I've made good friends quickly, helped along by being in a class with girls from the same or nearby postcodes."
Year 7 pupil
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Junior visits to the Senior School to have lunch and get to know the school
We are proud of our ‘one school’ ethos and it is our wish that all Junior School girls transfer to the Senior School. Feedback from Senior School staff indicates that our Junior School girls settle in extremely quickly to the new routines and challenges of Year 7. They have the advantage of knowing some Senior School staff and are familiar with the site. Throughout their time in the Junior School, girls enjoy lessons in the Senior School gym, go to performances in the Senior School and enjoy a daily lunch in the Cafeteria. Senior girls are regular visitors and performers in Junior School assemblies and volunteer to help in Key Stage1 classrooms.
Year 4 and 5 parents are given priority bookings to tour the Senior School at the Open Days which are held annually in October. This is an excellent opportunity to find out what happens in Year 7 and beyond.
Year 5 girls are invited to an exclusive Open Morning held at the Senior School in May. This gives them the chance to sample some Year 7 lessons and get a flavour of what life will be like in the Senior School.
Shared activities are planned for Year 6 and Year 7 so that Year 6 girls are familiar with the Senior School.
Gaining a place in the Senior School
Entry to the Senior School at the end of Year 6 is not automatic. However, our girls do not have to compete with external candidates for a place: they just have to qualify for one. In the January of Year 6 all girls take part in the Senior School entrance tests. Almost all girls transfer successfully and are also eligible for academic, music and sports scholarships.
Early Confirmation of Assured Place
Our girls have the advantage of being assessed throughout their time in the Junior School. This means that a girl, her parents and teachers are fully aware of how well she is progressing and whether she is working at the expected level of attainment for her year group. From Year 4 onwards, she is introduced to study and revision skills in preparation for more formal testing. The school uses the results of end-of-year tests and the on-going assessment of each girl’s performance throughout the year to inform parents about her progression with a view to a successful transfer into Year 7.