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Assessment Process for Year 7 and Year 9 Entry

Entry Assessment Testing Day - 21 January 2023

We aim to ensure the interview day is as enjoyable for all children as possible regardless of the outcome. We provide refreshments throughout the day and all the tasks and the interview are intentionally designed to be short, accessible and stimulating. 

Students will be asked to complete a CAT4 test as the first stage of the entry assessment process. This CAT4 test will be sent for completion after the closing date of application. From the outcomes of the CAT4 tests we will invite those children who meet our threshold to the entry assessment testing day on Saturday 21 January 2023.

On Saturday 21 January 2023 children will be asked to complete the following:

  • A short comprehension or creative writing task (30-40 minutes).
  • A short maths test (30-40 minutes).
  • A group exercise.
  • A 1:1 interview with a senior member of academic staff who will do all they can to help your child to show their best self.

The order in which the above tasks are undertaken may vary. 

Offers and waiting list places

Offers will be sent out in the week commencing 30 January and the acceptance  deadline is 6 March for those holding an offer of a place. 

Children who are not offered a place may be placed on a waiting list; a number of offers are made to children on the waiting list after acceptances have been received on 6 March if any places remain unfilled at that stage. 

Year 7 (11+) and Year 9 (13+)

  • 9 December 2022 - Closing date for applications

  • 21 January 2023 - Entry Assessment Testing Day

  • Week commencing 24 January 2023 - Scholarship Interviews/Auditions

  • Week commencing 30 January 2023 - Offers made

  • 6 March 2023 -Acceptance of offers

Year 8 and Year 10 entry

  • 9 December 2022 - closing date for applications

  • 1 January 2023 - CAT4 tests must be completed

Students will only be interviewed should occasional places be available for entry into Year 8 and Year 10. The interviews will take place remotely.

Submit an enquiry

To submit an enquiry for the Senior School 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