Admissions

Admissions journey

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 recommendations from their previous school in the form of a reference.

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 and are happy to guide each family through the entrance procedure.

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 Nursery

After their third birthday, children are welcome to join the Nursery at Monmouth Prep School. The transition from home to Nursery can be a big step for children, so we ensure that they feel happy and comfortable with us from day one. We are delighted to offer parents the flexibility of morning, afternoon or all-day sessions for their child, with a minimum of four half-day sessions per week.

Prospective families are invited to visit the school for a bespoke tour or open event. Parents are also welcome to register their child. There are no assessments or formal interviews for children applying for Nursery, though, during their Admissions journey, Monmouth Prep School’s Head, Mr Neil Shaw, would be delighted to meet every child personally to learn more about them. Families may then be made an offer of a place.

We would expect current Nursery pupils to naturally and happily transition to Reception once they reach the right age.

Entry for Reception to Year 2

Prospective families are invited to visit the school for a bespoke tour or open event. Parents are also welcome to register their child. There are no assessments or formal interviews for children applying for Reception-Year 2, though, during their Admissions journey, Monmouth Prep School’s Head, Mr Neil Shaw, would be delighted to meet every child personally to learn more about them. Families may then be made an offer of a place.

All current Year 2 pupils naturally and comfortably transition into Year 3 in September. There is no longer a requirement for current Year 2 pupils to undergo assessments for Year 3 entry.

Tel:  01600 713970    Email:  prep.admissions@habsmonmouth.org

Entry for Year 3 to Year 6

For admission into Years 3-6, all children will have an interview-style chat with the Head of Monmouth Prep School, Mr Neil Shaw. 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.

The boys and girls will also take a short age appropriate test in Maths and English which will be taken under the care of a member of the teaching staff. These entrance assessments are usually held in March, though they can be arranged at other times during the school year. Offers will be made in writing within two weeks of the assessments.

Wherever possible, girls and boys will be able to attend a taster day, if they wish. This is a fantastic opportunity for our candidates to experience a day in the life of a Monmouth Prep School pupil.

Entry for Year 7 (11+)

Assessments

All applicants will sit an online assessment at the school which covers numerical, verbal and nonverbal ability. This is an adaptive, age-standardised assessment of which no prior preparation is required. In addition, candidates will sit an English paper offering the opportunity to portray their creative writing skills.

When it is not possible to sit the online test, papers will be taken in English and Mathematics.

Interview

All candidates will be invited to a face-to-face interview with our senior staff. Girls and boys are asked to bring along with them an 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.

The interview gives an opportunity for the candidate to talk about their interests and passions and gives each pupil the chance to shine.

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

Assessment

All applicants will sit an online assessment at the school which covers numerical, verbal and nonverbal ability. This is an adaptive, age-standardised assessment of which no prior preparation is required. In addition, candidates will sit an English paper offering the opportunity to portray their creative writing skills.

When it is not possible to sit the online test, papers will be taken in English and Mathematics.

Interview

All candidates will be invited to a face-to-face interview with the Headmistress or Headmaster. The interview gives an opportunity for the candidate to talk about their interests and passions and gives each pupil the chance to shine.

Entry for Year 9 (13+)

We welcome applications into Year 9 from various schools and the admissions process can vary accordingly.

ISEB Common Pre-Testing

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

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, verbal and nonverbal reasoning.

Entry assessments at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools

An alternative option for applicants joining us from other schools is our online testing during your son’s and daughter’s time in Year 8.

All applicants will sit an online assessment at the school which covers numerical, verbal and nonverbal ability. This is an adaptive, age-standardised assessment of which no prior preparation is required.

When it is not possible to sit the online test, papers will be taken in English and Mathematics.

In addition, candidates will sit an English paper.

Interview

All candidates will be invited to a face-to-face interview with the Headmistress or Headmaster. The interview gives an opportunity for the candidate to talk about their interests and passions and gives each pupil the chance to shine.

Entry for Sixth Form (16+)

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 school reference and recent reports. Candidates will also be required to undertake an interview with our Director of Sixth Form. Offers will be confirmed further to final GCSE results.

We will encourage prospective students to attend our Sixth Form Information Evening in the Michaelmas term. Prospective students and their parents can meet the Heads of the schools, Director of Sixth Form and Heads of Departments to learn more about Sixth Form life.