The Assessment Process
The aim of the process is to identify potential. We are looking for well-rounded students with a genuine interest in education in the broadest sense of the word, with interests that stretch beyond the confines of the academic curriculum. There are many extra-curricular activities, all of which are important in developing a well-balanced, confident individual.
The representative of the student makes contact with the school. The Registrar will answer initial enquiries about the nature of the school’s facilities, curriculum and ethos. If the representative is satisfied that the school may be an appropriate placement they will be invited to visit the school and meet with the Head. The school requests that the most recent school report and any additional educational, medical and diagnostic information is sent to the school before the meeting. The Head meets the student’s representatives with or without the prospective student to discuss the student’s educational history, needs and the provision offered by Canbury School. The paperwork is reviewed by the Head and SENCO, further information or confirmations of reports may be sought or requested by the school at any stage of the process.
The student may then be invited for an ‘Assessment Day.’ The student will be invited to join an age appropriate teaching group and participate in a school day. The subject teachers set a number of tasks to establish the student’s current level of functioning in a variety of subjects. The aim of the day is to establish a greater understanding of student’s skills and the potential they have to progress at Canbury School. All staff who have contact with the prospective student during the day then feedback to the Head about the child’s performance throughout the day, including behaviour and interaction with other students. The Head may request that the child spends another day or two in school if necessary to ensure that the correct decision can be made on whether Canbury School is suitable and can meet the child’s educational needs.
A letter confirming acceptance or expressing inability to provide a suitable educational setting is written by the Head and sent to the student’s representative(s). For new Year 7 students, an induction morning is held towards the end of the Summer Term each year. Following assessment days, the offer of a place is made within a week. If the parents wish to take up the offer they must return a completed Acceptance Form and deposit to secure the place. Applications made later in the year should respond to an offer letter within two weeks.