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How to Apply

The Pre-Preparatory and Nursery, Preparatory and Senior School will be pleased to answer any questions you might have regarding the application process.

Pre-Prep & Nursery

Mrs Rachael Marrison  
01372 463695  

Preparatory School

Mrs Dianne O'Donoghue  
01372 465380  

Senior School

Mrs Francesca Simpson  
01372 473621  

Specific Information

Further details of the application process, dependent on year of entry, are as follows:

Pre-Nursery and Nursery 

  1. Families are welcome to arrange an appointment with the Head, register to attend an Open Event or have a tour of the School.
  2. Following the submission of a completed application form, we will invite your child to spend some time in class. This will give us the opportunity to get to know your child at work and at play in a relaxed environment.
  3. Successful applicants will be offered a place.

Please note that Pre-Nursery children may attend a minimum of two morning sessions in the term they turn three. 

Reception, Years 1 and 2 

  1. Families are welcome to arrange an appointment with the Head, register to attend an Open Event or have a tour of the School.
  2. Following the submission of a completed application form, we will invite your child to spend some time in class. Here they will complete age-appropriate tasks in a relaxed and friendly environment and have the opportunity to work and play alongside other children.
  3. Successful applicants will be offered a place.

Years 3 to 6 

  1. Families are welcome to arrange an appointment with the Head, register to attend an Open Event or have a tour of the School.
  2. They should then submit a completed application form (and optional scholarship applications).
  3. Prospective pupils are invited for a day visit to the School to:
    1. spend time in lessons with peers
    2. complete mathematics, English, non-verbal reasoning and (where appropriate) verbal reasoning papers
    3. meet with the Head of the School
  4. We will request a report from the pupil’s current school to help assess progress and behaviour.
  5. Successful applicants will be offered a place.

Years 7 to 10 

All pupils are invited to sit the Entrance Assessments which are held in January:

  1. Pupils will be assessed in mathematics (specimen paper below), verbal reasoning and English (including free-writing).
  2. As a guide, pupils in Year 6 should be working towards achieving a good national average or above.
  3. An example mathematics paper is available below, English and verbal reasoning papers are available commercially.
  4. On the day, pupils should wear school uniform. Calculators are not permitted and a mid-morning break will be provided.
  5. Extra time will be allowed if there is appropriate evidence to support the request. A copy of an educational psychologist or specialist teacher report (carried out in Key Stage 2) should be sent to the School with the initial application. Requests must be received before the end of the autumn term.
  6. Pupils may also be invited for a short interview with a senior member of staff.

Additionally families:

  1. Are welcome to arrange an appointment with the Head, register to attend an Open Event or have a tour of the School.
  2. They should then submit a completed application form (and optional scholarship applications).
  3. Prospective pupils are invited to sit the Entrance Assessments (see above).
  4. We will request a reference from the pupil’s current school to help assess character.
  5. Successful applicants will be offered a place.

Year 9 Pre-Test 

The pre-test is for current Year 6 pupils who wish to join us when they reach Year 9.

  1. Families are welcome to arrange an appointment with the Head, register to attend an Open Event or have a tour of the School.
  2. They should then submit a completed application form.
  3. Prospective pupils are invited to sit the Entrance Assessments during Year 6 (see Years 7-10 entry above)
  4. We will request a reference from the pupil’s current school to help assess character.
  5. Successful applicants will be offered a place.
  6. During Year 7 we will seek assurance from the pupil’s current school regarding the pupil’s progress.
  7. In Year 8, pupils sitting Common Entrance are expected to achieve 55% in English, mathematics, science, one humanity subject and one language.
  8. During Year 8, applications for scholarships may be made.

Lower Sixth 

Sixth Form Open Evening: Monday 1 October 2018

Curriculum booklets are available to view on our A Level Courses page.

Internal Pupils:

  • Prospective A level students are expected to have achieved seven or more GCSE grades at 9-4 (including Maths and English) and specifically to have achieved high grades in their chosen/related A Level subjects. For entry in September 2018, grades A*-C rather than number grades will continue to be awarded in Business, Design Technology and Media Studies.

External Pupils:

  1. Families are invited to meet the Head, have a tour of the School, attend our Open Mornings and request a prospectus.
  2. They should then submit a completed application form (and optional scholarship applications).
  3. Dependent on subjects chosen, pupils will be invited to attend interviews and/or assessments which will take place during the latter part of the autumn term.
  4. We will request references from the pupil’s current school.
  5. Successful applicants will be offered a place.
  6. Prospective A level students are expected to have achieved seven or more GCSE grades at 9-4 (including Maths and English) and specifically to have achieved high grades in their chosen/related A level subjects. For entry in September 2018, grades A*-C rather than number grades will continue to be awarded in Business, Design Technology and Media Studies.