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:
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.
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 JS2, JS3 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: