Updated 6 October 2023
Thank you for applying to the sixth form at Claremont Fan Court School. This page will be regularly updated with all the pertinent information to guide you through the application process.
Key dates to note
- Interview assessment days: Monday 16 October & Tuesday 17 October 2023
- Scholarship application deadline: Tuesday 7 November 2023
- Offers posted: 1 December 2023
- Offer acceptance and scholarship acceptance deadline: Thursday 1 February 2024
Sixth form interview assessment
- School uniform
- If you do not have a school uniform please wear smart business attire suitable for an interview
If your child has a medical condition that we need to be aware of, please contact the admissions department to ensure that we have all the relevant information. If your child uses an EPI pen or inhaler please ensure they bring it with them, and that it is clearly labelled with their name.
If you child is unwell in any way on the day, please contact the admissions department using the emergency contact number: 07538 234460 (Please note this number will only be answered on the interview assessment day).
Arrival and collection:
Please arrive strictly via the Claremont Fan Court Senior School car park at 4:45pm. This can be accessed from the A307, Portsmouth Road. Please use the following link to arrive at the correct location: Map
Please make your way to the sixth form centre to sign in. We will have sixth formers in the top car park to direct you to the sixth form centre.
We will begin testing at 5.00pm, please don’t be late. If you are running late, please let us know by calling the following number: 07538 234460.
Parents are welcome to return at 8pm for refreshments in the New Dining Hall with the senior team.
The evening will finish at 8:30pm.
Students please bring:
- A water bottle
- A pencil
- A fiction book to read whilst waiting for others to complete exams
Format of the interview assessment
After arrival students will head into testing and after a short break will have an interview with a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
Students will be interviewed for approximately 20 minutes. The interview plays an important part in the assessment of students, particularly those wanting to study creative subjects such as textiles, DT, art and photography.
All students will sit the CAT4 Grade G, GL assessment tests. CAT4 tests assess the ability to reason with and manipulate different types of material, including:
- reasoning with words
- reasoning with numbers
- reasoning with shapes and designs
- thinking with and mentally manipulating precise shapes
The CAT4 test papers are broken into 3 parts. Each part is 40 minutes long.
CAT4 is a timed assessment and additional time is not permitted for SEND or IN as this will affect the reliability of the results. CAT4 is not just about what and how it tests but how the questions are answered within a set timeframe. The timed element makes it diagnostically very powerful. Other accommodations can be made for students with SEND or IN, please contact the admissions department for further information on this.
Further information for parents and students regarding CAT4 tests is available from the GL assessment website, click here for further information. We strongly advise against any kind of practice ahead of a CAT4 test as this will alter the reliability of test scores. The point of CAT4 is that it is not a test of learnt knowledge but of potential and it needs to be as unaffected as possible by any external factors, such as practice. Think of it like an eye test; if you practice ahead of an eye test and memorise the card, your diagnosis may not be correct and valuable information may be missed.
Please email Eloise Bayman at: email@example.com if you have any queries in the meantime, I will be happy to help. Please bear in mind that the admissions department is incredibly busy at present so it may take a while for us to respond to your query, thank you for your patience.