Admissions

Admissions journey

With Covid-19 restrictions likely to remain in place until the spring, as a family of schools, we have taken some key decisions to ensure that the entrance process is as smooth and stress-free as possible. We do not want any pupil to be adversely affected by their experiences during lockdown or if there should be any further absence from schools over the coming months.

We are streamlining our whole entrance process, with the emphasis placed firmly on looking for potential not just test-performance.  Details of these new steps for academic assessments, scholarships and awards have been set out below by our main years of entry.

Our Admissions Registrars are on hand to guide you through every step of this new process and will be able to arrange individual visits, personalised online assessments and interviews either face-to-face or remotely.

Please see details of the assessment process below:

Please note that we welcome applications throughout the year (subject to availability) and boys and girls are able to join the schools at multiple entry points.

Entry for our Pre-Prep and Nursery (Nursery, Reception, Years 1-2)

Pre-Prep and Nursery should be an exciting and fun experience for all boys and girls. At Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools, we strive to ensure that every child goes home with a smile.

If you are interested in your child joining us at Monmouth Schools Pre-Prep and Nursery, please contact:

Mrs Jo Bangham (School Administrator)
Tel:  01600 713970    Email:  preprep.admissions@habsmonmouth.org

Entry for our Prep School (Years 3-6)

A child’s academic journey at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools can start or continue at our Prep School. We are dedicated to encouraging academic brilliance and personal strengths in every pupil as we support them through these vital years.

All children will have an interview-style chat with the Head of Monmouth Prep School, Mr Neil Shaw. The boys and girls will also take a short age-appropriate test in Maths and English. 

We may also ask to see a sample of a child’s work. Not only does this help us determine a child’s academic potential, but it is also an opportunity for your child’s individualism and personality to shine. 

Entry assessments for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be in March 2021 by appointment. We also offer year-round entry, should places be available. 

Entry for Year 7 (11+)

Admission to our schools is based on a child’s potential, and not just on a single test performance. As part of the entrance process, we meet with all prospective pupils before the assessments and we also take into account the recommendations from their previous school. 

On the day itself, we try to make the experience as stress-free as possible. It may be the first time your child has sat a test of this kind, so allowances are made for the anxiety that some children may experience. We meet each individual on arrival and look after them throughout their visit to help settle their nerves and ensure they feel comfortable and confident. 

We endeavour to give our prospective pupils every chance to shine. We are happy to guide each family through the entrance procedure. For more information on our entry processes please contact our Admissions Registrars.

Online assessment

All applicants will sit an online assessment at either Monmouth School for Boys or Monmouth School for Girls under the care of the admissions teams.

This will test aptitude in Maths and English as well as cognitive abilities. The tests are adaptive, interactive and age-standardised, meaning no child is at a disadvantage. There is no required curriculum coverage before sitting the assessments and they cannot be revised for or tutored towards. The assessments will take place in comfortable surroundings and our aim is to reduce any anxiety throughout this process. Social distance requirements will be maintained and monitored.

Past papers or practice tests are unavailable.

Interview

Face-to-face conversations will be conducted by members of the senior school staff and will take place on the same day as the online assessment. Social distance requirements will be maintained and monitored.

The interview gives an opportunity for the candidate to talk about their interests and passions. We would, where possible, encourage candidates to practice talking at home about their hobbies and current affairs, so that they can talk as freely as possible during the interviews.

Candidates are asked to bring along with them:

  • Year 6 English exercise book to show a piece of written work to the interviewer.
  • An inanimate object of interest. This could be something that interests them such as a hobby, a sport, perhaps a special present, a picture of a pet, something that they have collected or found, something they have made or perhaps a book that they have enjoyed reading.

Although our assessments for our scholarships have now taken place for 2021 entry, we are still very much welcoming all other applications for Year 7.

Entry for Years 8 and 10 (12+ and 14+)

Admission to our schools is based on a child’s potential, and not just on a single test performance. As part of the entrance process, we meet with all prospective pupils before the assessments and we also take into account the recommendations from their previous school. 

Girls and boys who wish to register and join our senior school for Years 8 and 10 will be required to sit an online assessment at either Monmouth School for Boys or Monmouth School for Girls under the care of the Admissions Team.

This will test aptitude in Maths and English as well as cognitive abilities. The tests are adaptive, interactive and age-standardised, meaning no child is at a disadvantage. There is no required curriculum coverage before sitting the assessments and they cannot be revised for or tutored towards. The assessments will take place in comfortable surroundings and our aim is to reduce any anxiety throughout this process. Social distance requirements will be maintained and monitored.

Past papers or practice tests are unavailable.

Boys and girls will also be required to have an interview with either the Headmaster of Monmouth School for Boys or the Headmistress of Monmouth School for Girls.

In addition, we will require your child’s latest school report and a reference from their current school. 

For 2021 entry, assessments for Year 8 and 10 applicants can take place by arrangement. Please contact our Admissions Team to learn more.

Entry for Year 9 (13+)

We recognise that Year 9 is a key transition for pupils as they gear up to make GCSE option choices. There is usually a large entry into Year 9 for both day and boarding pupils.

We ensure that pupils integrate and settle quickly. With support and encouragement, we hope each pupil will seize every opportunity that the schools offer. It is a time when pupils can develop their sporting, musical, or artistic skills and there are numerous co-curricular activities to nurture and enhance their potential.

We welcome applications into Year 9 from different schools and the admissions process can vary accordingly:

ISEB Common Pre-Testing

Applicants who attend an IAPS (Independent Association of Prep Schools) Prep School can be assessed using the ISEB (Independent Schools Examination Board) Common Pre-Tests during their time in Year 6 or Year 7.

These assessments, should the applicant be successful, will result in a confirmed offer for entry into Year 9. Information for parents about the ISEB Common Pre-Tests can be found here.

A further assessment may be carried out in Year 8 for setting purposes. The ISEB Common Pre-Tests are age-standardised and the tests are taken online in the candidate’s current school and consist of multiple-choice tests in Mathematics, English, and verbal and non-verbal reasoning.

In addition to the tests, all applicants will join us for an interview with either our School for Boys’ Headmaster or our School for Girls’ Headmistress and we will also obtain a reference from their current school.

For those interested in a Scholarship/Award, these are to be applied for in Year 8 and the assessments will take place in the January of that academic year.

Entry tests at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools

An alternative option for applicants joining us from other schools is our online testing. This will take place during Year 8.

Applicants will be asked to complete our online test. This will test aptitude in Mathematics and English as well as cognitive abilities. The tests are adaptive, interactive and age-standardised, meaning no child is at a disadvantage. There is no required curriculum coverage before sitting the assessments and they cannot be revised for or tutored towards. The assessments will take place in comfortable surroundings and our aim is to reduce any anxiety throughout this process. Social distance requirements will be maintained and monitored.

Past papers or practice tests are unavailable.

All applicants will also be required to have an interview with either our School for Boys’ Headmaster or our School for Girls’ Headmistress and we will also obtain a reference from their current school.

Although our application deadline for our scholarships has now passed for 2021 entry, we are still very much welcoming all other applications for Year 9.

Sixth Form Entry (16+)

In the Sixth Form, we teach boys and girls together at this crucial stage of their education. We offer 26 A level subjects as well as an exciting enrichment programme to add breadth to the students’ experience. Within the enrichment programme there is the opportunity to study an EPQ or take part in something more practical like CCF, volunteering or Young Enterprise.

We encourage each pupil to explore fully their academic interests and to make the most of the shared schools’ facilities, whilst also benefitting from the outstanding opportunities for sports, culture, science and the arts.

We welcome many new Sixth Form students, either in boarding or day school, from a range of different schools and the admission process will vary depending on whether the pupil wishes to apply for a Scholarship/Award.

Entrance to the Sixth Form will be based upon GCSE results of 5 x Grades 9-6 (A*-B equivalent) and preferably a Grade 7 or above in the subjects to be studied at A level.

Conditional offers will be made upon the basis of predicted grades and we will also take into consideration a confidential school reference and school reports. Candidates will also be required to undertake an interview with our Director of Sixth Form. We will also obtain a reference from your child’s school and predicted grades.

Scholarship entrance: 

We have a number of Scholarships and awards available for our Sixth Form pupils.

Although our Scholarship assessments (for Art and Design, Drama, Sport, Music, Dance, and Academia) have now taken place for 2021 entry, we are still very much welcoming applications for Year 12.

16+Overseas International:

For students who follow the British Curriculum, admission will be based on the achievement of 5x GCSE Grade 9-6 or equivalent.

Where students follow an alternative curriculum, admission will be based upon an online assessment in English and Maths, alongside 2x selected 1-hour papers in subjects the applicant has studied for at least two years.

All applicants will be required to have an interview with Director of Sixth Form and/or our Headmaster/Headmistress or EAL team for students where English is a second language. We will also request a reference and academic reports from the applicant’s current school.