Next Open Morning – 11 March 2023

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When should I first be in touch with Admissions about a place at the school?

You should start your journey as soon as possible to get a feel for the school and whether it suits you. Availability varies by year group so we recommend registering your interest as soon as you can.

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What is the school day routine?

The school day varies depending on the age of your child. We have guides for each year group. These can be found on the Parent Portal 

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How do pupils travel to school?

We offer a daily local bus service during term time. For weekly boarders in London, there is a Friday afternoon bus to Putney, with a Monday morning return service. Airport pick ups and drop offs arranged to London airports, Gatwick and Heathrow, by our Travel Secretary. 

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What is the ratio between girls and boys?

Currently 40/60

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Do you accept pupils all year round?

Yes, depending on spaces available.

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Are there matches on Saturday?

Yes we do have occasional Saturday matches. Please contact our sports department for more information.

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What sort of activities do the boarders do over the weekends?

The children engage in a wide variety of activities at weekends this might include:

  • Sport: Some might be involved in sports fixtures on Saturday afternoons
  • Creative activities: Art, craft, pottery and cooking
  • Woodland based activities: such as camp building, campfires, roasting marshmallows
  • Chill time: watching a film, chatting, reading, playing a computer game
  • Trips out to places such as the beach, cinema, ice skating, flip-out, a local town
  • Active activities including bike riding, badminton, table tennis, basketball, bench-ball, inflatables in the swimming pool, walk on the South Downs, golf, tennis, football.
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Is any before or after school care available?

Yes, Gems (up to Y2)

The teaching day finishes at 4.30pm after which pupils can go home or take part in a wide range of activities. Prep (homework) can be done at school from 5.30pm and then pupils can be picked up or stay for supper. Pupils can also come for breakfast from 7.30am. There is a small charge for day pupils to attend breakfast and supper. Do you run extracurricular activities?

We have a wide range of activities many of which are free of charge and are provided by our teaching staff (for example football, water polo, outdoor club, newspaper club, textiles, lego robotics, coding and art), while others incur an additional cost such as karate, fencing, horse riding.

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Do pupils use mobile phones?

No to mobiles unless they are travelling.

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Do I need an iPad before I join? Do you provide them or do pupils need to sort their own?

In order to support learning, students are required to acquire their own iPad with keyboard case and stylus to School for educational purposes from our IT Services provider “Easy4U”.

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What types of boarding are on offer?

Occasional, flexi, weekly, full

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Where can you find the school shop?

Online – see portal www.directclothing.co.uk

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Will I meet the Headmaster on my first visit?

Yes

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How are new children helped to integrate?

Prior to children joining Windlesham, they are invited for a taster day, or overnight visit, where they will be introduced to children in their year group and attend lessons to get a feel for the school. During the taster experience, hosts will be allocated to ensure that the children visiting are well looked after and introduced to friends and routines.

Ahead of the new academic year, if children are joining in September, we hold a transition morning where the whole school spends the morning with their new form, and form teacher. This allows connections to be made before starting fully. For children joining in Reception, a series of nursery visits, home visits and stay and play story sessions happen prior to starting school.

On joining, each child is appointed a form host (and a boarding host if they are a boarder) when they first arrive at the school. The host will guide the new child and help them feel settled in by ensuring they are in the right place at the right time! Every aspect of the school day will be explained, so over time the new child will become more familiar with their new surroundings until they are able to move independently around school with confidence.

The new child’s form tutor, houseparents and heads of boarding, as appropriate, will maintain regular contact with parents and guardians to feed back on how they are getting on.

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My child has SEND needs, what provision is there to support them?

The Learning Enrichment Department is well staffed and we can internally assess your child to determine the level of support they require to assist them with their learning.

The support on offers varies from in-class support to small group work or 1:1 individualised sessions working towards termly set targets. We work alongside external therapists to support formal diagnosis to ensure your child receives the current level of support for them to make progress.

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How many children share a dorm?

The size of each dorm varies between 3 and 10. Your child will be with children of their own age or similar.

For example we have dorms of year 3-5, year 5 and 6, year 7 and year 8. Each dorm is looked after by the boarding staff and a number of matrons who ensure that they have everything they need and are well looked after.

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How can I contact my child?

Please contact our front office for any urgent enquiries 01903 874700.

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Do I need a guardian?

If you are a family who do not reside in the UK, you will need to appoint an educational guardian who takes a full interest in your child’s welfare and life at the school. This includes when school is closed during long weekends and holiday periods as well as taking full responsibility for them in an emergency.

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″The ethos. The kids are open, curious, well-rounded and kind. They support each other and importantly the international environment prepares them for today’s world″

Windlesham Parent