Frequently Asked Questions
What is the admission procedure?
Subject to availability the school accepts pupils throughout the academic year; pupils entering the school mid-year are required to attend a 2 day taster / assessment, followed by a meeting with the Head Teacher for the year in question.
The majority of our pupils join in September the main intake years are:
The beginning of First School – Reception
The beginning of Middle School – Year 5
Via the Entrance Examination – Year 7
And the beginning of College – Year 9
Entrance is always by assessment and interview. The precise nature of these varies according to the age of the child. The Entrance Examination for 11+ entry takes place in the January proceeding the September of entry.
What is an Open Day?
An Open Day is an informal opportunity for prospective families to visit the School, to meet the Senior Management Team and teaching staff. Open Days offer a valuable opportunity to see the school first hand and to ask any question that you may have.
How do we register for our child to sit the Entrance Examination for Year 7?
Please contact our Admissions Office for details.
What format will the Entrance Examination take?
The selection test will consist of an English paper, a Mathematics paper and Science paper; for further details click here.
When do we find out the outcome of the Entrance Examination?
The outcome; (whether your child has been successful or unsuccessful in the Entrance Examination) will be sent by first class post. Please note that, Scarisbrick Hall School is a selective school and it may not be possible to offer every pupil sitting the Entrance Examination a place.
What happens if my child is unable to attend the Entrance Examination?
We can arrange individual appointments, please contact the admissions office to make arrangements.
Will my child be able to sit an Entrance Examination if we live aboard?
We are happy to arrange an individual appointment for your child to sit the Entrance Examination to coincide with their next visit to the UK.
How many pupils are there at Scarisbrick Hall School?
Around 240 (Nov 2011), split approximately 50% boy and 50 % girls, plus 90 children at Beautiful Beginnings Day Nursery.
Do I need to register my child at birth to be guaranteed a place?
The earlier you register your child with us, the better. We do offer a priority place to children who have attended Beautiful Beginnings Day Nursery however, this is not compulsory.
Is Scarisbrick Hall School a boarding School?
No, we are a day school only.
Can I get help with my school fees? And if so, how much are scholarships worth?
There are several options to help with school fees including scholarships, bursaries for proven financial need, siblings’ discounts for families with more than one child at the school.
I’d like to know the class sizes?
Scarisbrick Hall School offers small class sizes to ensure all children gain personal attention and have a chance to contribute well to class discussion. Our policy is a maximum of 21 in a class.
For many classes in College years the class size are likely to be smaller as our education is options based, ensuring each pupil gains support and tutoring to the highest of standards.
How many pupils go on to further education?
In 2010, 100% of our leavers were successfully offered a place at their chosen college.
How do you stimulate the most gifted and talented?
We run a special Gifted and Talented programme of activities, offering personalised learning for every child, each pupil is supported to fulfil their potential.
Do you have many pupils with specific learning needs?
We have an excellent Learning Support department which tests all applicants with special needs such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia. These are by no means indicators of reduced intelligence and the special needs experts in the department provide discreet coaching to enable the pupils to compensate for their needs.
What is your pastoral care like?
We are a very happy school with excellent pastoral care. The relatively small size of our school ensures that everyone knows everyone else (including the Head Teachers), the school has a “family friendly feel”.
What is your Anti-Bullying Policy?
We have a very effective Anti-Bullying Policy and any bullying issues are resolved quickly and discreetly. Our school policies may be accessed via this website or via the school Virtual Learning Environment.
What additional costs are there after school fees?
Additional cost include: lunches, transport, tuition for additional music, Support Learning
Where can I buy the school uniform?
We are fortunate to have Rawcliffes situated at Scarisbrick Hall School to enable parents and pupils to shop at their leisure. They are open on Wednesdays 12:30 to 4:30pm and Fridays 10:00 to 1:30pm. Parents can contact them directly to arrange appointments during this time or can just turn up.
Do we include swimming lessons?
Yes we do and tuition fees cover this.
What is the school policy on holidays within the school term?
Scarisbrick Hall School does not encourage parents to book holidays outside of the pre-confirmed holidays. However, we would request that parents write to the Headteacher to request holidays and whilst these would be noted as unauthorised it would be the at the Head’s discretion.
Who are your main feeder schools?
Pupils come to Scarisbrick Hall School from a wide range of private day nurseries, private preparatory schools and state primary schools. We have a significant intake from our own Day Nursery, but the majority of our pupils come from other sources.
Does the school transport cover my area?
Our school transport serves a wide radius from the school including South Ribble, Wigan, St Helens, North Liverpool, Crosby, Formby, Southport as well as the Ormskirk and Burscough areas. As we operate the transport service in-house we are able to accommodate most requests for flexibility.
Do you still have questions unanswered?
Please contact us and we will direct your question to the appropriate person to talk to you. Please telephone on 01704 841151.
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Interested in our Day Nursery, Beautiful Beginnings?
Set in the delightful grounds of Scarisbrick Hall, our day nursery is the perfect start in life for your child. Our aim is to encourage the development of of all children, working closely with parents to provide a level of care that meets the highest of standards – building a trusting and confident relationship from the very first day.
Scarisbrick Hall, Southport Road, Ormskirk L40 9RQ : 01704 841151
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