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We have compiled a list of questions that parents are most likely to ask us in the early stages of the application process – we hope you find it useful.

Should you have any other questions, please make an enquiry below.

Q. Are your schools co-educational? 
Across our schools, we offer an educational pathway for boys and girls aged 1 through to 18. We are fully co-educational at our Early Years sites in Cambridge, Saffron Walden and Madingley, at our two Junior Schools; Rosedale House in Cambridge and Dame Bradbury's in Saffron Walden, and at our Sixth Form.
Q. Can I visit the schools? 
Due to the COVID pandemic all tours and open events are currently on hold. Please explore our virtual open day experiences on our website at www.stephenperse.com/virtualopendayexperience. We hold a number of open events throughout the year, for which booking is necessary so that we can manage numbers. Dates for these open events will always be advertised on our website. We would recommend for your first visit that you attend an open event and listen to school leaders talk about our values and approach to education. You are then welcome to book a tour to see the school on a normal working day. The tour will include the opportunity to meet with our Head of School or a senior member of staff. For those interested in boarding (Sixth Form only), there is an opportunity to visit our boarding houses and meet with the Head of Boarding. Tours can be booked via our online admissions portal at www.stephenperse.com/bookatour. We hope you will appreciate as a very busy and over-subscribed school, we are not always able to accommodate tours of the schools outside of these published dates.
Q. What is the Sixth Form assessment process? 
Once applications have been received candidates will be invited to the school in November for assessment which will consist of the following: -Cognitive Abilities Test: a diagnostic assessment that is designed to help students and their teachers understand how they learn and what their academic potential might be. It assesses how students think in areas that are known to make a difference to learning. While many tests focus on a child’s attainment in core subjects, the cognitive ability test is designed to give schools a much broader, more rounded view of each child, their potential and how they learn. Results help teachers decide about the pace of learning that is right for a student and whether additional support or challenge is needed. -All candidates will have a general interview with the Head of school or a senior member of staff. -An offer of a place will be conditional on achieving a successful reference from your current school and the required results at GCSE or equivalent. As a guide we would require a minimum of 50 points for the eight best (I)GCSE results. Points will be calculated from the new 9-1 grading system or or using the conversion table below. We require at least 7 points in any subject that they intend to study in the Sixth Form where the subject is already being studied at (I)GCSE. For Higher Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics we require at least 8 points (A*on the old system). Grade A* = 8.5 points Grade A = 7 points Grade B = 5.5 points Grade C = 4 points Grade D = 3 points Grade E = 2 points
Q. How do I register my child for a place? 
Our online application form is the first official step in the application process. When submitting an application it will include a payment of a non- refundable registration fee. When submitting the application you will be required to enter your child's current school details and a reference request will be sent directly to the school via the admissions portal. For any pupils with individual needs we will ask for all supporting information at the application stage. Once the form is completed and you have created an account on our admission portal, all correspondence about your application will be sent through this.
Q. Can I apply at any time of year? 
We accept applications throughout the year however this is subject to spaces being available. Entrance testing for Rosedale House, Dame Bradbury’s and Senior School usually takes place in the January before the September start (e.g. January 2021 for September 2022 entry). However, we understand that families are often looking for places at a new school at other times of the year, such as when relocating for a new job, so we are flexible wherever possible providing that there are spaces available. For Sixth FormWe have two main closing dates for applications, these are October and February each year. However we will accept Sixth Form applications outside of these closing dates. All Sixth Form applications will be for the next academic year starting in September. We do not accept Sixth Form applications for in year transfer.
Q. Can my child do the assessments while we are still abroad? 
While it is obviously better to do the tests and interviews in person, if at all possible, if you have to remain overseas we can accommodate your child sitting the entrance exams in your home country. If your current school is a registered international school we are happy for the exams to take place there; otherwise we ask that you arrange for him/her to sit the papers at the British Council. This is to ensure that the integrity of our tests is preserved and ensures fairness across the board as this will emulate the testing environment here at Stephen Perse. We will do our upmost to accommodate your travel timetables when booking your child’s assessment.
Q. Will you need to contact my child’s current school as part of the admissions process? 
We do require a satisfactory reference from your child’s current school. If you do not want us to contact your child’s current school before a place is offered the offer of a place will be conditional on receipt of a satisfactory reference.
Q. My child needs additional learning support, is this something you can accommodate? 
Yes, each of our schools benefits from the guidance of a Special Educational needs Coordinator (SENCO) and if your child requires support we will work with you to ensure that his/her needs are met. In the event that our specialist teachers do not have the expertise necessary to plan for your child’s continued progress we would consult with an external specialist teacher with your agreement. At the application stage you will be required to indicate if your child has SEND requirements. Please also make our Admissions Registrar aware of this to enable her to arrange for you to meet our SENCO.
Q. Is boarding available at your schools? 
We offer boarding for Sixth Form and 1 year IGCSE students only. If you would like to find out more information about our boarding please contact our Admissions Registrar.
Q. Do you sponsor student visa for children applying for Senior School? 
We will only sponsor student visa’s for those children who are applying for a Sixth Form place or the 1 Year IGCSE course.