FAQs


Q: What are St Nicholas’ academic results like?
In 2019, 100% of our pupils achieved 5 or more GCSEs at A*-C (9-4) including all the core subjects and a language. 
Most pupils take 9 or 10 GCSEs and over 60% of all our GCSEs were graded at the highest grades (9,8,7). 
St Nicholas’ is consistently one of the top performing schools in Hampshire and our 2019 results placed us right at the top! For further details see our GCSE results page.

Q: Does St Nicholas' have a pass mark for Year 7 Entrance?
For entry into year 7, pupils will take exams in English, Maths and Verbal Reasoning. There is no particular pass rate; potential is also taken into account.

Q: Are there scholarships and bursaries?
An academic scholarship examination can be taken at the time of the Entrance Exam before entry into Y7.   The scholarship can represent up to a 20% reduction in the annual tuition fee for the five years of the senior education.
For further details of bursaries and fee assistance please see our Fees page.

Q: What is the teacher : pupil ratio?
The teacher : pupil ratio is approximately 1:8.  This is better than the average for equivalent independent schools of 1:9.5.

Q: What is the school doing to improve facilities?
We are constantly improving our facilities.  The most recent significant development is our Multi Use Games Area which provides pupils with a multi-use sports facility, including hockey, tennis and netball. The newly designed tennis courts also floodlit, enable twenty-four pupils to play tennis at the same time!
There is continued improvement of IT and investment in the infrastructure of the school. 
We also boast excellent facilities in Drama, Sport, ICT, Music, Art and Textiles, 4  state-of-the-art Science Laboratories as well as a bright and colourful Dining Room.

Q: Are there after school activities, and if so, what is available?
Yes.  We offer a comprehensive range of after school activities and new clubs are being added regularly.  Clubs currently include:
Infants: Music, Science, Sports clubs. Ballet, Construction Club, Brownies, Design and Technology Club, Fun French, Creative Club, Puzzle Club, Lego Club.
Juniors and Seniors: Sewing, Craft, Poi, Drama, Sports, Gym, Dance, Hockey, D of E, Art Club, Homework Club, Science, Choir, Taekwondo, Tag Rugby, Football, Running, Design, and LAMDA.
Some of these activities will incur an additional charge.

Q: Are buses available to and from school?
Yes, we have extensive bus routes covering the areas of Farnham, Fleet, Basingstoke, Camberley and Alton.  We are constantly looking at other routes to improve the service and will do our best to ensure a bus route is provided for pupils who request one.

Q: How do I register my child?
You can register by calling the Registrar on 01252 850121. She will send you a Registration Form. The Registration Fee is £100. An individual tour and a meeting with the Headmistress will also be arranged.

Q: Is there choice of lunch menus?
Lunch is freshly prepared each day.  Every day there are choices of a main lunch and then there are salads, vegetarian options, a potato and pasta bar, soup, fruit, hot dessert, yoghurts, cheese and biscuits. To find out more about the variety and extensive choice available, click on the link to our current lunch menu. We also have tasting-sessions, live cooking demonstrations, ‘Ready, Steady Cook!’ and international cuisine throughout the year.

Q: How frequent are parents' evenings?
Parents’ evenings take place either once or twice a year, depending on the year. Grade sheets and reports are sent home at ends of term, depending on the year group.. We also have an open door policy for parents to be able to make an appointment to see members of staff.
 
Q Where do pupils go after St Nicholas’ School?
We work very closely with the local Sixth Form colleges. Representatives from local colleges attend our open mornings, annual careers evenings, as well as visiting the school during term time to speak to pupils about the next step after they leave St Nicholas’.
 
Q Following A Levels, what do the girls study and what career paths do they take?
The girls take varied paths. The majority of girls go from St Nicholas’ to study A levels at one of the local colleges. After that, the majority then go on to university. However, some may take a different route and we are always delighted to hear what they are doing in their careers. St Nicholas’ girls do well in their post-16 studies and many go to Russell Group Universities, including Oxbridge. Last year’s leavers have their sights set on becoming Doctors, Solicitors, Medical Researchers, Lecturers, Vets, TV Producers, DNA Sequencing Analysts and Teachers!