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Senior Admissions

Year 7 is the key point of entry to the Senior School, with a limited number of places for entry at Year 9. We also welcome applications for other year groups, subject to occasional availability of places.

We are very proud of our Senior School and would love the opportunity to introduce you to our wonderful pupils and show off our fantastic facilities. We would be delighted to meet you at one of our weekly tours or bi-annual Open Days.

Year 7 Entry

Year 7 or 11+ is the key admission point at Radnor House Sevenoaks. There are a total of 60 places available for girls and boys. With 30 typically moving up from Year 6 each year, we have approximately 30 places available for external candidates. If you wish to register your child, please complete the online Registration Form.

An offer of one of the external places will be based on successful performance in our entrance process.

The process is a combination of academic testing (a 1 hour cognitive ability test, followed by a 30 minute written English paper,) an interview with a member of the Senior Leadership team, and a reference from your child’s current school. 

The cognitive ability test is taken on a computer and there are no practice papers for these tests. Children will be tested on their vocabulary, mathematics, and skills such as perceptual speed and accuracy, and non-verbal reasoning. This test will be followed by an English writing test which will focus on the child’s ability to write meaningfully and fluently in prose. Children can best prepare for these tests by learning to solve problems independently, and reading to extend their vocabulary and ability to infer meaning. Candidates who are entitled to extra time for the examinations should indicate this when applying so that they can be accommodated within the entrance exam timetable.

The academic element of the entrance process accounts for 50% of the final decision and the qualitative elements of interview and reference collectively also count towards 50% of the final decision. In this way Radnor House Sevenoaks is one of the few schools that genuinely wants to understand your child and what we might be able to do for them over the years ahead.

The interview will last for approximately 10 minutes and is an opportunity for us to ask your child about their interests inside and outside of school. Normally there will be a brief passage to read and a chance for the child to reflect on the degree to which they have already embraced the school's values of excellence, respect, courage and perseverance.

For late applicants, additional sittings of entrance tests will be arranged if places are still available. 

Year 7 Scholarships

All pupils applying for entry at Year 7 (including internal pupils), are automatically considered for an academic scholarship. Please note that academic scholarships are only available upon entry to Radnor House Sevenoaks Senior School and will not be reassessed after entry.

For more information on Year 7 scholarship applications and deadlines please click here

Key dates for Year 7 entry (2020)

Senior School Taster Day

There will be various exciting experience days taking place after the entrance tests to all children offered a Year 7 2020 place.

Closing Date for Year 7 2020 Registrations

18 October 2019

Entrance Exams and Interviews

14 November 2019

Offer letters

End of November 2019

Experience morning for those offered a place

25th January, 1st and 8th February 2020

Deadline to accept

6th March 2020

For late applications for Year 7 2019, please contact the Registrar, Wendy Owens.

Deferring Year 7 offers to Year 9 

For those parents interested in the possibility of deferring their Year 7 place to Year 9, children will be invited to sit our Year 7 assessment in November of Year 6. If a child achieves over 70% in the entrance process they will be offered a place in Year 7 with the option of deferring with an unconditional place in Year 9.

For those who pass but do not achieve over 70%, they will be offered a place in Year 7 but will not be offered a deferral. So in this case they will be invited to take a further assessment should they want to delay their entry until Year 9.

For those only interested in 13+, the assessment will take place in January of Year 7. If we have spaces remaining, there will also be an opportunity for late applicants to take the test in January of Year 8.

Year 9 Entry

For admission to Year 9 (13+) applications should be made in the Autumn term of Year 7 (or Year 8 if we still have places).  

Candidates will take a cognitive ability test, which lasts an hour, followed by a 30 minute written English paper.

The cognitive ability test is taken on a computer and there are no practice papers for these tests. Children will be tested on their vocabulary, mathematics, and skills such as perceptual speed and accuracy, and non-verbal reasoning. This test will be followed by an English writing test which will focus on the child’s ability to write meaningfully and fluently in prose. Children can best prepare for these tests by learning to solve problems independently, and reading to extend their vocabulary and ability to infer meaning. Candidates who are entitled to extra time for the examinations should indicate this when applying so that they can be accommodated within the entrance exam timetable.

The academic element of the entrance process accounts for 50% of the final decision and the qualitative elements of interview and reference collectively also count towards 50% of the final decision. In this way Radnor House Sevenoaks is one of the few schools that genuinely wants to understand your child and what we might be able to do for them over the years ahead.

Following the examinations and interview, candidates will be offered an unconditional place with the results of the Common Entrance used for setting purposes upon entry to Year 9.  

We do still have limited places available for Year 9 in 2020.  Exam schedule can be found below. 

Year 9 Academic Scholarships

All pupils applying for entry at Year 9 are automatically considered for an academic scholarship.  Academic Scholarships are only available upon entry to Radnor House Sevenoaks Senior School and will not be reassessed after entry.

For more information on Year 9 scholarships please click here.  

Key dates for Year 9 entry (2020 and 2021)

Closing Date for Registrations

Friday 13 December 2019.

References requested by the school

w/c 2nd December 2019

Entrance Exams and Interviews

Thursday 16 January 2020

Offer letters

w/c 3 February 2020

Deadline to accept

27 March 2020

For late applications for Year 9 2020 entry, please contact the Registrar, Wendy Owens or telephone 01959 563720.

Entry into other years in the Senior School

Places occasionally become available in other years of the Senior school, and we welcome applications for these throughout the year. Please contact our Registrar, Wendy Owens, to enquire about current availability on 01959 567166 or email at wowens@radnor-sevenoaks.org

The Radnor House Sevenoaks Guarantee

We are proud to be one of the few schools in the area to offer guaranteed places; once your child becomes part of the Radnor family, their place in the school is secure through to the end of Sixth Form, without re-assessment.

We endeavour to make the application process as easy as possible. If you wish to register your child, please complete the online Registration Form and also send Wendy Owens a copy of your child's birth certificate and the £100 registration fee.  Alternatively, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact our Registrar, Wendy Owens on 01959 563720 or email at wowens@radnor-sevenoaks.org

If you wish to receive a copy of our School Prospectus in the post, simply complete the request form.

 

 

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