Open Days for prospective ordinands
Our Open Days for potential ordinands normally take place on Thursdays within term time, and combine what you’d normally associate with an ‘open day’ with informal interviews.
Thursdays are our ‘community days’ when many students’ families come in to meet up in the morning and stay for lunch, and so they offer a chance to engage with the whole community.
- What to expect
What to expect
The format of our open days gives you the opportunity to see the college on a typical ‘working day’ and also ensures that there are staff and students available to answer your questions. We will send you more information once you have applied to come on an open days, but the general format for the day is:
- Lunch: Upon arrival, you will be met by a student host who will take you in to lunch
- Welcome session: After lunch all prospective students attend a welcome session in the Principal’s study
- Individual informal interviews: After the welcome session, applicants split up and have three one-to-one (or one-to-two if your partner is attending) informal interviews lasting about 25 minutes each – one academic, one pastoral and one with the Principal. These informal interviews are very much designed so that you can ask all the questions you have for us, and look in detail at which study pathway(s) would be best suited to you, as well being an opportunity for us to get to know you better.
- Common Room Tea: At 4pm there is break for all applicants in the Common Room, which gives another opportunity to meet current ordinands and ask them questions.
- College Communion: Once your scheduled meetings are finished you are free to leave (the timing of your last scheduled interview varies but will finish at the latest by 6pm). However, all applicants are invited to stay on for College Communion and supper in the evening if they would like to. Supper concludes at around 8pm.
If you have a partner whom you would like to accompany you, they will be warmly welcomed. It is an ideal opportunity to meet with partners of current students and find out about life at Ridley from their perspective. See our Families page to read about what Ridley offers to partners and children of ordinands.
- How to book onto an Open Day
How to book onto an Open Day
We want you to get the most out of your visit to Ridley and our discussions with you when we meet. To help tutors understand some of your background and your sense of vocation to inform these conversations, we ask that before you book on one of our Open Days you contact our Admissions Department.