We select pupils for entrance to S1, S2 or S3 at The Academy on the basis of an examination, an interview and a school report.
The exam: The entrance examination is held at the school in January each year. Details of the contents of the exams for S1, S2 and S3 can be found by following the correct link below:
The interview: The Rector’s PA will normally contact you to make an appointment, either in the period immediately before the examination or soon after it, to visit The Academy with your child to meet the Rector. Your child will also meet the Deputy Rector. During these conversations we hope that children will take the opportunity to talk about themselves and to tell us something about their interests and enthusiasms. We will always try to steer the conversation towards topics with which children will feel at home, because we want to get to know as much about them as we possibly can in the course of two 15-minute talks. We recognise that in order to do this we need to make children feel at ease. All that we ask is that children do not answer all our questions ‘Yes’ or ‘No’!
The school report: We write to the Head Teacher of your child’s current school, asking for an up-to-date report on his or her progress. Sometimes, the school will prepare a special report for us, though on other occasions we receive a copy of the normal school report which you will already have seen. We are happy with whatever information the school is able to give us. Please do inform your child’s Head Teacher that you are applying to The Academy and that we shall be writing to ask for a report.