Founded in 1897 as a girls’ boarding school, St Columba’s is now an independent day school for girls and boys between the ages of 3 and 18 years. It is situated in the scenic village of Kilmacolm, between Greenock and Paisley and reasonably close to Glasgow. This gives the school both a great location and the convenience of being relatively near to a large city.
With a combined total of 730 students across the Junior and Senior Schools, St Columba’s is a medium sized school. This gives the staff the time to focus on the needs, talents and abilities of each individual child. St Columba’s ensures that each child has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential, in a safe environment designed to assist in developing their self-confidence. St Columba’s is a Christian school and it promotes a broadly based Christian ethos, but the children are also taught to respect all faiths.
Admission into St Columba’s school is by entrance test, interview and school report from the pupil’s existing school. The youngest pupils undergo informal, play activity based assessment. There are entrance tests and interviews for prospective Junior Year 1 and Year 7 pupils. Year 7 is the transition year before the students go up to the Senior School. St Columba’s junior school pupils do not generally require an assessment to test their eligibility for senior school and they have first preference for senior school places. If there are any unfilled places in the senior school, then prospective students are permitted to apply for them. These pupils are required to sit an entrance examination.
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