FOREWORD BY PRINCIPAL
Calling Academy provides a highly stimulating environment for boys with high academic and character potential. This compelling vision of the school and the expertise of the staff led to a steep growth in applications since 2018.
Just over 60 applications were received for the 60 Grade 8 places in 2018. More than 120 applications were received for the 64 Grade 8 places of 2019 and more than 160 applications for the 64 Grade 8 places of 2020. With this growing demand for the school, parents need to understand that the admissions process is complicated and one the school’s most difficult tasks. Parents are requested to have patience and understanding for the school’s process. The reality is that the majority of learners who apply do not get placement in the school.
Calling Academy extends an invitation to any Grade 7 boy to apply for a place in the 2021 Grade 8 group or to any boy seeking placement in Grade 9, 10 or 11 in Grade 2021. Applications are also welcomed for the current school year.
HOW TO APPLY
- Complete application form (hard copy) that is available from the school office or can be printed from the website. The learner’s final report for Grade 6 must be included as well as a copy of the ID of at least one parent or guardian. In the case of learners with foreign passports, please also include a copy of the study permit.
- Complete the online application form. A copy of the learner’s final Grade 6 report and a copy of the ID of at least one parent or guardian must be uploaded. In the case of learners with foreign passports, please also upload a copy of the study permit.
The general admissions procedure for the Grade 8 group of 2021 is outlined below. The dates given here are provisional, due to the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak. Parents and learners are encouraged to get their applications in as soon as possible and wait for communication thereafter.
January 2020: Application forms available online and at school. Applications open.
30 June: Applications close.
15 – 30 June: Primary schools contacted for confidential character report.
5 July: Learners informed in which group they are:
- Group 1: Placement without interview and entrance exam
- Group 2: Learner must come for an interview and entrance exam
- Group 3: Not placed
Mid-July: Interviews and entrance exams with learners from Group 2.
August – November: Learners informed of placement.
NOTE: Late applications will be considered.
September – December: Accepted learners to pay R 500 deposit. This forms part of the school fee for 2021 and is not an extra amount.
The school has a formal admissions policy that is updated regularly. In brief, it reflects that:
- Academic and character potential are the main considerations for placement. The academic reports of learners and a possible entrance exam plus interview is used to ascertain the learner’s academic potential. Primary schools are contacted for a confidential character report on the applicant.
- The school is in Circuit 8 (Stellenbosch) of the Cape Winelands and may give preference to learners from that area.
- The maximum class size is 32 in Grade 8 and 9 but the school may decide to deviate from this.
- The school is under no compulsion to accept a learner even if there is space in the school.
- If the applicant has a brother at the school, this will count in favour of the application.
- Learners may not be denied placement in the school based on race or religious beliefs or physical disability.
The applications are processed by the school’s receptionist, Mrs Prudence Gabriels. The school principal and deputy principal assume joint responsibility for the placement of the learners and may involve other members of staff to assist with judgement in borderline cases. The principal and deputy principal are accountable to the Board of Directors of Calling Education NPC and the School Governing Body of Calling Academy in executing the Admissions Policy of the school.
APPEALS AND QUERIES
Parents may contact the school office to inquire regarding the progress of their son’s application or why their son’s application was declined. However, parents need to understand that places are limited and that those responsible for admissions conduct a thorough and sensitive process. The school undertakes to remain as objective as possible and maintains the right to admit learners according to its own judgement within the confines of the guidelines as set out above in the Admissions Policy. Parents may also lodge a written appeal to the school to reconsider the application.
Parents of learners who were not accepted will be notified if a position for their son should open up. Such learners are also welcome to re-apply for the ensuing calendar year.