Senior Prep – Years 7 and 8

We welcome many children into Year 7 from schools that finish at Year 6. To ensure that classes remain small we increase the number of classes in this year group to four, or five. All children in Year 7 and 8 are working towards their End of Year 8 13+ examinations, which they take in the Trinity Term of their final year. Our close links to our Senior School are further increased in Senior Prep so as to ease the very crucial transition from Preparatory to Senior.

Entry to Year 7

For general entry to Year 7 pupils take a Cognitive Ability paper and an English paper.

Scholarship (Year 7 entry)

The School offers five different types of scholarship for pupils joining in Year 7. These are Foundation, Music, Drama, Art and Sport. For those applicants who show considerable academic promise, but not of the standard required for Scholarship, an Academic Exhibition may be offered. Awards made at 11+ carry on to the Senior School until such time as the pupil leaves Dean Close. Awards are subject to good behaviour, academic endeavour and commitment to the whole life of the School. They are rarely revoked or reduced; however, they are reviewed annually.

The number of individual awards made each year depends solely on the calibre of the candidates.

Trips and Outings

At the beginning of Year 7 the new year group have a residential visit to Snowdonia, an exercise which breaks down any barriers and forges the strong friendships that will continue on into the Senior School.

At Easter in Year 6 there is a trip to France, which enables the children to practise their French and to experience the French way of life.

At the end of Year 8 there is the Leavers’  week. After their end of year exams the year group enjoy a camping holiday in Devon, where they get the chance to abseil, canoe and surf.

Responsibility and Independence

Children in Senior Prep are given greater responsibilities in the Houses and in School, helping them to grow in independence and to develop the leadership skills which will be vital in their future lives. There is also a prefect system, which rewards children who are keen to take on even greater responsibilities.