Admissions Process

Admissions Process

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Admissions Process

The main entry points to St Dunstan's College are Nursery (age 3+), Reception (age 4+), Year 3 (age 7+), Year 7 (age 11+), Year 9 (age 13+) and Sixth Form (16+ post GCSE).

Admission to the College is competitive at all levels and depends on academic ability and the demonstration of potential. There is no formal assessment for admission to the Nursery. Our entry processes are specially designed to help children show us what they can do and we always take great care to put candidates at ease, so that they can perform to the best of their ability.

Occasional places do become available in other year groups, so do contact us if you are considering a change of school, or you are moving into the area mid-way through the school year. We are particularly used to accepting and working with international re-locations, with families who are either moving back to the UK or who are considering an education in the UK for their child. The diverse and international make-up of our College community makes us particularly attractive to families in this situation.

Nursery

We accept registrations for our Nursery from birth, and early registration is advised. Children are then considered for entry to the Nursery provided they have reached the age of 3 by the start of the Michaelmas Term.

There is no formal assessment of the children for admittance but entry to the Nursery will involve a parent and child interview, which takes place 12 months prior to entry. Places are allocated shortly afterwards to children on the basis that the Nursery is a precursor to a Reception class at St Dunstan’s College.

If you have any further questions concerning your child joining our Nursery, please email Mrs Rosemary Scard rscard@sdmail.org.uk or telephone her on 020 8516 7225.

Click here for the Nursery registration form.

Reception

Our 4+ assessments for September 2016 entry will take place in November 2015.

Our entry process is specially designed to help the children show us what they can do and everything is undertaken in a thoughtful, caring and friendly manner. During the assessment we ask children to:

  • Listen and respond to a story
  • Draw a picture
  • Match letters and words
  • Play memory games
  • Discuss shapes and colours
  • Follow patterns

The children will also be assessed in small groups to assess social skills. Parents of successful candidates will be invited for an interview during November and offer letters will be sent out in December.

If you have any further questions concerning your child joining us in Reception, please email Mrs Rosemary Scard rscard@sdmail.org.uk or telephone her on 020 8516 7225.

Click here for the Reception registration forms.

Prep

Entry into Years 3 to 6 involves an assessment of the child's academic achievement and potential, an evaluation of their social skills and consideration of school reports. Year 3 group assessments take place in January prior to entry and focuses on numeracy, literacy and social skills. 

Assessments for other year groups are arranged throughout the year and include Mathematics, English, reasoning and social skills.

If you have any further questions concerning your child joining us in Years 3 to 6, please email Mrs Rosemary Scard rscard@sdmail.org.uk or telephone her on 020 8516 7225.

Click here for the Prep registration form.

Senior School

Entry to Years 7 to 10 in the Senior School is based on entrance examinations, interview, school reports and a reference from current Headteacher.

Year 7 (11+ entry) 2016

Registration for entry in September 2016 must be made by 12 noon on Monday 30 November 2015. Once you have registered your child, an acknowledgement letter with further information on the Entrance Examination will be sent to you.

If you have requested further information on the Examination Preparation Scheme by ticking the box on the back of the registration form, this information will be sent to you as part of your registration acknowledgment letter.

The Entrance Examination for September 2016 entry takes place on Monday 11 January 2016. Candidates come into the College for a day and sit tests in English, Mathematics, Verbal Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning.

We expect girls and boys to be achieving mostly Level 5 in National Curriculum English and Mathematics, and the papers we set reflect the work contained in Levels 4 to 6.

Successful candidates will then be invited for an interview. Those who have shown a high level of academic ability will be interviewed for our Academic Scholarships.  Those who have not performed well enough to be considered for interview will receive a letter to that effect in the days following the examinations.

Offers of places are posted on Thursday, 11 February 2016.

Examination Preparation Scheme (11+ entry only)

The St Dunstan's College 11+ Examination Preparation Scheme runs across three Saturday mornings in late November and early December and is open to children who have registered for a Year 7 place and are entered for our entrance examination.

Year 9 (13+ entry)

Registration for entry in September 2016 must be made by 12 noon on Monday 30 November 2015. Candidates will sit our own examination in English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning, and may be invited to attend an interview.  Entrance examinations for 13+ entry will take place on Monday 18 January 2016.

If you have any queries regarding your child joining us in the Senior School please contact the Senior School Admissions Office on admissions@sdmail.org.uk or call 020 8516 7226.

 

Click here for the Senior School registration form.

Sixth Form

Candidates for the Sixth Form will need at least seven A* - B grades at GCSE with at least an A grade in subjects they wish to continue studying at A Level.

Once registered, candidates are invited for examinations followed by interviews with the Head of Sixth Form and Heads of Departments from some of their chosen subjects.  Examinations will take place on Saturday 14 November 2015.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 2 November 2015.

Click here for the Sixth Form registration form.