The general admissions procedure for the Grade 8 group of 2023 is outlined below. Parents and learners are encouraged to get their applications in as soon as possible and wait for communication thereafter.
January: Application forms available online and at school. Applications open.
10 March: Open Day at Calling Academy! 17:30 – 19:00. Grade 7 learners and parents are welcome to attend. Learners may wear school uniforms, but it is not required. Note that attendance of the open day does not affect admission into the school.
30 May: Applications close, but late applications will be considered.
Mid-June: First group of learners informed of placement and interviews to take place.
End of July or early August: Learners informed in which group they are:
- Group 1: Placement without interview and entrance tests
- Group 2: Learner must come for an interview and entrance tests
- Group 3: Not placed
July to August: Interview and entrance tests to continue where applicable
July to November: Learners informed of placement.
September to December: Accepted learners to pay R 500 deposit. This forms part of the school fee for 2023 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 located in Circuit 10 (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, , 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 in executing the Admissions Policy of the school.
Parents may contact the school office to inquire regarding the progress of their child’s application or why their child’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 child should open. Such learners are welcome to re-apply for the ensuing calendar year.