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Application Process

Applications for 2022-23 will open at the end of September

Year 10

Many students start to think about their life after high school as early as Year 10. Students from Year 10 are invited to our Masterclasses at the end of the year, usually at the end of June. If you’re not sure whether your school is attending Masterclasses, ask your Head of Year or drop our Admissions Team an email on admissions@winstanley.ac.uk.

Year 11

If you haven’t already, start to think about your options for post-16 further education and training. This could be at a sixth form college, with an employer or other training provider. There are so many opportunities open to young people, including A-Level study, vocational qualifications and apprenticeships – if you’re not sure which route to take after high school, contact your careers guidance officer.

The following Application Process explains what events to look forward to, how to apply and eventually enroll at Winstanley College between September to August.

September - November

  • Presentation in your school
    • Most of our feeder schools will have a presentation in the first half term, providing you with all of the key dates and details you need to start your application to Winstanley.
  • Prospectus
    • Collect a Winstanley College prospectus from your school or request/download a copy online and start to read about Winstanley College and the courses available.
  • Open evening
    • We have three open evenings in the winter term and one in February running from 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm.

Thursday 30th September 2021

Wednesday 13th October 2021

Tuesday 2nd November 2021

Tuesday 1st February 2022

Open Evenings are subject to the latest Covid 19 guidance. Please check our website and social media for the latest updates or call Admissions on 01695 628610.

For some students, this will be the first time they visit the College – so make sure you come along and take the opportunity to find out more about college life, our courses and what it’s like to be a student.

  • Application
    • The easiest way to apply to Winstanley is directly through our website by completing our online application form. Click on the ‘Apply’ link in the top right corner of the page.
    • The final deadline for applications is Monday 28th February 2022. If for any reason you can’t complete the form online, please contact admissions on 01695 628610 and they will complete your application with you over the phone.

November - February

  • Course Discussion
    • When you complete your application, you can choose a date for your course discussion. This is another opportunity to come to college and meet with our specialist team to discuss your post-16 options. You’ll be able to find out which combinations of courses might work best for you, and receive guidance on how to move on to the next stage of your career – whether it be university, further education, employment or apprenticeships.  You must attend a course discussion before an offer of a place is made.
  • Course Discussion Evenings

Thursday 11th November 2021

Tuesday 23rd November 2021

Thursday 13th January 2022

Thursday 10th February 2022

If the dates available for your course discussion don’t quite work for you – don’t hesitate to drop our Admissions Team an email at admissions@winstanley.ac.uk to reschedule.

February - July

APPLICATION DEADLINE Monday 28th FEBRUARY 2022

  • Applicant Evening
    • We will run an applicants’ evening online for students and their parents. Here, transition and pastoral leaders and former students from Winstanley will talk to you about how to prepare for making the transition from GCSE to further study, transport information and what to expect once you start in September.
  • Transition Event
    • On Thursday 30th June and Wednesday 6th July, we will hold one-to-one tours of the College campus with students and their parents/guardians. This will give you an opportunity to view the campus, ask any final questions and get a feel for the college environment.
  • Taster Day
    • Every student who has applied to college will be invited to join us for a Taster Day on Thursday 7th July once they have taken their GCSE examinations. Here you will be able to try out a sample lesson in your chosen subjects. You’ll be able to mix with other students from different schools, talk to teachers and start to prepare for September. Your teachers may give you reading or research tasks to carry out over the summer break to ensure you can make the best start to life at Winstanley.
  • Enrolment
    • Over the summer students are asked to complete an online enrolment form to help the enrolment process run smoothly. You will also be emailed an appointment time for your enrolment which is usually on GCSE results day. If the date/time allocated for your enrolment doesn’t quite work for you – don’t hesitate to drop our Admissions Team an email to  admissions@winstanley.ac.uk to reschedule.

August

 
  • Enrolment
    • Your enrolment is usually held on GCSE Results day and the day after and is a celebration of your achievements and a welcome to the next chapter of your academic career. Come and join us in college for your appointment where we’ll be excited to talk to you about how you’ve done in your exams, and what the future might hold for you at Winstanley. You’ll be able to finalise your place, confirm your subject choices and get everything you need to become a student here. 

Winstanley College Entry Policy

A full list of entry requirements will be published in September on the college website.

Special Consideration

Requests for special consideration should normally be accompanied by support from the applicant’s school and be made in writing to the Vice Principal, Deborah Owen at deborah.owen@winstanley.ac.uk. Appeals for special consideration will be heard by the Admissions Panel if received before GCSE results are published. Only in exceptional circumstances is the college able to hear appeals made after GCSE results have been published. Please note that normally, the college will give preference to Year 11 school leavers.