Admissions Process

Regular points of entry to the College are Nursery, P1, P6 and S1. Applications for these year groups should be made by Tuesday 9 January 2018. However, if we have places available, we will consider applications for these, and other year groups, throughout the year (e.g. mid-session). Applications for S2 - S6, and mid-session applications, can be submitted throughout the year.

Our entry procedures vary according to the year group for which an application is being submitted, and further information is detailed below. The Admissions Office (select Admissions) will be able to provide information about the availability of places.

How to apply

You can  apply online or download an application to be printed, completed and returned to the Admissions Office. Please note that a one-time, £30 registration fee should be submitted with an application.

Applications for S1 entry, including Bursary applications, for August 2018 cannot be completed online and the paper application should be used.

Entry points

Pupils' dates of birth generally determine their year of entry. Please click on age/year group entry points for a list of entry points.

S3 and S4 correspond to Years 10 and 11 in England and lead up to pupils sitting their first external examinations (National Courses) at the end of S4.  Highers are then taken in S5.  These qualifications are very often sufficient to satisfy Scottish university entrance requirements.  Advanced Highers are equivalent to A-Levels and can be studied in S6.    

Nursery (ages 3 - 5)

  • Children will be invited for a stay and play session at the Nursery following receipt of a completed application.

Junior School

  • Entry to P1 is by interview held in January/February.
  • Entry to P6 is by Entrance Examination held in January/February and consists of assessments in Math, Reading Skills, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Spelling and English Composition.

S1-S2

  • Entry to S1 is by Entrance Examination held in January. 
  • The examination comprises an English paper (reading and writing elements), a Mathematics paper and a Non-verbal Reasoning paper.  Applicants will also be interviewed by members of staff from Modern Languages and one of the Sciences. A copy of the most recent school report must also be submitted at this stage.

S3-S4

  • The S3-S4 curriculum booklet should be consulted prior to completing the application form as it provides details of all the courses available to pupils at this stage. 
  • Interviews occur with the Head of Department of each subject selected for study, except for English and Mathematics, where candidates will sit short written assessments. Interviews usually last 15 minutes each.
  • It is helpful if pupils can bring along with them some course work such as some completed assignments (eg Art, Technology/Engineering and English). In some cases the Head of Department, other than English and Mathematics, may ask the pupil to undertake a short piece of work during the period of the interview.
  • Pupils admitted in S3 will embark on a series of two-year courses and so admission to S4 will only be considered in exceptional cases.

S5-S6

  • The S5 or S6 curriculum booklet should be consulted prior to completing the application form as each provides details of the relevant courses. 
  • Interviews are conducted with the relevant Heads of Department of each subject selected for study.  It is helpful if pupils can prepare thoughtfully for their interviews and if they can bring with them some examples of their previous course work in each subject (eg Art, Technology/Engineering and English). In some cases the Head of Department may ask the pupil to undertake a short piece of work during the period of the interview.