Admissions Policy for full-time students (2019 Entry)
Esher College is an open access Sixth Form College, specialising in the delivery of advanced study programmes. The College normally accepts applications from students aged 16. We are proud of our record of success in supporting the achievements of applicants from a variety of backgrounds and with a range of abilities. We are fully committed to celebrating diversity and promoting a culture of inclusivity for all. The Admissions Policy is reviewed by the Esher College Corporation on an annual basis.
As an open access College, admissions are not based on the GCSE grade profile of applicants, beyond the requirements indicated below. Applications are only accepted for a two-year study programme (that is, for entry into year 12).
Guaranteed Applicant Status (Application Window: June-July 2018)
- Students studying at state schools without a sixth form entry in NE Surrey and the London Boroughs of Richmond, Kingston and Merton (see Further Information section)
- Students resident in the following postcode areas: KT7, KT8 and KT10
- Siblings (see Further Information section) of:
- students enrolled at the College for the whole of the 2017-18 academic year
- former Esher College students, who completed a two-year programme at the College within the last 10 years
- students who have accepted a place for entry in August 2018
- Children of staff employed at the College
Open Applicant Status (Application Window: September 2018)
- All remaining students. We expect over 60% of all offers to be made through the Open phase
Exceptional Applicant Status
- Children who are in the care of a local authority, or any child who was previously in care, will be offered a place at the College
- Applicants with a current Education, Health and Care Plan, which names Esher College as the preferred destination for post-16 study, will be offered a place at the College, pending an assessment of need
- The Corporation reserves the right to make exceptions in unforeseen and exceptional circumstances
For all students, regardless of applicant status, the minimum entry requirement for an advanced level study programme is 5 full GCSEs at 9-4 (A*-C in IGCSE or unreformed GCSE qualifications). Details of the requirements for specific types of programme and individual courses will be published on the website at the start of the 2018/19 academic year. Please note that the absence of GCSE English Language at grade 4 (or grade C) will significantly restrict study programme options.
The Application Process
There are two phases to the application process: the Guaranteed phase in June/July 2018 and the Open phase in September 2018. Applications are completed online. Applications meeting the Guaranteed criteria will automatically result in the offer of a place at the College. Places will then be allocated following the Open phase using a ballot system. We are expecting the number of open places to remain at over 60% of the total number of places offered. Once available places have been filled, a reserve list will be created based on the outcome of the ballot.
Precise details of the application windows will be available on the website from April 2018.
Successful applicants receive an offer of a place at the College. Please note that this does not guarantee a place on particular courses. Programmes of study will be finalised at enrolment and will depend on course availability, which in turn depends on a number of factors, including estimated student demand based on data gathered from admission interviews.
The College reserves the right to vary the above arrangements as appropriate. In cases where exceptional personal or medical issues exist, extenuating circumstances will be taken into account when considering unsuccessful applications. Further details are available in the Admission Appeals Procedure, which is available on the College website. Each case is reviewed by the Appeals Panel. Please note that appeals can only be considered from applicants who actually submit an application by the correct date for online submission. No appeals will be considered after Friday 19th October 2018 (the end of the first half term).
State schools without sixth forms
The schools without sixth forms which qualify for guaranteed status according to the geographical criteria indicated above are Chessington Community College, Esher Church of England High School, The Matthew Arnold School, Sunbury Manor School, Thamesmead School, Thomas Knyvett College and Twickenham School.
Definition of Sibling
The College follows Surrey County Council's definition of sibling. That is, 'sibling is defined as brother or sister (that is another child of the same parents) whether living at the same address or not, or a half brother or sister, adopted or fostered brother or sister or step brother or sister living as part of the same family unit at the same address, Monday to Friday'.
Approved by the Corporation March 2018