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Entry tests during coronavirus restrictions

Entry to the school is by an academic and social assessment which usually takes place during a taster day at the school. As this is not currently possible, we have adapted our entry process in order to help each candidate apply for a place in the school. 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.

Joining the Pre-Prep

For younger boys joining the Reception class, there is no academic assessment, of course. Boys are offered places based on a stay and play session, which cannot take places at present. Instead, we have created a virtual playtime and chat with the Head of the Pre-Prep, Debbie Ross. For 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 need your help, please, to work with your son online. 

Joining Years 3-8

Until the school reopens to visitors, we will offer a virtual, on-line entry assessment, which will comprise some or all of the following:

  • 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.

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Our Location

We are blessed with a truly idyllic location. Just an hour south of London by direct train, with easy access to all the major travel hubs, and yet we are surrounded by the stunning countryside of the South Downs National Park. The school is tucked away  between Winchester Cathedral and Winchester College, within the secure and secluded Cathedral Close. Moments from our front door is the heart of the historic city of Winchester, or step through our back gate to find water meadows, countryside, and the South Downs Way.