Reception, Years 1 & 2 and Year 3 to 6 Admission Procedure

To register your daughter for our entrance examination the registration form must be completed and returned to the school office with a copy of your daughter’s birth certificate and £40 cheque or cash.

Reception and Years 1 & 2 children will be invited in for a short assessment which usually takes place on the first Saturday morning in February.  This will last for approximately 20 minutes.

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If your daughter is entering into our Preparatory School your cheque will be acknowledged by letter and entrance examination details will follow in early January.

Entrance examinations for the whole school consist of a Maths and English test. We follow National Curriculum standards in both English and Maths. The English Examination will always include comprehension.

EYFS – 30 minutes

Children will do a variety of assessment tasks based on the EYFS early learning goals. The aim of the EYFS assessment is to see where your child is working at and gives the teacher an idea of their current abilities and skills so their learning can be built upon and tailored to their needs.

KS1

Children spend the day in class with the year group. They will join in with lessons in class as well as completing assessment tasks.

English Comprehension – 30 mins
Children read a short extract from a fiction text and answer questions on it. We are looking for evidence that the child has clearly understood the text and can use their inference skills to support their point of view.

English Writing – 30 mins
Children will write a story or an account of events which could be fiction or non-fiction, such as writing about themselves or recounting a familiar story. The teacher will assess their use of punctuation, grammar, spelling and handwriting according to their age group.

Reading and Phonics – 20 mins
Children will read a levelled reading book and discuss the book with the teacher. Please let us know when you come in for assessment what colour band your child is currently reading so we can work with your child at their level.

Children will be required to read a selection of tricky words and decodable words (words that children can sound out) for the phonics phase for their age group. The teacher will also assess the phonemes/phonic sounds they should know for their age.

Mathematics – 30-40 mins
Children are tasked with answering questions using their arithmetic, reasoning and problem solving skills. Questions require sound understanding of arithmetical knowledge appropriate to the year group. Children should demonstrate fluency in their arithmetic with an ability to apply this to problem solving and provide justification for their answers in a given context.

KEY STAGE 2

English Comprehension– 1 hour
Children read a short extract from a fiction text and answer questions on it. We are looking for evidence that the child has clearly understood the text and can use their inference skills to support their point of view.

English Writing – 1 hour
Children are provided with a short fiction story and supporting guidance detailing the key features of a successful piece of writing, within the given genre. Children are tasked with using this guidance to compose their own story. We are looking for evidence that children can tailor their writing to different forms and purposes, as well as demonstrating a sound grasp of vocabulary, punctuation and grammar.

Reading paper- 45 minutes
Children are required to complete a standardised reading assessment that consists of multiple choice and sentence completion questions. The assessment provides a profile of the child’s reading ability in comparison to national average and age equivalent standards.

Mathematics – 1 hour and 15 mins
Children are tasked with answering questions using their arithmetic, reasoning and problem solving skills. Questions require sound understanding of arithmetical knowledge appropriate to the year group. Children should demonstrate fluency in arithmetic with an ability to apply this to problem solving and provide justification for their answers in a given context.


Results are posted out by 1st class mail the Friday after the examination. To secure an offer of a place at Park School for Girls, a deposit of £1,000 is payable to the school on acceptance of a place and prior to a pupil’s entry; once a pupil starts, £500 of the bond will be deducted from the fees of the first term. The remaining £400 will be retained until your daughter leaves the school, which is refundable subject to no debts outstanding. £100 constitutes the Registration and Administration fee.

The terms fees are due by the first day of the school term.

Bursaries

We offer a selection of Bursaries to parents of all students. These are means tested, based on family income. However all circumstances surrounding the student and her family are taken into account. Please download the form, complete and return with supporting documentation to the Bursar. All Bursaries are awarded for a period of one academic year, although families are required to reapply each Spring.

You are also welcome to contact the Bursar with specific questions.