Admissions & Fees
Applying for a place
Entry at 11+
To apply for a place, you will need to register your daughter by the end of October for entry the following the September. In early November all registered girls will be invited to sit the entrance examination, which takes place in early January. You will receive details of scholarships and bursaries. A place will be offered to your daughter based on her performance in the entrance examination, which consists of English, Mathematics (based on the National Curriculum) and Verbal Reasoning (samples of which can be obtained from any good bookshop).
- Sample English Comprehension
- Sample – English – Composition
- Sample – Mathematics Paper
- Registration Form
Entry for Years 8, 9, 10
This depends on there being a vacancy in the year group. Candidates sit an entrance examination and their present school is asked to send a report. The examination paper consists of English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning.
Scholarships for Year 7 Entry
We are able to offer a number of scholarships for pupils. To qualify you must have registered your daughter by the end of October preceding the January Examination Exam.
Academic scholarships worth up to 50% of the tuition fees. Candidates are invited to sit an academic paper following outstanding performance in the entrance examination. The scholarship will last until the pupil completes her education at the end of the sixth form.
11+ Catholic Primary Scholarship is a closed external scholarship awarded to a Catholic girl in a maintained primary school who would otherwise not seek admission. It is an academic scholarship and will be awarded to a candidate whose performance in the entrance examination demonstrates high achievement. Girls will be invited to attend an interview with a member of the Governing Body and will be asked to produce a folder of evidence reflecting their achievements in and out of school to support their application. This is a means-tested award and parents will be asked to complete a confidential fees assessment form and be asked to produce supporting information. This award normally continues until the end of the Sixth Form, subject to satisfactory annual review.
Creative Arts Scholarships
These are awarded to candidates with obvious talent and potential and will continue until the end of the sixth form.
Music – Can be up to 20% of the tuition fees. Audition following success in the entrance examination. Girls should have reached a practical level of Grade 3 or 4, with more flexibility for candidates playing cello, french horn, bassoon, trombone and harp. In addition girls are asked to bring in a portfolio which details any music examinations taken and any details of competitions or public performances.
Drama - Can be up to 20% of the tuition fees. Audition following success in entrance examination. This may also include girls who are outstanding in dance. A portfolio should be brought in which should include details of any acting, examinations or competitions entered. Certificates, notes from drama/dance teachers, notes from adjudicators, programme, photos are all acceptable in the portfolio.
Art - Can be up to 20% of the tuition fees. Following success in entrance examination girls will be asked to bring in a portfolio to discuss with the Head of Art. The school is looking to see girls who have a genuine love of art and natural talent so that they do art work at home regularly and have built up a working sketchbook. Photographs of art work done in the girl’s school may be included.
Sporting Scholarships – Can be up to 20% of the tuition fees. Following success in entrance examination girls will be asked to interview and to bring with them a portfolio to discuss with the Head of Sport. This should include certificates and badges, competition details, notes from judges or teachers and photos. Eligible students will usually be competing at county and club level in their chosen sport and would be expected to represent their school by playing in the school team. This scholarship is not awarded for general competence at sport but for major potential in one or more sports.
All scholarships are subjected to a satisfactory annual review.
The Headmaster reserves the right to award as many or as few scholarships as deemed worthy in any one year. It may not be the same number every year.
Awards will be notified following the audition / interview.
Means tested bursaries may be considered for pupils following success in the January Entrance Examinations. These are awarded to pupils whose parents would otherwise be unable to meet the full financial commitment of the school fees.
The bursary is awarded until the end of the sixth form. Continuation of the bursary however is subject to annual review and demonstration of need.
Following the offer of a place, parents will need to request and complete a confidential financial assessment form and supply supporting informatin. This form can be obtained by contacting Mrs Pigott, the Registrar.
Taster Days and Meet the Head Year 7 Entry
Meet the Head is held annually in May and all prospective and registered Year 7 parents and pupils are invited to come along. This is an occasion to listen to the Headmaster and current pupils talking about our school. After the formalities you are free to wander around the Curriculum Fair chatting to teachers and pupils.
Following this, prospective girls are invited to our annual Taster Day. This gives the girls an opportunity to experience life at Alton Convent School, sampling some of the lessons and getting to know their contemporaries and older pupils.
In June, pupils who have accepted places are invited to an Induction Day to meet fellow pupils. Parents are invited to tea with the Deputy Head of Pastoral Care where she will talk about transition into Year 7.
Alton Convent School is one of the top independent schools in Hampshire. We hope your daughter will join us.
Senior School £3975.00 per term for the 2012-13 academic year and are inclusive of all lunches, stationery, art and photographic materials.
A standard non-refundable Registration Fee is payable on registering your daughter.
A deposit of £500 is payable to confirm acceptance of a place. This amount is reimbursed after your daughter has completed her education in the school. If your daughter does not take up the place, the deposit is non-refundable.
A reduced fee may be payable for those pupils in receipt of bursarial assistance.
Entrance Examination Fee £25
A sibling discount applies in respect of the fees for a third or subsequent child enrolled from Reception up.
Fees are determined annually by the Governing Body early in the summer term.
Fees are payable in advance on the first day of each term, although a year’s fees may be paid by standing order over ten months through arrangement with the finance officer.
Parents are reminded that a full term’s notice is required if a girl is to be withdrawn from the school.
These are kept to a minimum but charges are made for the following:
- Field Courses
- Educational visits
- Yearly Residential Visits
- Year 7 - Residential
- Year 8 – Ironbridge
- Year9 – Battlefields
- Year 10 - Bath & Bristol
- Year 11 – Stratford
- Public Examination Fees
- Bi-annual Ski Trip
- Bi-annual Cultural Visit abroad
These lessons are privatley arranged between the parent and teacher can be arranged through the Head of Music. Lessons cost £170, 30 minutes for ten lessons or £120, 20 minutes for 10 lessons.
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