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Admission policy 19-20

Admissions Policy 20-21

Aptitude Testing:

Woodlands School – Supporting pupils with an aptitude for Sport or Performing Arts

Should your son or daughter have a specific talent in either Sport or Performing Arts, or indeed have the potential to develop a talent, then they may qualify for one of our 30 allocated places (10% of the published admission number) and will receive professional support and advice to help them fulfil their potential.

How do I know if my child is eligible and how can I apply for a place?

Any pupil who has an aptitude for Sport or Performing Arts is able to apply.  Parents/carers wanting to apply for a place for their child must first complete the Supplementary Information Form (SIF), obtainable from the school’s website.  All SIFs must be returned to the school before  5th October 2019. Tests will take place on  5th October 2019 at Woodlands School.  Test results will be posted to parents within 7 days of completion of the tests.  Places are allocated in rank order, based on the outcome of the aptitude testing.  In the case of a tie on score, the straight line distance rule will be applied to determine the awarding of a place.

Notification of selection will be announced by the Local Education Authority on National Offer Day, 1st March 2020.

What are the benefits for successful applicants?

Applicants who are selected through the aptitude testing process will have access a number of additional benefits, which aim to further support and accelerate their development.

Pupils selected on the basis of a sporting aptitude will be guaranteed a place on our Elite Player Development programme (EPD) where they will receive specialised coaching, such as personalised strength & conditioning training, delivered by qualified professionals in our outstanding facilities.  Further information regarding the EPD can be found on the school’s website.

There is an expectation that successful candidates will commit themselves to the wide range of competitive Sports and whole school Performing Arts productions.

What will testing entail?

The selection process will take place following the practical activities day at Woodlands.

For Sport, pupils will be assessed in six core components of fitness (speed, balance, reaction time, agility, endurance and coordination) to measure their sporting aptitude.  Additionally, pupils will also be assessed in a competitive sporting environment, in an activity that is new to all pupils to avoid anyone being at a disadvantage.

For Performing Arts, applicants will be required to demonstrate a particular aptitude for Performing Dramatics, Instrumental or Vocal Performance.  Applicants will be required to audition, as well as complete a written test as part of the process.

Both the practical and written assessments will take place on Saturday 5th October 2019.  Woodlands School staff will conduct the assessments in their areas of expertise, and may also involve experienced consultants from external agencies.


Should you have any further questions then please visit the school’s website or contact Mr Jon Bonnett (Director of Elite Sport) for further assistance

Please note that dates are provisional at this stage and may be subject to change.  Please check the school’s website for updates.


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