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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 2021


  • Kindergarten (3-4 year olds) - 14 January 2021 (Deadline for applications is 23 October 2020)
  • Reception Entry Assessments (4-5 year olds) -  1 October 2020 (Deadline for applications is 25 September 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 from 9:30am - 12:30pm.

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
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.

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."