Frequently Asked Questions
- Entry into the School is at age 14, after completion of Key Stage 4, OR at age 16 after completion of GCSEs.
- Applicants must fill in the application form and return it to the School by the deadline indicated on the form.
- You can apply after this date, but if your chosen course is full we might not be able to consider your application.
Key Stage 4
In Years 10 and 11, students cover all the core subjects. They also choose an arts Strand studying for a BTEC First Diploma and two option subjects. Students are grouped into ability sets for some subjects. The size of classes is 20-26 students.
Students are grouped according to their main arts Strand as follows:
- Community Arts Practice
- Film & Media Production
- Interactive Digital Design
- Musical Theatre
- Technical Theatre
- Visual Arts & Design.
Do I live close enough?
We accept students from most of Greater London and some parts of Kent and Surrey. We are allowed to take a small percentage of applicants from outside this area if they show unusual merit. We discourage students from making a very long daily journey to and from school, so give some thought as to how you might get to Selhurst. Selhurst Station is on the Croydon to Victoria train line and the school is close to four bus routes.
When do I find out if my application has been successful?
Workshops will be held from December to March for both Key Stage 4 and Post 16 applications. We will let everyone know the outcomes by post at the beginning of April. Please allow a few days for postage time. No one will be informed by telephone, email or fax.
What documents will I need when I apply?
Key Stage 4 students will need to supply a copy of their Year 8 report, Post 16 students will need a copy of their Year 10 report. You will be asked to supply proof of your address at some point in the application procedure (usually on enrolment day), to prove you live in the catchment area. This can take the form of a utility bill, tenancy agreement etc; the proof supplied cannot be more than three months old. We do not accept mobile phone bills. The bill should reflect the address on your application form. Please note if you are unable to supply this information it could result in your place being withdrawn.
When can we visit?
We only hold two Open Evenings a year. This year the dates were:
Post 16 Open Evening:
Thursday 29th September 2016 4.30pm-8.30pm
Key Stage 4 Open Evening:
Wednesday 23rd November 2016 5.30pm-8.30pm
Key Stage 4 and Post 16 students are welcome to attend either evening but obviously the evening will be aimed at that year group. Due to busy timetables and schedules we are unable to facilitate visits at any other time.
How is the school year organised?
The year is organised into five terms of approximately eight weeks, divided by two week holidays (four weeks in the summer), although there are a few days off at Easter in most years. This best supports the effective delivery of the curriculum and allows students to return refreshed at the beginning of each term.
What do we expect from students?
Students are expected to sign the Student Agreement before starting, which sets out our expectation to help preserve The BRIT School as an enjoyable, orderly, friendly and creative environment. There is a wide range of opportunities to participate in arts activities, and watch performances, and you are expected to make a full and enthusiastic contribution to the wider life of the School
Do you offer accommodation locally?
We do have a list of local residents who offer rooms to be let, but parents must take responsibility for the accommodation being satisfactory and make sure that the day-to-day support for the student is in place. This applies to Post16 students only. Please note The BRIT School does not vet these landlords.
How can I contact you?
If you have a general question about The BRIT School, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.