As a non-selective school, we do not have admission criteria or language requirements for students entering Early Years and Primary School (up to and including Year 6).
However, in order to enable our students to fully access the curriculum for their external examinations after Year 10, students applying to enter Secondary school (Year 7 and above) will need a certain level of English proficiency, which will be assessed prior to admission in the form of a Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4). CAT4s are the UK’s most widely used computer-based test of reasoning abilities for children aged 6-17+ years. Measuring the four main types of ability known to make a difference to learning and achievement, CAT4 provides an independent perspective on potential student achievement, with reliable information for each child that will help identify where to provide extra support or set more challenging targets.
We do offer an English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme for those students who require extra support in this area.
Younger children soon gain fluency in English (with extra help in the initial stages), so there are no English language requirements for students entering up to and including Year 9, though parents are made aware that the higher up the school a student joins, the more difficulty they may face with effectively accessing the curriculum once they join the examination years (Years 10 onwards).
There may be language requirements for successfully accessing the curriculum content and demonstrating understanding in the external IGCSE and GCE examinations as all courses are delivered in English.
In addition to the level of English proficiency, the acceptance of students into Year 12 will also depend on their previous IGCSE examination results (or equivalent if not studying in the British system).