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.

For children applying to join Year 3 in 2019 we will have two Assessment Days on 21 November 2018 and 19 January 2019.

In November 2018 children will come into school to complete the short assessments in the morning, followed by a fun activity afternoon.

Prior to the January 2019 Assessment Day, children are invited in to school for an ‘Introduction Morning’, where the children meet our Head, Ian Thorpe and Head of Lower School, Clare Kirkham. They then participate in a fun treasure hunt, searching for clues around school. Parents are welcome to stay for tea and coffee and are invited to join in too.

For children applying to join Year 7 in 2019 our Assessment Day is on 23 January 2019. Candidates will be invited to spend a day with us whilst completing various assessment tasks and problem solving activities.

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.

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) entrance tests for 2019 entry will take place:

21 November 2018 Assessment
Closing date for registrations: Friday 9 November 2018
– Assessment Morning: Wednesday 21 November 2018
– Fun Activity Afternoon: Wednesday 21 November 2018

19 January 2019 Assessment
Closing date for registrations: Friday 7 December 2018
– Introductory Fun Morning: Friday 18 January 2019
– Assessment Morning: Saturday 19 January 2019

For entry into Years 4 & 5 individual Assessment Days will be arranged.


Upper School Entry

for 2019/20

The 11+ (Year 7) entrance test for 2019 entry will take place:

23 January 2019 Assessment
Closing date for registrations: Friday 7 December 2018

For entry into Years 6 & 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:

30 January 2019 Assessment
Closing date for registrations: Friday 7 December 2018


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

01372 372311