Assessments

Preparatory School

Entry to Pre-Reception

Entry to Pre-Reception at 3+, i.e. the school year in which the child will have his/her 4th birthday, is by interview and nursery report, where appropriate. Attendance to at least one “drop-in” session is also required prior to entry. Places may be either full-time or part-time, with preference given to those seeking full-time. There is a minimum requirement of 6 sessions per week. A session is either a morning or an afternoon.

Please note that pupils attending Pre-Reception and Reception must be out of nappies/pull-ups and able to use the toilet.  If your child has a disability or medical condition that requires them to wear a nappy, please let the Headteacher know this, in writing, so that we may determine whether or not any reasonable adjustments can be made. The school does not have any arrangements in place to provide care for children who are not able to use the toilet.

Entry to Years 1-6

Parents are welcome to register their children to enter Reception-Year 6 in the Preparatory School, however places only become available in these year groups should a current pupil leave the Preparatory School. In the circumstance that a space arises, a child shall be selected from the waiting list, taking into account the school’s Admissions Policy. Subject to assessment, satisfactory school report and parental interview, an offer of a place may be made. Should a place not become available for a child’s requested term of entry, the registration will roll over to the next academic year until a place becomes available. Should a child reach Year 6 and a place has not become available in the Preparatory School, parents shall be contacted regarding Senior School entry. There is no need to re-register for Senior School entry.

New Hall School is a selective school and entrance is obtained through assessments.  The main entry points, at the Senior School are in Year 7 and Year 9. 

Girls’ / Boys’ Division Entry at Year 7

As part of our entrance procedure, we hold a taster day for all Year 7 candidates (ie Year 6 students) in October, which all candidates are invited to attend.

It is highly recommended that all candidates attend the Year 7 Taster Day in October, there is also an information session for parents. Entrance into Year 7 is based upon an interview, entrance examinations in English (multiple choice and a written paper), Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning, which are held in November, as well as a current Headteacher’s report.

Applications from pupils who attend traditional preparatory schools which make provision allowing them to continue their education up to 13+, and which are not part of a structure which connects them to a particular senior school, will only be accepted (subject to the other relevant criteria set out in this policy) for Year 9 entry. Assessments may be sat in Year 8, or earlier in Year 6 if preferred, and any offer made will be for a place at the start of Year 9.

All Year 7 Candidates

Entrance examinations in English (multiple choice and a written paper), Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning are held in November for boys and girls. Sample examination papers, the examination entry form and scholarship application form are sent at the beginning of the Michaelmas Term prior to the year of entry, to those who registered to sit the Year 7 assessment. Students registered after this time will be posted these forms/papers with their registration acknowledgement. The forms should normally be returned at least three weeks prior to the examinations. A report/reference is then requested from the current Headteacher, which is an important part of the assessment process. All candidates will be interviewed, by a senior member of staff on the assessment day. The interview will take the form of a 3 minute presentation, which the student should prepare in advance, on a topic of their choice, followed by a short interview by a senior member of staff.

Year 7 Scholarship Candidates

Candidates who wish to be considered for a scholarship must complete the scholarship entry form included in the pack available from the Registrar. All scholarship candidates will automatically be considered for an academic scholarship, this will be based on their entrance examination results. Assessments for drama, music, sport and special talent scholarships are held on separate days.


Girls’ / Boys’ Division Entry at Year 9

Entrance into Year 9 is based upon an interview, entrance examinations in English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning, which are held in January and current Headteacher’s report. Candidates that are being prepared for Common Entrance examinations by their current school will normally sit these in May/June prior to entry in September. Candidates who are successful in the New Hall Year 9 Assessments will be given a conditional offer of a place subject to Common Entrance examinations.

The examination entry form and the scholarship application form are sent to all Year 9 candidates who have registered prior to September when they join Year 8. The forms should normally be returned at least three weeks prior to the interview and assessments, which usually take place in January.

Common Entrance

Candidates that are being prepared for Common Entrance examinations by their current school will normally sit these in May/June prior to entry in September. Candidates who are successful in the New Hall Year 9 Assessments will be given a conditional offer of a place subject to Common Entrance examinations. The expected standard in Common Entrance is normally at least 60%.

Year 9 Scholarship Candidates

New Hall offers scholarships for entry to Year 9. Scholarships are awarded separately for boys and girls i.e. each scholarship is offered for both the Boys’ Division and the Girls’ Division. Candidates wishing to apply for a scholarship will sit additional New Hall examination papers in the following subjects: Humanities, Language (French, Spanish or Latin) and Science, unless they are being prepared for the Common Academic Scholarship Examination (CASE) by their current school. Candidates, who have been prepared for CASE (set by the Independent Schools’ Examination Board (ISEB) at their current preparatory school, will take these examinations at New Hall in February, on a date set by the ISEB. Assessments for drama, music and sport scholarships are held on a separate day.


Overseas candidates

Overseas candidates are invited to apply for entry to the Senior School. For details of the relevant assessment process please contact the Registrar.

International assessments

All overseas students are required to sit entrance examinations at their current school, the local British Council office or at New Hall. All overseas students will be required to sit papers in English. A Level students will also be required to sit papers in the subjects they wish to study. We expect students applying for Sixth Form, whose language of instruction has not been English to achieve at least 6.0 IELTS.

Please note that unless there are special circumstances, we normally expect all applicants, including those living overseas, to visit New Hall as part of the admissions process. In exceptional circumstances alternative arrangements may be made. Please contact the registrar for further information.

Guardians

It is a legal requirement that international students have a local guardian who lives in England. The guardian should be someone who speaks good English and who can host you during, at the beginning and end of terms or in the case of an emergency. This is a standard requirement in most UK Independent Schools.