Roedean School ensures that each child receives the personal attention they require to develop as individuals. We maintain a class size average of 25 pupils which means that often girls are first placed on a waiting list before we proceed with an application process.
Special consideration is given to siblings and daughters of Roedean past pupils (SAORA)
Please note that the main points of entry to Roedean are:
The majority of girls enter the Junior School into the Grade 0 class in the calendar year that they turn 6. Candidates must have reached their 5th birthday when entering the school into Grade 0.
Occasional vacancies do occur for all other classes at various stages during the year.
There is a priority given to siblings of current and past pupils of Roedean School (SA), and daughters of past pupils. These candidates will undergo the same assessment procedure and will need to meet the standards set by Roedean School (SA) – Junior School.
Daughters of members of staff at Roedean (SA) will undergo the same selection process as other applicants and the same assessment criteria are used as for other candidates.
Children are assessed in November prior to the preceding year of entry. The process by which new pupils are selected is unique to Roedean School (SA) – Junior School and it is difficult to prepare a child for it by tutoring or coaching them. We aim to assess children over as wide a range of strengths, skills and aptitudes as possible. We want to build a holistic view of their development and potential. The assessment incorporates language development, practical reasoning, group participation and play, which combines both fine and gross motor skills.
The assessment may include some standardised testing in language and reasoning and all scores are weighted according to age. This ensures younger children are not disadvantaged. Formal pencil and paper tasks are kept to an minimum, and reading and writing are not assessed. We acknowledge that all children have an innate curiosity; therefore, the range of activities during the assessment will provide many opportunities for the children to participate in different areas of personal interest. We appreciate that children develop at different rates, which is taken into consideration.
Candidates will be invited to come in on a single day, for a session lasting between 1 and 1½ hours.
When the candidates arrive with their parents, they gather in the St Margaret’s Block where activities are set out for the children.
Thereafter the children are divided into 4 small groups where they will be required to go through a range of tasks that are all age appropriate and fun. This will give the assessors the opportunity to observe the children both individually and within a group.
We are aware that even a few months make a tremendous difference in a child’s development at this age, and we do take into account and make allowances for excitement or anxiety on the day. Every attempt is made to make a child’s assessment experience as much fun as possible.
Following the assessment, all information is collected and a short list of possible candidates is compiled. The parents of these children will be invited to attend an interview.
Final decisions will be made on all the information collected. The selection committee is made up of the Roedean School (SA) – Executive Team.
With so few places available, sadly it is inevitable that we have to turn down many extremely able children. Some candidates who have done well enough in the assessment to cope with the rigours of Roedean School (SA) – Junior School will, owing to the numbers of applicants, be placed on a priority waiting list. Should a vacancy arise, candidates on the waiting list will be considered and an offer of a place might be made. This waiting list will remain active until December of the year, prior to entry into Grade 1. After that point, any candidates remaining on the waiting list will move to the “occasional” list. In the event of a vacancy arising during any school year, we will invite candidates on the “occasional” list to reassess for the year into which they are seeking entry.
Occasional vacancies do occur for all other classes at various stages during the year. If you are interested in your daughter attending Roedean (SA) – Junior School, please download a registration form and submit it with payment. Should the possibility of a place in the appropriate class become available, we will invite your daughter for an assessment.
Should there be a possibility of a placement becoming available, your daughter will then undergo a brief diagnostic assessment. An interview is arranged with the Headmistress or Deputy Headmistress where you have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
Based on availability, the diagnostic assessment and the interview, your daughter is either offered a position at Roedean School or is placed on the waiting list.
We will write to your daughter’s current Head Teacher for a report.
This policy may be amended at any meeting of the Board of Governors, and changes would not normally apply until the start of the following academic year.
Please make sure that you are applying for the correct grade. Please note that Roedean’s grades are as follows:
Click here to complete the online application form.
• Proof of payment of the R500 non-refundable registration fee
• A copy of the applicant’s unabridged birth certificate
• A copy of the applicant’s passport (non-South African citizens)
• Copies of both parents’ identity documents (South African citizens) or passports (non-South African citizens)
• A copy of the applicant’s latest school report, if applicable
Bank Account: Roedean School (SA)
Bank: First National Bank
Account Number: 54861162616
Branch Code: 253305
Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ
Reference: Please use pupil’s surname and “Reg Fee” as a reference
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Your whole family is welcome to join us on these tours. This may be completed prior to submitting an application form.
Entry into Grade 4 to Grade 7 - Should there be a possibility of a placement becoming available, your daughter will then undergo a brief diagnostic assessment. An interview is arranged with the Headmistress or Deputy Headmistress where you have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
Based on availability, the diagnostic assessment and the interview, your daughter is either
offered a position at Roedean School (SA) or is placed on the waiting list.