(Date this policy was last reviewed: April 2017)
BACKGROUND AND FOCUS AREA OF SCHOOL
- Creating a highly stimulating academic and leadership development environment for boys
- Bringing high quality education within the reach of learners from low income communities
- The school makes use of a guideline of 28 to 32 learners per class group. The school maintains the right to deviate from this number based on the quality of individual applications.
- In 2018, only a small group of Grade 9 learners (likely between 15 and 20) will be admitted to the school. This is mainly due to space restrictions, but also due to the school’s desire to work with a small leadership group. While applications for this group will be welcomed in future years, the school maintains the right to keep the senior group as small as it sees fit.
- Two Grade 8 classes will be admitted in 2018, bringing the total learner amount to approximately 80, depending on the quality and quantity of applications.
- Only applications forms that are completed in full and are submitted in one of the following ways will be considered:
- Online application form
- Application form emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hard copy of the application form submitted to the school’s administrative staff
- Applications will be graded primarily according to academic potential, leadership potential and character.
- The following matters will also be taken into account as secondary factors:
- The proximity of the applicant’s residence to the school
- Interview with prospective parents and learners (note that the school is not obliged to interview all applicants)
- Sporting and cultural achievements
- A learner’s willingness to contribute to school life
- Whether the applicant has a brother at the school
- Ideally 75% of learners should hail from low income communities, irrespective of race.
- No learner may be denied placement in the school based on race or religious beliefs or physical disability.
The Board of Directors of Calling Education assumes ultimate responsibility for the admissions process in 2017. From 2018, the School Governing Body will assume ultimate responsibility. In both cases, the headmaster will execute the admissions process while remaining accountable to the Board of Directors (in 2017) and the School Governing Body (from 2018 onwards).
The headmaster is to adhere to the guidelines above in making decisions regarding admissions. A weighted points systems is not in use and the headmaster should use his sound judgement in comparing applications and balancing the above-mentioned factors. Borderline cases, uncertainties and the final placements are to be submitted to the Board of Directors (2017). From 2018, borderline cases, uncertainties and final placements are to be submitted to senior staff and the School Governing Body before being ratified.
APPEALS AND QUERIES
Parents may contact the school office to inquire regarding the progress of their son’s application or why their son’s application was declined. However, parents need to understand that places are limited and that those responsible for admissions conduct a very thorough and sensitive process in making the initial placements.
The Headmaster and the Board of Directors or the School Governing Body undertake to remain as objective as possible and maintain the right to admit learners according to their own judgement within the confines of the guidelines as set out above.
Parents whose children are not accepted will be notified if a position for their son should open up. Parents are also invited to re-apply for the ensuing calendar year.