Joining at 11+
Students who wish to enter the Senior School at 11+ are assessed on the basis of Entrance Assessments, Interview and School Reference from your child’s current Headteacher. Candidates will sit a series of online ISEB assessments relating to English, Mathematics, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning. In addition, all candidates will experience a taught lesson during which they will complete a short creative writing task. (Please note ISEB guidelines state that candidates should only sit the Common Pre-test once in a 12 month period. If your child is sitting this assessment elsewhere please inform the College in advance.)
We interview many more candidates than we have places to give, but this is to gain a full understanding of the potential of the child.
To apply for a place at the College all prospective candidates must complete the relevant online registration form, including any co-curricular scholarships and/or bursary applications. A non-refundable registration fee of £100 is required. Acceptance of registration does not constitute an offer of a place.
In Year 7 we also offer Academic, Art, Music, Drama and Sport Scholarships to candidates showing exceptional potential. The College is committed to offering as many means-tested places as it possibly can so that families who could not otherwise send their children to an independent school may be able to do so.
In keeping with the School’s family ethos, where possible, priority will be given to siblings of current St Dunstan’s College pupils and to those with a recent family connection with the school.
- Visiting the College
- Key Dates
- Year 5 Senior School Experiences
- 11+ Entrance Examination Preparation Scheme (EPS)
- Registration Form
In the Michaelmas term (before Christmas), the Senior School hosts two open days for families looking for entry to the Senior School at 11+.
These days run from 0930 to 1130 and are packed with fun activities, interactive displays and performances. The Headmaster also speaks on two occasions during the morning.
|Saturday 28 September 2019||0930 - 1130|
|Saturday 16 November 2019||0930 - 1130|
11+ Small Group Tour Dates
The Admissions Team also organises regular small group tours during the Trinity Term, between April and June. Parents will have the opportunity to tour the College with a member of the Admissions Team and a Year 7 pupil before attending a Q&A session with the Headmaster or one of the Senior Leadership Team, over tea and coffee.
Please check here for dates in 2020.
For entry to Year 7 in September 2020, candidates will need to be born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009:
|Online registration opens||End of June|
|Open Mornings||28 September and 16 November 2019|
|EPS Registration process closes||18 November 2019 (1600)|
|Registration process closes||29 November 2019 (1600)|
|Bursary application deadline||4 December 2019 (1600)|
|Entrance assessments||8 January 2020|
|Sport Scholarship assessment||16 and 17 January 2020|
|Academic Scholarship interviews||18 and 25 January 2020|
|General interviews||Week commencing 20 January 2020|
|Music Scholarship auditions||18 January 2020|
|Drama Scholarship Workshop||25 January 2020|
|Art Scholarship workshop||18 January 2020|
|Offers letter posted by first class||13 February 2020|
|Post offer reception||25 February 2020|
|Post offer breakfasts||Week commencing 24 February 2020|
|Deadline for acceptance||6 March 2020 (1600)|
The Senior School organises two Senior School Experience days, when Year 5 pupils and their parents are invited to St Dunstan’s College to experience life here at the College.
Year 5 Classroom Experience
The Classroom Experience this year consisted of taster lessons in Geography, Science, Design and Technology (DT), Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (RPE) followed by a Q & A session with the Deputy Head (Academic) and members of the Senior Leadership Team.
Please note that there are limited spaces to the event. For each child booking, one parent must attend (one parent only).
Year 5 Co-Curricular Experience
The Co-Curricular Experience this year consisted of 4 different taster sessions in Art, Combined Cadet Forces (CCF), Performing Arts and Sports followed by a Q & A session with the Deputy Head Pastoral and Heads of Co-Curricular Departments.
Bookings for the 2020 experience days will open in February 2020.
The St Dunstan’s College 11+ Examination Preparation Scheme or EPS is unique in South East London and is open to Year 6 pupils who have registered online to sit our Entrance Exams and have paid the non-refundable scheme fee.
The course consists of three Saturday sessions, one session each for English, Mathematics and Reasoning (Verbal and Non-Verbal). Pupils familiarise themselves with the question styles and level of content that feature in the January entrance assessments for St Dunstan’s College. Much of the session is spent discussing content and approaches as well as exam techniques with St Dunstan’s College experienced teaching staff. Please note it is not possible to replicate exactly the tests taken in January, but all pupils go through familiarisation tests during the EPS.
Pupils attending the sessions have found them enjoyable, helpful and academically challenging. Pupils also have the chance to start getting to know other children, staff and the College itself.
Places are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis when you register online for 11+ entry. The scheme costs £150.00, which includes all three sessions, materials and refreshments.
Please note the deadline for EPS is Monday 18 November 2019.
The Dates for 2019 are:
|Saturday 23 November 2019|
|Saturday 30 November 2019|
|Saturday 7 December 2019|
St Dunstan’s College offers a number of scholarships at 11+ for excellence in Academic ability (by invitation only), Music, Drama, Art and Sport. Scholarships are either minor (10% fee remission) or major (25% fee remission).
Scholarships are held for the duration of a student’s time at the College, provided his / her conduct fulfils the expectations as stated in the Conditions of Award. Scholarship awards are reviewed every year by the Awards Committee.
Academic Scholarships recognise and reward academic excellence. It is not possible to apply for an Academic Scholarship as all potential scholars will be selected for interview on the basis of their performance in the Entrance Assessments.
For St Dunstan’s College Junior School pupils going into Year 7 at the Senior School, a recommendation is made from the Head of Junior School to the Headmaster for potential scholarship candidates who should be assessed.
The College offers four Co-Curricular Scholarships at 11+ for recognition of performance and potential in Art, Drama, Music or Sport. Candidates are recommended to apply only for a maximum of 2 Co-Curricular Scholarships and should read all the entry requirements carefully prior to applying.
The Art Department looks for young artists who are passionate about the subject through developing their own work, by visiting galleries and museums on a regular basis and through having a range of artistic skills that allow for the demonstration of a high level of creativity.
On the assessment day all candidates are invited into the Art Department to work on a series of tasks that last 3 hours in total:
· An observational pencil drawing
· A copy / rendition of a painting by a famous artist
· Short questions on drawing and colour mixing, where brief answers are required
Candidates will also be required to submit in advance a small portfolio of their own work, made up of no more than five pieces, as well as provide up to two separate references in support of the portfolio.
Drama Scholar candidates are expected to have been involved in at least three public productions by the time they audition at St Dunstan’s, whether it be as an actor, dancer or technician. Candidates are also expected to be members of a theatrical organisation.
The assessment takes place in groups of 10 and lasts 1 hour. It consists in:
· Various games assessing social and improvisational skills;
· The creation of a devised piece of theatre with the help of a Senior Drama scholar;
· A performing session between groups;
· A ‘circle discussion’ which will aim to reflect on their pieces and the final performance.
In addition, each candidate will need to submit a personal statement stating why they wish to apply for a Drama scholarship as well as up to two references in support.
Candidates are expected to be actively involved in music at their current school as well as outside school. We welcome applications from students having taken ABRSM or Trinity Board exams as well as Suzuki students. Candidates are required to be at a level akin to at least Grade 4 in their main instrument, however candidates who do not meet the scholarship criteria may still be considered for an exhibition award.
The Music Department offer a number of exhibition awards which provide students with free tuition in their main instrument. Exhibitions may be offered based on potential in an instrument, or if a candidate plays an instrument where there is a particular shortage in the College. These include Double Bass, Viola, Oboe, Bassoon, Trombone and French Horn. These will be awarded through the same assessment process.
The audition will follow the format below:
· Each candidate should prepare no more than two pieces to perform, each lasting for three minutes, or less, giving a realistic impression of musical ability. The pieces can be on the same instrument or on two different ones. A professional accompanist will be provided for all candidates.
· Candidates should prepare a short song of their choosing to perform in order to assess vocal potential.
· Aural tests and sight-reading appropriate to the candidate’s standard of playing.
· An informal interview, including discussion of musical interests and activities.
· Candidates will be required to take part in an ensemble activity as part of the assessment with our current music scholars.
In addition, each candidate will need to submit a personal statement stating why they wish to apply for a Music Scholarship as well as up to two references in support of their application.
Candidates are expected to be actively involved in competitive sports across a variety of disciplines both at school and in local clubs. As a guide we would expect them to be competing at county level or equivalent, depending on the sport they currently participate in.
The assessment day will consist in a series of challenges and games to assess the candidates’ agility, balance, coordination and multi-abilities (personal, social and cognitive). Although candidates will participate in some sport specific activities, their competence in these individual sports will not form the basis of the assessment.
In addition, each candidate will need to submit a personal statement stating why they wish to apply for a Sport Scholarship as well as up to two references from coaches in support of their application.
The bursary programme is designed to help as many candidates as possible who meet our academic entry criteria to take up a place at St Dunstan’s. Both parents are required to provide proof of their income and assets. The level of support varies according to parental need, but can extend to full fee remission in cases of proven need. To qualify for consideration for a bursary, the gross family income must be below £75,000 per annum. Each case is assessed on its own merits and awards are made accordingly.
Every year, the number of bursary applicants greatly exceeds the amount of funding available. Bursaries are therefore awarded on the basis of academic merit.
Bursaries are only offered to families who are resident in the UK. Please note that the offer of a place to a Bursary Applicant may be conditional upon a home visit.
Please note that applications for a bursary need to be made at the time of registering online for the January entrance assessment. No late applications will be accepted.
(Information correct as of 16 August 2019)