Joining the Prep
Special arrangement during Coronavirus restrictions
While schools are closed, we are sadly unable to offer our taster days. We are still able to meet with you and your son, virtually, and we are still assessing boys for the places remaining in September 2020. We have adapted our entry process in order to help each candidate apply for a place in the school. These are very difficult times for you and for your children, and it is important to us that we support you in whatever way possible.
Until the school reopens to visitors, we will offer a virtual, on-line entry assessment, which will comprise some or all of the following:
Joining the Prep (Years 3-8)
- an interview with the Head and/or other key teachers
- a non verbal reasoning test (NVR)
- a CAT test
- an English test (a writing task and vocabulary recognition test)
- a maths test
We will also require your permission to contact your son’s current school for a confidential report, and we will be pleased to see your son’s recent school report, CAT scores, and UKiset profile, if applicable.
Joining the Pre-Prep
For younger boys joining the Pre-Prep, we have created a virtual playtime and chat with the Head of the Pre-Prep, Debbie Ross. For slightly older boys, joining Year 1 and Year 2, the playtime will include age appropriate tasks in English and maths. We will of course explain everything to you, and we will probably need your help, please, to work with your son online.
We will happily work with you to help find the best solution in these unusual circumstances, please contact us if you would like further information.
Like us, you will want to be sure that The Pilgrims’ School is the best choice of school for your son. Our taster days, which include our entry assessment are designed to help us answer that important question with you.
Taster days are held individually or in small groups most Tuesdays throughout the year, usually no more than three terms ahead of the planned start date. They are arranged by appointment. We take great care to ensure that your son feels welcomed and at ease, and that his day is enjoyable and informative. When he arrives, your son will be met by a Pilgrim of the same age, who will look after him for the whole day and introduce him to the boys in his class. Your son will spend the day as a Pilgrim, starting with the entry tests and then joining in with lessons, sport, lunch, breaks, snacks and activities, all of which will give him a good sense of what it would be like to come to Pilgrims’ every day.
If your son will be joining as a boarder, your visit will start with a detailed tour of the boarding house with a Houseparent, who will explain the daily boarding routine and describe the activities and fun excursions which take place in the evenings and each weekend. Your son will be looked after for the day by a current boarder, who will give your son lots more information about boarding at Pilgrims’. Please note, we are not able to offer an overnight stay to boys who are not currently at the school.
Our entry tests
We use age-appropriate tests designed to assess your son’s current level of ability and, more importantly, his future potential. Our standardised entry tests are based on maths, English, and NVR (non-verbal reasoning). Your son will be working with a senior member of staff, either individually or in a small group. Older boys (for entry to Years 6 and 7) will have interviews with specialist subject teachers and potential scholars may be given extension work.
If your son is musical, he might enjoy the opportunity to play for the Director of Music and to attend a choir practice or orchestral rehearsal.
There is no need to prepare your son for our entry tests. If there is anything he does not understand, the teacher will help him and will explain the question. The tests are presented in user-friendly workbooks, and there is a lot of chat and sharing of ideas while your son works. Getting a sense of your son's character and personality is just as important to us as his academic potential. We are looking for the best possible fit, academically, socially, and pastorally.