The entrance examinations take place in the November preceding the year of entry (a candidate’s Year 6) and all applicants are interviewed on the day of the assessment.
September 2021 Entry
Given the fact that the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the preparation for children applying for entry to join Lower School 1 (Year 7) in September 2021, the decision has been made to not assess applicants using the School’s own paper-based English and Mathematics entrance examinations. This means that applicants who have received more exposure to (remote) teaching over the last few months will not have an unfair advantage over those who have not.
All applicants will have an interview and sit the ISEB Common Pre-Tests, which include Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, English and Mathematics assessments. Applicants cannot prepare for these tests, meaning that the results will give an indication of their potential and results are age-standardised.
In assessing applications a judgement is made as to the individual candidate’s potential. The report and reference from the Head of their current school are taken into account as are other talents, for instance in the areas of music, art and sport.