Year 7 Application for September 2021 entry

Please note the deadline for applications, via our on-line form, is Friday 27th November 2020.  The entrance tests will take place at Old Palace Seniors on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th January in small, socially-distanced groups.   The tests will involve English and Mathematics papers, and the CEM reasoning test.

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FAQs

Where is the Senior School located?

Old Palace Seniors (ages 11-18) is located at Old Palace Road in Croydon Old Town, next to Croydon Minster. It is about the same distance from East and West Croydon railway stations (10 minute walk). The nearest tram stop is Church Street.

Where is the Pre School and Prep School located?

They are located in Melville Avenue, South Croydon. There is free on-street parking nearby and the nearest tram stop, Lloyd Park, is under 10 minutes walking distance.

What age can my daughter join the Pre School?

Your daughter can join our Pre School at the beginning of the term in which she turns 3 (a rising three).

How many pupils does Old Palace have in total?

Approximately 640.

What are the main points of entry?

Pre School, Reception, Year 7 and Sixth Form. Other entry points may be available; please contact: admissions@oldpalace.croydon.sch.uk.

How often do you hold Open Events?

Our main Open Day will be held at the Whilst we continue to follow Government guidelines during Covid-19, our Open Events will be held virtually in the form of Live Q&A’s via Zoom.  These are listed on the website.  We hope that it will not be too long before we can show you around in person, but in the meantime we invite you to take a virtual tour of the school www.oldpalace.croydon.sch.uk/admissions/senior-school-virtual-tour/

Can parents come on their own to Open Events or should we bring our daughter?

Parents can choose.  We do encourage all families to attend one of our Open Events before applying for a place.

Do you offer scholarships and how do we apply?

We offer a 10% Choral Scholarship at Year 3 entry. At Year 7, we offer Academic scholarships (2 at 50%, and several at 25%), a Music scholarship (25%), and several other awards (12.5% and 18.5%). At Sixth Form entry we offer 50% academic scholarships, and 50% exhibitions (in Art, Dance, Drama, DT, Photography and Music).

Do you offer bursaries and how do we apply?

The John Whitgift Foundation provides Old Palace with a generous sum of money to spend on bursaries each year for girls entering Year 7 and the Sixth Form only. Please note that, to be considered, families must register their interest in making an application on the John Whitgift Foundation website, and provide all necessary information and documents by the deadlines set by the Foundation  https://www.johnwhitgiftfoundation.org/apply-for-a-bursary/.

When is the Year 7 entrance exam and does our daughter need to prepare in advance?

The Year 7 entrance tests are held in early January. We send samples of the English and Mathematics papers to all applicants in advance of the entrance tests so that the candidates know what to expect. Some practice of 11+ Mathematics papers is useful, as is plenty of reading for pleasure. Performance in the on-line reasoning test is based on natural ability and therefore no preparation should be necessary, although we do send candidates a link to a familiarisation test.

When will we be interviewed by the Head and does my daughter need to prepare in advance?

The Head aims to meet all Year 6 and Year 7 candidates with their parents via a Zoom call prior to them sitting the entrance tests.  Candidate are asked to show something they are proud to talk about.  It can be anything, so girls can use their imagination when choosing what to show us!

When will we know if our daughter has been offered a Year 7 place?

Offer letters are posted early in February; on Tuesday 2 February for 2021 entry. These will include any offers of scholarships, bursaries or other awards.

What is the application process for the Preparatory School (Pre School to Year 6)?

Families are required to complete our online application form. On receipt of this, the Admissions team will contact families with details of the entrance assessment

What is the application process for the Sixth Form?

After visiting the school, families complete the application form by the October deadline (please check website for details). Candidates wishing to apply for a Sixth Form Scholarship or Exhibition will be invited to sit the Scholarship exam in November. The Head interviews all candidates for the Sixth Form and a reference is sought from their current school. Provisional offers are made, and firmed up following the GCSE results. Late applications will be considered, but will not be eligible for bursary and scholarship places.

How do we accept a place and do we have to pay a deposit?

The Admissions form with a £800 deposit should be returned by the deadline outlined in our offer letter.

How do I make payment of the school fees?

Fees are made payable to the John Whitgift Foundation; their preferred method of payment is monthly by Direct Debit, with each term’s fees paid in four equal instalments. Direct Debit forms are sent to parents in their child’s starter packs. The school fees include the cost of most stationery and textbooks, but exclude items such as trips, public examinations and UCAS entry fees. Individual music tuition is provided at an extra charge. Lunches at Preparatory are compulsory and are charged at £2.50 per day, Senior girls may purchase lunch with a pre-loaded lunch card.

Do you offer wraparound care?

Yes, at Preparatory the school is open from 7.30am to 6.00pm each day. There is an After School Club facility or, depending on the age, a choice of extra curricular clubs before and after school. At Seniors, students may arrive from 7.30am. Once school finishes, students may join one of the many clubs on offer or work in the library until 5.30pm. At Preparatory, we also offer a holiday club called Term Time Plus which runs during school holidays. This is also open to students in Year 7 and above if they have attended previously.

What happens if we accept a place and subsequently change our mind?

Should you change your mind after accepting a place, the £800 deposit will be held by the school. If notice of withdrawal is received within the term prior to the intended start date, a full term’s fees will also be payable.

How do I contact the Admissions Registrar?

Our Admissions Registrars, Mrs Helen Gard and Mrs Alex Parris, are available to answer any questions you may have on the admissions process. You may either email them at admissions@oldpalace.croydon.sch.uk, or telephone them on 020 8688 3863.