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Assessment Process

Dame B'sOur pupils 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 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.

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.

Entrance testing dates for 2020

Kindergarten (3-4 year olds) January 9:30am-2:30pm

Wed, 15 January at Dame Bradbury's

Wed, 22 January at Dame Bradbury’s 


Reception Entry Assessments (4-5 year olds) 

Saturday, 11 January 2020


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

All entry testing for both Rosedale House and Dame Bradbury's will take place at Dame Bradbury's in Saffron Walden on 9 January 2021.

Register for a place

To register for a place at the Stephen Perse Dame Bradbury's please click the link below.

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."