Joining the Senior School
Places in popular year groups such as Years 7 and 9 can be taken more than a year in advance of entry, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t space available after that time. As a rule of thumb it is helpful for parents to start talking to us two years before their child is due to join.
Entry at Year 7
All Year 7 pupils are invited for a Taster Day in Year 5, this takes place in May and is a great opportunity to experience a fun day at the School and meet some of the other pupils who will be in their year group.
Assessment for Year 7 takes place on a Saturday in February. The day before all candidates are invited to an Activities Afternoon when they can meet other children sitting the assessment, have lunch with the current Year 7 and take part in team-building activities. The afternoon enables us to observe them informally, whilst they get to know the school and make friends. If you child is interested in boarding it may be possible to stay on the Friday night for a boarding taster.
All pupils take an English paper and a Maths paper. Neither paper requires any preparation or revision. At this time, a reference is requested from your current school. After the Assessment Day you will be informed of the results and places will be offered.
We are happy to assess your child at other times during the year and places will be offered subject to availability.
Entry at Year 9
Year 9 is a popular entry point particularly for pupils moving from Preparatory Schools. All Year 9 candidates are invited to attend an Assessment Day in the February of their Year 7. During the day candidates can meet other children sitting the assessment, have lunch with the current Year 9 and take part in team-building activities as well as sit an English and a Maths paper. Neither paper requires any preparation or revision. It may be possible to offer boarding tasters on the night.
We also request a preliminary school report from your current school at this stage. After the assessment you will be informed of the results and places will be offered, a recommendation about possible scholarship applications may also be made. Pupils who fall outside of the ‘early promise’ timings are invited into the school to sit their Assessment on an individual basis.
During Year 8 we will ask your child’s school for an updated report and there will be other, frequent, opportunities for both you and your child to visit the School.
In all cases you will be asked to secure your place by paying a deposit (which is returned against your final School bill). Offers should be accepted by the end of March in the preceding year of entry. A New Pupil’s Pack will then be sent to you ahead of your child’s start date.
More information about joining the school can be found in our Admissions Guide 2019-2020.