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As a small specialist school with a very limited number of places, we carefully assess the suitability of each child before making a decision as to whether we can offer placement. Applicants should be of average ability, or above, and an assessment from an Educational Psychologist should indicate the nature and extent of their learning difficulties. Oakley House School will not offer any child a place unless the staff feels confident that they can help him or her.

Submission of the following documents
Parents are requested to first submit the following documents to the school for the relevant staff to determine whether an applicant fits our criteria for acceptance:

  1. Copies of current (last 12 months) professional assessments
  2. Copies of school reports
  3. Recent visual and auditory screening reports
  4. Application form

Interviews with principal, deputy principal or heads of department

  1. Based on the information taken from the above documents, an interview with the principal, deputy principal or heads of department may be arranged.
  2. A tour of the school is given at this time.
  3. Based on the suitability of the submitted assessment reports, further assessments may be requested.
  4. If all is in order, an observation period for the learner is arranged. This is not applicable to Grade R learners.

Observation period of 4 or 5 days

  1. A non-refundable fee of R1 100.00 covers the cost of assessment and administration during the observation period.
  2. The learner’s performance is observed for a period of 4 or 5 full school days. He/she should bring Literacy and Numeracy books to school for teachers to determine strengths and weaknesses.
  3. A brief scholastic assessment may be administered to determine performance levels in Reading, Spelling and Mathematics. The results are for diagnostic and placement purposes only, and no written report is given to parents.
  4. Acceptance is based on the assessments and the classroom and playground observations by teachers during this period.

On acceptance

  1. A second interview is arranged with parents, teacher and principal.
  2. Parents receive enrolment forms, contact details of therapists to arrange assessments and/or sessions, invoice and fees agreement, school policy and code of conduct.
  3. Payment of the following is due immediately upon acceptance:
  4. • Non-refundable placement fee
    • Annual Photocopying and Printing Levy
    • Tuition fees for the month that the learner starts

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