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Dollar Academy Entrance Procedures

 

INTRODUCTION
The usual admissions process is that parents initially telephone or email the school for a visit. If they decide to apply for a place, they complete the application form (available on the school website) and forward the registration fee, before entering their children for the relevant assessments. Subject to satisfactory performance in the relevant assessments, a place is offered and parents are then requested to pay a fee deposit to secure the place.

 

ENTRANCE ASSESSMENTS
Although the examinations are not intended to be pass/fail examinations, they nonetheless indicate which pupils are likely to be able to benefit from a Dollar Academy education. Year groups are usually over-subscribed and there will inevitably be a degree of “competitive entry”. Intending day pupils sit the examination at the school, along with prospective boarders who can reach us. Applicants who live at a distance often take the examination in their own schools. The pattern of the examination is indicated below.

 

PREP 1 & 2

You will be invited to bring your child for an interview and a short assessment with Mrs Morrison (Head of the Prep and Junior School) and other members of the Prep School staff. This will normally take place in late January or early February.

PREP 3

Entry is by assessment, normally on the last Saturday in January each year.
(25 January 2014, 9.30am – 11.30am).

PREP 4 & 5

Entry is by assessment, normally on the last Saturday in January each year.
(25 January 2014, 9.30am - 12pm). Arrangements can be made for pupils who do not live locally to sit the Entrance Examination in their own schools.

JUNIOR 1 & 2
(PRIMARY 6 & 7)

Entry is normally by the main Entrance Examination which takes place on the last Saturday in January each year (25 January 2014, 9.30am - 1.15pm). Arrangements can be made for pupils who do not live locally to sit the Entrance Examination in their own schools. Pupils who become ten in the calendar year of their proposed entry to Junior 1 sit papers in English (Reading & Writing papers), Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning. Pupils who become eleven take more advanced papers for entry into Junior 2.

FORM I

Entry is normally by the main Entrance Examination which takes place on the last Saturday in January each year (25 January 2014, 9.30am - 1.15pm). Pupils are asked to sit papers in English (Reading & Writing papers), Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning.

FORM II

Entry is normally by the main Entrance Examination which takes place on the last Saturday in January each year (25 January 2014, 9.30am - 1.15pm). Pupils are asked to sit papers in English (Reading & Writing papers), Mathematics, Verbal Reasoning and Modern Languages (where applicable).

FORM II
(CANDIDATES FROM PREP SCHOOLS)

Candidates from IAPS Prep Schools may sit a “pre-test” in the January of either their penultimate year, or their final year, at Prep School. The format of the pre-test is exactly the same as that listed above for candidates for Form I entry. “Common Entrance” examinations are taken in June of the final year at Prep School; they are used mainly for setting purposes and as “confirmation” of a place that will have already been awarded via the “pre-test”.

FORM III - VI

For entrance to Forms lll, lV, V and Vl, pupils are assessed by public examination results, school reports, references and, wherever possible, an interview with the Rector. Overseas applicants are expected to have a good level of English. All applicants are expected to demonstrate good levels of behaviour and application.

 

If you have any queries regarding the admissions process, please contact Elaine Gallagher, Registrar on 01259 742511 or email

 

 

ADMISSION POLICY

 

There is competition for places at Dollar, and admission is dependent on the level of prior attainment and perceived academic potential.  It is also based on a judgement of a pupil’s likely positive contribution, through good behaviour, hard work and enthusiasm, to the aims, ethos and co-curricular life of the school. The Academy wishes to feel reasonably sure that it will be able to educate prospective pupils in line with their ability and in line with the standards achieved by their prospective peers. Everyone admitted to Dollar is expected to try to make the most of all that the Academy has to offer during their time at the school.

 

The aim is to assist each child to grow in self-confidence, self-respect, and self-motivation – and the environment here is designed to foster such developments throughout the child’s time in Dollar.

 

Applicants undertake the entrance assessments described elsewhere. The school also takes into due consideration the applicant’s age and any other relevant information that may be available. The aim is to conduct admissions on a fair and non‐discriminatory basis. Parents are required to draw to the attention of the Rector any factors which they would wish to be taken into account. In assessing its ability to provide education for any pupil, the Academy may take such advice, and require such assessments, as it regards as being appropriate.  Where an application is received from a pupil currently attending an independent school, Dollar Academy reserves the right to contact the pupil’s school to (a) request a reference and (b) to ensure no outstanding fees are due before a possible transfer.

 

Reasonable adjustments will be made available in the entrance assessments if supported by an Educational Psychologist’s Report or equivalent independent medical report which is not more than two years old at the date of the examination. The school will also seek evidence of history and need of provision from a candidate’s current school.

 

Applicants will be considered only when the Application Form has been completed and returned with payment of the non‐returnable Registration Fee and relevant paperwork. Entrance assessments may be varied and/or may be held for late applicants and/or at times other than those published in advance at the School's discretion. Admission will be subject to availability of a place and fulfilment of the current admission requirements.  In the event that a pupil does not gain a place at Dollar Academy parents will be advised of the reasons and can contact the Rector to discuss the decision.

 

Dollar Academy welcomes staff and children from different ethnic groups, backgrounds and those with religious and non‐religious beliefs.

 

Dollar Academy will make reasonable adjustments to ensure that children with disabilities have full access to the curriculum.

 

Dollar Academy accept applications from overseas applicants and a good level of English is expected.  Pupils for whom English is a second language may be required to have additional tuition to improve their standard of written or spoken English.

 

ACCESS

 

The School seeks to promote accessibility to pupils whose parents or guardians cannot afford fees through a bursary fund which the school is seeking to enhance. Further information regarding bursaries is available on the school website.

 

The Academy and its boarding houses cover a wide area – almost 70 acres. Many of its buildings are listed, more than one storey high, and not provisioned with lifts. These buildings have been built during the 194 year history of the Academy. The senior school is departmentally organised, and each department is allocated to particular, purpose-built areas, on the important basis of having all departmental-specific equipment in individually centralised locations. Pupils therefore require to be able to move about the campus, and to negotiate stairs for those departments on upper floors.

 

Boarding facilities are similar. Any pupil with impaired mobility would experience difficulty as a result of the layout of the houses, and it would not be possible for access to be gained to all areas of the Academy. These matters cannot be remedied in any substantial way other than by making major alterations to the school’s structure. Even the development of long term plans will go only some of the way towards improving the position.

 

Importantly, some of the recent buildings incorporate full disabled access. On a short-term basis, it is possible to assist pupils with restricted mobility, and there have been a number of children assisted in such circumstances.

 

The complex nature of the school’s layout, including the presence of numerous stairwells, may also render the school impractical for the education of pupils with serious visual impairment, although accommodation can be made in certain cases to improve lighting, seating arrangements, and to provide highly visible direction and guidance signs. The issues of fire evacuation as well as general movement around the campus and access to the full Dollar curriculum are borne in mind in making judgements on entry.

 

Pupils with seriously impaired hearing would also be subject to independent assessment. Digital amplification is appropriate in individual cases; it would not be practical to provide induction loops in all areas of the school.

 

In dealing with all aspects of access, staff will be given appropriate and relevant instruction, and guidance on dealing with particular cases will be provided at formal in-service sessions. The Academy is pleased to engage with parents and with external bodies in assessing how best to support individual children. All issues relating to Access are reviewed in the first instance by the Senior Staff Group (Rector, Deputy Rector, Head of Prep and

 

Junior School, and Assistant Rectors) in liaison with the Bursar, and issues are referred on a regular basis to the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors of Dollar Academy.

 

 

 

 

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