Students aged 6 and above will take a Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4), usually prior to admission, or at the time of admission depending on the family's circumstances, to allow us to understand the student's wider abilities. 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.
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). In order to enable our students to fully access the curriculum for their external examinations after Year 10 however, 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.
We offer a comprehensive English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme for those students who require extra support in this area.
To give you an idea of what is required for our IGCSE (Years 10-11) and A-Level (Years 12-13) applicants, we use the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) as a guide:
- For entry into Year 10, students should at least be at the upper intermediate level of English (B2).
- For entry into our A-Level programme in Year 12 (Sixth Form), the level of English should at least correspond to Advanced level (C1).
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).