dba@roedean.co.uk or +44(0)1273 667626 9


Scholarships Roedean has a number of awards to recognise excellence in a particular field, and these are available to girls joining the school in Year 7, Year 9, and Year 12. Each year, we attract highcalibre applicants who enrich the school not only in their specialist fields, but also in all areas of school life. Both Scholarships and Bursaries give financial assistance. Scholarship awards are given on the basis of excellence; a bursary can be given in recognition of financial need and, in most cases, should enhance the value of a Scholarship award. For more information, please turn to page 18. Expectations of Roedean Scholars At Roedean, scholarships are awarded as recognition of both excellent previous achievement and potential for further development. Our aim is to provide each girl with the encouragement, support, and guidance she needs to develop her talents and excel in her specialist area.

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relevant subject at least to GCSE level, and perhaps also in the Sixth Form. Roedean is committed to the development of Scholars, through tailored provision and support in their area of specialism throughout their school career. In return, Scholars and award holders are expected to maintain the highest standards, representing their area of specialism at whole-school events, in order to enhance the academic, sporting, and creative life of the school. Scholarships for Years 7, 9 & 12 At Roedean, scholarships are available to new entrants to the school in order to recognise academic excellence and/or talent in one or two areas of specialism. They are worth a fee-reduction which ranges from 5% to 40%, and all are awarded based on performance in the entrance tests, assessments if relevant, and interview. Applicants for scholarships for entry into the Sixth Form also sit a General Paper. There are two different types of scholarship:

Our scholars are role models, who always set an example to those around them; their diligence and conscientious approach in school has a positive influence on others, and their support for their peers is highly valued. While we do not want our scholars to feel that they must always achieve full marks, we do expect them to apply themselves enthusiastically and try their best in everything they do at school.

Academic Scholarships

The scholars champion the area of school life for which they hold an award, and they are leaders within it. They are expected to participate fully in the extra-curricular activities of the relevant department, and always to prioritise commitments within school over others, wherever possible. Scholars in practical subjects are strongly encouraged to take any

Scholarships are available in Art, Dance, Drama, Music, and Sport. For each of these scholarships, there is a practical assessment and an interview; ability and potential are taken into consideration as part of the awarding process.

Academic scholarships are awarded to academically able students, and assessment is on the basis of entrance tests (in English, Maths, and Non-Verbal Reasoning) and an interview. Scholarships in Areas of Specialism

At the School’s discretion, exceptional applicants may be awarded either an


UK ADMISSIONS Academic Newnham Scholarship (Years 9 & 12) or an All-Rounder Lawrence Scholarship (Years 7 & 9). For further information, please see our Scholarship Booklet.

worth 100% of the fees, in addition to a number of awards up to 50%. The 100% funded places are subject to means testing and are designed for those families in genuine need.

Brighthelm Awards for Years 7 & 12

Process: In addition to the English, Maths, and Non-Verbal Reasoning papers you have sat for entrance to Roedean, you will be asked to sit a General paper that will test your skills of critical thinking and raw ability across a range of areas. There will also be an interview.

Brighthelm Scholarships and Awards, which are a combination of both scholarship and means-tested funding, are available for girls joining in Years 7 and 12 who are currently in the state sector and living within a radius of 20 miles of the school. Brighthelm Scholars are highly motivated and academically confident. They are aspirational students with a thirst for scholarship, who are able to demonstrate a positive and flexible approach to learning and an ability to integrate fully into a new academic environment. Year 7

Criteria: Girls must be in the top 2% of the Year 6 ability range in English and Maths, and be recommended by the Headteacher of their current primary school. Value: There are a small number of scholarships worth 70%-80% of the fees, in addition to a number of awards up to 50%.



Key Dates for Years 7 & 9 2019 entry Scholarship application deadline

Friday 16 November 2018

Entrance tests

Saturday 12 January 2019

Scholarship practical assessments and interviews

w/c Monday 21 January 2019

Offers made

Tuesday 12 February 2019

Acceptance deadline

Monday 4 March 2019

Key Dates for Year 12 2019 entry Scholarship application deadline

Tuesday 16 October 2018

Entrance tests and practical assessments

Thursday 15 November 2018

Year 12

Scholarship interviews

Tuesday 20 November 2018

Criteria: Girls must have GCSE predicted grades of all 7-9s and be recommended by the Headteacher of their current secondary school.

Offers made

Wednesday 5 December 2018

Acceptance deadline

Wednesday 12 December 2018

Process: Awards are offered on the basis of a student’s entrance exams in English, Maths, and Non-Verbal Reasoning, with an interview.

Value: There are a small number of awards

For further information regarding scholarships, please consult our Scholarships, Awards, Bursaries and Funding booklet or contact Mrs Diana Banham, Director of Admissions, on dba@roedean.co.uk or +44(0)1273 667626 11


Overseas Applications

Roedean is always delighted to consider bright, high-achieving students who seek to enter top UK schools and world-class universities. This is a rolling admissions process, and we welcome applications at any time of the year; however, we advise early application during the Autumn Term preceding the September of entry in order to ensure boarding places are available. Each year, strong overseas and international candidates join the school in the same way as those from the UK. A reasonable level of fluency in English and good understanding of it from the outset are expected, so that the girls can access the curriculum well and make good progress. We do however offer a great deal of extra language support to our international students where it is needed. Overseas Scholarships Roedean is delighted to launch prestigious new awards for overseas students. At Roedean, scholarships are available to new entrants to the school in order to recognise academic 12

excellence or musical ability, in order to help extend and challenge girls to fulfil their potential; all scholars at Roedean are fully involved in our Scholars’ programme. Newnham Scholarships (Year 12 only)

The Newnham Scholarships are the highest and most fiercely-competitive academic award available at Roedean, worth 10% of full boarding fees, and all are awarded based on performance in the entrance tests, assessments if relevant, and interview. The Newnham Scholarships are awarded to the best international boarding applicants. Academic and Music Scholarships

These scholarships are available to overseas students with outstanding ability and potential, who are academically able or who are talented musicians. These are honorary scholarships which carry a small award for scholarshiprelated activities.


OVERSEAS ADMISSIONS Stage 1: Enquiry Those applying from outside the United Kingdom can do so via an educational agency or directly. We would be delighted to discuss your daughter’s registration and talk you through the process; please introduce her to us by providing us with her details and her latest school report. If you have opportunity to visit the school, please do make every effort, because you will see that Roedean is a happy and dynamic environment, providing an excellent all-round education. Stage 2: Registering your daughter You will be invited to register upon receipt of a satisfactory school report. Once your daughter is registered, it is important to move towards entrance exams and interview as soon as possible, and we will keep you updated with any information regarding these exams, as well as future events at Roedean which may be of interest.

Year 12: Entry is assessed by means of entrance

exams in English, Maths, and Non-Verbal Reasoning. Non-native speakers also sit the Oxford Online Placement Test. These can be sat either at local British Council offices, at an educational agent’s offices, or at your daughter’s current school. A Skype interview will be arranged for successful candidates to complete the admissions process.

At a later point, after the place has been accepted, students will choose three subjects they would like to study at A Level and sit a 30 minute paper in each of these. This will help place students on the best A Level Programme of Study for them, and will help us to assess whether any academic provision or preparation will be required ahead of the September start. Stage 4: Offers Once a place has been offered, there is usually a 2 week acceptance deadline.

Stage 3: Assessment Years 7-10: Entry is assessed by means of

entrance exams in English, Maths, and NonVerbal Reasoning. These can be sat either at local British Council offices, at an educational agent’s offices, or at your daughter’s current school. A Skype interview will be arranged for successful candidates to complete the admissions process.

For further information regarding international applications, please contact Mrs Diana Banham, Director of Admissions, on dba@roedean.co.uk or +44(0)1273 667626 13


Fees and Charges

Registration Fee

Fees for 2018-19

£150 is payable with the application, and is non-refundable.

These are the termly fees for the academic year 2018-19. At Year 7 in particular, we believe that this exciting fee structure allows access to the school to a wider range of students than has previously been the case.

Deposit •

For UK-based students, a deposit (Acceptance Deposit) of half a term’s fee is paid to accept the offer at Roedean. For students whose normal residence is outside the UK, a further deposit of half a term’s fees is also required.

Unless stated otherwise, all deposits are refunded without interest after the pupil has left the School and after all fees and ‘extras’ have been settled. If the pupil does not take up the accepted place, the deposit is nonrefundable.

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Day

Flexi

Weekly

Full

Year 7

£5,480

£7,880

£9,690

£10,620

Year 8

£6,160

£8,370

£9,745

£11,135

Year 9

£6,865

£8,560

£9,775

£11,730

Year 10

£7,165

£9,250

£10,805 £12,855

Year 11

£7,165

£9,250

£10,805 £12,855

Year 12

£7,165

£9,250

£10,805 £12,855

Year 13

£7,165

£9,250

£10,805 £12,855


FEES AND CHARGES •

These fees will be subject to the annual standard of living increase.

All fees include text books and appropriate stationery up to GCSE level.

A further charge of £915 per term is applicable for the Language Pathway Course.

An additional fee of £1,380 per term is made in respect of boarders entering the Sixth Form directly.

Charges for Extra Subjects and Activities Full details of subjects/activities offered for 2018/19 are available on the Fees page of our website. Written permission of the parent or guardian is required before a pupil can be accepted for tuition in an extra subject/activity. Since payment has to be made to the teachers concerned, subjects or activities may only be terminated at the end of the term, for which half of one term’s notice in writing is required. If a subject or activity is discontinued during a term, the whole of that term’s charge will be payable. Where pupils require private academic coaching, a separate written contract between the parents and the School will be completed.

For further information, please contact Mrs Diana Banham, Director of Admissions, on dba@roedean.co.uk or +44(0)1273 667626 15


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