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Applying to the BRIT School We have two intakes Key Stage 4 (aged 14-16) and Post 16 (aged 16-18) Can I get financial support? You will need to apply for Key Stage 4 in the September when you begin Year 9 in your current school. You will need to apply for Post 16 in the September you begin Year 11 in your current school. Applicants who will be 18 at the start of the course cannot be considered. We do not admit students into Years 11 or 13. The BRIT School application process takes around 10 months. Fill in the application form either online here: applications.brit.croydon.sch.uk or on paper through the post to The BRIT School, 60 The Crescent, Croydon CR0 2HN. If you are applying for Key Stage 4 you need to make sure your application reaches us by 5th January 2018, and if you are applying for Post 16 the deadline is dependent on which course you are applying for. The closing date for Dance, Music, Community Arts Practice, Musical Theatre and Theatre courses is 17th November 2017. We give additional time to the following courses in order that portfolios can be prepared for Film & Media Production, Interactive Digital Design, Technical Theatre Arts and Visual Arts and Design courses the closing date is 26th January 2018. Any applications received after this date will go onto our waiting list. If your application is successful You will be invited to a practical workshop/meeting. Please read the Admissions Policy found on p.34 carefully before making an application as this will explain the practical requirements and admission criteria. Do I live close enough? We accept students from most of Greater London, and some parts of Kent and Surrey. Catchment postcodes are on p.33 or visit www.brit.croydon.sch.uk for a full list. We are allowed to take 10% of applicants from outside this area, but only if you show unusual merit. We discourage long journeys so check the length of your commute from home to Selhurst station, situated five minutes walk from the school. You will need proof of your address during the application procedure to show you are in the catchment area. Do I have to pay? It is free to attend The BRIT School. However, limits on the School’s budget mean that we do need to charge for certain activities, such as non-curriculum visits and peripatetic music tuition. In some subjects students will also need to provide their own specialist professional equipment; each course’s individual documentation provides guidance. 4 We have limited funds for bursary grants to support travel costs, free school meals and peripatetic lessons. This support is available where the main family income comes from Job Seeker’s Allowance, Income Support and Universal Credit amongst others. We will also consider applications from students with a low family income. A copy of the Charging and Remissions Policy is available on request. Please contact studentservices@brit.croydon.sch.uk for further information. When will we find out? Workshops will be held from December to March. We will endeavour to communicate decisions within four weeks of your workshop/meeting date. Can I apply if I have additional educational needs? Our Additional Educational Needs (AEN) Department provides support for students with learning difficulties in order to help them overcome barriers to their learning and fulfil their potential. The BRIT School welcomes applications from students with additional educational needs, in accordance with the School’s inclusion policy. However, you must of course still fulfil the criteria set out by the particular strand for which you would like to apply, such as passion for and talent in your chosen area. It is important that you let us know on your application form of any identified additional educational needs, so that we can take this into account throughout the admissions process and beyond. All applicants with an EHC Plan or Statement of Educational Needs issued by their Local Authority will be supported in their interview by a member of our AEN Department. You should supply a copy of your EHC plan along with your application. If a student with additional educational needs is granted a place, the AEN Department will make contact prior to their admission in order to begin the process of working together with parents/carers and students. Some students are offered support within the classroom from one of our Learning Support Assistants (LSAs), while others spend time within the AEN Department’s facilities on an individual or group basis. We also support teaching staff by providing them with relevant information and training. We adhere to the Disability Act 2010 in making reasonable adjustments to support SEND students. To find out more visit www.brit.croydon.sch.uk