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Applying to Sibford School

Sibford School would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our prospective families.

We are delighted that you are considering an education at Sibford School for your child. The school accepts both boys and girls aged 3 – 11 on a day basis and pupils aged 11 – 18 for both day and boarding places. Children are welcome join us in all year groups, but our main school entry points are Nursery, Reception, Year 7, 9 and Sixth Form.

The best way to capture the atmosphere of Sibford and to see the school in action is to visit in person and we would warmly encourage you to do so in advance of submitting an application. Please click here to learn more about our Open Events.

Please do contact us for more information or use the below form to book onto an upcoming open event. Alternatively, please do not hesitate to contact us to arrange an individual appointment with our Head.

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 01295 781203


Request our prospectus

Learn more about what Sibford School can offer your child by reading our prospectus. 

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Admissions process

Children applying for a place at Sibford School are invited to attend taster sessions to give them a sense that they will be happy, challenged and supported at the school and to ensure that we are able to meet their needs.

Early Years and Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The entry process for EYFS is flexible and can be built around the needs of your family. 

Nursery

To enter Nursery, children must have reached the age of three by 31st August prior to the start of the academic year in which they will become four. Children can undertake taster sessions during the preceding summer term but, if they have not yet turned three, a parent/carer would need to accompany your child at these sessions.

Children starting in September at the age of three will initially be offered morning or afternoon sessions, but they can increase their hours as the year goes on.

Reception Class

Children move from Nursery to Reception in the September following their fourth birthday.

Junior School

Following a formal application to join Sibford School, families will be invited to meet with our Head of Junior School. If it is felt that Sibford is a suitable fit for the applicant, they will be invited to attend a two-day taster session.

Typically, the first day will be spent getting to know prospective peers, teachers and the learning environment. On the second day children will undergo assessments focusing on core skills in reading, spelling and mathematics. These will be carried out on a one-to-one basis with a member of the Junior School Support for Learning department.

Following taster days and assessments, our Admissions Registrar will be in touch regarding a formal offer to join Sibford School.

If you are interested in the Year 5 and 6 scholarships, click here.

Year 7

If you are interested in a Year 7 place for September, please contact our Admissions Registrar on [email protected] / 01295 781 203 and they will be able to discuss if places are still available.

The deadline for Year 7 applications for September 2025 entry is Friday 1st November 2024. 

Year 7 entry days for September 2025 will take place on the 12th and 13th November 2024. These days are designed to offer prospective pupils a warm welcome to the school whilst assessing their ability to thrive in an academic environment. There is no prior preparation needed for the days. Children will undergo assessments and join in with a number of fun activities alongside our current Year 6 pupils and will meet with Rebecca Evans, Sibford Head.

Boarders

Children who are interested in boarding/occasional boarding would be welcome to join us overnight in our boarding houses.

Year 9

If you are interested in immediate entry, please contact Elle, Admissions Registrar on 01295 781 203.

The deadline for Year 9 applications for September 2025 entry is Friday 7th February 2025. 

The Year 9 entry day for entry in September 2025 and 2026 will take place on Monday 24th February 2025. This day is designed to offer prospective Year 9 pupils a warm welcome to the school whilst assessing their ability to thrive in an academic environment. There is no prior preparation needed for the days. Children will undergo assessments and join in with a number of fun activities and will meet with Rebecca Evans, Sibford Head, for a short interview.

Boarders

Children who are interested in boarding/occasional boarding would be welcome to join us overnight in our boarding houses.

Years 8 and 10

If you are interested in immediate entry, please contact us by emailing [email protected].

Pupils applying to enter Years 8 and 10 will be invited, along with their families, to meet with the Head, Rebecca Evans to discuss their application. Following this, assessments and taster days will be offered to the student where appropriate.

 

Sixth Form

If you are interested in immediate entry, please contact us by emailing [email protected].

Upon application, students will be invited to have an interview with the Co-Heads of Sixth Form. Unless undertaking a vocational course, entry to Sibford Sixth Form is largely dependent on the student achieving five 9 – 4 grades at GCSE.

International Students

At Sibford School we have a strong community of international students and are proud to welcome pupils from across the globe to come and study here with us and benefit from the wide variety of cultural and academic opportunities available.

Admission decisions for international students are based on a report supplied by the applicant’s current school/college, completion of our English language test and a SKYPE interview with a member of our EAL team. IELTS certificates are not required as we will assess all students on arrival.

For more information on the admissions process for international students, please contact us by emailing [email protected].

To find out more about life as an international student at Sibford School, please view our International Student pages.


Application forms

Application to Sibford School is through the completion of the appropriate application form. Once received, your child will be invited to join us for taster days. Please click on the link below to download the relevant application form:

Early Years application form

Junior and Senior School application form

Sixth Form application form

International students application form

Completed application forms should be returned to for the attention of the Admissions office at Sibford School, Sibford Ferris, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX15 5QL, together with the registration fee of £100.00, a copy of your child’s most recent full school report and two passport-sized photographs. Please note, the registration fee is non-refundable.


Acceptance of place

Shortly after your child’s taster days, you will be contacted by the school to let you know if a place has been offered. A formal offer letter, together with an acceptance form will then be sent to you in the post. 


Admissions Policies

Click here to read a copy of our Admissions Policy document (opens our Policies page)
Click here for details of our Terms & Conditions of Admission for 2024-25 entry.

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