Details About How To Apply

Whitesands School is a secondary school for boys, open to students of all backgrounds.  The Catholic ethos influences all aspects of school life and is underpinned by the Whitesands School Educational Philosophy which emphasizes all round formation, personalized attention and the important role that parents have to play as the first educators of their children.  The criteria for admission into the school include the following:

Entrance Examination results

Our application begins with sitting for our entrance examination

Past academic performance

We look at the academic performance of your child for the past two years 


Separate sessions with you and your child to get to know you better and how Whitesands can advance your education 

Recommendation Letters

We require referees to provide recommendations for your application 

Subject to availability of places, boys are accepted as long as they are able to take full advantage of the education offered and their parents are in agreement or at least in sympathy, with the aims and existing operations of the school. Parents of prospective pupils must want their son to be educated in a school that has a clear moral, spiritual and religious foundation. On this condition applicants are welcome from all backgrounds, not discriminating on the basis of race, language, creed or economic position. 

The Application Process


Start Online Submission

Fill in our online application form for assessment to begin


Application Fee

Payment of application fee and submission of documents to the Admissions Office



Your child will sit for the main entrance examination


Further testing

We conduct an aptitude test and interview of each candidate



We schedule an interview with the parents to understand their expectations 


Levy Payment

Payment of Development Levy to Ikota Educational Foundation


Family Participation

Participation of parents in a Family Enrichment Programme (FEP)


School Fees

Finally, the payment of the school fees of First Term is made

Things To Know First

Candidates should be at least 10 years old before 1st September, the beginning of the academic session, to be eligible for admission into JS1 of that academic session. By extension, the same age requirement applies to transfer students: 11, 12 and 13 years old for incoming JS2JS3 and SS1 respectively. 

It is preferable that the candidate for JS1 is currently in Primary 6 by the time of entrance exam, although some Primary 5 candidates but performed very well may be admitted.  Candidates who are currently in Primary 4 are not allowed to proceed in the admission process to JS1.

Candidates will do a written examination set by the Whitesands School, on subjects that are decided by the admissions committee.  Other forms of evaluation instruments may be used by the school.

The interview with the parents of candidates is an integral part of the admission process. This interview has the form of exchange-of-notes conversation aimed at knowing the suitability of the family to the school philosophy.  Parents of successful candidates are invited to proceed to the next stage where they are given an offer of admission. Note that offer of admission is given to more candidates than available places; therefore admission is on a first-come-first-served basis.

Offer of admission is accepted by fulfilling the following conditions: 


  • Payment of the Development Levy
  • Payment of the fees of the First Term of the incoming session
  • Successful completion of the Family Enrichment Programme by the parents

When To Apply?

Category Application Start Exam
JS 1 November 15th Ongoing
Transfer Students November 15th Ongoing



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