We are delighted that you are considering Woldingham School for your daughter.
Woldingham School is an all-girls’ Independent Day and Boarding School. It is a Sacred Heart Catholic school for girls aged 11-18 that welcomes girls of all faiths and none.
VISITING THE SCHOOL
There are several ways to do this:
Attend one of our Saturday Open Mornings in May and late September/early October. You are very welcome to visit with your daughter or may prefer to come alone in the first instance. We recommend for all those considering entry in 2022 and beyond to join us at one of these events.
Attend one of the specific Information Mornings on a normal school day.
Arrange an individual visit with the Admissions Department when you can have a full tour of the school on a normal school day.
The next step is to register. Please complete and return a Registration Form with the registration fee payment of £150
DAY/BOARDING TASTER EVENTS
If you have submitted a registration form for your daughter for a place in Year 7 she will be invited to attend one of the Taster events either in May for girls in Year 5 OR in early October for Year 6 girls. If your daughter is considering boarding (not flexi-boarding) she may stay overnight to experience boarding in Marden. The taster events are not compulsory and girls are not assessed during their time with us.
Most pupils join Woldingham School at 11+ and 13+ and Sixth Form. 70-75 pupils join at Year 7 and around 25 join for Year 9. Around 15-20 pupils join the Sixth Form each year to study A Levels. We may have a small number of places available in other year groups, and some mid-year places. We will be very happy to speak with you about this.
REFERENCE FROM CURRENT SCHOOL
In accordance with GSA (Girls Schools Association) guidelines, we shall request a reference from your daughter’s current school prior to her taking our entrance tests.
Woldingham selects pupils on academic merit and are able to cater for pupils with ‘mild’ special educational needs. Most pupils identified as requiring learning support will have had assessments carried out by an outside agency e.g. Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapist and /or medical professionals. Each pupil is considered for admission on a case by case basis. Visits to the school and a meeting with the SENCo are encouraged.
Our entrance assessments for all year groups take place in November, the year before the girls are due to join us. Details of entrance assessments arrangements will be sent out to all registered applicants in August. Applicants to Woldingham School will take our own tests as follows:
11+/13+ deferred Online cognitive ability test measuring English, Maths, verbal and non-verbal reasoning, along with a creative writing paper and an interview.
12+ English and Maths written tests and an interview.
13+ & 14+ English, Maths and Science written tests, an online cognitive ability test and an interview.
16+ A General (Critical Thinking) Sixth Form Entrance Assessment plus tests in two subjects to be studied at A Level.
At Sixth Form there is an expectation that applicants will achieve at least eight GCSEs/IGCSEs at an average of grade 5.5 across all numerically graded subjects taken, and an average of a B grade across all subjects graded with a letter. We are sometimes flexible on this requirement if the student in question looks as if she will just miss this average but has qualities in particular areas of the curriculum and is prepared to select three A Level options which reflect her strength. Grade 7 at GCSE/IGCSE or better is normally required to take Mathematics, Sciences or Languages to A Level. For humanities subjects Grade 6 or better is normally required.
The school may wish to have a Skype interview for overseas applicants. Entrance tests for overseas students may be taken, with prior approval, at either the British Council offices, the accredited education recruitment agency or her current school.
International Applicants with English as an Additional Language
Woldingham accepts the UKiset (UK Independent schools entry test) to support the admission process for international students. Applicants are asked to sit this test at one of their local accredited centres, however if this is not possible, we will send the student the Oxford online English placement test.
At the time of acceptance, an acceptance deposit is payable and is held by the school until your daughter finishes her education with us. Details with regard to the deposit are published in the Fees section.
After accepting our offer, we will confirm with you your daughter’s place, a course information booklet, and a subject Option Form if appropriate. We then send a ‘Booklet for New Pupils’ in March. This booklet will ask you to provide some details about your daughter. You will be able to make an appointment to attend a uniform fitting in our Uniform Shop on site anytime at your convenience from Easter onwards. Laundry numbers are allocated to pupils and have to be attached to all uniform, and for boarders, bedding, underwear and home clothes.
NEW FAMILIES’ RECEPTION
As part of our welcome to Woldingham, we will invite your family to join us in June for an informal reception when you will have the opportunity to meet Form Tutors, Heads of Year and other families.
Parents who live abroad must appoint an official guardian for their daughter. The guardian must be resident in this country, preferably within easy reach of the School (1 hour travelling) and be prepared to take full responsibility for her i.e. available to act in loco parentis if parents are not available and any period when the girls may not remain in school. It would be greatly appreciated if the appointed guardian can speak fluent English. Woldingham School greatly values the role of the guardian and welcome them to school functions; a reliable and caring guardian can make all the difference to the experience of the girl whose home is overseas.
Registrar – Mrs Linda Underwood
T: +44 (0) 1883 654206; firstname.lastname@example.org