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Assessment Process

Dame B'sOur entry process includes assessments in English, Maths and non-verbal reasoning as well as an informal interview with Louise Graham, Head of Dame Bradbury's. We want to discover whether your child can think creatively, generate ideas, and find interesting solutions to new problems.

There’s no need to prepare for an assessment – all candidates start on an equal footing and are given time to reveal their talents. See our nursery site for information on the assessment process for Dame Bradbury's Nursery and Early Years. For Kindergarten and Reception children, the process involves an observation during a play session with the Head of Early Years and, wherever possible a chance to meet the Head. Year 1 and 2 pupils spend at least a morning at the school, where their literacy and numeracy skills are informally assessed.

Year 3+ 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.

Deadline for applications

9 December 2022 - closing date for Dame Bradbury's applications.

Entry Assessment tests for Years 1,2,3,4,5 and 6

Entry assessment testing will take place on Friday 14 January 2022 (more information about the testing will be sent to parents after the closing date for applications).

Assessments and interviews usually take place in January before a September start date but this can change to suit individual circumstances.

We also ask for a reference from the headteacher of your child's current school. This is an important part of the entry process as it allows us to see a much broader picture of a child than tests alone which can only provide a limited snapshot. School reports are usually requested in early December before entrance testing.

Pupils from Junior School Dame Bradbury's automatically qualify to graduate to our Senior School at the end of Year 6. 

Offers made week commencing 23 January 2023

Acceptance of offers 6 March 2023

Submit an enquiry

To submit an enquiry for Dame Bradbury's please click the link below. 

Submit an application

To submit an application please complete the application form here.

Have other questions?

See our Admissions FAQ for further information.

For any other enquiries please contact our admissions team at or call 01223 454762

"We're looking for well-rounded children with interests that stretch beyond the basic curriculum and a fascination for new ideas."