Admissions Guide | Thorpe Hall School

Senior School

Admissions Guide

Please click the relevant tab below depending on the Year Group of interest.

Please note, if you are interested in joining Year 7 in September 2024, our Admissions deadlines have passed. Please contact our Admissions team who can advise you on the late admissions process.

Applying for a place in YEAR 7

For September entry at the start of the academic year.

We accept applications for our Senior School at any time, provided spaces are available.

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Visit Us

To book a tour of the School, contact our Admissions Secretary, Mrs Karena Sedgwick on 01702 582340 or email admissions@thorpehallschool.co.uk and ask for an appointment with our Headteacher, Mr Duckitt. He will be delighted to show you around.

You are encouraged to bring your child with you to this appointment.

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Register

Complete and submit a Registration Form and pay the registration fee of £100. Please note, applications are registered from the date payment is received.

Please provide a copy of your child’s last school report with the registration form.

You can view and download the Registration Form here.

The registration fee can be paid by BACS, credit or debit card. Just ask for details.

We hold places for students on a first come first served basis. Anyone who applies after we have a full cohort will be placed on the waiting list. Early registration is therefore strongly advised.

Please note, children moving into our Senior School from our Preparatory School are not required to register. They are automatically allocated a place.

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THS Entrance Assessment

We will invite your child to come along and take the THS Entrance Assessment in the Summer Term of Year 5 (15 months before they are due to start Year 7).

The THS Entrance Assessment involves a literacy (English) and numeracy (Mathematics) assessment. These are designed to help ensure an education at Thorpe Hall School is appropriate and that we can meet the needs of all our students.*

A full rundown of dates for September 2025 entrance is available to download here

Please note, children moving into our Senior School from our Preparatory School are not required to take this assessment.

For entry into other years, please contact our Admissions Officer, Mrs Karena Sedgwick, on 01702 582340, or email admissions@thorpehallschool.co.uk.

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Offer

Subject to meeting our admissions criteria, we will offer you a place for your child and invite you to complete the relevant documentation for admission.

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Contract & Deposit

To complete the application process and secure your place, parents/guardians are required to sign a contract with the school and pay a deposit.

You will be given a deadline by which to accept the offer. If you do not accept by the deadline, your space will be offered to the next person on our waiting list.

For entry into Senior School, a deposit of £1,000 is required per child.  This deposit is returnable when the child leaves the school, provided the required notice has been given.

See our Terms and Conditions here.

Admissions Policy

Admission is offered to children who satisfy the entry criteria and who are deemed to be suitable recipients of a Thorpe Hall School education. Places are offered to completed applications on a first come, first served basis with the following exceptions: preference is given to children of staff, siblings of current pupils, siblings of ex-pupils. The school will also give priority to creating a balance of genders.

See our full Admissions Policy here. See our Terms & Conditions here.

*We are committed to meeting the individual needs of our students. We will always assess if we have the structure and resources in place to support the learning and all-round development of every child. Occasionally, a child may need additional support which may affect the provision we can offer. The school will highlight concerns to parents as soon as possible and it is vital that parents advise us of any concerns they may have in relation to their child’s development before they start.

Applying for a place in THS Grammar Plus Stream

For Year 7  September entry at the start of the academic year.

Entry into the THS Grammar Plus stream is based on assessment and limited to 18 students per year.

1

Visit Us

To book a tour of the School, contact our Admissions Secretary, Mrs Karena Sedgwick on 01702 582340 or email admissions@thorpehallschool.co.uk and ask for an appointment with our Headteacher, Mr Duckitt. He will be delighted to show you around.

You are encouraged to bring your child with you to this appointment.

2

Register

Complete and submit a Registration Form and pay the registration fee of £100. Please note, applications are registered from the date payment is received.

Please provide a copy of your child’s last school report with the registration form.

You can view and download the Registration Form here.

The registration fee can be paid by BACS, credit or debit card. Just ask for details.

We hold places for students on a first come first served basis. Anyone who applies after we have a full cohort will be placed on the waiting list. Early registration is therefore strongly advised.

Please note, children moving into our Senior School from our Preparatory school are not required to register. They are automatically allocated a place.

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THS Entrance Assessment

We will invite your child to come along and take the THS Entrance Assessment in the Summer Term of Year 5 (15 months before they are due to start Year 7). All THS Grammar Plus candidates must also take the THS Entrance Assessment.

The THS Entrance Assessment involves a literacy (English) and numeracy (Mathematics) assessment. These are designed to help ensure an education at Thorpe Hall School is appropriate and that we can meet the needs of all our students.*

A full rundown of dates for September 2025 entrance is available to download here

Please note, children moving into our Senior School from our Preparatory School are not required to take this assessment.

For entry into other years, please contact our Admissions Officer, Mrs Karena Sedgwick, on 01702 582340, or email admissions@thorpehallschool.co.uk.

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Apply for THS Grammar Plus

After taking the THS Entrance Assessment, complete and submit the separate application form for THS Grammar Plus. This can be found here.  Application forms must be accompanied by a full CV for the candidate with any relevant references from teachers, group leaders, sports coaches, or other relevant persons.

A full rundown of dates for September 2025 entrance into THS Grammar Plus is available here

Please note, students in our Preparatory School who are interested in the THS Grammar Plus stream must apply to be considered.

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THS Grammar Plus Entrance Exam

All THS Grammar Plus candidates will be required to sit written assessments in the following subjects:
• Mathematics
• English
• General Studies
Past papers are not available. We are looking for all-round academic excellence, flair and the ability to think independently and tackle questions with academic and creative expertise.
The assessments are designed to take account of an applicant’s level at the time of the test, rather than where they would be expected to be at entry.

Please note, students in our Preparatory School who are interested in the THS Grammar Plus stream must sit the THS Grammar Plus Entrance Exam. All candidates, both internal and external, will be judged equally on merit.

THS Grammar Plus Entrance Exams will be held in the September before your child is due to start Year 7.

A full rundown of dates for September 2025 entrance into THS Grammar Plus is available here

For entry into other years, please contact our Admissions Officer, Mrs Karena Sedgwick, on 01702 582340, or email admissions@thorpehallschool.co.uk.

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THS Grammar Plus Results and Offer

We will contact you directly via email to advise you of your child’s THS Grammar Plus Entrance exam results, in the October before your child is due to start.

Subject to meeting our admissions criteria, we will offer you a place for your child and, depending on the outcome of the THS Grammar Plus Exam, a place in the THS Grammar Plus stream. We will invite you to complete the relevant documentation for admission.

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Contract & Deposit

To complete the application process and secure your place, parents/guardians are required to sign a contract with the school and pay a deposit.

You will be given a deadline by which to accept the offer. If you do not accept by the deadline, your space will be offered to the next person on our waiting list.

For entry into Senior School, a deposit of £1,000 is required per child.  This deposit is returnable when the child leaves the school, provided the required notice has been given.

See our Terms and Conditions here.

Applying for a place in YEAR 7

‘In Year’ Admissions – for entry any time after the start of the academic year.

We accept applications for our Senior School at any time, provided spaces are available. Your first step is to contact the school to check availability of places.

1

Visit Us

To book a tour of the School, contact our Admissions Secretary, Mrs Karena Sedgwick on 01702 582340 or email admissions@thorpehallschool.co.uk and ask for an appointment with our Headteacher, Mr Duckitt. He will be delighted to show you around.

You are encouraged to bring your child with you to this appointment.

2

Register

Complete and submit a Registration Form and pay the registration fee of £100. Please note, applications are registered from the date payment is received.

Please provide a copy of your child’s last school report with the registration form.

You can view and download the Registration Form here.

The registration fee can be paid by BACS, credit or debit card. Just ask for details.

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THS Entrance Assessment

We will arrange for your child to come in and sit the THS Entrance Assessment.

The THS Entrance Assessment involves a literacy (English) and numeracy (Mathematics) assessment. These are designed to help ensure an education at Thorpe Hall School is appropriate and that we can meet the needs of all our students.*

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THS Taster Days

Subject to the assessment, we will invite your child to attend a minimum of 2 ‘THS Taster Days’ so that they can spend some time with staff and pupils in the relevant class.

There is no additional cost for the Taster Days. Lunch is included.

We will make a decision on enrolment after the taster days have taken place and discuss/advise parents accordingly.

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Offer

Children can start immediately after a positive decision and offer has been made, and once all relevant documentation for admission has been completed.

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Contract & Deposit

To complete the application process and secure a place, parents/guardians are required to sign a contract with the school and pay a deposit.

For entry into Senior School, a deposit of £1,000 per child is required.  This deposit is returnable when you leave the school, provided the required notice has been given.

See our Terms and Conditions here.

Admissions Policy

Admission is offered to children who satisfy the entry criteria and who are deemed to be suitable recipients of a Thorpe Hall School education. Places are offered to completed applications on a first come, first served basis with the following exceptions: preference is given to children of staff, siblings of current pupils, siblings of ex-pupils. The school will also give priority to creating a balance of genders.

See our full Admissions Policy here. See our Terms & Conditions here.

*We are committed to meeting the individual needs of our students. We will always assess if we have the structure and resources in place to support the learning and all-round development of every child. Occasionally, a child may need additional support which may affect the provision we can offer. The school will highlight concerns to parents as soon as possible and it is vital that parents advise us of any concerns they may have in relation to their child’s development before they start.

Applying for a place in YEARS 8 to 10

For entry in September and any ‘In-Year’ admissions n these year groups.

We accept applications for our Senior School up to Year 10 at any time, provided spaces are available. Your first step is to contact us to check availability in the year group of interest.

We strongly advise those interested in joining us in Year 10 to consider starting in Year 9, in order that their child can have access to the full range of GCSE Options and achieve the best possible outcomes.

Please note, we do not (unless there are exceptional circumstances) enrol any new students to start at THS after the October half term in Year 10, or at any time into Year 11.

1

Visit Us

To book a tour of the School, contact our Admissions Secretary, Mrs Karena Sedgwick on 01702 582340 or email admissions@thorpehallschool.co.uk and ask for an appointment with our Headteacher, Mr Duckitt. He will be delighted to show you around.

You are encouraged to bring your child with you to this appointment.

2

Register

Complete and submit a Registration Form and pay the registration fee of £100. Please note, applications are registered from the date payment is received.

Please provide a copy of your child’s last school report with the registration form.

You can view and download the Registration Form here.

The registration fee can be paid by BACS, credit or debit card. Just ask for details.

3

THS Entrance Assessment

We will arrange a mutually convenient date for your child to come in and sit the THS Entrance Assessment.

The THS Entrance Assessment involves a literacy (English) and numeracy (Mathematics) assessment. These are designed to help ensure an education at Thorpe Hall School is appropriate and that we can meet the needs of all our students.*

4

THS Taster Days

Subject to the assessment, we will invite your child to attend a minimum of 2 ‘THS Taster Days’ so that they can spend some time with staff and pupils in the relevant class.

There is no additional cost for the Taster Days. Lunch is included.

We will make a decision on enrolment after the taster days have taken place and discuss/advise parents accordingly.

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Offer

Subject to a successful visit, we will offer you a place for your child and invite you to complete the relevant documentation for admission.

After a positive decision has been made, we will discuss the best start date for your child. They are welcome to start as soon as possible after the Taster Days have taken place, and once all relevant documentation for admission has been completed.

If you wish to defer your start date to a later term, please note your place will be dependent on space still being available at that time and therefore not guaranteed.

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Contract & Deposit

To complete the application process and secure a place, parents/guardians are required to sign a contract with the school and pay a deposit.

For entry into Senior School, a deposit of £1,000 is required per child.  This deposit is returnable when you leave the school, provided the required notice has been given.

See our Terms and Conditions.

Admissions Policy

Admission is offered to children who satisfy the entry criteria and who are deemed to be suitable recipients of a Thorpe Hall School education. Places are offered to completed applications on a first come, first served basis with the following exceptions: preference is given to children of staff, siblings of current pupils, siblings of ex-pupils. The school will also give priority to creating a balance of genders.

See our full Admissions Policy here. See our Terms & Conditions here.

*We are committed to meeting the individual needs of our students. We will always assess if we have the structure and resources in place to support the learning and all-round development of every child. Occasionally, a child may need additional support which may affect the provision we can offer. The school will highlight concerns to parents as soon as possible and it is vital that parents advise us of any concerns they may have in relation to their child’s development before they start.

  • Small class sizes and high staff-to-pupil ratios
  • ISA National Award for Excellence & Innovation for Senior Provision
  • ISA Award for Pupils’ Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Wide and diverse choice of GCSE Options
  • Extensive Enrichment Programme