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Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
John Dewey

FAQs

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  • What is a free school?

    A free school is an independently run school and has the freedom to set its own curriculum and policies.

  • What is the difference between a free school and an academy school?

    Essentially they have the same status, but a free school is a new school started from scratch by the group setting it up, whereas an academy is where a group moves in to take over an existing school.

  • What is the admissions policy and process?

    Please visit our Admissions FAQ page for further information about our admissions process. This can be found under the Admissions tab on this website.

  • How long does the school day last?

    The school day is 8.30am to 5.30pm (3.45 pm on Fridays).

  • What extra-curricular activities do you offer?

    Our curriculum extends far beyond the classroom. In addition to regular games and physical activities, there is an extended period of enrichment where all pupils have opportunities to pursue their talents and interests, join clubs and societies or complete homework tasks.

  • What about boarding?

    For parents who would like to consider boarding, Holyport College provides high quality boarding at the lowest possible cost. Our fees for 2015/16 is £3,925 per term. We provide all the comforts of home in a modern, purpose built boarding house together with outstanding pastoral care.

  • Do you offer bursaries for boarding places?

    We want to help all children reach their full potential. Holyport College offers funding for up to four boarding places each year to children from disadvantaged backgrounds and for whom the Governors of the College believe a boarding place will have a transformative or life-changing impact. One of the bursaries will be targeted at a child from a family currently serving in the armed forces who is not in receipt of the Continuing Education Allowance (CEA). Parents or carers who wish to apply for a bursary funded boarding place should complete our boarding application form and include any supplementary information which will be helpful to us. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide as much information as they deem necessary for us to assess the merits of the application. Holyport College can only consider applicants for a Year 7 or Year 9 bursary boarding place who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) or who have been so at any point during the past 6 years (Ever6). Applications for bursary places and all supporting documentation must be received by the applications deadline - 31st October before the year of entry (at Year 7 or Year 9). We cannot consider any applications or supporting documentation received after the closing date has passed.

  • How are you helping children in care?

    Looked after children generally leave school with few qualifications and they are more likely to be excluded from mainstream school. Their future prospects are poor. We are working closely with RBWM to provide a number of boarding places to children who are 'on the edge' of going into care and who would thrive in a boarding school environment. By providing stability, routine and exceptional pastoral care we believe we can turn their lives around and give them an equal chance to succeed in life.

  • Are free schools able to make a profit?

    No. Free schools can only be set up and owned by charities. The College is run by the Head Master and his leadership team and they are be answerable to the Board of Governors.

  • Why are you offering boarding provision?

    The Founders and Governors of Holyport College believe that boarding should be available to a wider range of people and that it can be a transformative and enriching experience for young people.

  • Are free schools inspected by OFSTED?

    Yes.

  • How is the school accountable?

    The school is run by a Board of Governors which is accountable to the charitable Trust which oversees the free school. In addition the school is also accountable to the Department for Education through the terms of its funding agreement. Please click on the Governors section of the website for more details of our Board of Governors.

  • How can I apply for a place for my child?

    Details of the admissions process are available on this website.