Admissions

Admissions 2018-02-23T10:02:49+00:00

Project Description

Contact our Registrar

If you would like to discuss any aspect of our admissions policy, or book a Guided Tour or register for an Open Day, please telephone or email our registrar, Ms McNamara. You could alternatively complete the online form at the bottom of this page, and Ms McNamara will contact you as soon as possible.

Direct Dial: 0151 294 4534
Main Office: 0151 426 4333

msmcnamara@towercollege.com

Ms McNamara, Registrar

Admissions Policy

The school has a fair and open Admissions Policy. Our main concern is that children should enjoy the process of finding out about their new school and join with confident anticipation. Prospective parents and their families are invited to visit during the working day, and as often as they feel necessary for their child and for their own reassurance. We also have Open Days in March and October. Families need not wait for an Open Day and applications for admission can be made at any time during the year. We understand that starting a new school can be a difficult time for pupils of any age and we try to ensure that all new pupils have a good start and quickly feel confident and secure in their new school.

Individual Guided Tours

Prospective parents are warmly encouraged to visit the school, by appointment, at any time during the school year. This gives the opportunity for parents to see the rapport between pupils and teachers, and experience the happy, busy atmosphere of the school. Upper School pupils guide families around school and the tour is followed by a meeting with the Principal and/or Registrar.

Open Days

Open Days for pupils of all ages are held in October and March. The Open Days are conducted in the normal school day so that parents and prospective pupils can fully experience what is like to be part of the Tower College family. Guided tours are given, and there are opportunities to meet the Principal and her staff to discuss the educational experience that is offered. Our next Open Day will be announced shortly. There are two sessions per day at 10.00am and 1.30pm. We register all visitors on Open Morning as it helps us to keep in touch with you.

Admissions to Departments

Pre-Prep Admissions

Our main intake is at the beginning of the academic year in September, but Pre-prep children may join us at any point in the term in which they have their third birthday. Please click here to see our term calendar.

Registration and Taster Days

Application is made by means of the Registration Card and a Registration Fee of £50. If a place is offered, a £500 deposit is requested to reserve the place on acceptance. The deposit is non-refundable but is deducted from your first term’s invoice.

Pre-Prep children pupils may also attend ‘Taster Days’ during which they spend a day with their prospective new class. This gives them the opportunity to meet their new friends and teachers, and experience all the activities of the day, including using school transport.

A school lunch will also be provided and costs for this are covered in the Registration Fee, which should be sent with the Registration Card before the ‘Taster Day’. During the day the class teacher will informally assess the child to ensure that appropriate educational provision is made.

Pupils must be registered before they can attend a ‘Taster Day’

Please note that the completion of the registration form and registration fee payment does not guarantee a place. This will always depend upon a candidate satisfying the School’s entrance criteria. You are advised to make a copy of your completed form before returning it.

The information you provide on the registration form will be held confidentially and will be used to provide the school with better information about your child to ensure that we provide the best possible service. Any information you provide on ethnicity/religion/language will be used solely to help the school ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to fulfil their potential. These statistics will not allow individual pupils to be identified. From time to time, such statistical information may be passed on to the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) to contribute to local and national statistics. Registered in England No. 810183 Charity No. 526611

Place Allocation

Places are limited, and are allocated in order of application. If your child’s name is placed on our waiting lists, you will be informed by telephone, with confirmation in writing, immediately a vacancy occurs. Priority on waiting lists will be given to children whose siblings attend Tower College as we pride ourselves on being a family school. Other than sibling priority, all other applications are treated equally, so church attendance, proximity to the school, ethnicity etc. have no bearing on place allocation.

Part-Time Pre-Prep

The favoured option from the parents’ and children’s perspective is that the part-time pupils will attend for two or three days per week, rather than having the disruption of a split day. If pupils attend for only mornings or afternoons they would miss out on the balance of activities which are structured differently in the mornings (teacher led) and afternoons(child led). We have also taken into account the fact that parents would be making three journeys per day if other siblings attend the school.

The two / three / four days would have to be selected in advance so that appropriate staffing levels can be arranged. If parents wish to change their days, they should contact Ms McNamara in the office.

Fees will be charged on a pro rata basis, but invoicing procedures remain the same

As soon as St.Helens Council release the latest information pertaining to the EYG, we will post it here.

Lower School (Years 2,3 and 4) Admissions

Registration and Taster Days

Application is made by means of the Registration Card and a Registration Fee of £50. If a place is offered, a £500 deposit is requested to reserve the place on acceptance. The deposit is non-refundable but is deducted from your first term’s invoice.

Prospective pupils may also attend a ‘taster day’. This can be arranged by appointment on any school day .The prospective pupil will spend the day with their future classmates. This gives them the opportunity to meet their new friends and teachers, and experience all the activities of the day, including using school transport.

Children will be given a school lunch, drinks and fruit snacks throughout the day. They should wear either their current school uniform or their own clothes ~ whatever they are comfortable in ~ but they should wear shoes that are suitable for playing out and make sure they have a coat.

On going throughout the day the class teacher will informally assess your child and in the morning will administer a short test in reading, English and mathematics which will be appropriate for the child’s age. We understand that very young children do not always achieve their best performance when in strange surroundings with people whom they do not know, so it is helpful if a report from a current school can be provided. A full reference will be requested from other schools if an application is made.

Staff and pupils alike make every effort to make visitors welcome, and our pupils are very good at looking after the ‘new boy or girl’ especially at playtimes and in the Dining Hall where life can be daunting when you are new!

Pupils must be registered before they can attend a ‘Taster Day’.

Please note that the completion of the registration form and registration fee payment does not guarantee a place. This will always depend upon a candidate satisfying the School’s entrance criteria. You are advised to make a copy of your completed registration form before returning it.

The information you provide on the registration form will be held confidentially and will be used to provide the school with better information about your child to ensure that we provide the best possible service. Any information you provide on ethnicity/religion/language will be used solely to help the school ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to fulfil their potential. These statistics will not allow individual pupils to be identified. From time to time, such statistical information may be passed on to the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) to contribute to local and national statistics. Registered in England No. 810183 Charity No. 526611

Place Allocation

Places are limited, and are allocated in order of application. If your child’s name is placed on our waiting lists, you will be informed by telephone, with confirmation in writing, immediately a vacancy occurs. Priority on waiting lists will be given to children whose siblings attend Tower College as we pride ourselves on being a family school. Other than sibling priority, all other applications are treated equally, so church attendance, proximity to the school, ethnicity etc. have no bearing on place allocation.

Middle School Admissions (Years 7 and 8)

Registration and Taster Days

Application is made by means of the Registration Card and a Registration Fee of £50. If a place is offered, a £500 deposit is requested to reserve the place on acceptance. The deposit is non-refundable but is deducted from your first term’s invoice.

Prospective pupils may also attend a ‘taster day’. This can be arranged by appointment on any school day .The prospective pupil will spend the day with their future classmates. This gives them the opportunity to meet their new friends and teachers, and experience all the activities of the day, including using school transport.

Children will be given a school lunch, drinks and fruit snacks throughout the day. They should wear either their current school uniform or their own clothes ~ whatever they are comfortable in ~ but they should wear shoes that are suitable for playing out and make sure they have a coat.

For entrance into the Middle School (Years 7 and 8), prospective pupils must sit an entrance examination in English and Maths. The questions set are straightforward and will contain topics that have been covered by all pupils following the National Curriculum in their respective schools. The ‘Taster Day’ and the entrance exam can be on the same day if required.

Staff and pupils alike make every effort to make visitors welcome, and our pupils are very good at looking after the ‘new boy or girl’ especially at playtimes and in the Dining Hall where life can be daunting when you are new!

Pupils must be registered before they can attend a ‘Taster Day’.

Please note that the completion of the registration form and registration fee payment does not guarantee a place. This will always depend upon a candidate satisfying the School’s entrance criteria. You are advised to make a copy of your completed registration form before returning it.

The information you provide on the registration form will be held confidentially and will be used to provide the school with better information about your child to ensure that we provide the best possible service. Any information you provide on ethnicity/religion/language will be used solely to help the school ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to fulfil their potential. These statistics will not allow individual pupils to be identified. From time to time, such statistical information may be passed on to the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) to contribute to local and national statistics. Registered in England No. 810183 Charity No. 526611

Place Allocation

Places are limited, and are allocated in order of application. If your child’s name is placed on our waiting lists, you will be informed by telephone, with confirmation in writing, immediately a vacancy occurs. Priority on waiting lists will be given to children whose siblings attend Tower College as we pride ourselves on being a family school. Other than sibling priority, all other applications are treated equally, so church attendance, proximity to the school, ethnicity etc. have no bearing on place allocation.

Upper School Admissions (Years 9, 10 and 11)

Registration and Taster Days

Application is made by means of the Registration Card and a Registration Fee of £50. If a place is offered, a £500 deposit is requested to reserve the place on acceptance. The deposit is non-refundable but is deducted from your first term’s invoice.

Prospective pupils may also attend a ‘taster day’. This can be arranged by appointment on any school day .The prospective pupil will spend the day with their future classmates. This gives them the opportunity to meet their new friends and teachers, and experience all the activities of the day, including using school transport.

Children will be given a school lunch, drinks and fruit snacks throughout the day. They should wear either their current school uniform or their own clothes ~ whatever they are comfortable in ~ but they should wear shoes that are suitable for playing out and make sure they have a coat.

For entrance into the Upper School, prospective pupils must sit an entrance examination in English and Maths. The questions set are straightforward and will contain topics that have been covered by all pupils following the National Curriculum in their respective schools. The ‘Taster Day’ and the entrance exam can be on the same day if required.

Staff and pupils alike make every effort to make visitors welcome, and our pupils are very good at looking after the ‘new boy or girl’ especially at playtimes and in the Dining Hall where life can be daunting when you are new!

Pupils must be registered before they can attend a ‘Taster Day’.

Please note that the completion of the registration form and registration fee payment does not guarantee a place. This will always depend upon a candidate satisfying the School’s entrance criteria. You are advised to make a copy of your completed registration form before returning it.

The information you provide on the registration form will be held confidentially and will be used to provide the school with better information about your child to ensure that we provide the best possible service. Any information you provide on ethnicity/religion/language will be used solely to help the school ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to fulfil their potential. These statistics will not allow individual pupils to be identified. From time to time, such statistical information may be passed on to the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) to contribute to local and national statistics. Registered in England No. 810183 Charity No. 526611

Place Allocation

Places are limited, and are allocated in order of application. If your child’s name is placed on our waiting lists, you will be informed by telephone, with confirmation in writing, immediately a vacancy occurs. Priority on waiting lists will be given to children whose siblings attend Tower College as we pride ourselves on being a family school. Other than sibling priority, all other applications are treated equally, so church attendance, proximity to the school, ethnicity etc. have no bearing on place allocation.

Year 7 Entrance Examination

External Candidates’ Entrance Examination
January Entrance Exam Date 2019 to be announced in Autumn Term

The examination comprises two papers, in English and Mathematics. The questions set are straightforward and will contain topics that have been covered by all pupils following the National Curriculum in their primary school. Comprehension and essay writing are important parts of the English Examination and correct spelling and grammar are required. It is helpful in the Mathematics paper to show calculations.

Exam Equipment and Arrival

Candidates should bring with them pens, pencils, a rubber, and a ruler. Calculators, mobile phones and any other electronic devices are not allowed. Please note that sample papers are not issued.

Candidates arrive for a prompt start at 9.30am and will be ready for collection at approximately 12.30. During the morning pupils will be given ‘comfort’ and refreshment breaks.

Results

Results are issued as soon as possible to all candidates. Parents whose children are offered a place will be given a closing date by which to reply with a £500 deposit to secure the place. This deposit is non-refundable and is deducted from the fees of the first term in Year 7. Pupils who gain 95% or above in their Maths and English papers are awarded an Academic Scholarship equal to a 25% reduction in fees throughout the Senior Course. Parents are informed of this at the time a place is offered. The school respects the parents’ confidentiality and leaves it to the family to decide whether or not they wish to make their Scholarship Status known to others.

Places

Places are offered in order of marks achieved, with consideration given to the previous schools’ references. There are often pupils who gain a pass mark, but who, because of demand for places, cannot be offered a place other than on the Reserve List. We appreciate that this is a difficult time for families and do keep parents informed of their child’s position on the Reserve List, and any changes to that position should places be refused or cancelled. Should we be able to offer a definite place you will be contacted immediately be telephone with confirmation in writing.

It helps to alleviate the waiting process if parents who have decided against accepting a place let us know as soon as possible. Parents who do not reply by the closing date will be deemed to have refused the place.

Special Needs

If your child has Special Needs or is disabled, please let us know in order for appropriate arrangements to be made. Pupils aged 12 and over who wish to join the Senior School may also have a ‘trial day’ as described above. During the day the candidate will sit a Mathematics paper and an English paper.

EYFS & WHOLE SCHOOL TRANSITION POLICY

At Tower College, we believe that children gain the most from their Early Years Provision and their subsequent School life if they feel secure and are confident with their adult carers, their peers and their environment. To that end, and in conjunction with our Tower College Admissions Policy and Arrangements, our aims are:

  • To ensure a smooth transition between settings, year groups and stages for parents, children and practitioners;
  • To ensure information is shared between different settings in term of children’s development, learning records and any other information;
  • To ensure parents, children and practitioners have adequate information relating to transition;
  • To ensure the children begin their new setting or year group enthusiastically and ready for learning.

Our Pre-Prep Department is made up of Bluebird for children of 3 +, Reception X and Y for pupils of 4+ and Year 1X and 1Y for pupils of 5+.

Transition into Bluebird

  • New starters visit the school with their parents several times before joining the group;
  • Some children will visit for ‘Taster Days’, if parents feel that it would be helpful;
  • The Keyworkers and assistants read the ‘All about Me’ booklet that is given to families to complete together before a child starts;
  • Previous settings are contacted to ask if any learning records can be shared;
  • If necessary we speak to the child’s previous setting to obtain further information;
  • In some circumstances, if a child had special needs, teachers will visit the child in his/her previous setting;
  • Children attend the setting on days of their choice, some doing 2 days whilst up to 5. This is at the discretion of the parents and can be increased during the term after discussion with the Principal.

Transition into Reception

  • Children in Bluebird work with the Reception classes for the Christmas performances, Christmas party and singing at various times throughout the year.
  • During the child’s last term, the children visit their new classroom on ‘Move up day’ (when all classes in the Pre-Prep, Lower and Middle Schools move up to meet their new teacher, whilst Year 6 are having their Senior Induction Day).
  • During outdoor provision the Pre-Prep children often play together and share activities.
  • Bluebird practitioners complete the EYFS tracker so that there is continuity of records.
  • The trackers from Bluebird are passed to the Reception practitioners.
  • All children have a session with their new Key Worker, (the class teacher/ teaching assistants) in their new classroom prior to entering Reception.
  • Parents have an information session with the class teacher prior to their child starting in Reception.
  • As far as possible Reception classes follow the same routine as the Nursery during the first few weeks of term and often for the first term.
  • The Bluebird Keyworkers advise the Reception staff on appropriate groups for the children/particular needs
    Previous settings are contacted to ask if any learning records can be shared. (Should the child be new to Tower College on entering Reception)
  • Parents attend an information/ parents’ evening with the Keyworkers at the beginning of the child’s first term.

Transition into Key Stage One

All children have a session with their new class teacher, teaching assistant and in their new classroom prior to entering Year One, on ‘Move Up’ Day.

  • Key Stage One staff incorporate some of the principles of the EYFS;
  • EYFS Profiles, phonics assessments, examples of writing, parent consultation records, end of Key Stage reports and suggested groupings for the children are passed to the new teacher;
  • As with Transition into Reception, the children are already familiar with the staff who will be their Keyworkers, through joint activities, outdoor play, assemblies, concerts, fun days etc.

Transition into After School Club

The class teacher can pass on any personal, emotional or social information to the person who collects the child from the classroom (For Example: bumped head notes, unusual emotional state)

Transition to Child Minders

Class teachers aim to develop links with child minders by sharing some of the achievements that the children have made

Our Lower and Middle Schools comprise 14 classes from Year Two to Year 8, with two forms in most year groups.

Transition to Year Two is potentially difficult for the children, as they move up from the Pre-Prep to the Preparatory School. They move to new classroom buildings and use different play areas so staff ensure that they have many familiarization visits in addition to the Whole School Move Up day.

The parents of Year One children are also invited to a ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening during their child’s final term in the year, where they see the classrooms, resources and learn about the year’s course, trips, activities etc. They also receive a timetable for September in July, so they are aware of Swimming, P.E. and Art days, and can organise themselves to avoid children worrying unnecessarily about whether or not they should bring all their kit and equipment on the first days of term.

The remaining pupils of the Lower and Middle Schools enjoy a smooth transition from year to year, knowing all the staff well through Assemblies, playtime supervision and shared teaching and activities. As Tower College has little turnover of staff, the children and families get to know the teachers very well as siblings will have been taught by them (in many cases, parents too have been taught by current teachers!) which all helps the children to feel settled and secure. The excellent working relationships that this fosters between the staff ensures that full information regarding the children is passed on.