The Application Process
During the various stages of application, we aim to learn as much as possible about the skills and aptitudes of the student in order to assess their suitability for our school.
On request, parents can meet individually with an admissions tutor to learn more about how the school functions, the requirements of the academic programme, the school’s teaching philosophy and the later stages of the recruitment process.
Taking part in our assessment weekend
Fifth Form Entry
Our Year 9 and 10 Assessment Weekends include:
- Two university style lectures followed by a short test. This helps us to better understand the candidate’s abilities to process new content and draw conclusions.
- English Language and Mathematics competency tests in order to ascertain the candidate’s current attainment in these critical core areas.
- An individual meeting with a subject teacher, in whichwe assess not the candidate’s current knowledge but also, more importantly, their approach to learning.
- Two groups tasks, in which we assess students’ teamworking and communication skills, as well as their ability to digest information in a classroom setting.
Sixth Form Entry
Our Year 12 Assessment Weekends include:
- An interdisciplinary university style lecture supplemented with a short test, helping us gauge the candidate’s ability to process new information and draw conclusions.
- An English Language competency test, in order to ascertain the candidate’s current proficiency (and Mathematics if it is an A Level choice).
- Individual meetings with subject teachers. Students will meet with teachers of their subjects of choice to assess their current proficiency as well as their approach to learning.
- A meeting with Admissions, University and Careers and Heads of Forms. This helps us determine the candidate’s suitability for their A Level preferences and provides a valuable opportunity for candidate’s to learn about higher education and career pathways.