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Apply for a Place

To apply for a Boarding or Day place at Wymondham College or to apply for a Boarding Place at the Prep School, please click the link below.

Please make sure you are aware of our Admissions Policy and understand the type of application you are submitting before applying. All Admissions information is found on the relevant Admissions pages. 

For any questions about the application process please see our FAQ page or contact our External Relations Team who will advise you on the application process.

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Guide to the Transfer to Secondary School at Year 7

Steps Boarding Place Day Place
Step 1 September preceding year of entry - All Local Authorities in England provide Year 6 students in maintained schools with a Common Application Form (CAF), which is usually online. This must be completed by parents and returned to their home Local Authority by 31 October. If the child attends an Independent School, parent(s)/carer(s) have to contact their home Local Authority for a CAF. If the family live elsewhere in the UK or overseas, this does not apply.
Step 2 Parent(s)/Carer(s) also complete a Year 7 Main School Boarding application and send back to the College by 31 October. Parent(s)/Carers who wish for their child to participate in the Year 7 Music Priority Specialist places also complete the relevant application and return it to the College by 31 October.
Step 3
  • The application is acknowledged.
  • The College contacts the candidate's current school for a boarding reference.
  • Candidate invited to come to the College for a boarding interview (usually end November).
  • If candidate has applied for a Music Priority Boarding place, they are invited to come for the assessment. EITHER in October or November.
  • The application is acknowledged.
  • If candidate has applied for a Music Day place, they are invited to come for the assessment EITHER in October or November.
Step 4 December - The College writes to the family to advise whether we deem the candidate suitable to board. If we think they are unsuitable, we will give the reasons why. The College writes to all October Priority Place participants to advise whether or not they have reached the required benchmark.
Step 5 1 March - The candidate's home Local Authority advises the family at which School a place has been offered. 1 March - The candidate's home Local Authority advises the family at which school a place has been offered.
Step 6

2 March - The College writes to all our sucessful Boarding candidates with an offer pack. 

We also write to any unsuccessful candidates with an explanation of what happens next.

2 March - The College writes to all our sucessful Day candidates with an offer pack.
Step 7 If candidates are not offered a place at their preferred school(s) they are offered the right to appeal to an independent appeals panel.

 

Guide to In Year Applications - Years 8-10

Day Places

Applications for a Year 8-10 day place must be made directly to the College using the College Application In Year Transfer Form. Completed forms must be returned to the College, who will respond to the applicant’s parents/carers.

It is generally agreed that it is in the best interests of children and schools for school transfers to take place at the beginning of a new term. If an application to the College is received it will be considered in line with the following timetable:

  • 31 October for a transfer to take place at the beginning of the spring term (after Christmas)
  • 28 (29) February for a transfer to take place at the beginning of the summer term (after Easter)
  • 31 May for a transfer to take place at the beginning of the autumn term (the beginning of a new school year). Decisions regarding preference(s) will be sent out before the end of the summer term.

If an applicant believes there are exceptional reasons why an immediate transfer should be considered, reasons should be provided to the College in writing, along with the appropriate supporting documents for the College’s consideration:

  • If moving to Norfolk or moving a significant distance in Norfolk where travel to the current school is unreasonable. The application should be made prior to the house move, but only on confirmation of a move date. Evidence must be given to confirm this.
  • Where medical reasons are given, a letter from a relevant medical professional will be required to support the application.
  • Where “Home education” has been disallowed by Norfolk County Council, the College will seek confirmation from the Council. If the applicant is currently in home education and want to access a place at the College, the application will not be considered for an immediate transfer.
  • Where issues with the current school, such as severe bullying, are cited, the College will require additional evidence to support the application and the issues cited must have been discussed with the current school.

Processing an in-year transfer application with or without exceptional circumstances does not guarantee a place will be offered. Places are only offered if space is available. The College will only consider one application for an In Year Transfer in a school year.

In accordance with the Schools Admissions Code 2014, the College will advise the local authority of each application received and the outcome of that application at the end of each half term.

Boarding

Applications for a Y8-Y10 boarding place can be made directly to the College using the College Application In Year Transfer Form. Completed forms must be returned to the College, who will respond to the applicant’s parents/carers. Offers will be made to successful applicant’s if places are available.

Steps

Boarding Place

Step 2

A Year 8-10 In Year Transfer Form Boarding Application Form needs to be completed and submitted to the College.

Step 2

Application is acknowledged. The College contracts the applicant's current school for a Boarding reference.

Step 3

The applicant is invited to for a suitability to board interview at the College or online.

Step 4

If places are available, the College will issue a formal offer to successful applicants.

If places are unavailable, the College will write to families to advise successful applicants that they are on a waiting list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guide to Sixth Form Applications

Steps

Boarding Place

Day Place

Step 1

Sixth Form Boarding Application Form to be completed and submitted to the College by the given deadline.

Sixth Form Day Application Form to be completed and submitted to the College by the given deadline.

 

Dual applications can only made if applying for a Sixth Form Scholarship as outlined in the Admissions Policy.

Step 2

Application is acknowledged. The College contracts the applicant's current school for a Boarding reference.

Application is acknowledged.

Step 3

September -December – The applicant is invited to for a suitability to board interview at the College or online. Scholarship applicants will also be invited to the Assessment Day Please see the Sixth Form Scholarship guidance page.

End of November Offers are issued. All offers are conditional on meeting the Minimum Qualification Standard as outlined in the offer letter. Offers must be accepted by the deadline given

Step 4

End of November Offers are issued. All offers are conditional on meeting the Minimum Qualification Standard as outlined in the offer letter. Offers must be accepted by the deadline given and secured by the payment of the specified deposit.

End January - The College contracts the applicant's current school for predicted GCSE grades (or equivalent).

Step 5

End January - The College contracts the applicant's current school for predicted GCSE grades (or equivalent).

Spring Term Onwards - The College continues to accept late applications and will make further offers should places be available or, if oversubscribed, will place on a waiting list

Step 6

Spring Term Onwards - The College continues to accept late applications and will make further offers should places be available or, if oversubscribed, will place on a waiting list

GCSE Results Day – Places will be confirmed on submission of exam results. Details on how to submit results will be sent after the Transition Event in July.

Step 7

GCSE Results Day – Places will be confirmed on submission of exam results. Details on how to submit results will be sent after the Transition Event in July.

 

Closing and Offer Dates for Applications

Application Deadlines and Offer Dates for September 2023 Entry

Year Group

Application Closing Dates

Offer Dates 

Year 7 Boarding

31 October 2023

1 March 2024

Year 7 Day

31 October 2023

1 March 2024

Years 8 - 10 Boarding

31 October 2023

End of November 2023

Year 12 Day

31 October 2023

End of November 2023

Sixth Form Boarding

31 October 2023

End of November 2023

Sixth Form Day

31 October 2023

End of November 2023

Late boarding applications can be made throughout the year subject to spaces being available. Where space is not available, applications will be placed on a waiting list.

Suitability to Board Interview Dates

All boarding applicants require a Suitability to Board Interview. Interviews are carried out throughout the year and can either be at the College or online.

Specialist Priority & Scholarship Dates 2023

Year Group Assessment Dates Offer Dates (Letters are sent out)
Year 7 Music Assessments 

Session 1  - TBC

Session 2 - TBC

1 March 2024

Sixth Form Scholarship Audition/Assessment/Academic Testing

TBC End of November 2023 

 

The Difference between Day and Day Boarding Places

In overview, Day students can be at College from 08:00 to 17:15. Payment of the Senior School Day Fee entitles the student to refreshments at morning break, lunch and use of the boarding house facilities downstairs.

Day Boarding Students are able to participate in the life  of the College from breakfast until the end of Wymondham Life 2 activities for the student's year group. Day Boarding is not a separate category of admission and can only be applied for after a Day Place has been offered.

Day Boarding students can come to the College from 07:00, take breakfast and have the usual School day. They may stay later to have tea and complete their prep in house alongside the Boarders as well as participate in Wymondham Life 2. 

Day Boarding students can take advantage of using a room upstairs in the boarding house. The room is provided on the basis that there is space in the boarding house and at the discretion of the Head of House. The student must leave the boarding house at their given time and must not under any circumstances stay overnight in the room. Equally they do not have access to a wardrobe, nor may they store any items at the College in the room.

Day Boarding is an arrangement which carries a termly charge. Please see the fees information for prices.

 

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