Assessment Arrangements for entry in September 2021
For main points of entry - Nursery, Reception and Year 3 (7+)
We aim to make all the assessments as friendly as possible and they will be carried out by teachers with wide experience of the age range. We realise that candidates come from a variety of backgrounds and, therefore, we will be looking for potential as well as their current ability.
The School has regard for the guidelines as outlined in the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice (2014) and the Equality Act (2010). It expects parents to inform the School, prior to the assessments, if their son has any Special Education Needs and give details of any assessments which may have been carried out, so appropriate arrangements may be made.
Admissions into Nursery (age 3+)
Assessments for entry into the Nursery will take place on a Saturday early in January 2021 when boys and their parents will be invited to attend a short session with Pre-Prep Early Years staff. The boys will be assessed in small groups of similarly aged boys. In addition, optional Stay and Play sessions will be offered to boys to enable them to get a feel for the Nursery and meet the staff who will be looking after them when they come in for their assessment. Entry into Shell will be conditional on successfully completing the year in Nursery and being judged able to cope with the demands of the curriculum at Pre-Prep.
Assessments for entry into Shell (Reception) will take place on a Saturday towards the end of 2020. The boys and their parents will be invited to attend a short session with Pre-Prep Early Years staff. The boys will be assessed in small groups of similarly aged boys. Optional Stay and Play sessions will be offered to boys to enable them to get a feel for the Nursery and meet the staff who will be looking after them when they come in for their assessment.
Year 3 (7+) - Bursaries are available at 7+ - details on website or upon request
The assessment for this age group is in two parts in late 2020. Attendance at both sessions is required. Boys will complete activities in sport, music and teamwork and assessments in English, mathematics and reasoning. Voice trials for Guildford Cathedral Choir are available on this day.
Places for September 2021 will be offered shortly after the assessments have been completed.
We are planning for our next Open Morning to take place early in the Autumn Term, do register your interest with Mrs Kinder if you would like to attend, although we do recommend that you go on our Virtual Tour in the first instance.
Admission into other year groups or at other times of the year
Candidates in appropriate age groups may be considered for places in other year groups at any time of the year if space allows.
If not subject to degrees of lockdown and remote learning, the following applies:
Nursery to Year 2:
Boys will be invited in to spend some time individually with a teacher who will assess their ability through age-appropriate tasks.
Year 3 and above:
Boys will be assessed academically through a variety of online and written tasks for Mathematics, English and General Ability.
Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Kinder, Admissions Secretary for further information.