Senior School Admissions
The usual entry points at Abbot’s Hill are Reception (4+), Year 3 (7+) and Year 7 (11+). Occasional vacancies do arise in other year groups. We currently have vacancies in the Senior School in some year groups. Please contact Miss Amberley Cooper for more details.
We understand the move to any Senior School can be an uncertain time for both parents and pupils. It is also a very exciting time. Naturally, you will have many questions. At Abbot’s Hill, our goal is to make this process as smooth as possible – we are keen to help in any way we can to answer your questions and help you make the right choice for this next stage of your child’s education.
Abbot’s Hill is among a number of independent schools using the ISEB Common Pre-Test to assess applicants’ attainment and potential. The tests are online, adaptive assessments and consist of multiple-choice tests in Mathematics, English, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning. Results are age-standardised to adjust for the age of the child taking the test.
Do I need to prepare?
No special preparation is required for our entrance process as it is designed to identify potential as well as attainment. Practice tests are not available, but examples and practice questions, where relevant, are provided during the tests so that students understand what they have to do. You may like to know that a familiarisation test is available which demonstrates the look and feel of the tests. Abbot’s Hill will be offering two 11+ familiarisation sessions online via Zoom to help parents understand what to expect on assessment day and to ask any questions they may have. Once you register your child, you will be invited to book a familiarisation session.
What happens on Assessment Day?
We invite all candidates (internal and external) to an Assessment Day. In light of the ongoing situation, pupils attending feeder Prep schools will sit the ISEB test at their school unless by prior agreement with Abbot’s Hill. Pupils at feeder Primary Schools will take the test on 8 January on site at Abbot’s Hill unless the child’s school can facilitate the test themselves. We are aware that some candidates may have already undertaken this assessment at another school. Once registered with Abbot’s Hill, a pupil’s score will automatically transfer to us meaning they do not need to resit the test.
Will there be an interview?
Yes. The interview is a conversation in which pupils will meet with senior staff. No preparation is required. Pupils enjoy this opportunity which is a chance for them to ask any questions they might have about the school. Parents are all also warmly invited to meet individually with the Head and one of the Executive team, current restrictions allowing. This meeting forms no part of the assessment process but enables parents to gain a greater insight into the ethos of the school.
The Offer of a Place
The offer of a place at the Senior School is at the discretion of the Head of Abbot’s Hill who will take fully into consideration a child’s record at her previous school (where applicable), the recommendations of their Headteacher and the results of the entrance assessment. The offer of a place does not depend on the date when a child’s name was registered.
If your child is successful in the admission procedures for the Senior School and there is a vacancy, a place will be offered by letter. Places at Abbot’s Hill are offered only after assessment and interview. An Acceptance Form* will be sent to you and the place can be accepted by completing the Form and returning it to us with your deposit of £1,000, £500 of which will be credited towards your first term’s bill. Scholarships are subject to some additional terms and conditions which are notified (where applicable) in an Award Letter.
* The Offer Letter and Acceptance Form give rise to a legally binding agreement which takes effect when the Acceptance Form and deposit are received by the School. Parents should note that on accepting a place they become liable for the first term’s fees if they subsequently do not take it up.
Please contact our Registrar for information regarding occasional vacancies.