Prospective Parents Overview

Deciding on which school is best for your family is an enormous decision, not to be taken lightly. Especially when it involves investment. Here, we will guide you through the process of exploring whether Bedstone College is the right place for your children and – hopefully – them joining us.

Admissions Process

Subject to places being available, Bedstone College accepts entry in to all year groups, though only very exceptionally into 5th Form (Y11) and Upper Sixth (Y13) when exam boards match and the move will not disadvantage your child. As a non-selective school, the College relies on a report from the previous school and, where practicable, an interview with the Headmaster to determine whether an offer of a place will be made. This can be done via Skype and the Headmaster and Admissions Team also travel regularly to meet with students and their families. We encourage taster days for boarders and day students so that the child, parents and the school can confirm they are happy with the final decision.We accept admissions throughout the year, not just in September, and have no cut-off date for admissions. Last-minute applications can usually be accommodated as the admissions team work throughout the holidays.

We are not selective – so we don’t require entrance exams or Common Entrance, unless you are applying for a scholarship. As long as we can cater for your child’s needs, there is a place available and school reports show that behaviour is acceptable, your child will be offered a place.

In the case of girls and boys entering the Sixth Form from other schools, admission is based on an interview, school reports and GCSE / equivalent results.

If you decide that Bedstone could be the place for your family, we strongly advise you to register – which holds a place for your child. You can download our Registration Form here and return it along with a £100 non-refundable registration fee.

After seeing school reports, your visiting and sometimes tasters as well, we will hopefully be able to offer a place. We then send out the joining paperwork and keep in very regular touch leading up to your child’s start at Bedstone, with more free tasters at your convenience, a regular newsletter and constant communication. In admissions, we are here throughout the holidays and no query is ever too small as we help you prepare for a smooth start at Bedstone. We truly consider that, as soon as you register, you are part of the Bedstone family.

Admissions events

Our doors are always open, and most families choose to visit us on a normal working day at their convenience. You don’t need to wait for a formal Open Morning. To arrange a vist, call 01547 530961 or email admissions@bedstone.org

Throughout the year, we also run a series of open days and taster sessions for various year groups. Here are the forthcoming events:

Whole School Open Mornings: May and October: whether you are looking for a place in the Junior school, senior school or for Sixth Form entry, come and see us  at Bedstone College. Our students will show you around and you can ask them exactly what it is like being in the Bedstone family. Meet the staff and the young people in our friendly, non selective school. Try the school lunches from our award-winning catering team while you’re here! Our next formal open day is Saturday 7th October 2017. For more information  and to book your place, please ring 01547 530961 or email admissions@bedstone.org. We ask that you please book in advance, so that we can cater for all attendees.

Visits

When it comes to choosing the best school for your children, nothing can replace a personal visit. You are welcome at a time to suit you to come and tour the school, meet senior staff and experience Bedstone on a normal working day. We highly recommend coming during term time. Simply email admissions@bedstone.org to arrange your visit. We can help you with transportation from airports and railway stations and accommodation for your stay.

Taster sessions

The next step is for your child to find out first hand whether Bedstone is the school they want to be in. We recommend they join us, free of charge, for a day or two to experience what is so special about our small, rural school, learning with and getting to know their peer group. If a boarding place is of interest, the student can stay for a night or two to see what boarding is like. In May each year, for those considering entry into Year 7 in September, come and be in ‘Big School’ for a day! Meet the students and teachers and take part in normal Year 7 lessons and sports. You’ll have a buddy to look after you throughout and just experience the difference in senior school at Bedstone. It’s free of course, and don’t forget you’ll have the chance to taste school dinners. Please ring 01547 530961 or email admissions@bedstone.org for more details and to book a place. We ask that you please book in advance, so that we can cater for all attendees.

Scholarships

Scholarship Assessment Days – January and May each year: For gifted and talented students looking to come to Bedstone in September in years 4,-6, 7, 9, 10 and 12 we have a number of scholarships available. The next scholarship assessment day will be in January 2018Please click here for more details Exceptionally, we can review candidates who are not able to make these dates or are late applicants at another time to suit. In order to find out more about the scholarship process, what is available and to book your place, call 01547 530961 or email admissions@bedstone.org and download an application form here

 Fees

All tuition fees are payable either on, or before, the first day of term. Parents wishing to withdraw a boy or girl for any reason must give a full term’s notice in writing to the Headmaster; otherwise a full term’s fees are payable in lieu of such notice. Please click here for full fee details.