Assessment Days

Assessment Days


Prep School

We are a mixed ability school, however, we assess children before offering a place to determine their current academic level. We do this through short tests in English and Maths.

Our next Assessment Day for children applying to join Year 3 in September 2019 is on Wednesday 30 January.

Children wishing to join Years 2, 4, 5 and 6 in September 2019 will be invited to join us for an Assessment Day on Tuesday, 29 January 2019.

Our Assessment Day for children applying to join Year 7 in September 2019 has now taken place.  However, if you are interested in your child applying please contact Sarah Concanon on 01372 372 311 or email admissions@downsend.co.uk.

For children applying to join our Senior School, Year 9 in 2020 our Assessment Day is on 30 January 2019. Candidates will be invited to spend a day with us whilst completing various assessment tasks and problem solving activities.  If you are applying for September 2021, assessments will take place in January 2021 but you are welcome to register now.

For children joining in other years, or at different times during the year, they will be invited to an individual Assessment Day. As part of this day, following the assessment tests, your child will be allocated a ‘buddy’ and spend the remainder of the day with a class in their current Year group as a taster experience.

If you would like your child to attend an Assessment Day for Downsend, please register with us.


Pre-Prep Schools

We do not formally ‘assess’ children joining us at First Steps and Rising Reception and once you have accepted a place with us, we work with you to settle  in your little one as part of their transition.

We do like to meet children registering for Reception and Year 1 in order for us to assess the mutual fit between school and family.  It is important we can help each child attain their full potential and so we arrange an ‘Introduction Morning’ following which, we provide feedback and have a discussion with you.

After your registration, Sarah Concanon will automatically be in touch to arrange this ‘Introduction Morning’.



Assessment Days

Lower School Entry

for 2019/20

The 7+ (Year 3) and 11+ (Year 7) Assessment Days for 2019 entry have now taken place.  However, if you are still interested in applying please contact Sarah Concanon on 01372 372311 or email admissions@downsend.co.uk.

For entry into Years 2, 4 & 5 in September 2019, children will be invited to join us for an Assessment Day on Tuesday, 29 January 2019.


Upper School Entry

for 2019/20

For entry into Years 6, 7 & 8 individual Assessment Days will be arranged.


Senior School Entry

for 2020/21

The 13+ (Year 9) entrance test for 2020 entry will take place on Wednesday 30 January 2019 


Please contact our Admissions Registrar, Sarah Concanon either by email or telephone on 01372 372311 for more details.

01372 372311