A Parent's Guide To Applying

For many parents and guardians, their son or daughter applying to the College will be a whole new experience.  We hope you will have been able to visit the college for one of our open evenings and received a prospectus and other publications telling you about the College and what we offer students.

Applying to College is a very different experience to applying to school and from the initial application we are encouraging students to take more responsibility for their own learning, be more independent and apply to the college themselves.  We do, however, copy parents/guardians into the majority of correspondence.

A Brief Guide to the Process

The stages involved in the application process depend on the school your son or daughter has attended and whether you are intending for them to board. Use the form below to select the appropriate path:

Are you looking to board at the college?

Applications from Feeder Schools

  • Initial Online Application

    The applicant completes the initial online application and submits it. An email confirmation is sent to both the applicant and the parent email contact.

    Online applications open on 9 September 2019 and will close on 16 December 2019.

  • Interviews

    College Staff will go into school to interview students in the Spring term. Dates will be given nearer the time. The exception to this is Swanmore students who will be invited into College for interview.

  • Offers

    Offers will be made to all students applying from a feeder school; offers will be made between January and March 2020 via email and copied to parents.

  • Offer Acceptance

    Students accept their place online via their college account within one week of offer.

  • Parental Consent

    Once the applicant has accepted their place, we will ask parents confirm that the information we hold is correct.

  • Application Completion

    Once parents have confirmed that the information held is correct, the application will be marked as complete and a confirmation email sent to parents.

  • Students Attend Welcome Days: 25 & 26 June 2020

    Timetables available on student account two weeks before.

  • Post Welcome Day

    Applicants confirm their course choices via their online student account. Students can also sign up for sports team trials which will be held during enrolment week. The deadline for this is by 3 July 2020.

  • Enrolment: 25, 26 and 27 August 2019

    It is essential that students attend enrolment. This is when we confirm the students course choices, priority will always be given to students who attend enrolment.

Applications from Non-Feeder Schools

  • Initial Online Application

    The applicant completes the initial online application and submits it. An email confirmation is sent to both the applicant and the parent email contact (as entered via the application).

    Online applications open on 9 September 2019 and will close on 16 December 2019.

  • Interviews

    Once the application has been received, an interview date and time is arranged and an email sent to the applicant with a copy to the parents.

    Interviews will be held at Peter Symonds College.

  • Offers

    The interview will have one of three outcomes:

    1. an offer will be made from January 2020
    2. the applicant will be placed on a waiting list
    3. no offer will be made

    Whatever the outcome both the applicant and their parents will be notified by email.

  • Offer Acceptance

    Students accept their place online via their college account within one week of offer.

  • Parental Consent Form

    Once the applicant has accepted their place, we will ask parents confirm that the information we hold is correct.

  • Application Completion

    Once parents have confirmed that the information held is correct, the application will be marked as complete and a confirmation email sent to parents.

  • Students Attend Welcome Days: 25 & 26 June 2020

    Timetables available on student account two weeks before.

  • Post Welcome Day

    Applicants confirm their course choices via their student account. Students can also sign up for sport team trials which will be held during enrolment week. The deadline for this is by 3 July 2020.

  • Enrolment: 25, 26 and 27 August 2020

    It is essential that students attend enrolment. This is when we confirm the students course choices, priority will always be given to students who attend enrolment.

Applications for Boarding

  • Initial Online Application

    The applicant completes the initial online application (ensuring that boarding has been selected) and submits it. An email confirmation is sent to both the applicant and the parent email contact (as entered via the application).

    Online applications open on 9 September 2019 and will close on 8 November 2019 (this is earlier than the non-boarding application deadline).

  • References

    Reference requested from school when application is received.

  • Interviews

    Once the reference has been received from the school, an interview date and time is arranged and an email sent to the applicant with a copy to the parents.

    Boarding interviews will take place on 24 October, 25 October, 18 November and 16 December. Interviews will be held at Peter Symonds College or via Skype.

  • Offers

    There are three likely outcomes:

    1. You will receive an offer of a place
    2. the applicant will be placed on a waiting list
    3. no offer will be made

    Whatever the outcome both the applicant and their parents will be notified by email.

  • Offer Acceptance

    Students accept their place online via their college account within one week of offer.

  • Parental Consent Form

    Once the applicant has accepted their place, a letter (parent consent form, guardian forms and financial agreement) is sent to parents asking them to confirm that the information we hold is correct. Forms must be returned, along with a deposit within 2 weeks

  • Application Completion

    Once the completed paperwork and deposit have been received, the application will be marked as complete and a confirmation email sent to parents.

  • Students Attend Welcome Days: 25 & 26 June 2020

    Timetables available on student account two weeks before.

    These are optional for boarding applicants.