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Junior & Senior Years FAQs

Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions.


When is the best time for my child to join the School? 
We offer an all through education from Nursery to Form 6 and always recommend 'the earlier the better'.

In the past popular entry points were L1, L6 & L7 in preparation for the transition into F1, but increasingly we are seeing increased entries for L4 & L5 to benefit from high quality education in the formative years.

In the Senior School, the easiest point for admission both academically and socially is at F1 but as we cap our F1 at 100 pupils there are limited places available in that year group so you may want to consider earlier entry into Junior Years.  A number of pupils also join us each year in F3 and F5.  Entry to the upper years is dependent on good performance in the national examinations at the end of F4.

Experience has shown that it is rarely possible for pupils to join us in F4, halfway through the two-year National 5 course.  Mid-session entry to F3, F5 or F6 can also pose difficulties.

When should we apply for entry?
Applications can be made years in advance and added to our waiting lists.

Is entry only available at the start of term in August?
No, provided we have places available your child can start at any time throughout the school year.

Does the entrance assessment only take place once a year?  
No, provided we have received your application form we can assess your child throughout the year.

What form do the entrance assessments take?
Junior Years assessments comprise a Mathematics and Language activity in the first instance.  Senior Years assessments comprise a Cognitive Ability Test and, where appropriate, discussions with Heads of Department regarding subject choices.

Do you have past paper examples of the Senior Years assessment?
No, we do not provide past papers and no preparation is necessary.

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Apply online, download an application form, or request an application pack.

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