Assessment process

As a non-selective school, we are not interested in coaching and tests – we’re looking for well-rounded children with interests that stretch beyond the basic curriculum and a fascination for new ideas.

They don’t have to be academically gifted – with so many opportunities in music, drama, art and sport, there are plenty of ways we can help them to fulfil their potential, whatever it might be.

There’s no need to prepare for an assessment – all candidates start on an equal footing and are given time to reveal their talents. For Kindergarten and Reception children, the process involves a conversation and a play session in the classroom with the head of Pre-prep and, wherever possible, a chance to meet the school head.

Year 1 and 2 pupils spend at least a morning at the school, where their literacy and numeracy skills are informally assessed. Prep candidates stay in school for a day and take part in a more formal assessment of their current ability. That way we can get to know each child and be sure we can meet their needs – and that they will be able to make the most of what we’ve got to offer.

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