We ensure that we fully support both our boys and their parents through the senior school application process. Every two years we hold a successful Senior School Open Forum that all Key Stage 2 parents are encouraged to attend. Presentations are given by senior school heads or representatives and an opportunity is afforded for parents to review marketing materials and have discussions with members of the different school’s admissions teams.
The process for selecting Senior School options begins in the Spring Term of Year 5, where parents meet with key staff to discuss possible school choices. Our main aim, through these discussions, is to ensure we have a match of schools for the boys’ academic, social and extended interests and talents. Parents are encouraged to visit the schools to truly decide whether they feel that the school would be a good fit for their son holistically and not just academically.
Early in the Autumn Term of Year 6, a further meeting is held for parents, to finalise the school selections. During this term, the boys’ preparation for the 11+ examinations is completed, through consolidation of learning, exam technique preparation and interview coaching. All boys are mentored by a member of the Senior School Leadership Team for interview preparation. They undertake coaching sessions and one-to-one interview practice, with constructive feedback provided for the boys and their parents to work on at home. Further practice interviews are scheduled with the Head of the Prep, the Principal and members of the Senior School Leadership Team, where appropriate.
We are proud of the outstanding preparation that our boys receive during this challenging transitional stage in their educational journeys. We enjoy excellent relationships with the senior schools and have a proven record of ensuring boys are offered places and very often scholarships, at their first choice school.