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Entry Guidelines (13+ /14+)

Since the girls who join the high school at 13+ and 14+ come from many different types of school with varying styles of teaching, this is taken into account fully in both the assessment for entrance and subsequent work with those whom we accept.

English
The examination, together in some cases with an interview, is intended to find out how far a girl’s use of language has progressed in the years after 11, beyond the achievement of an average pupil at the end of National Curriculum Key Stage 2. We are also looking for potential for further development. The examination will not have the same format every year and past papers are not made available. Nonetheless normal teaching in school should provide adequate preparation, especially because the skills required are all those which are covered by the National Curriculum.

We are interested to see how well she can:

  • Convey information in writing or speaking
  • Express an opinion or follow an argument
  • Understand both non-fiction and imaginative material which she has read
  • Benefit from reading widely for her own pleasure with sustained concentration
  • Be aware of events in the world around her
  • Write about her own experiences
  • Write imaginatively
  • Adapt her expression to suit a variety of circumstances
  • Produce appropriate sentence structures and accurate spelling
  • Show some initiative if she is given an unfamiliar exercise or task to do

Mathematics 13+ and 14+

The examination papers are written in the style of national end of Key Stage papers, with spaces left on the paper for working out answers. The questions reflect the topics covered by our programme of study, which closely follows the National Curriculum.
Questions may also be set on topics that may not be familiar to the candidates. Under such circumstances, they will be given enough information to allow them to progress under their own initiative since we are hoping to predict future potential rather than to test present knowledge.

We are interested to see how strong candidates number and algebra skills are, as well as their ability to tackle and solve more complex problems. This will allow us to assess carefully how well candidates will cope with joining the programme of study after it has started and where necessary, be able to catch up on topics already taught.

General Papers
The general papers are used to obtain an indication of a girl’s IQ level. Although the English and mathematics papers indicate levels of ability, candidates are also required to sit two general papers. These test candidates’ powers of verbal and non-verbal reasoning and are used for additional information, for instance when there is an unusually large discrepancy between a candidate’s performance in the English and mathematics papers.

Modern Languages
An interview with a member of the languages department will take place to assess a candidates oral language skills. In addition, where appropriate, an examination will beset to assess a candidate’s written language skills.