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Frequently Asked Admissions Questions

General questions

How do I know the school would suit my child?  
Call our Admissions Team on 01926 776414 or register your details on our enquiry form and we will contact you. We are more than happy to arrange a school visit for you and your child to view the school and talk to staff and pupils. 
If my child is offered a place, will their siblings be offered a place too?   
Each child is assessed on individual merit and cannot be guaranteed a place by virtue of having a sibling already at the school. This applies to all of our pupils.
What is the pass level for standard entry and is there an equivalent national curriculum level?   
The school looks to assess whether the pupil will be able to cope with the standard and pace of work. At 11+ the pass level is broadly equivalent to SAT level 4 and above. 
What subjects are covered in the exams and where can I get advice on revision?   
Candidates who apply for entry at 11+ are required to take an exam which consists of three papers, two of which are Maths, English, the third is an online ability test. Further examples and advice can be found on our entrance examinations webpage.
After the exam, what happens next?   
All candidates are interviewed. Approximately three weeks after the exam you will receive a letter either offering a place or explaining that the application has been unsuccessful. The letter will also confirm the level of financial assistance that is available to you. 
Are the majority of pupils joining the senior school from the Junior School?   
No, at age 11 approximately 60% of the pupils come from other schools. Overall we have children from a huge number of schools. 
When should I apply to the school?   
Whilst we have a deadline for 11+, 12+ and 13+ applications in October, we would recommend that you apply well in advance of your child sitting the exam in the November. Examination details are sent out from the September before the November examination. 
What is the whole application process, from start to finish?

1: If you decide you would like your child to apply to Warwick School please complete the online application form. At the same time the non-refundable registration fee of £100 is required (£175 for boarding), payable by bank transfer (please use your son's name as reference). A copy of your son’s birth certificate should be uploaded within the application (mandatory) and his most recent school report (currently optional).

2: Nearer to the date details about the Entrance Examination day will be sent to you.

3: After sitting the Entrance Examination all candidates are invited for a short interview. However, where performance in the entrance examination is deemed worthy of consideration for a scholarship, this will take the form of a scholarship interview and a day at school, for which a separate invite will be issued. There is no separate scholarship examination.

Candidates invited in for a scholarship or bursary interview are not required to have an assessment interview.

4: An offer of a place or a rejection is generally issued three or four weeks after the examination day, along with any offer of a scholarship or bursary. When the offer is sent out, a deadline is given for acceptance of the place and at this stage a deposit of £500 to secure the place is required (deposit amounts may vary depending if financial support is offered).

We strive to ensure a fair and consistent policy to all applicants. Details above may vary for the different age groups that apply.

My child has dyslexia, is any allowance made for this in the entrance exam?   
Before pupils with a specific learning difficulty take the entrance examination, we ask that parents submit the educational psychologist’s report and we follow the recommendations made in the report. This usually means awarding extra time in the entrance examination. 
Do you offer any flexible boarding arrangements?   
Whilst the majority of boarders are full boarders, if there is space we would be happy to discuss the options available, however the youngest we take in the boarding house is Year 9 pupils. 
What is the Warwick Schools Foundation?

Warwick Schools Foundation is the Governing Body for Warwick Junior School, Warwick School, Warwick Preparatory School, King’s High School, and The Kingsley School.

The Foundation allows us to better share resources and enables us to offer unique extracurricular activities, 'best of both worlds' environment and other exciting opportunities.

You can read more about the Foundation and its activities on this site.

What sort of help is available for school fees? 

The School does offer a range of scholarships and bursaries. Bursaries are all means-tested, and along with scholarships are still subject to the child meeting the conditions of entry. They are also competitive as limited funds are available.

Find out more here.


Financial assistance

What is the difference between a scholarship and a bursary?  

Essentially a scholarship is based on academic performance (or an exceptional level of achievement in the case of a Music Scholarship), whilst a bursary is based on financial need and is means tested. 

Where can I learn more about the scholarship opportunities?

You can learn more about our scholarships & bursaries here.

What sort of help is available for school fees?  

The discount on school fees available for each child is calculated by an income means test. 

Your child will then be expected to pass an assessment or entrance exam, which for the Senior School takes place in November and attend an interview, before a place can be offered. Help is also available to meet the cost of uniforms and educational school trips where necessary. 

You can call us confidentially on 01926 776414 to discuss the opportunity further, or register your details on our enquiry form and we will contact you. 

Is there a sibling discount?

The Foundation does not offer any sibling discounts at this time.

How many discounted places are available? 

There is no absolute limit on the number of discounted places for pupils because the levels of financial assistance vary from child to child. However there is a limited amount available and this is therefore allocated based on means testing, the results of the entrance examination, previous school reports, and interview. 

What happens if my salary takes me over the limit by a small amount in the second or subsequent years after my child enters the school - apparently enough to disqualify my child from the financial assistance but not enough to pay the fees?  

The assistance is provided on a graduated scale; therefore small changes in your income will have a correspondingly small effect on the assistance you receive. 

Does the financial assistance last for the entire school career of the child?  

Yes - subject to the good conduct and progress normally expected of a pupil, and an annual means test re-assessment. 

The school will notify you when you are required to provide new information about your income in preparation for the next school year. We ask that you tell us about any changes that will significantly affect your current financial circumstances in the meantime. 

Still have questions?

Contact our Admissions Team, we are always happy to help.

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