4 Plus (Frequently Asked Questions)

For details on everything that happens at the 4+ assessment, please see below for common questions and answers.

How many girls are there in the school?

950 aged between 4 and 18 years. In the Junior School there are approximately 320 girls. 


How many classes are there in the Junior School?

Two classes in each year group from Reception to Year 6, making a total of 14 classes.

They are organised in:

  • Early Years Stage – Reception
  • Key Stage 1 – Years 1 and 2
  • Key Stage 2 – Years 3 to 6

How big are class sizes?

From Reception to Year 2 there are about 22 girls in each class.  In Years 3 to 6, there are about 24.


Do you stream/set girls?
No.
Is the school open before and after school?

There are a number of extension/co-curricular activities that happen before and after school. However, there is no formal childcare provision.


What languages do girls study?

French and Spanish are taught in the Junior School.  Each girl from Reception to Year 6 receives two language lessons a week.


How much homework should girls expect?
In Reception, girls are encouraged to read at home

Key Stage1 -  20 minutes homework each evening which includes reading

Key Stage 2 – Up to 30 minutes homework each evening as well as 20 minutes reading.

What Music provision do you have?
Every girl has two class music lessons each week with the Junior School’s Director of Music.  All girls in Years 5 and 6 belong to the Junior School choir which has performed at local and national level.  More than 40 girls of Grade 1 standard and above are members of the Junior School orchestra which contains the full range of orchestral instruments. 
What sports do girls play?

Girls have three PE lessons each week.  Younger girls develop coordination, balance, agility and ball skills.  Mini tennis is introduced from Reception.  Swimming starts in Year 1 and older girls are introduced to netball, tennis, rounders, lacrosse and athletics. 


Do girls have swimming lessons?

Yes, from Year 1 upwards. 


Where do girls play sport?

We have tennis and netball courts on site, as well as a rounders’ pitch and an indoor Sports Hall. Swimming lessons are at the Bank of England swimming pool and athletics training takes place at Dover House Road playing fields. The Junior School enjoys an annual Sports Day at Wimbledon Park athletics track. 


How inclusive is the Sport?
Extremely. There is a full range of activities for girls to enjoy and care is taken to ensure that, as the girls get older, they can enjoy competitive House competitions or matches against other schools if they wish.
What ICT provision do you have?

All classes have a weekly ICT lesson in the ICT suite but ICT is integral to the whole curriculum. Banks of laptops are available for use in the classrooms which are equipped with interactive whiteboards. An innovative iPad trial is being undertaken from September


Do you offer scholarships and/or bursaries?
In the Senior School and Sixth Form, but not in the Junior School.
Do you have a House system?

There are four Houses – Fonteyn, Johnson, Kingsley and Nightingale - led by Year 6 girls who organise House Weeks to raise money for charities chosen by themselves. 


What about Pastoral Care?

We believe that a happy child will be better able to learn. We work very closely with parents to support their daughter emotionally as well as academically. There is a warm, family feel to the Junior School and parents are given plenty of opportunities to share and celebrate their daughter’s school life. 


What trips do you offer?

Class lessons are complemented by a full and varied range of educational visits and visits made by speakers and authors. Residential trips are offered to Year 4, 5 and 6.


What extension activities do you offer?

Everything from Art and Clay to Volleyball. There are around 70 co curriculum clubs in the Junior School.


What happens at the 4plus Assessment Day?

Our aim is to make this as enjoyable as possible for you and your daughter.  You will spend about an hour and a half at the Junior School enjoying refreshments and reading the newspapers while your daughter is greeted by a sixth former who will put her at her ease.  She will then have a one-to-one assessment with a trained examiner. 

Places will be offered to a group of girls.  A second group will be put on a waiting list should a place become available.  A third group will not be offered a place. 


What happens if my daughter is not offered a place at 4plus?

We do not offer a reassessment for a 4plus place but we welcome girls to return to sit for occasional vacancies which may arise in subsequent years. We recognise that all girls progress at different rates and a number of girls are now thriving in our school having passed the 7plus or Occasional Vacancy assessment, after being unsuccessful at 4plus. 


What time can we drop our daughters in the morning?

We supervise the playground from 8.15 each morning, but we prefer parents to bring Reception and Year 1 into school themselves when the bell goes at 8.25. 


Do you have a school bus?

No, but we do encourage parents to lift share which helps to reduce the amount of traffic around the school at drop off and collection times. 


Which Nursery do you recommend?

We do not recommend any particular nursery, and each year we take girls from many different nurseries. We would suggest you look at nurseries in your area and choose one you feel would best suit your daughter. 


Where do girls go after Year 6?

The majority of our girls will move up to our Senior School having sat the same 11+ entrance exam as outside candidates. 


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