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Year 7 and Year 9 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 our annual Open Day.

Application process for Year 7 entry

Year 7  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 (The CAT 4 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 (CAT 4) test

This 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. 

English writing test

This 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.

Interview

This will last for approximately 10 minutes and is an opportunity for us to ask your child about their interests inside and outside of school. 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.

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.

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 Drama, Sport, Music, Art and the Values scholarship applications and deadlines please click here

Key dates for Year 7 2024 entry

 

Senior Experience Day for Year 5 pupils - Thursday 29 June 2023.  

Closing date for registrations - Friday 20 October 2023.   Register HERE.

References requested by the school - from w/c 23 October 2023

Scholarship and Bursary application deadline - Friday 20 October 2023

Year 7 Entrance Exams and Interviews - Thursday 9 November 2023

Scholarship assessments - w/c 20 November 2023

Offers announced - w/c 4 December 2023

Experience mornings for those offered a place

There will be various exciting experience days taking place after the entrance tests to all children offered a Year 7 2024 place. These will take place on the following dates;

Sports experience morning - Saturday 20 January 2024

Science experience morning - Saturday 27 January 2024

Art experience morning - Saturday 3 February 2024

Deadline to accept for Year 7 2024- Wednesday 6 March 2024

Application process for Year 9 entry

In Year 9, the year group increases by an additional 10 places.  

We offer deferred entry into Year 9, for pupils in Year 6 and Year 7.  Alternatively, we accept late applications for pupils in Year 8.  If you wish to register your child, please complete the online Registration Form.

Candidates will take a cognitive ability test, which lasts an hour and a half, 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. 

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 Sports, Drama, Music and Art scholarships please click here.  

Key dates for Year 9 2024 entry

Closing Date for Year 9 Registrations and Scholarship applications- Friday 12 January 2024

Register HERE.

Year 9 Entrance Exams and Interviews- Tuesday 23 January 2024

Scholarship assessments for Year 8 pupils - w/c 29 January 2024

Offer letters- w/c 19 February 2024

Deadline to accept for Year 9 2024- Friday 22 March 2024

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 admissions department to enquire about current availability on 01959 563720 or email at admissions@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.

We endeavour to make the application process as easy as possible. If you wish to register your child, please complete the online Registration Form.

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

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