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Admissions Assessment

Assessment

The school assesses all students who apply for a placement, irrespective of status.

For applicants to Foundation Stage (Early Years and Reception), this process is informal and conducted by an experienced member of the teaching staff.

For applicants to Key Stage 1 and 2 (Year 1 to Year 6), this process is informal but includes written tests conducted by an experienced member of the teaching staff.

For applicants to the Secondary School (Year 7 to Year 10) children are assessed using Cognitive Ability Testing (CAT4). These tests are designed to analyse a pupil’s academic potential and indicate areas of strengths or weakness and are independent of prior learning.

For applicants to the Sixth Form (Year 12), assessment is by interview.

CAT4 Tests assess four key areas;

  • Verbal Reasoning – the ability to express ideas and reason through words is essential to subjects with a high language content, and the most obvious skill picked up by traditional assessment
  • Non-verbal Reasoning – problem-solving using pictures and diagrams; skills which are important in a wide range of school subjects, including mathematics and science-based subjects
  • Spatial Reasoning – the capacity to think and draw conclusions in three dimensions, needed for many STEM subjects, but not easily measured by other datasets
  • Quantitative Reasoning – the ability to use numerical skills to solve problems, applicable well beyond mathematics

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