Transfer to the Senior School
The transfer from the Preparatory School to the Senior School is a selective process. There is an early assessment for Preparatory School children in the first half of the autumn term in Year 6. The decision on whether to offer a place is determined by the results of this assessment as well as the broader context of each child’s progress throughout their time in the Preparatory School.
Pupils are expected to satisfy the same academic criteria, a good national average, as external candidates. It is anticipated that the rounded nature and expert delivery of our curriculum will give all internal candidates an excellent opportunity to meet or exceed the academic requirements for entry to the Senior School.
The tests are in three parts with a refreshment break between parts a) and b):
- An online test of approximately one hour using pupils’ own laptops which will be in a locked exam setting. This test will be marked externally and lead to quantitative (maths) and verbal (literacy) standardised scores
- A maths paper of approximately 40 minutes
- An English free-writing paper of approximately 30 minutes
References will be provided by the Preparatory School and these form an integral part of the transfer process.
Parents of successful applicants will receive an offer letter during the autumn term of Year 6. There will be a further opportunity for pupils to re-sit in the January entrance examination or to sit for a scholarship, as appropriate.
The Headmaster meets with Year 5 parents in the second half of the spring term to discuss each child’s progress in relation to the admissions process. We pride ourselves on positive, helpful communication at all stages of the process to ensure that it is as straightforward as possible.