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    How Are Children Assessed?

    Kimbolton School Lower Prep children undertaking a test

    We select children in ways that are appropriate to their age.

    Our assessments aim to stretch and challenge candidates in an interesting way so that candidates can present themselves in the best possible light. For younger Prep School candidates there is also an element of fun.

    In all cases we are looking for evidence of the academic ability or potential ability to enjoy the breadth and pace of our teaching. For those wishing to enter the Upper Prep (age 7 and above) or the Senior School (age 11 and above), we also seek a genuine desire to contribute fully to and benefit from the vibrant extra-curricular life of our School, including at weekends.

    Depending on whether you are planning for your child to join us at the start of September or at another time of year, we will follow slightly different selection steps.

    September Entry

    If you wish your child to join us at the start of the school year in September, we will assess your child as follows:

    Reception Year

    • a visit by one of our Lower Prep staff to your child at nursery, playgroup or home. This will take place between the two visits to our Reception class.
    • a short 'Taster Morning' visit to one of our existing Reception classes in the February.

    Year 1 and Year 2

    • a 'Taster Morning' in February with one of our existing classes
    • a satisfactory confidential report from your child’s current school.

    Year 3 to Year 6

    • formal entrance examination comprising papers in English, Mathematics and Reasoning (held on the morning of the first Saturday in February)
    • a satisfactory confidential report from your child’s current school.

    First Form (Year 7)

    • short interviews with the Deputy Headmaster, Head of English and Head of Mathematics in the January or February preceding the September entry date.
    • formal entrance examination comprising papers in English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning (held on the morning of the first Saturday in February)
    • a satisfactory confidential report from your child’s current school.

    Third Form (Year 9)

    either:

    • Common Entrance Examination for candidates from preparatory schools which is taken in early May or June
    • a satisfactory confidential report from your child’s current school.

    or:

    • short interviews with the Deputy Head, Head of English and Head of Mathematics in the January
    • our own 13+ entrance examination on the first Saturday in the February prior to entry
    • a satisfactory confidential report from your child’s current school.

    Lower Sixth Form (Year 12)

    • an interview with the Headmaster and Head of Sixth Form in the January prior to entry
    • a satisfactory confidential report from your child’s current school
    • a minimum of 6 GCSEs passes (Grades A* to C), 5 of them at Grade B or above and at least Grade B in each subject to be studied at A Level.

    Non-September Entry

    Kimbolton School pupils in a Maths lesson

    If you wish your child to join us at a time other than the start of the school year in September, we will assess your child as follows:

    Reception Year, Year 1 and Year 2:

    • a 'Taster Morning' with one of our existing classes
    • a satisfactory confidential report from your child’s current school.

    Year 3 to Year 6:

    • a 'Taster Morning' (plus lunch) with a class of their peers including formal entrance examination papers in English, Mathematics and Reasoning
    • a satisfactory confidential report from your child’s current school.

    First Form (Year 7) to Fourth Form (Year 10):

    • an interview with the Headmaster
    • a 'Taster Morning' (plus lunch) with a class of their peers including formal entrance examination papers in English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning
    • a satisfactory confidential report from your child’s current school.

    Lower Sixth Form (Year 12):

    • interviews with the Headmaster and Head of Sixth Form
    • a satisfactory confidential report from your child’s current school
    • a minimum of 6 GCSEs passes (Grades A* to C), 5 of them at Grade B or above and at least Grade B in each subject to be studied at A Level.

    Register your child for entry