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.

Entry for Year 7 (11+)

Online assessment
All applicants will sit an online CEM assessment. The assessments cover three core areas: Numerical, Verbal and Non-verbal ability and is 60 minutes in duration. This is an adaptive, age-standardised assessment of which no prior preparation is required.

When it is not possible to sit the online test (e.g. by distance), papers will be taken in English, Maths Calculator and Maths Non-Calculator.

Creative Writing
In addition, candidates will sit a 60-minute paper offering the opportunity to portray their creative writing skills to set tasks.

Interview
Face-to-face conversations will be conducted by members of the senior school academic staff.

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 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.

Entry for Year 8 (12+)

Online assessment
All applicants will sit an online CEM assessment. The assessments cover three core areas: Numerical, Verbal and Non-verbal ability and is 60 minutes in duration. This is an adaptive, age-standardised assessment of which no prior preparation is required.

When it is not possible to sit the online test (e.g. by distance), papers will be taken in English, Maths Calculator and Maths Non-Calculator.

Creative Writing
In addition, candidates will sit a 60-minute paper offering the opportunity to portray their creative writing skills to set tasks.

Interview
All applicants will join us for an interview with our Headmaster.

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.

Entry for Year 9 (13+)

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 our Headmaster. 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.

Online assessment
All applicants will sit an online CEM assessment. The assessments cover three core areas: Numerical, Verbal and Non-verbal ability and is 60 minutes in duration. This is an adaptive, age-standardised assessment of which no prior preparation is required.

When it is not possible to sit the online test (e.g. by distance), papers will be taken in English, Maths Calculator and Maths Non-Calculator.

Creative Writing
In addition, candidates will sit a 90-minute paper offering the opportunity to portray their creative writing skills to set tasks.

Interview
All applicants will join us for an interview with our Headmaster.

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.

Entry for Year 10 (14+)

Online assessment
All applicants will sit an online CEM assessment. The assessments cover three core areas: Numerical, Verbal and Non-verbal ability and is 60 minutes in duration. This is an adaptive, age-standardised assessment of which no prior preparation is required.

When it is not possible to sit the online test (e.g. by distance), papers will be taken in English, Maths Calculator and Maths Non-Calculator.

Creative Writing
In addition, candidates will sit a 90-minute paper offering the opportunity to portray their creative writing skills to set tasks.

Interview
All applicants will join us for an interview with our Headmaster.

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.

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.

International applications

Entry assessments
Boys will be required to sit an online test in English and Mathematics. We will also invite applicants to an online interview as part of the admissions process. School reports should be submitted at the point of application.

Sixth Form
In addition to these entry assessments, international pupils applying for our Sixth Form will also be required to complete two subject papers for the subjects they wish to study at A level. The selected subjects must have been studied for a minimum of two years.