Entrance Examinations and Assessments

Dates for entry in September 2019:

Age 7+ Assessment: Wednesday 23rd January 2019

Age 9+ Assessment: Monday 21st January 2019

Age 11+ Examinations (includes assessment for Academic Scholarships): Saturday 12th January 2019

Age 12+, 13+ & 14+ Examinations: Saturday 12th January 2019

 

Entrance examination and assessment procedures

A child should be registered with the School in order to sit our Entrance Examinations and Assessments.

Preparatory school

Nursery (3-5 year olds)

Children spend a morning in the Nursery (9.00am until 11.15am) and are informally assessed during this time.

There is a separate Admissions Policy for the Nursery, available upon request, owing to the complexity of Nursery provision and the educational needs of individual children.  Under normal circumstances, Nursery children transfer to the Preparatory School.  Where such transfer is deemed inappropriate (for example, where it is felt that that child will not thrive given the curriculum provided), the Head of Nursery, in conjunction with the Headmaster, will notify the parents with at least six months’ notice.

Nursery Admissions Policy

Preparatory School (5-11 year olds)

Children spend half a day in School and, during this time, have Assessments in English and Mathematics.  Entry in the Preparatory School is normally in Years 3 and 5 (when additional classes of 18 pupils are introduced). A small number of places may be available for entry to other year groups, please contact our Admissions Department to enquire.

Overseas families, wishing their child to enter at Preparatory School age must visit the School, in person, and their child be interviewed on a face to face basis.  The Assessment can then, also, be carried out under our supervision.

Senior School (11-18 year olds)

Entry is normally at age 11+ and 13+ (when an additional form of entry is admitted) and to the Sixth Form, but a small number of places may be available for entry to other years if there are vacancies.  Please contact our Admissions Department for details.

11+, 12+, 13+ and 14+ Entrance Examinations are held on a Saturday morning in the first half of the spring term, prior to entry in September.  Papers are set in English and Mathematics, and Science, for some year groups.  Students also have an informal meeting with a member of the Leadership Team.

Specimen copies of the 11+, 12+, 13+, 14+ papers are available on request from the Admissions Department.

Sixth Form

All applicants are interviewed and entry is also based on successful performance in GCSE (or equivalent) examinations.

Applicants should obtain at least 6 good passes at GCSE including English and Mathematics.  For any subject to be studied in the Sixth Form, applicants should have at least GCSE grade 6 in that subject or a related subject.  GCSE grade 7 or higher is normally required to study the following subjects in the Sixth Form: Mathematics, Sciences, Languages and English Literature.

Students with specific learning difficulties

Students with a Specific Learning Difficulty, who have evidence within a professional assessor report, are allowed extra time in the Entrance Examinations.  Acceptable evidence will be in the form of an Educational Psychologist or Specialist Assessor report, which clearly indicates speed scores for reading, writing or cognitive processing falling below SS85.  Medical reports will also be considered.  Such reports will need to be current, i.e. they will have been completed within two years of the Entrance Examinations and approved by our SEN Co-ordinator.

Non-native speakers of English from overseas

It is strongly recommended that overseas applicants should provide an IELTS or Cambridge Assessment English examination certificate to confirm their ability in English language. However, applicants for entry to Years 9 and 10 do have the option of sitting our own English examinations, but will have to provide an IELTS or Cambridge Assessment English examination at the end of their first academic year in order to progress through the School.

Students may also be tested in subjects such as Mathematics and Science.

Overseas applicants are also interviewed via Skype, if a personal visit, to the School, cannot be arranged.

Admissions Department: +44 (0) 1509 817031 / 817072   registrar@ratcliffecollege.com