Admissions Process



A Personal Visit is Essential!

Canbury School is a co-educational independent day school for students between 11 to 17 years. The school has a maximum of 65 students.

Deciding on the right school for your child is very important and we believe that a personal visit is essential. We hold several Open Events, in the Autumn Term, which provide a general introduction to the school. Details are published on our website (see Admissions, Open Days).  We are also very happy to welcome prospective parents and their children at other times. While the main point of entry is in Year 7, we may also have occasional places in other year groups.

Applicants for admission should register during the year preceding the desired year of admission. Applicants who satisfy the entry requirements and whose parents/guardians accept and comply with the “School’s Standard Terms and Conditions”, may be offered a place subject to the completion of the Acceptance Form and their payment of a deposit.

Equal Treatment

Our aim is to encourage applications from candidates with as diverse a range of backgrounds as possible. This enriches our community and is vital in preparing our young people for today’s world.

Special Needs

We welcome pupils with special educational needs, including those with Statements of SEND or EHC Plans, providing that our Learning Support Department can offer them the support that they require.  We welcome pupils with physical disabilities provided that our site can cope with them. However, we advise parents of children with special educational needs and/or physical disabilities to discuss their child’s requirements with the Head before he/she sits the assessment tests so that we can make adequate provision for him/her. Parents should provide a copy of an Educational Psychologist’s report or a medical report to support their request, for example, for extra time or other special arrangements.

We will discuss thoroughly with parents and their specialist advisers the adjustments that can reasonably be made for the child if he/she becomes a student at the school.

Overseas Applicants

We welcome overseas students provided that he/she has a relative or legal guardian living in the UK with whom he/she can stay and the student has an appropriate visa for entry to study in the UK.  If a student from overseas is not able to attend our assessment tests, the offer of a place depends upon a recent school report (written in English) and any supporting evidence.  For non-native English speakers tuition in English (ESOL – English for Speakers of Other Languages) will be arranged at the parent’s expense if the child’s level of English is not deemed to be adequate for study.

Canbury School is accredited with ‘Highly Trusted Status’ as a sponsor by the UK Borders Agency.

Religious Beliefs

Although Canbury School has Christian roots, it is non-denominational and we do not select for entry on the basis of religious belief. We offer the opportunity for those of other religions to practise their own faiths.

School’s Contractual Terms and Conditions

Copies are available from the School Office and must be signed by parents as part of the admissions process. They are reviewed by the Governors from time to time to ensure that they comply with the law.


We hope that you and your child do not have any complaints about our admissions process, but copies of the School’s ‘Complaints Procedure’ can be sent to you on request.

This policy will be reviewed annually and updated if necessary.






Assessment Process


Senior Welcome Mornings


Open Days

Feeder Schools

Inspection Reports



Canbury has been everything I hoped it would be for my son, who started recently in Year 10. Pastorally, the school is very empathetic which is incredibly important; but this is equally well balanced by Canbury’s strong desire for all its pupils to maximise their academic capabilities. Without any shadow of doubt, I feel my son is at exactly the right educational establishment.

Year 10 Parent, March 2018