Entry Procedure

Prospective Parents  ECD & Grade 1

Places are limited to 35 (thirty five) ECD pupils, and 50 (fifty) Grade 1 places.  As many of the Grade 1 places  will be taken up by the ECD pupils already in the school,  effectively, therefore, we offer 35 (thirty five) ECD places and approximately 15 (fifteen) Grade 1 places annually.

Priority is given to siblings and to daughters of ex-pupils. Please note that siblings are sisters of pupils currently attending Bishoplsea and do not include cousins.

Owing to the huge number of applications and the limited places available, it is impossible to interview all applicants. As a result a certain number of prospective pupils are selected on a random basis and are offered interviews. Notification of interviews are forwarded in April of the year proceeding the year of entry. The interviews are normally held in May and those applicants offered interviews are given a time limit in which they are required to inform us if they would like to accept the interview. Applicants who we are not able to interview at that time are also informed in writing. They are, however given the opportunity to inform us if they would still like their daughters to be considered for an interview should any become available, which happens when applicants do not accept the interviews offered.

The interviews are to determine maturity and not ability. Please note that we do not want any prospective pupils to be able to read or write before they enter Grade 1.

Over the years there have been numerous debates on the selection process. Unfortunately there is no completely fair means of selecting a small number of pupils from a very large number of applicants. However, we are honoured that you have applied th Bishopslea and apologise in advance if we are unable to accommodate or interview your daughter.