FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the admission procedure?
Please refer to our Admissions page
What is an Open Day?
An Open Day is an informal opportunity for prospective families to visit the School, to meet the Senior Management Team and teaching staff. Open Days offer a valuable opportunity to see the school first hand and to ask any question that you may have.
How do we register for our child to sit the Entrance Examination for Year 7?
Full details can be found on our Admissions page
What format will the Entrance Examination take?
The selection test will consist of an English paper, a Mathematics paper and Science paper; for further details click here.
When do we find out the outcome of the Entrance Examination?
The outcome; (whether your child has been successful or unsuccessful in the Entrance Examination) will be sent by first class post. Please note that, Scarisbrick Hall School is a selective school and it may not be possible to offer every pupil sitting the Entrance Examination a place.
What happens if my child is unable to attend the Entrance Examination?
We can arrange individual appointments, please contact the admissions office to make arrangements.
Will my child be able to sit an Entrance Examination or apply to the School if we live aboard?
We are happy to arrange an individual appointment for your child to sit the Entrance Examination to coincide with their next visit to the UK, or alternatively we can liaise with their current school and email papers to be sat prior to them arriving in the UK. We would still require pupils to have 2 taster days in the school before a place and be confirmed or declined.
If my child is offered a place what is the procedure?
Following two taster days and the offer of a place you would be asked to complete the Admission Form and return to Mrs Walmsley along with the non refundable registration fee of £250. We are able to keep the place for 1 term and following that if a start date hasn’t been agreed we may request the pupil joins us for another couple of taster days.
What happens if I register my son/daughter and then don’t take up the place if offered, do I get my registration fee back?
The registration fee is non-refundable and covers any administration costs as well as assessments and taster days, if appropriate.
How many pupils are there at Scarisbrick Hall School?
If a Year group is full what is the procedure?
Pupils would be invited to have 2 taster days in the School and over the 2 days would have some assessments. Following the 2 days if a place is offered and the class is full, pupils will be placed on a waiting list. Parents would need to complete the Admission Form and pay a non-refundable £250 registration fee to secure the place on the waiting list.
Do I need to register my child at birth to be guaranteed a place?
The earlier you register your child with us, the better. We do offer a priority place to children who have attended Beautiful Beginnings Day Nursery however, this is not compulsory.
Is Scarisbrick Hall School a boarding School?
No, currently we are a day school only, however we are considering plans for boarding in the future
Can I get help with my school fees? And if so, how much are scholarships worth?
There are several options to help with school fees including scholarships, bursaries for proven financial need, siblings’ discounts for families with more than one child at the school. Find out more about fees on our fees, uniform, term times and meals page.
I’d like to know the class sizes?
Scarisbrick Hall School offers small class sizes to ensure all children gain personal attention and have a chance to contribute well to class discussion. Our policy is a maximum of 22 in a class.
For many classes in the College years the class size are likely to be smaller as our education is options based, ensuring each pupil gains support and tutoring to the highest of standards.
How do you stimulate the most gifted and talented?
We run a special Gifted and Talented programme of activities, offering personalised learning for every child, each pupil is supported to fulfil their potential. Scarisbrick Hall School teaches via the River Learning Method. Learn more about this, here.
Do you have many pupils with specific learning needs?
We have an excellent Learning Support department which tests all applicants with special needs such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia. These are by no means indicators of reduced intelligence and the special needs experts in the department provide discreet coaching to enable the pupils to compensate for their needs.
What is your pastoral care like?
Throughout the School our Pastoral staff ensure that they are looking after the wellbeing of each and every child and have an ‘open door policy’ for pupils and parents
What is your Anti-Bullying Policy?
We have a very effective Anti-Bullying Policy and any bullying issues are resolved quickly and discreetly. Our school policies may be accessed here or via the school Virtual Learning Environment.
What additional costs are there after school fees?
Additional cost include: lunches, snacks, transport, tuition for Peripatetic lessons, Support Learning, School trips, GCSE/GSE.
Where can I buy the school uniform?
We have a special arrangement with Whittakers in Southport. For more information, please click here
Do we include swimming lessons?
Y2-Y4 are taken to a local swimming pool once a week as part of their PE curriculum. Tuition fees cover this.
What is the school policy on holidays within the school term?
Scarisbrick Hall School does not encourage parents to book holidays outside of the pre-confirmed holidays. However, we would request that parents write to the Head to request holidays and whilst these would be noted as unauthorised it would be the at the Head’s discretion.
Who are your main feeder schools?
We cover a 30 mile radius in terms of pupils joining Scarisbrick Hall School from a wide range of private day nurseries, private preparatory schools and state primary schools. We have a significant intake from our own Beautiful Beginnings Day Nursery who are given a preference on places in the School to start in Reception.
Does the school transport cover my area?
Our school transport serves a wide radius from the school including South Ribble, Wigan, St Helens, North Liverpool, Crosby, Formby, Southport as well as the Ormskirk and Burscough areas. As we operate the transport service in-house we are able to accommodate most requests for flexibility.
Do you still have questions unanswered?
The office at Scarisbrick Hall School is located within the Main Hall and is manned Monday to Friday between 8:00 and 18:00 and between 08:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday.
Please feel free to contact us 01704 841151.