Entrance Procedure

Although our outstanding GCSE and A Level results might suggest we accept only students who are already achieving very high standards, we take a broad intake of pupils. We are looking for students who will do well, whatever their education before joining us, and entry is often not as difficult as some people fear.  We are looking for children who have developing social skills and who will make the most of every opportunity to succeed.  We are keen to meet all students before they start at Farlington, and the Headmistress and Head of Year will always be pleased to meet with you and your child.

Entrance Assessment

Pre-Prep (Reception, Prep 1 & 2)
There is an informal assessment by the Head of Pre-Prep.

Prep ( Prep 3-6)
Pupils will complete written assessments in Mathematics and English (includes creative writing).
They will also have an informal interview with the Assistant Head.

Senior
Year  7 – English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning tests.   There is also an interview with the Head of Year.
Year 8 & 9 – English, Mathematics, Science and Verbal Reasoning tests.  There is also an interview with the Head of Year.
Year 10 – English, Mathematics, Science and Verbal Reasoning tests.  There is also an interview with the Head of Year.
Year 11 – It is unusual to have students join at Year 11 but in exceptional circumstances we would require tests to be taken in English, Mathematics, and Science.  There is also an interview with the Head of Year.
Lower Sixth – At least 6 GCSE passes at A*-C / 9-4.  There will be an interview with the Head of Sixth Form.
Minimum grades may be required for some subjects.
Upper Sixth – It is unusual to have students join in Upper Sixth but in exceptional circumstances we would require tests to be taken in their chosen A Level subjects.  There is also an interview with the Head of Sixth Form.

Most students enter the Senior School in Year 7 or Year 9 although a pupil can join at any time of the year and in any year group. September entry is preferable but we are happy to consider students at other times providing there is space in the relevant year group.

Entrance Examinations

These are taken in the January before entry to Years 7 to 10.
Those who cannot attend Entrance Exam Day will be offered the chance to sit entrance papers at other times throughout the year.
Year 6 pupils currently at Farlington will not sit Entrance Examinations unless they are applying for an Academic Scholarship.

 

Overseas Applications

If your daughter is at school overseas she will sit the papers in her own school.
If she has registered for a place through an agency, then she can sit the papers in their offices.
Girls who are currently overseas will also be required to have an interview via video link, usually through Skype.
For more information about Overseas Applications please click here.