Virtual Admissions

Online assessments

COVID safety measures with entrance procedures

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 lock-down 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.

We are aware that our new online assessments may need to be supplemented for children with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia. Please raise any specific concerns over this with our Registrars in the first instance.

Please click on the link below for online assessments:

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

Please contact:

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

Entry for our Prep Schools (Years 3-6)

 

  • If possible, gentle, low-key assessments will be conducted in the Head’s office and will include Maths and English age-standardised testing. If we need to switch to an online assessment, there will be an element of trust running these at home with this younger age group.
  • Prep Heads will use face-to-face interviews and look at a sample of pupils’ work to make a final decision.

Entry for Year 7 (11+)

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

On the day itself, we try to make the experience as stress-free as possible, allowances are made for the anxiety that some children experience when sitting a test, many for the first time, so we meet each individual on arrival and look after them throughout their visit. 

We endeavour to give our prospective pupils every chance to shine. 

Please note: If a pupil is ill or required to isolate before or during the assessment process, we do not wish them to be disadvantaged. We will arrange for them to sit the assessment at a later date. 

We are happy to guide each family through the entrance procedure. For more information on our entry processes please contact our Admissions Registrars.

Assessments and interviews will take place between Monday 2nd – Friday 13th November 2020 by appointment.

Application Deadline: Monday 2nd November 2020. We encourage early application.

Online assessment

All current Year 6 pupils will sit an informal, internal, on-line 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 the 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 their choice (see below)

Object of interest: It could be something that interests them such as a hobby, a sport, perhaps a special present, a picture of a pet, something that has been collected or found, something he/she has made or a book that he/she has read and enjoyed.

11+ Scholarships and Awards 2021

Academic Awards

For children currently in Year 6, assessments and interviews will take place between Monday 2nd – Friday 13th November 2020                         

For children currently in Year 6 at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools, assessments will take place in school by Monday 30th November 2020. Interviews will be held after half-term.

A number of Academic Awards are given on the basis of the online assessment, interview and a reference.  These awards will receive a small percentage reduction on school fees.  All pupils are eligible to be considered for an academic award and you do not need to apply.

Music Scholarships and Awards

Interviews will take place between Monday 2nd – Friday 13th November 2020 (by appointment)

Deadline for applications Monday 2nd November 2020

Candidates should have reached approximately Grade 3 – 4 standard on any instrument or voice and selection will be by a pre-submitted portfolio and an online interview with the Director of Music.

Candidates will be asked to provide the following information in advance:

  • Personal statement of 250 words expressing what they feel they could offer as a scholar
  • Portfolio of achievements (max. 20 pages)
  • Video evidence of a performance
  • Letter of recommendation from music teacher

At the interview, which will be held online for all candidates, children will be invited to play their first and second instrument (or voice).  In addition, candidates should be prepared to answer general questions regarding their music interest, e.g. composing, harmony, concerts, instruments, choirs and orchestras.

Music Scholarships and Awards, giving remission on fees and/or free tuition on up to two instruments, are offered to candidates for whom music is a first priority, and who are confident they will make a strong contribution to the music of Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools. Successful candidates are those who are proficient in more than one instrument, or are instrumentalists and singers, and in whom the school is able to hold a reasonable expectation that they will play a prominent role in school music throughout their time here. Decisions regarding Scholarships and Awards are based on a candidate’s musical accomplishment, previous experience, and enthusiasm.

Scholarship and Award holders should be confident they can offer to their peers an outstanding example of quality and loyalty throughout their time with us.

To support their applications, candidates should complete the Music Scholarship and Award Application Form and return it to the Admissions Registrar at the relevant school by Monday 2nd November 2020.

Sport Scholarships and Awards

Interviews will take place between Monday 2nd – Friday 13th November 2020 (by appointment)

Deadline for applications Monday 2nd November 2020

Selection will be by a pre-submitted portfolio and an online interview with the Director of Sport.

Candidates will be asked to provide the following information in advance:

  • Personal statement of 250 words expressing what they feel they could offer as a scholar
  • Portfolio of achievements (max. 20 pages)
  • Video evidence of a match
  • Letters of recommendation at club and/or county level

Scholarship and Award holders must be prepared to play a full and active part in sport within the school and offer a strong and positive example of sporting commitment to their peers. Candidates offered a Sport Scholarship or Award will be expected to exhibit the following:

  • Excellent aptitude for sport in general
  • Commitment to attend lunchtime and after school practices and training sessions
  • Commitment to represent the school to the highest level possible in at least one sport
  • Commitment to participate in fixtures on weekdays and weekends

To support their applications, candidates should complete the Sport Scholarship and Award Application Form and return it to the Admissions Registrar at the relevant school by Monday 2nd November 2020.

Dance Scholarships and Awards

Interviews will take place between Monday 2nd – Friday 13th November 2020 (by appointment)

Deadline for applications Monday 2nd November 2020

Candidates wishing to be considered for a Dance Scholarship or Award must have strength in one or more dance disciplines and a desire to extend their breadth of genres.  Selection will be based on performance, aptitude and potential.

Selection will be by a pre-submitted portfolio and an online interview with the Head of Dance.

Candidates will be asked to provide the following information in advance:

  • Personal statement (250 words) expressing what they feel they could offer as a scholar
  • Portfolio of achievements (max. 20 pages)
  • Photographic and video evidence of a performance
  • Letter of recommendation from dance teacher

Applicants offered a Dance Scholarship or Award will be expected to:-

  • Give commitment to a minimum of four dance sessions (plus a dance option in the curriculum from Year 9),
  • Take annual awards/examinations by bodies including IDTA/Laban Guild,
  • Give full commitment to school dance shows, productions and other performances and dance events,
  • Assist with a junior dance club once a week (from Year 10),
  • Be a role model for other dancers and an ambassador for Monmouth School for Girls,
  • Lead by example at all times,
  • Show outstanding attitude to all aspects of dance at Monmouth School for Girls,
  • Show commitment to the Monmouth School for Girls dance community and support its members,
  • Aspire to be Monmouth School for Girls Dance Captain.

Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools’ Scholarships and Awards carry standard terms.  Pupils in receipt of a Scholarship or Award are expected to behave at all times in a way that reflects the high standards of the school.  Consistent application and commitment are also required in the appropriate area or areas of the Scholarship or Award.  Failure to adhere to these points may result in the withdrawal of the Scholarship or Award directly.

The deadline for applications for Scholarships and Awards is Monday 2nd November 2020.

Bursaries

The deadline for the submission of the completed Bursary Application Form for those who wish to be considered for assistance with the fees is Friday 6th November 2020. We encourage early application.

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

Places are available for September 2021 entry

For girls and boys who wish to register and join our senior school for Years 8 and 10, they will be required to sit a test in English and Maths and conduct a Skype/Zoom interview with the Headmistress of Monmouth School for Girls, Mrs Jessica Miles or the Acting Headmaster of Monmouth School for Boys, Mr Simon Dorman, or with our Deputy Heads Academic.

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

 

Entry for Year 9 (13+)

The following changes will be made for 2021 entry into Year 9.  We have added entry from prep schools into this mix. 

  • ISEB pre-screening at 11 for 13+ entry from feeder prep schools.
  • Online standardised- testing in English and Maths which is age-weighted. These can be conducted on a one-by-one basis between 18th – 22nd
  • Interviews with Heads and Senior Deputy Heads to be conducted either in person or online
  • Academic Awards – will be awarded on the basis of the online assessments and interviews.
  • Music Awards – will be given through a combination of personal statement, video submissions, and an online audition with the Directors of Music.
  • Art Awards – portfolios to be photographed and submitted digitally and online interviews with Heads of Art.
  • Sports Awards – Sport – personal statement, letters of recommendation at club or county level, video evidence, with an additional interview with Directors of Sport.
  • Drama Award –personal statement, video submission and interview with Heads of Drama.
  • Dance Awards – personal statement, photographic and video submission, plus an interview with Head of Dance.

Sixth Form Entry

16+Year 12 UK applicants:

  • Non-scholarship entry based on predicted grades of 5 x Grade 9-6 (A* – B equivalent), and preferably with a 7 or above in subjects you wish to study for A level.
  • Academic Scholarship based on:
    A scholarly profile and outlook commensurate with the top GCSE grades (A* or 8/9 grades)
    Personal statement – max 500 words
    Structured interview with Heads, Director of Sixth Form and nominated Heads of Departments for selected A level subjects.
  • Music Awards – will be given through a combination of personal statement, video submissions, and an online audition with the Directors of Music.
  • Art Awards – portfolios to be photographed and submitted digitally and online interviews with Heads of Art.
  • Sports Awards – Sport – personal statement, letters of recommendation at club or county level, video evidence, with an additional interview with Directors of Sport.
  • Drama Award –personal statement, video submission and interview with Heads of Drama.
  • Dance Awards – personal statement, photographic and video submission, plus an interview with Head of Dance.

 

16+Overseas International:

  • 5 x Grade 9-6 or equivalent
  • Password online assessment – this will gauge your ability and level of English to make sure you can access the A level curriculum. It is weighted by age and you can sit this as soon as you wish.
  • Two x 1 hour papers in subjects you have studied for at least two years.
  • Interview with Heads, Director of Sixth Form and our study support team for students where English is a second language.
  • We will begin selecting our first overseas students from w/c 5th October with online interviews starting 14th – 25th We will confirm additional dates shortly.